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Nissan Global Motorsport Programme For 2016



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YOKOHAMA, Japan (26 February 2016) – Nissan Global Motorsport program announced. After claiming nine international championships around the world in 2015, Nissan will continue to participate in various categories and championships as well as build on its customer support programmes in 2016.

Seasoned NISMO Athletes continue to fly the flag in Japan, North America, Europe, and Australia.

By category and drivers, here is where Nissan/NISMO will be this year:

Having proudly claimed the SUPER GT GT500 Championship for two years in a row, Nissan/NISMO now seeks to make that a hat-trick of victories in 2016.

Four Nissan GT-R NISMO GT500 teams will compete in the GT500 class. Fresh from a two-year stint of Blancpain Endurance Series and Bathurst 12-hour races, Katsumasa Chiyo will make his GT500 debut in 2016.

Toshikazu Tanaka, Corporate Vice President of NISMO will take over the role of Nissan GT500 team executive director from Kunihiko Kakimoto. Kakimoto has served as executive director for 12 years since 2004 and contributed to Nissan’s 12 GT500 series titles.

#1 – NISMO – Tsugio Matsuda / Ronnie Quintarelli
Team Principal: Yutaka Suzuki

#12 – TEAM IMPUL – Hironobu Yasuda / João Paulo de Oliveira
Team Principal: Kazuyoshi Hoshino
Calsonic IMPUL GT-R / Bridgestone

#24 – KONDO RACING – Daiki Sasaki / Masataka Yanagida
Team Principal: Masahiko Kondo
Forum Engineering ADVAN GT-R/ Yokohama

#46 – MOLA – Satoshi Motoyama / Katsumasa Chiyo
Team Principal: Toshiomi Oeki
S Road CRAFTSPORTS GT-R / Michelin

Series regulations do not allow for the development of aero and suspension parts this year, so the car remains in the same specification as 2015 but with increased engine and tyre performance. While the engine specification remains the same, improvements have been made to both combustion and the intake/exhaust system which will see higher efficiency and reliability in line with the new 5% ‘less fuel’ rule.


Developed by NISMO, the Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 won the GT300 class title of SUPER GT and Pro Class championship of the Blancpain Endurance Series in 2015. In collaboration with its program partner in Europe, JRM, NISMO will continue to support Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 customers by providing vehicles and technical assistance.


After winning one of the most competitive GT3 titles in the world in 2015, Nissan/NISMO expands its commitment with its first official entry in the Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup, supplementing its championship-winning commitment to the Blancpain Endurance Cup.

Continuing the Blancpain GT Series challenge in Pro and Pro Am which began in 2011, RJN Motorsport will continue to run the programme under the management of Bob Neville, with support from NISMO.

The driver line up in the Blancpain GT Series once again utilizes drivers from all areas of Nissan’s global motorsport family. After the success of Katsumasa Chiyo’s programme in Europe, NISMO has assigned 23-year-old young Japanese star Mitsunori Takaboshi to continue his development programme in the Pro class of Blancpain championship, teaming up with highly experienced Alex Buncombe and Lucas Ordóñez.

2015 GT Academy winners from the International competition (Australian winner Matt Simmons) and GT Academy Europe (French winner Romain Sarazin) will join Sean Walkinshaw who joins the team after impressive displays in 2015.

Sprint Pro car: Alex Buncombe, Mitsunori Takaboshi
Sprint Pro Silver Cup car: Sean Walkinshaw, Ricardo Sánchez
Endurance Pro car: Alex Buncombe, Lucas Ordóñez, Mitsunori Takaboshi
Endurance Pro Am car: Sean Walkinshaw, Matt Simmons, Romain Sarazin

NURBURGRING 24 HOURS (ADAC Zurich 24-Hour Race – Nurburgring)

Nissan/NISMO will once again field an entry at the iconic Nurburgring 24 hour race. The full driver line up is yet to be confirmed.

NISMO will continue to provide technical assistance and ongoing vehicle supply to customer teams competing with the Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 in the GT300 class of SUPER GT. “NDDP Racing”, aimed for the development of young drivers, will enter in GT300 with NISMO Athlete Jann Mardenborough who is making a move to Japan to join the team, alongside Kazuki Hoshino.

