Following the success of Nissan’s DeltaWing project last year, it has prompted the Japanese manufacturer to plan for a comeback in 2014 to the prestigious race of the 24 Heurs du Mans (Le Mans 24 Hours).
The impressive and jaw-dropping Nissan GT-R might have terrorized several other auto marquees on circuits all over the world with its performance, and still does even after 5 years in production. Even so, after all those years, there had yet been a Nismo version for the GT-R ready to prowl the streets. The only GT-R Nismo that one could find now is only the GT3 spec racing car; but that is about to change with the confirmation of the road version of this terrifying machine.
Other than the intimidating 2014 GT-R Track Edition that Nissan had brought down for the 2013 Chicago Auto Show, the Nismo line up was also expanded with the appearance of the all new Juke Nismo crossover. And while this Nismo version looks far better than the original Juke, the changes are not limited to only the exterior.
The one-make racing series quickly gaining its popularity around the world. We have seen Europe getting its new one-make rally with the new Adam compact car, and Australia trying to do the same thing with HSV revealing a Commodore-based race car. And now, Nissan has recently announced that they are starting their own one-make racing series for their 370Z Nismo sports car.
In conjunction with the release of Christopher Nolan’s third Batman film on both DVD and Blu-Ray over in the UK, the Nissan UK Division had responded with a special vehicle built with inspiration gathered from the Dark Knight. Although we were hoping for it to be a darker version of the GT-R, but this one-off special edition Juke Nismo is not that bad either.
Although the stock GT-R could already provide an enjoyable driving experience for both the streets and the tracks, Nissan is offering a much more serious package to those who where money is not going to be a problem. Teaming up with the in-house performance and racing division Nismo, one could have a totally different experience on the tracks onboard the 2013 Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3.
With an all-new radical design that brings up a new breath in motorsports, the DeltaWing had generated quite a chatter even before its maiden race at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Unfortunately for the No.0 car, the race came to a premature end as the DeltaWing was shoved into the walls by Toyota’s No.7 TS030, causing a great deal of damage which had forced the unique race machine to retire from the race.
Nissan is pushing strong in their development to make the NISMO Leaf a legit, pedal to the metal racer that is not to be made fun of. With such aim, the NISMO Leaf had recently saw some track action against a number of EVs at the Super GT EV League. In the battle of EV supremacy that saw rivals silently zooming in Leafs and Teslas, the NISMO Leaf had managed to secure a respectable second place in the 50km race.
From all the range of Nissan models, the Juke has got to be one of the most uniquely-looking crossover that they have in the whole lineup. While the overall silhouette fits the description of the crossover it meant to be, its frontal looks however might be a bit out of the norm and appeal to those with a unique taste and preferences on how an SUV should look like.
Even so, that has not stopped Nissan in coming up with a number of impressive variants for the Juke in which we had already seen quite a few of it like the supercar-beating Juke-R and the pumped up Juke Nismo. Joining in the lineup for next year’s market is the whole new 2013 Juke and a unique upgrade package to those who craves for exclusivity, dubbed simply as the Midnight Edition.
Nismo, Nissan’s motorsports and performance division had came up with two Nissan models that had received their pumped-up touches during last year’s Tokyo Motor Show; the Juke Nismo Concept and the EV Leaf Nismo. And while those had resulted to some great outcomes, they are now turning their attention to other Nissan models that deserves such touches the most.