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Nissan Releases New Specs & Images For FIA-GT1 GT-R Race Car

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Nissan is on the verge of entering its giant-killing GT-R supercar into an FIA sanctioned GT1 race, with the automaker today releasing new images of the race-prepped GT-R GT1 that will be available for sale to teams competing in the FIA-GT1 class this year.

Teams that have already signed up to race the 2010 Nissan GT-R GT1 this year include Sumo Power GT (UK) and Swiss Racing Team (CH). The technical support for both teams will be provided by Nismo, Nissan’s official in-house tuner and motorsports division.

The race car packs a unique VK56DE V-8 engine displacing 5.6-liters and developing upwards of 600 horsepower and 480 pound-feet of torque. Drive is sent to the rear wheels via a Ricardo 6-speed transaxle and 5.5-inch carbon-fiber triple plate clutch. Stopping power comes from carbon-ceramic discs with six-piston calipers all ‘round, and these are housed within 18-inch forged alloy wheels from Rays.

Other pieces include a full carbon-fiber Nismo bodykit, GT-style wing, plastic windows, and a vented bonnet. Other details include a rumored $720,000 asking price and a kerb weight of just 2,976 pounds (the production model weighs 3,792 pounds).

Click here for our previous story covering all 49 FIA GT race cars that will compete this year in various competitions.

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  1. Nice, but the Japanese SuperGT version makes this GT1 look tame by comparison! Too bad Nissan can't get the production version down to 2,976lbs. How do they homologate it with that engine? It's clearly not production based.
     
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  2. Still looks awesome with a sound so deafening!! - ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LT_gHrsdqQk ).
     
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  3. I think many people not familiar with racing would assume that the GT-R's world-beating performance in the roadgoing version would automatically translate into dominant racing performance. However, with most major GT racing series outlawing 4WD in favor of plain old rear wheel drive (and, of course, banning the use of traction control systems) this immediately negates the GT-R's performance advantage. I mean, if you take away the GT-R's AWD and trick differentials, you're left with little more than a big, heavy twin-turbo 380Z. I certainly would be surprised if the GT-R made any splash in any GT series other than JGTC. I would certainly not expect it to usurp any of the dominant manufacturers in any GT class (Porsche/Ferrari in GT2 and Corvette/Aston/Maserati in GT1).
     
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