#3 – NDDP RACING – Kazuki Hoshino / Jann Mardenborough
Team Principal: Masahiro Hasemi
B-MAX NDDP GT-R / Yokohama

The Gainer Tanax GT-R, which won the GT300 titles in 2015, will compete with the champion number #0.


NISMO will provide technical assistance to customer teams competing with the Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 in the Super Taikyu Series ST-X class. In this class, the collaboration team of KONDO Racing and the Nissan Technical College continues to field the “ThreeBond Nissan Technical College GT-R”.

Continuing for its fifth year, the programme uniquely forms part of the students’ educational program, connecting formal education and motorsports.

#24 ST-X class – KONDO RACING – Tomonobu Fujii/TBA
Team Principal: Masahiko Kondo
ThreeBond Nissan Technical College GT-R


In North America, Nissan North America’s efforts will fight for the Pirelli World Challenge with Always Evolving Racing/AIM Autosport with a pair of Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 entries.  The entries will be driven by; James Davison who last year earned two overall victories and sixteen top ten finishes.  Davison will be driving the #33 AERNOW sponsored entry.

The second car will be driven by our first GT Academy winner and recently promoted driver to full professional ranking; Bryan Heitkotter.  Heitkotter will be driving the #05 entry as a full GT driver after earning five victories in GTA class and eleven overall top ten finishes last year.

#33 AERNOW GT-3 GT-R driven by James Davison
#05 Nissan GT Academy GT-3, GT-R driven by Bryan Heitkotter



In Australia, Nissan will continue to contest the V8 Supercars with Rick and Todd Kelly alongside Michael Caruso and new driver Dale Wood with the Nissan Altima.

#7 Carsales Nissan Altima V8 Supercar – Todd Kelly
#15 Sengled Nissan Altima V8 Supercar – Rick Kelly
#23 NISMO Nissan Altima V8 Supercar – Michael Caruso
#96 GB Galvanising/ADVAM Nissan Altima V8 Supercar – Dale Wood


NISMO will continue to provide technical support to customer teams competing with the Fairlady Z NISMO RC in the ST-3 class of the Super Taikyu Series.


Launched exclusively in the province of Quebec last year, the Nissan Micra Cup will expand to the Province of Ontario for its second season, growing to eight race weekends, with three of these happening in Ontario and five in Quebec.


With 11 championships and four Le Mans wins under its belt, Nissan/NISMO will continue to supply engines developed from production engines in both LM P2 and LM P3.

Via Oreca and Gibson, Nissan will supply VK45 engines and provide technical support to teams competing in the LM P2 (Le Mans Prototype 2) class of FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC), European Le Mans Series, and Asian Le Mans Series.

It will also provide via Oreca VK50 engines and technical assistance to teams competing in the LM P3 (Le Mans Prototype 3) class of European Le Mans Series and Asian Le Mans Series.

With a boom in the LM P3 class this year, Nissan’s presence on the grid will be significantly increased as the manufacturer looks to dominate once again.


Japanese Formula 3 Championship
Katsumasa Chiyo and Jann Mardenborough will also compete in the Japanese Formula 3 Championship. Chiyo and Mardenborough are continuing their single seater careers after becoming Japanese F3 N Class Champion and competing in European F3 and GP3 respectively.

B-MAX Racing Team with NDDP
#22 – Jann Mardenborough
#23 – Katsumasa Chiyo
Team Principal: Masahiro Hasemi


– Shoichi Miyatani, CEO and President of NISMO

“Last year the Nissan GT-R was engaged in numerous high-stakes battles around the world, including in Europe, the US, Australia and Japan, where it achieved some phenomenal results,” said Shoichi Miyatani, CEO and president of NISMO.

“This year three of our young NISMO Athletes will be making the step up to higher categories, with Chiyo advancing into the GT500 class, Mardenborough moving up to the GT300 and Takaboshi taking on the challenge of the Blancpain Endurance and Sprint Series.

“While we continue to have high hopes for the success of these young drivers, we are also diligently progressing with development and testing to ensure that the supremacy of the GT-R is felt worldwide, which will further strengthen its brand image.

