|2013 NISMO GT3 Nissan GT-R|
I have talked to several Nissan GT-R owners on and offline, and I will run some speculation on what they might want to see, and what we might expect to see in the 2015 Nismo Nissan GT-R. I think that the NISMO version will be built off the yet unreleased in the US Track Edition. There are only going to be 150 of the Track Edition sold in the US(2014), so a NISMO built off what is already there for the NISMO(2015) is a pretty likely scenario.
View this entire album: 2014 Nissan GT-R Track Edition
Rear Wheel DriveAny possibility that the street car is going to be rear wheel drive to drop weight like the GT3 racecar version? Its a possibility, but it does get away from a lot of what the Nissan GT-R has been, an all weather supercar. Porsche has a GT2, which is their rear wheel drive beast. Rear wheel drive with ~600 turbocharged horsepower makes the car a bit more tricky to drive, so that is unlikely.
|Super Taikyu Version of the R35 GT-R|
Nissan and NISMO have a few versions of the R35 GT-R to draw from for some inspiration. In Japan, Nissan has sold the SpecV, the Egoist, the Club Sport, Club Track, the Track Pack, the Pure, the Black Edition, the Premium, the RC Super Taikyu version, GT1, and GT3 versions.
|Massive 420mm brake rotors on the Super Taikyu R35 GT-R|
|Cracked factory cross drilled 380 mm rotors from a Nissan GT-R|
|Brake ducting. Also notice how thick those brake pads are. Endurance racing|
|2014 Track Edition with front brake ducting|
|Clubsport Suspension, wheels and tires|
There are a lot of things that NISMO can do to the chassis to increase performance, and possibly lose weight. The GT-R already has several structures built from cast aluminum so a few more are possible. They may add or take away sound deadening. There are also other ways of increasing chassis rigidity with additional bracing, or additional spot welding to stiffen the chassis. The R35 chassis is used in Super GT, and GT3 racing, so NISMO knows what it takes to keep the chassis stiff.
|2012 GT3 Nissan GT-R|
Wings, canards, sideskirts, and carbon oh my. So far we have had a carbon fiber diffuser under the rear of the car since 2009. The Black Edition in 2013 got a dry carbon fiber wing element. What might we see on a 2015 NISMO Edition R35 GT-R? There have been a few cars going around the Nurburgring with a carbon fiber trunk,hood, and roof. So those are a couple of possibilities.
|Carbon fiber front diffuser with some extra stakes|
|Carbon fiber duckbill trunk, and higher wing|
|Carbon fiber trunk lid|
Wheels and Tires
|2014 Track Edition Nissan GT-R|
The Black Edition in the US has a unique wheel, what is close to the "NISMO" wheel on the race cars. The Clubsport had a different color, the SpecV sported the same wheel, so its a chance we will see a new wheel. As far as tires are concerned, the Dunlop runflats are fast, but they are heavy. Going to a non-runflat could save ~10 lbs a corner.
InteriorClubsport had some $20k optional carbon fiber seats, that are beautiful, but they are 20k. Nissan released the Red Amber interior for the Premium Nissan GT-R's in the US in 2014 as a $4000 option. In Japan they had the fully customizable Egoist. Somewhere between the two, more on a sporty feel, is where I expect to see the NISMO.
|2014 Red Amber Interior|
|Kazunori Yamauchi, my wife, and myself at SEMA 2012|
One owner asked about full datalogging. It actually already exists in Japan. NISMO has been selling a lap timer, and software for the GT-R since 2010. The MFD in the GT-R was designed by Polyphony Digital, the makers of GT5, so there could be some cool interactions if they were allowed. Not all the tracks in the world are digitized, but there are a lot of them, and a full simulation doesn't need to be the only way that data could be replayed. It would be pretty cool though, watch yourself, virtually though your Playstation 3. With some high rate GPS sensors, and maybe even front and rear camera integration, could be a really cool tool.
|Nismo MFD add on.|
The NISMO information so far has said to expect about a 10% bump in power. For 2014 the US model Nissan GT-R make 545 horsepower. Its not unheard of for tuners to make 600 wheel horsepower out of a Nissan GT-R, so making 600 at the engine shouldn't be too difficult. The SpecV had larger turbos, that are still sitting on a shelf somewhere.
So those are some of the possibilities of what we might expect out of a NISMO version of the R35 GT-R. Check out the Nismo versions of the R32, R33, and R34 GT-R below.
|NISMO R32 GT-R. #500 of 560 cars produced in 1990|
|NISMO 400R R33 GT-R 1996-1998. Only 44? made|
|NISMO Z-Tune R34 GT-R. One of 20 cars.|