NISMO has formally announced that a ‘newly evolved’ Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 will run in today’s VLN 7 at the Nürburgring in the SP-X class, as part of the car’s test programme.
The newly evolved Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 development car, built in accordance with FIA GT3 regulations, has undergone tests in Japan and this VLN participation is to act as an opportunity to further develop the car and collect real race data. The car has to run in the SP-X class as it is a vehicle that is still currently under development.
The car is being run by NISMO Japan in the race and being driven by development driver and former FIA GT1 World Champion Michael Krumm and Tom Coronel, who competed in last year’s 24 Hours of Nürburgring in the Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 with ZAKSPEED.
“This time our goal for participation in the VLN is to advance the development program of the car one step further and collect data in actual race conditions,” NISMO corporate vice president in charge of development Yuzo Ishikawa said.
“In addition to the valuable data that we can attain from racing at a circuit like Nürburgring, that takes such a heavy toll on a race car, we will also be able to use the feedback from Michael, who is well acquainted with the GT-R and Tom, who has a wealth of experience at this circuit, and continue to improve and build up a GT-R that will remain the car of choice for discerning customers.”
DSC understands that in the new car, is a six-cylinder engine. Early reports of it housing a four-cylinder engine have therefore not come to fruition.
You can watch its progress in the race, live and free with the official VLN stream on DSC HERE >>>
Photos courtesy of Sören Herweg