NISMO – Nissan’s motorsports arm – announced its big plans for 2018, which include the brand’s debut in the all-electric ABB FIA Formula E, its participation in the Japanese Super GT, and its prototype engine supply program.
ABB FIA FORMULA E
The fourth quarter of 2018 will see the debut of Nissan at the ABB FIA Formula E, making it the first brand to join the all-electric race series. It will also be the introduction of the new Gen 2 race cars that boasts more power, higher speeds and juice that will last the whole race.
Japanese Super GT
After missing out on the title last year by just two points, Nissan will field four 2018-spec GT-R NISMO GT500s in the Japanese Super GT. It will feature aerodynamic improvements, increased power output and durability, and revised components that will optimize the car’s performance.
Here’s the 2018 driver line-up:
- #24 KONDO Racing – Brazilian driver Joao Paulo de Oliveira and 2017 Japanese Formula 3 champion Mitsunori Takaboshi
- #12 TEAM IMPUL – Daiki Sasaki and GT Academy winner Jann Mardenborough
- #3 NDDP Racing with B-MAX – veteran Satoshi Motoyama and hotshot Katsumasa Chiyo
- #23 NISMO – 2014 and 2015 Japanese Super GT champions Tsugio Matsuda and Ronnie Quintarelli
Customer Racing Programs
NISMO will continue its support for teams running the 2015-spec GT-R NISMO GT3. In addition, the Japanese motorsport team will also announce its participation in the Blancpain GT Series in Europe, details of which will be officially revealed soon.
Meanwhile, Nissan will still provide engines for IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC), and the teams running in the LMP3 category.
International Racing Programs
Nissan will be continuing its Micra Cup Championship in Canada, while four Altimas will compete in the Australian Supercars.
With this much motorsport activities around the globe, and NISMO now in our shores, wouldn’t it be nice to see Nissan Philippines Inc. (NPI) bring in a one make series or participate in the upcoming 2018 season of the FlatOut Race Series (FORS)?