“Furthermore, we are planning to increase our focus on supporting customer teams that compete with Nissan vehicles and engines. As much as ever, we will be actively competing in motorsports throughout 2016 and taking home more victories, titles and glory for Nissan.

“We are all very excited in the lead up to this season and hope to share the excitement and passion of motorsport with all our fans.”

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Nissan Powers Into The Future At The 2016 Geneva Motor Show



Nissan IDS Electric Car

Nissan Powers Into The Future!

Nissan’s Intelligent Mobility vision pushes towards safer & more sustainable future

  • Builds on company leadership in electrification and vehicle intelligence
  • Intelligent Driving, Power, Integration cornerstone of new vision
  • Vision designed to guide Nissan’s future product and technology pipeline
  • Focused on enhancing the driver and passenger experience

IDS concept makes its European debut at Geneva

  • IDS (Intelligent Driving System) Concept represents Nissan’s vision for the future of EV and autonomous driving
  • Complex system of sensors & AI brings us closer to a zero fatalities future
  • On-road autonomous drive technology demos in Europe in 2016

‘Piloted Drive’ Qashqai to roll off the production line in 2017

  • Nissan’s first vehicle in Europe to feature autonomous drive technology next year
  • New technology allows cars to drive autonomously in a single lane in heavy traffic conditions on highways
  • Plan to launch a range of cars with increasing autonomous capabilities by 2020
  • Boost for European manufacturing with refreshed Qashqai made at Sunderland Plant

World premiere of new ‘Premium Concept’ Qashqai and X-Trail crossover

  • Striking design and styling offers fresh take on successful crossover segment
  • Use of carbon fibre, 20-inch wheels, enhanced ‘V-motion’ grilles makes bold statement
  • Explores potential of exciting new level of personalisation in its class
  • Designed with the ‘Premium Urbanite’ and ‘Premium Adventurist’ in mind
  • Qashqai ‘Premium Concept’ features ‘Piloted Drive 1.0’ autonomous technology

Electric vehicle technology ecosystem propelled to new heights

  • Nissan’s new European office to feature world’s largest energy management system
  • 64 Nissan LEAF batteries to power stationary energy storage system
  • 100 vehicle-to-grid chargers to form largest ever grid-integrated electric vehicle (EV) system
  • Shows how EVs can play a part in the energy management systems of the future

GENEVA (Switzerland) 1st March 2016: Nissan’s advanced technology and future innovation will be in the spotlight at this year’s Geneva Motor Show as Nissan unveils its Intelligent Mobility vision for the very first time and invites its IDS Concept to the stand for its European debut.

Featuring a dynamic display of Nissan’s vision for the future of mobility, the Nissan stand will bring to life the technologies of tomorrow. From a glimpse of Nissan’s vision of the future of mobility to exploring the striking design and styling of Nissan’s new Premium Concept crossovers, the stand once again confirms why Nissan is one of the industry’s most exciting and forward-thinking brands.

Pursuing a goal of zero emission vehicles and zero fatalities on the road, Nissan’s Intelligent Mobility vision is designed to guide Nissan’s product and technology pipeline; anchoring critical company decisions around how cars are powered, how cars are driven, and how cars integrate into society.

At the core of Nissan Intelligent Mobility are three areas of innovation:

  • Nissan Intelligent Driving – creating more driver confidence, spearheaded by Nissan’s autonomous drive technology, Piloted Drive
  • Nissan Intelligent Power – more efficiency, more power, spearheaded by electric vehicles
  • Nissan Intelligent Integration – new links between vehicles and society

This Intelligent Mobility vision is borne out in Nissan’s IDS Concept which makes its European premiere at the Geneva Motor Show. Representing Nissan’s vision for the future of electric vehicles and autonomous driving, the IDS Concept steals the limelight with its highly evolved EV technology, advanced aerodynamic performance, exhilarating acceleration and sophisticated AI capability.

Set to revolutionise the relationship between driver and car, the new concept proves Nissan stands once again at the forefront of automotive technology – developing practical, real-world applications of autonomous drive technology. Bringing innovation and excitement to everyone.

