The Ultimate Nissan Fan-fest At Fuji Speedway
The Nismo Festival

Hakosuka. Kenmeri. Fairlady. Silvia. Stagea. GTi-R. GT-R. What happened, Nissan?

Somewhere along the line us enthusiasts were forsaken; one by one, you took away our toys and left us with nothing but memories of the good old days, a legacy of L28s, SR20DETs and RB26DETTs.

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And what a legacy it is. In December each year Nissan takes time to celebrate its motorsport and performance heritage in the form of Nismo Festival, held at Fuji International Speedway under the watchful gaze of the eponymous Fuji-san. Since the early days, Dino has been bringing you the deep, insightful coverage you’d expect from a Nissan die-hard, but this year it’s time to take a look through my lens. Talk about the weight of expectations…

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But one thing Dino and I definitely agree on is the lack of passion in the current product range. Perhaps it’s unfair to lambaste Nissan when many other Japanese manufacturers are in a similar position and the R35 GT-R is still striking fear into the hearts of Porsche Turbo owners 10 years after it hit the market. But that has been a long 10 years, and since the delightful IDx concept was nixed I’m starting to wonder if there’s an ace in the hole for Nissan.

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Only at the Nismo Festival does it become apparent just how rich and varied Nissan’s motorsport history is. There’s so many great cars big and small to draw inspiration from – c’mon Nissan!

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The good news is that the passion for the brand from outside remains as strong as ever. Between the aftermarket community, owners, and racing fans, I can state with confidence that Nissan is easily the most adored Japanese marque by enthusiasts. They are the ferrarista of Japan, unwavering in their support and fiercely defensive of the nameplate.

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The Nismo Festival is the brand’s way of saying ‘thank you’ to the fans. An attendee can park their car amongst like-minded owners, get up close and personal with race teams and drivers, pose for a photo in their favourite race car and even get taken for a blast around the Fuji circuit.

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The event easily fills the expanse of tarmac that makes up Fuji International Speedway, and as I found out is simply impossible to see all of in one day. Although I managed to run and gun through most of the official event, I just know the visitor parking lot would be an absolute goldmine for quality Speedhunting. Next time…

Buy, Buy, Buy!
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If you’re a Nissan fan planning to attend Nismo Festival, it’s probably best to leave the credit card at home.

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You will be tempted to buy those NOS fender mirrors for the 240Z project that’s totally going to happen. One day.

But even for the budget conscious amongst us there’s fun to be had. Models big and small of all your favourite homologated road cars are available. In fact, that very AUTOart V-Spec II model is parked on my side table staring at me as I put this post together.

Back to 1:1 scale at the RAYS booth where an updated 2017 GT-R was wearing a set of the handsome new Volk Racing G25 Edge wheels in an aggressive yet street-friendly size.

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RAYS is the official supplier for a number of Super GT teams including the official Nismo GT500 R35 GT-R, and its 2016 center-lock race wheel was on display amongst the other Volk Racing forged wheels more suitable for road use. Although, I guess there’s nothing stopping you buying these for your own GT3 RS or center-lock converted project car.

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For 2017 even more weight has been shaved off the wheels through the subtraction of metal wherever possible. Note in particular the chamfered holes where each spoke meets the outer rim and ribbed inner spoke to help maintain rigidity.

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A short stroll away were the HKS and Yokohama stands, featuring significantly enhanced examples of the R34 and R35. Even though HKS founder Hasegawa-san sadly passed away last month, we’re excited to see what’s next from this powerhouse of the JDM tuning industry.

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Tomei’s stand had a collection of its complete custom built ‘Genesis’ engines on display, and one very handsome S15. The car is actually owned by a staff member named Kodama-san, who is a master engine builder at the company.

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As you can probably expect, lifting the hood is pretty much looking at the Tomei brochure for the Silvia. Starting at the top, a variable valve timing SR20VE head from a P12 Primera was matched with the SR20DET block, itself stroked to 2.2L. On the hot side a Tomei ARMS M8280 turbo runs into an Expreme exhaust manifold and then into a matching titanium exhaust. Currently it’s pushing out 450hp at 7500rpm, but I’m told that’s just for now…

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Panasport had a pretty limited display of products but gave pride of place to two owners repping its wheels in pretty extreme sizings. These guys are huge Speedhunters fans and the cars were very unlike most Hakosuka builds you see. I circled back later in the day to take a closer look, so keep an eye out for the spotlight next week.

