The Tokyo Auto Salon is the Japanese equivalent to SEMA, a place where big-name tuning firms, motorsport brands and aftermarket accessory specialists congregate to show off their wares.

The annual event also offers an opportunity for automakers to present their own merchandise, along with whole cars, and one of the most active in the industry is Nissan, which announced today that it will be presenting no less than nine new vehicles at this year’s salon.

Of most interest is a new race car package from Nismo, Nissan’s official in-house tuner and motorsport arm. Dubbed the Nismo GT-R RC (Racing Competition), the new race car was specially developed for circuit driving and features slick tire-compatible suspension, lightweight components and special safety equipment and devices. These include a welded roll cage that meets the FIA standard, a 120 liter safety fuel tank made by ATL and air jacks. It is able to compete in various production races held around the world and will officially go on sale following its Tokyo debut.

Nismo 370Z Coupe

Nismo 370Z Coupe

Also on Nismo’s stands will be a 335 horsepower version of the 370Z fitted with special body and suspension modifications, as well as the Motul Autech GT-R race car from the 2010 Super GT touring car series. 

Another highlight will be the new Nissan Leaf Aero Style Concept, which will essentially be a version of the zero-emission electric vehicle fitted with a bodykit.

Finally, a handful of other models from the Japanese domestic market will also be on show. The 2011 Tokyo Auto Salon kicks off on January 14 so stay tuned for an update in just a few weeks.

Pictured main is the 2012 Nissan GT-R Club Track Edition. This model comes with special parts developed for racing and owners will be eligible for a wide range of events and activities including one-on-one competition training sessions given by professional drivers and special races organized by Nissan. For more details check out our previous story by clicking here.