Just before the end of the year, the fourth season of Nissan GT Academy concluded by naming 21-year-old Nic Hamman the North American champion.
As the newest addition to Nissan’s racing team, Hamman, who actually won in September, has worked hard over the past several months to prepare for his first professional race, Dubai 24 Hours, on January 8th through 10th.
However, Hamman’s hard work really began as a kid growing up near Wisconsin’s Road America race course. At age six, Hamman started driving go karts and experienced success early in his racing career, leading him to bigger races where the cars were much more expensive.
“It takes a lot of money to do any kind of professional racing,” Hamman said. “What GT Academy and Nissan have done is give someone a shot at racing top-notch racing cars with professional mechanics and pit support without the financial windfall that kind of thing requires. I am so grateful to be able to do this, and I can’t wait to get to my first professional race in January.”
We at Cronic Nissan love that Hamman is able to continue pursuing his dreams thanks to Nissan’s GT Academy. We’ll definitely be keeping tabs on the team as they get ready for the Dubai 24 Hours race.
Are you ready for a shocking statistic? Cell phones are involved in 1.6 million auto crashes each year, according to the US Department of Transportation. These accidents result annually in half a million injuries and 6,000 deaths. To help reduce these troubling numbers, Nissan, NBC, and Adam Levine partnered to launch Red Thumb Day, which encouraged drivers to put red on their thumbs while driving as a reminder not to text while driving.
On the December 15th broadcast of NBC’s The Voice, Levine declared the next 24-hours to be “Red Thumb Day,” to raise awareness of the important issue. Nissan, which sponsors The Voice, joined in by promoting the hashtag #RedThumb on its social media platforms.
“Together with Adam Levine, Nissan encourages drivers to put the phone down and get where they are going safely. A ‘Red Thumb Reminder’ may seem insignificant. However, every time you see it, it reminds you to not text and drive,” said Jeremy Tucker, vice president of marketing for Nissan North America.
Here at Cronic Nissan, we’d like to join Nissan, Adam Levine, and NBC in reminding you that when you’re driving, no text is worth the risk.
Here at Cronic Nissan, we couldn’t be more excited to hear that Olympic cyclist Sir Chris Hoy will be working with Nissan to compete at the 2015 Le Mans race. Using a Nissan prototype racecar, Hoy will race for over 24 hours in one of the most intense races in the world.
According to Nissan, Hoy had been competing at the British GT Championship in order to earn a spot at this year’s Le Mans. However, this race is unlike any other: a high-speed, high-endurance race with some of the best drivers in the world. As part of the Nissan Le Mans Racing Team, Hoy will be racing alongside fellow Scot Charlie Robertson.
“I’m delighted to be stepping up to race in the European Le Mans series for Nissan next year,” said Hoy. “This takes me another step closer to my motorsport dream of competing at Le Mans. This year was a great experience racing in the British GT championship, but I still have a long way to go and a lot to learn to bridge the gap to be competitive at Le Mans.”
The car he will be using is a Ginetta-Nissan LM P3 class prototype, which is faster than anything the legendary Olympian has driven before. Not to worry though; Hoy has proven to be quite an impressive driver this past year. With a little bit of luck, he could be a contender for the podium.
The 17th annual Nismo Festival at Fuji Speedway was a resounding success, with more than 35,000 Nissan fans showing up to enjoy the event.
This year, the festival focused on the 30th anniversary of Nismo. More than 100 owners of Nismo grade cars, including the Juke and GT-R, performed a parade lap around the iconic speedway. This was followed by a historic car demo run, several exhibition races, a synchronization performance show, and various promotional events.
The biggest event of the day was the “Road to Le Mans” ceremony, which commemorated Nissan’s return to the legendary competition with a look back at the automaker’s history in Le Mans. Classic Nissan racers performed a parade run around the course, after which a genuine battle took place between GT500, GT3, and ST3-class racers.
The day closed with the Nismo 30th Memorial Ceremony & Finale, which involved an announcement from NISMO CEO Shoichi Miyatani, who thanked the fans for their support in another successful Nissan year and looked forward for more to come.
If you couldn’t make it to the Nismo Festival, come show your support at Cronic Nissan!
Nissan is choosing its next moves very carefully. While many automakers are jumping on the fuel cell technology bandwagon, Nissan is treading lightly. Nissan vice chairman Toshiyuki Shiga has made one thing very clear: electric plug-in vehicles will continue to be the priority ahead of any hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles for the foreseeable future in Nissan’s advanced-powertrain plans.
While Nissan did sign an agreement early last year with Mercedes-Benz parent company Daimler and Ford to work together to speed up fuel cell powertrain development, Shiga bluntly said that the automaker doesn’t have much interest in fuel cell technology. Automakers tend to agree that fuel cell technology has the capability of offering the best of all worlds: fuel efficiency, quick refill times, long range driving on a single tank, and zero emissions, but a critical roadblock remains – refueling stations and infrastructure.
Until the U.S. has an extensive network of hydrogen refueling stations, there is no hope in consumers investing in the costly technology. While this remains a long-term goal for automakers world-wide, Autoblog.com reports that Nissan is sticking firmly to their more practical electric plug-in option for the time being.
Nissan’s commitment to plug-in vehicles shouldn’t come as much as a surprise, with their electric Leaf being sold in 40 countries, making it the best-selling battery-electric vehicle in the world.
Stop by Cronic Nissan today to check out the Nissan Leaf for yourself!