Nowhere is this better exemplified than in Nissan’s award-winning crossover, the Nissan Qashqai. The Qashqai crossover will be the company’s first vehicle in Europe to feature autonomous drive technology when it rolls off the line next year. Produced at Nissan’s flagship manufacturing plant in Sunderland, UK, the refreshed Qashqai will be equipped with ‘Piloted Drive 1.0’, a feature that allows cars to drive autonomously and safely in a single lane in heavy traffic conditions on highways.

From Piloted Drive technologies to a brand new sense of premium styling, the Geneva Motor Show was also the platform for Nissan’s debut of its ‘Premium Concept’ crossovers. Nissan showcased two striking special versions of its best-selling crossovers, the Qashqai and X-Trail. Taking the current models as a starting point, Nissan has explored how a more premium and dynamic design interpretation could enhance and extend the appeal of its award-winning crossover range in the future.

From how the Nissan design language is expressed to how advanced materials are used, both cars offer a fresh take on the widespread appeal of a premium Nissan crossover.  Considering the concept of the urban explorer, each Premium Concept has a unique execution and is designed to appeal to a very different customer. In addition, the Qashqai Premium Concept features Piloted Drive 1.0 autonomous technology – the same technology that will be available on the Nissan Qashqai in Europe from 2017.

Nissan’s presence at the Geneva Motor Show comes in a year when Nissan recorded its sixth consecutive year of growth and best-ever sales in Europe selling 715,623 units by the end of 2015. Maintaining our 4.0% market share and growing sales in key countries including Spain, Italy, UK and Germany, Nissan continues to set new heights.

2016 is also a milestone year for Nissan’s manufacturing facilities, with the flagship Sunderland Plant celebrating its 30th anniversary and Nissan’s St. Petersburg plant marking ten years of operation. This is further proof that ongoing investment to strengthen local production in key markets is paying dividends.

Nissan’s dedicated Social Media team will be on the ground for the duration of the show and will keep you updated with all the action from the stand. Live updates will be announced via Twitter from the @nissaneurope account and you can be a part of the conversation using #NissanLive. You can also keep up-to-date with the latest news from the stand via the Nissan Facebook page: To find out more about Nissan and its product range, visit:


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Nissan IDS Concept

The Nissan IDS Concept… Nissan Announces “Nissan Intelligent Mobility” Vision – Building On Company Leadership in Electrification and Vehicle Intelligence – In Geneva

  • On-road technology demos in 2016, with Piloted Drive model available in Europe in 2017

GENEVA (March 1, 2016) – Pursuing a goal of zero emission vehicles and zero fatalities on the road, Nissan today unveiled its “Intelligent Mobility” vision at the Geneva International Motor Show. Created to guide the Nissan product evolution, Intelligent Mobility will anchor critical company decisions around how cars are powered, how cars are driven, and how cars integrate into society, all while staying focused on creating more enjoyable driving experiences.

VIDEO: Nissan Intelligent Technology

“Our Intelligent Mobility vision is a framework to move customers around the world towards a safer and more sustainable future,” said Carlos Ghosn, CEO. “To realize this vision, Nissan has launched a long-term strategy, supported by significant R&D investments. This enabled Nissan to introduce the breakthrough LEAF, the world’s first mass production EV, in 2010 – years before any of our competitors. It has also driven our development of cutting-edge autonomous drive technologies, which will be available in a range of mass production models by 2020. These steps are allowing Nissan to deliver the benefits of EV and autonomous drive innovations to as many customers as possible and, ultimately, to lead the way toward a new era of mobility.”

At the core of Nissan Intelligent Mobility are three areas of innovation:

  • Nissan Intelligent Driving – creating more driver confidence, spearheaded by Nissan’s autonomous drive technology, Piloted Drive
  • Nissan Intelligent Power – more efficiency, more power, spearheaded by electric vehicles (EV)
  • Nissan Intelligent Integration – new links between vehicles and society

Each area represents cutting edge technological advances by Nissan: safety innovations through autonomous technology, such as high-stability control and high-reliability drive systems; high-efficiency powertrains, including alternative and conventional fuel engines with advanced transmissions; and energy management solutions.

Yet beyond the technical specifications, Nissan is focusing on the driver and passenger experience with Intelligent Mobility and bringing those experiences to consumers now. All told, it’s a story of how Nissan is making driving more personal, empowering and exhilarating.

