Nismo is Nissan’s well-known performance division that’s pumped out more horsepower and torque than we care to add up. Today every race car is driven by history to roll with a rear-wheel drive or have the engine in the middle, if not both. Nismo is defying both preferences, instead choosing to field a front-wheel drive, front engine GT-R Nismo at the 2015 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Race cars roll with mid-engine, rear-wheel drive designs to improve traction and packaging. The experts and engineers at Nismo are making the case that a front engine, front-wheel drive race car has more of an advantage.
With a long front end, a front engine powering the front wheels creates more surface area for downforce. More downforce results in faster corners. With the streamlined design, the GTR-LM Nismo is quick in a straight line as well.
Nismo has had success with the front-wheel drive, front engine design in the past. From 1998 to 2000, the Nissan Primera left the competition in its searing tracks. The same engineers who built that car also worked on the GT-R.
With the front wheel and front engine, the Nissan GT-R LM Nismo rocks away with 450 hp. With Nissan and Nismo’s past success with the front design, all bets are off on what race car will take home a gigantic win.
We at Cronic Nissan aren’t about to criticize the experts over at Nismo and we’re rooting for the #23 GT-R LM Nismo front-wheel drive race car at the 2015 24 Hours of Le Mans!
We’re slowly learning bits and pieces about the next-generation Nissan GT-R supercar. We’ve already heard that it will sport a hybrid powertrain, and that news was confirmed again by Shiro Nakamura, Nissan’s Development Chief. He told Top Gear magazine that the new GT-R will indeed be a hybrid—and that it “will also be a front-engined 2+2 seater coupe.”
There have been many unofficial renders of the GT-R online recently, but Nakamura says that none of them is a good approximation of the real thing. However, he did admit that the new design will incorporate elements and influences from the Nissan Concept 2020 Vision Gran Turismo concept.
The new Nissan GT-R will not hit the market until 2018, giving us plenty of time to fawn over it until then. However, we’re already excited about it—from its front engine to its hybrid powertrain to its incredible new design, it’s going to be the best GT-R yet. Come see us at Cronic Nissan to learn more.
Next week marks the beginning of the 2014 Geneva Motor Show across the pond in Geneva, Switzerland. This year will be the 84th for the motor show. So what can we expect to see from Nissan in Geneva? Quite a bit.
The all-new X-Trail, while not offered here in the States, is an extraordinary crossover with advanced 4×4 capabilities. This year, the X-Trail brings with it the Nissan Safety Shield, bi-LED headlamps, and NissanConnect navigation and infotainment system, in its third generation. Also notable for the X-Trail model is the “theater-style” seating layout.
The BladeGlider Concept
The BladeGlider will also be making its European debut at Geneva. We first saw the BladeGlider last year and immediately fell in love with its design. In fact, its front-track design was meant to mirror stealth planes in its aerodynamics and sleekness.
Nissan’s press release claims that the Qashqai will be responsible for “ushering in a new era in crossover design,” and we have to agree. The Qashqai, while hard to pronounce, is innovative as it brings a number of sector-first technologies to the table. These include the NissanConnect system with full smartphone integration and the Nissan Safety Shield.
The zero-emissions e-NV200 will also make its production premiere in Geneva, combining elements from the NV200 and the Nissan LEAF. According to Nissan, the e-NV200 is “ready to change the face of the city.”
The GT-R NISMO
Geneva marks the European debut of the production version of the GT-R NISMO. This baby is the fastest and most advanced Nissan performance model ever produced. Powered by a 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V6, the GT-R NISMO most definitely “embodies the spirit of the NISMO brand.”
Can’t make it to Geneva? Stop by Cronic Nissan for your own auto show. We may not have the Qashqai (or even be able to pronounce it), but we do have plenty of great models to show you!
The 2013 Tokyo Motor Show kicked off Friday—and Nissan is dominating the early news with the release of the stunning 2015 Nissan GT-R NISMO as well as the 2015 standard GT-R. The standard GT-R received a refresh just last year, and thus the changes for the 2015 model are rather small, but the NISMO simply screams onto the scene, easily making up for the standard model’s lack of excitement for the year.
Running under the tagline “Zero Competition,” there’s just no ignoring Nissan’s testosterone-fueled ultra sports car. The NISMO whizzed its way around Nurburgring in 7:08.679, prompting Nissan to actually bring the very car that circled the ‘Ring to Tokyo to show off. “Records fall and dreams come true with the debut of the GT-R NISMO,” as a Nissan press release stated.
The NISMO thrusts out 591 horsepower and 479 lb.-ft. of torque, which are both substantial upgrades from the already impressive base model—545 horsepower and 463 lb.-ft. of torque. Official pricing is not announced yet, but it’s expected that you’ll be able to buy this “ultimate iteration” of Nissan’s super sports car for under $200,000.
The NISMO is set to go on sale first in Japan in February 2014 before hitting US and European markets later in the year. For more information about the NISMO or any of the other breathtaking vehicles in the Nissan lineup, come see us at Cronic Nissan today!