Nearby at the GReddy stand, the covers were literally being pulled off the latest iteration of the 35RX D1 Grand Prix drift car to be piloted by Masato Kawabata in the 2017 series.

Mine’s Motorsports may be famous for its giant-killing iterations of the GT-R but has recently turned its expertise towards the smallest member of the Nismo family – the March. About 14hp has been liberated from the engine by an ECU and intake update that could almost be mistaken for factory, were it not for those perfect lobster-back welds on the intake pipe.

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At an event like the Nismo Festival punters are generally free to get as close as they like to the cars on display. In fact, if you’re prepared to line up you could even sit in some of Nissan’s most iconic race cars. There was one car, however, that was separated from the unwashed masses.

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This pristine white R32 GT-R V-Spec II N1 is one of the most collectible of the GT-R family, with only 48 ever leaving the production line for homologation purposes in this specification. With the ‘rare’ and  ‘pedigree’ boxes ticked we know this car is certifiably investment grade. The other thing on the savvy prospector’s mind is mileage, so we must enquire just how many kilometres are showing on the R32’s odometer.

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The grand total of… 10. I travel further on my daily commute! And as for the price, well if you have to ask, you can’t afford it (for the record I did ask, and received laughter in response). The collectors are out there, and they are paying big dollars to secure these incredibly rare vehicles.

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Check out that ride height! Looking at some Nissan brochure images, I have a feeling this might have actually been the factory spec and I’ve just been exposed to too many lowered GT-Rs.

A Hot Track
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It’s impossible to talk about the experience of shooting at Fuji Speedway without mentioning the 3776m tall active volcano that is Mt. Fuji. Although it remained hidden behind a shroud of cloud for most of the day, every now and then it was possible to look up and be captivated by the natural beauty of Japan’s geographical icon. I can actually see Fuji-san from my office building three hours north in Tokyo, but being up close is a completely different experience. Once the snow melts, it might be time to try hiking to the summit.

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Another certainty at Fuji – you can always count on the amateur photographers in Japan to be as well kitted-out as the professionals.

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Race cars new and old lap the circuit almost constantly during the Festival, giving shooters plenty of opportunity to practice those slow pans.

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Being a high-speed international circuit means getting close to the action is difficult compared to Japan’s many smaller circuits. Large fences ring the 4.5km circuit with sporadically placed ‘windows’ for photographers to stick their lenses through and fire away while remaining protected.

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However, it means getting to all the good spots could take a day in itself, and with the sun nearing the end of its shallow arc through the winter sky, I simply didn’t have time for that.

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It was time to trek back to pit lane to check out the buzzing hive of activity about to head out on track.

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This colourful fleet of Nissan Sunny B310 coupes (plus a few ring-ins) compete in the TS Cup, a long-running three-race series that takes in Fuji Speedway and Tsukuba Circuit. Racing is fiercely competitive but high spirits and smiles are aplenty amongst the owners and drivers. Some have been racing these cars in excess of 30 years and are now starting to hand over the mantle to the next generation of speed junkies.

The cars can push upwards of 170hp from heavily worked A12 engines, and with only 750kg to haul they aren’t over-extended by even a long circuit like Fuji.

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You might be cool, but you will never be Nissan Sunny B310 race car with ’90s Japanese Formula One team livery and matching support crew cool.

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Look who I found amongst the retro racers, none other than fellow Speedhunter Ron Celestine, who was turning his hand to capturing video of this year’s event. If you really want to get a feel for the atmosphere (and hear those A12s idling angrily), check out the finished product below.

Okay, are you back with us? With the TS Cup underway it was time to duck back into the paddock to see what else I could pore over. It’s a rare opportunity to see this machinery at any time, let alone in race-ready guise.

A Moving Museum

1969 was the birth year of the GT-R badge with this, the C10 Hakosuka sedan. A hugely successful racing career spawned the GT-R lineage that we know today, and now surely this early S20-powered car is the apple of any Nissan Motorsport enthusiast’s eye.

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It’s kind of crazy how far touring car racing has evolved over the last 40-odd years. There was once a time where you could walk into your local Nissan dealership on Monday, plonk down your cash and walk away with basically the same car that had crossed the finish line on Sunday afternoon.