Nissan Intelligent Driving

Nissan’s Intelligent Driving is foremost about performance, comfort and safety, removing the stress from a daily commute or minimizing the risk of unsafe conditions. Many of these advances are already available, as drivers can rely today on vehicles to recognize danger or take appropriate action to enhance safety. Nissan is leading with its Safety Shield technologies like Lane Departure Warning and Forward Emergency Braking, and will advance this leadership into autonomous drive technologies, available to all customers on core models in the range.

VIDEO: Always Looking out for you – Nissan Altima Safety Shield

Nissan will launch multiple vehicles with autonomous drive technology in the next four years in Europe, the United States, Japan and China. The technology will be installed on mainstream, mass-market cars at affordable prices and the first model will come to Japan this year. An on-road demo event in Europe in 2016 will showcase the maturity of Nissan’s autonomous drive technology. In 2017, the Nissan Qashqai will become the first Piloted Drive vehicle available in Europe.

“Autonomous technologies have been part of our R&D activities for a long time,” said Daniele Schillaci, executive vice president, Global Marketing and Sales at Nissan. “We’ve done extensive and ongoing on-road testing since 2013. This verified the integrity and versatility of Nissan’s Piloted Drive engineering in real world scenarios. Our autonomous technology is additive to the driving experience you have today, offering more enjoyable driving and less stress.”

Nissan Intelligent Power

Nissan has been the leading automotive brand in electric vehicle technology and sales. Nissan believes that quiet, yet powerful, acceleration with an increased range is essential to ensure an incredible driving experience. Nissan is boosting EV battery energy density and performance, represented by the 60 kWh battery and up to 550km* autonomy, in the Nissan IDS Concept, which is making its European premiere at Geneva. Nissan technologies also reduce charging time, and develop EV potential in other innovative ways. Alternate sources of on-board electric power, such as fuel cells, will further encourage fuel diversity and renewable energy development. Also on the path of Intelligent Power is the further improvement of downsized turbo and X-TRONIC transmissions for both fuel efficiency and seamless response and acceleration.

  • VIDEO: Introducing the Nissan IDS Concept

“Nissan is exploring a wide range of energy sources for tomorrow’s vehicles, and we recognize our role in continuously investing in multiple technologies,” said Schillaci. “The Nissan LEAF electric vehicles have now driven over 2.2 billion kilometers by highly satisfied customers, which is proving our capabilities in terms of electric vehicles and in terms of our ability to introduce advanced, intelligent technologies.”

Nissan Intelligent Integration

How does an automaker create new benefits to society, and contribute to cleaner air, a greener planet and traffic safety? The answer is the networking of cars, individuals, social infrastructure as well as contributing towards the building of the essential charging infrastructure.

Nissan will help connect cars to social infrastructure such as road, information and electric power networks which will eventually lead to reduced traffic jams, more efficient car sharing, remote vehicle operation and improved energy management.

Nissan also continues to support expanding EV charging networks across Europe, the U.S., Mexico and Japan. To date over 10,500 quick chargers have been installed globally and in Europe. Nissan is working with partners to even further increase quick chargers that can be used by all EVs, helping to grow the entire market and bringing convenience and confidence to the European EV drivers, not just Nissan drivers.

Ubiquitous connectivity is an expectation of car consumers as an extension of their work and personal devices. Technology trends are everywhere with mobility and the “bring your own device” phenomenon extending to vehicles. Nissan is committed to enabling vehicles to be part of that connected ecosystem.

“Intelligent Integration joins together Nissan’s Power and Driving initiatives with a society,” said Schillaci. “Intelligent Mobility does not only make driving more enjoyable, but it is an important step towards our goals of ‘zero emissions and zero fatalities.’ To achieve this important goal, we require a wider commitment by automakers. We must work with regulatory agencies to create and adapt motor vehicle laws, standards and policies to support autonomous drive.”

Nissan’s Intelligent Mobility technologies are available today in the form of Safety
Shield, camera technologies and EV vehicles. It will further expand with Piloted Drive vehicles available in 2016 in Japan and in 2017 in Europe. As Nissan looks toward a future of car sharing, integrated traffic management systems and wireless charging networks, the full vision of Intelligent Mobility becomes clear.

*NEDC (New European Driving Cycle) value

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