THE NAME SAYS IT ALL
WHAT IS NISMO?
NISMO is the embodiment of ultimate Nissan performance, inspired by the most unforgiving proving ground – the race track. An elite group of engineers and test drivers who have worked, driven, and won on every level take select Nissan vehicles and create NISMO road cars that offer a uniquely thrilling and authentic experience. With a name derived from NISsan MOtorsport, you should expect nothing less.
WHY ONLY A NISMO FEELS LIKE A NISMO
Great handling isn’t a result of just data. It requires a human touch. NISMO
development drivers are much more than just race car drivers focused on the
fastest lap time. They focus on what the vehicle should feel like. What is
exciting. What feels thrilling. As much on the street as on the track. They
ensure every NISMO feels like a NISMO.
A DRIVING LEGEND
Meet Hiroyoshi Kato. Nissan Technical Meister. Nissan Nürburgring Meister. He is not easily satisfied. But when he is, you’ll feel the magic every time you are behind the wheel.
WORN WITH PRIDE
With NISMO vehicles now being sold in many countries, a worldwide audience can appreciate the incredible amount of engineering, testing, and manufacturing know-how required before a vehicle wears the NISMO badge.
A HISTORY OF TENACITY
A HERITAGE OF INNOVATION
Nissan’s racing legacy began more than 80 years ago and continues today. It’s an amazing story of
determination, adversity, and passion for the sport. Here are some highlights.
COMPETITION BEGINS, INNOVATION ACCELERATES
In only its second year, the passion for motorsport is obvious. At a 1200-meter oval track near Tokyo, Datsun® - the original brand of Nissan, which later became known officially as Nissan – employs the NL75 racer’s new DOHC supercharged engine to win against other, much larger foreign cars, starting the legend of a “Giant Killer”. It also begins the tradition of taking lessons learned from racing, and bringing them to our street vehicles.
CONQUERING A 19-DAY CHALLENGE OTHERS COULDN’T ENDURE
Battling poor roads, floods, and extreme temperatures, Nissan furthers its reputation for durability by finishing first in its class at the “The World’s Cruelest Rally” around the Australian continent. At the wheel was Yasuharu Nanba, who later becomes the first president of NISMO. Half the entrants didn’t finish the 16,600-km course – deemed so severe, it was never used again.
SHOCK AT SUZUKA
THE SKYLINE OVERTAKES THE PORSCHE AND INSPIRES A GENERATION
World Class performance. The Skyline® GT earns Pole position in qualifying for the 1964 JAPAN Grand Prix, and then overtakes a Porsche® 904 Carrera® GTS, taking the lead at the Japan Grand Prix. Not only a surprise to Porsche®, it becomes one of the pinnacle moments for motorsport and Japan.
240Z IN THE U.S.A.
NEW CONTINENT – NEW RECORDS
In 1970, the 240Z was a favorite among private racers, and began a tradition of collecting titles in SCCA C Production. The Z wins the C Production National Championships in 1970 and 1971. The Z legend continues with a 350Z win in the Touring 3 race at the 2016 SCCA National Championships, marking Nissan’s 100th SCCA Runoff title – the first automaker in SCCA history to achieve such an incredible landmark.
RETURN OF THE KING
After bringing the GT-R back in 1989, it returns to motorsport with a vengeance, lapping all competitors to win its first race in 1990. It becomes one of the most dominant racers ever in the All-Japan Touring Car Championships, with an unprecedented 29-race winning streak through 1993. It becomes a worldwide phenomenon, winning the 1991 Spa Francorchamps 24 hours. In Australia, the GT-R wins the title for 1991 and 1992, and earns the nickname “Godzilla”.
GROUP C SUCCESS
RISING TO NEW CHALLENGES
Participating in Group C in Japan from 1984, Nissan’s Group C car builds an impressive record, including three wins in 1990-1992. After the team creates its own chassis in 1991, drivers Masahiro Hasemi, Kazuyoshi Hoshino, and Toshio Suzuki serve notice on the world stage with a win at the prestigious 1992 24 Hours of Daytona with the R91CP.
24 HOURS OF LE MANS
With a Le Mans program that began in 1986, the 1998 NISMO-developed Nissan R390 GT1 takes on the world's most legendary endurance race. With a 3rd-place finish in the GT1 class, it becomes the first time a Japanese team stands on the podium at Le Mans. In addition to this, 4 of the top
2004 ALL JAPAN GT CHAMPIONSHIP
FAIRLADY Z GT500 RIDES TO VICTORY IN ITS DEBUT YEAR
Successor to the Skyline GT-R R34, the Fairlady Z quickly proved its competitiveness by winning its very first race. Satoshi Motoyama and Richard Lyons drove it to victory. The Fairlady Z went on to win Round 6, culminating with Nissan securing the Team title for the season, and Motoyama and Lyons taking home the Driver’s crown.
ALWAYS RACING FORWARD
EAT, SLEEP, BREATHE NISMO
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ACCELERATE YOUR PERFORMANCE
NISMO DRIVING ACADEMY
The perfect way to learn the limits of you and your NISMO, and improve your
driving skills in a safe environment.
YOUR CHANCE TO GO PRO
NISMO GT ACADEMY
Take your skills from the virtual world of Gran Turismo on PlayStation® to the
awesome experience of reality in one of the most unique programs in
WHAT ARE YOU DOING THIS WEEKEND...
From Texas to Tokyo, find a gathering of NISMO enthusiasts near you,
including the annual NISMO Festival, celebrating the most potent Nissan
vehicles ever to turn a wheel.