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If I could teleport myself to any place and time, it would have to be Japan in the mid ’80s. The country was booming off the back of an economic revolution and nobody was making more money than the car manufacturers that were taking over the world one Nissan Pulsar at a time. The country was motorsport crazy and being a top-tier racing driver was the closest one could get to being a living god. Silhouette racers like the Nihon Radiator S12 Silvia were pushing almost 600hp from 2.0L four-cylinder engines thanks to huge development budgets and very loose rulebooks.

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Nissan also brought out the Prince R380, the country’s first attempt to build a prototype race car with a stated objective of ‘overthrowing Porsche’. I guess the similarity to the 904 is no accident, then. Nissan and Prince merged the year after the R380 finished initial development and campaigned the car with reasonable results but limited victories.

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Sportscar racing for Nissan was bookended by the hugely successful R90C, seen here in 1992 Group C Specification (R92CP). As budgets began to be wound back in the early ’90s and manufacturers like Nissan focused on their high-volume production models, Prototype-style race cars were relegated to the history books (with the exception of the ill-fated 2015 Nissan GT-R LM Nismo built for LMP1-H).

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You could easily fill a cabinet with books about Nissan’s racing history, from quirky innovations like the R381’s dual wing (the angle of the left and right sides could be altered independently)…

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To game changers like Godzilla, the R32 GT-R that changed the face of Group A Racing forever.

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The R35 GT-R has proven itself to be an extremely capable platform across many forms of motorsport – drag, drift, endurance and sprint. I have to wonder if it will go down in history with the same love as its RB26-powered predecessors.

Smiling Faces
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Back on track and it’s time for a grid walk – the best part of the day for most fans! Despite us edging into winter here in Japan, the sun was out and provided perfect conditions for a bit of a stroll and chinwag with some of the characters around Nismo Festival.

A fixture at Japanese motorsport events (as much as the drivers, pit crew or anyone else) are the promotional models or ‘race queens’ as they are known in Japan.

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Race queens seem to be a dying breed in most parts of the world, but it seems Asia – and Japan in particular – is keeping the tradition alive.

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Many of the girls rival the drivers for popularity and have their own fan photo and signing sessions which are without fail some of the busiest parts of the day. And while we know drivers can be precious about their working conditions at the best of times, the girls manage to keep a cheerful smile all day despite temperatures dropping to three degrees after sundown and the, err… unconventional outfits.

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Sunako Yoshikazu is instantly recognisable at any racing event thanks to an eclectic taste in headwear and eyewear. Yoshikazu-san is renowned for being involved in the 1964 ‘Birth of the Skyline Legend’ race at Suzuka Circuit for Prince and later piloted the R380 to a Japanese GP victory in 1966 and won the Japanese Touring Championship the same year.

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Five members of the offical Nismo Supporters Club stepped down from their posts in the front row of the grandstand to share a pretty special moment with the gathered crowd – the celebration of their 20th anniversary!

The President and CEO of Nismo, Takao Katagiri, said a few choice words to the group and thanked them for their unwavering support. There was more than a few tears from the group’s leader.

Even as the sun and centigrade began to lower, the fans stayed put. It’s pretty clear that all the drivers are extremely grateful for the level of support they receive from the domestic fanbase, and use the Nismo Festival as their opportunity to ‘give back’. Here you can see Ronnie Quintarelli holding the envelope containing a donation from the Nismo family to communities in Quintarelli’s native Italy which was rocked by a series of deadly earthquakes earlier in the year.

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I know Toyota, Honda, Mazda and Subaru all have diehard fans, but there seems to be something more that sticks people to the Nissan brand. I have a few theories on why this might be (see preceding 60 photos), but would love to hear you thoughts in the comments section below.

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All good things must come to an end, and fans made a beeline towards the exit to avoid the traffic while race cars were efficiently loaded into transporters for the trip home.

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But the soft light at this time of day always offers some magic photo opportunities, so it was time to crank up the ISO and grab a few final shots of the classic metal before it disappeared onto Japan’s expressway network.

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By land mass Japan isn’t so large, but being the elongated island it is travel times between cities can be extremely protracted. The trip up from Okayama for this 240Z takes eight and a half hours on a clear run (which, on Japan’s expressways, is rarer than an original Z432!).

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I couldn’t help but revisit some of the Sunny racers that had captivated me earlier in the day for a final look. Pressures of capturing the event now subsided, I even had some time for a bit of banter with the owner/drivers packing up nearby, who were more than happy to share stories and a laugh.

Nismo Festival was a massive day, and I didn’t even come close to seeing the whole thing. However, I could return home happy knowing I’d uncovered a little bit of Nissan magic (and a few forthcoming spotlights).

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And then, the light was gone. Hands frozen, feet sore it was time to retire to the nearby township of Gotemba for some hard-earned tonkotsu ramen with new friends.

Blake Jones
Instagram: blaketjones
blake@speedhunters.com

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Here's hoping that Nissan gets its act together one day.. Being a former Z32 owner of 5 years and a Nissan fan for twice that amount, it kills me that they're sort of..asleep at the wheel. It's time for them to step their game up and start developing some cars that their fan base has been asking to get for so many years already. (VR38DETT+370Z= modern day 300ZX Twin Turbo)

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Amazing photos and writing. I've always considered myself a Nissan fan, but lately have found myself questioning why. This reminded me, so thanks :).
I hate to be that guy, but I can't help but feel that the current lack of inspiration in the Nissan lineup has something to do with their connection to Renault. It's all just my own conspiracy theories, but it ranges from Renault not wanting to be overshadowed by Nissan in terms of "fun to drive, affordable cars," to Renault only interested in milking the Infinite name for purposes on competing against other luxury brands, something the French have never done well. On the Motorsports front, I think there is a connection between Renault rejoining F1, and NISMO scaling back so much. Losing Darren Cox was tragic for the brand as well.
That said, I try to be optimistic. In doing so, I'm reminded of a recent Nissan effort that doesn't get much exposure outside of LMP2 circles, but Nissan V8s have been powering a large percentage of the LMP2 grid for the last several years, and they have had a lot of success. In addition to that, 2017 will see the introduction of the DPi ruleset in IMSA competition. Nissan will be providing engines and designing the bodywork for what I believe is a Ligié built chassis. They'll be going head to head with Mazda, Cadillac, and the rest of the LMP2 field.
Nissan have also recommitted to Aussie Supercars, which I think is great for that series.
In summary though, most of the current Nissan racing programs, including BlancPain with the GTR or Super GT, are all extremely high end forms of motorsport....the opposite of grassroots. In 2016, while watching any racing below GT3 levels, it was extremely rare to see any kind of Nissan in the field. Even last year, there were several 370Z racing in GTS/GT4 competition - but all of those were private built racecars. For 2016, most series have moved towards using FIA GT4 spec cars (of which there are at least a dozen different manufacturers to choose from now), and Nissan has yet to get involved on any kind of level. My only hope is that they have a new Z car planned for the next year or so, and then we might see a GT4 spec Z.

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If the Nissan Sentra Nismo is any indication, Nissan might just be rediscovering their glory days of the 80s and 90s. We just have to have hope. Fingers crossed?

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love the datsun 1200 hundreds and hope to build my own street legal version based on a 120y in the future. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zy03MqqZGeY
great video on the tomei datsuns skip to 2:55 to hear the best parts of it.

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I remember a couple years ago in high school I was browsing Carsensor instead of studying (as you do) and found a R32 N1 V spec or V spec II... can't recall which one but it was definitely a N1 and it was listed for around 40,000 USD...

At the time I was like, "Woah, N1 GTRs are really rare so this is cool", but only now do I realize the magnitude of what I found that day. Oh well, it's not like my high school self had 40 grand anyway.

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ssvirk considering that by now some are sure to have been written off or converted into race cars, that was a rare find indeed!

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I think the reason that they have such a fan base is the sheer volume of cool cars they used to sell. There was a point in time where you could buy a pulsar gtir, S14, S13 typex, 300zx, R33, and a Cefiro at the same time. Thats just awesome.

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Difflocked_Mees Great footage, thanks for sharing! Tomei will still sell you a 1300 engine today, which is pretty cool.

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nightrift97 unfortunately the Sentra NISMO has even less power than the old SE-R so I don't think it bodes well for us.

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Blake Jones nightrift97 And I've heard  from early drive tests that it suffers from the same issues the new Q50 and GTR have -- numb driver inputs and an overall disconnected feeling for the driver.

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So. Many. Sunnies.
And 

So. Few. Bluebirds.

Very strange for an American reader like me.

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"You think it's the hat? A lot of people hate this hat. It angers a lot of people, just the sight of it. I'll tell you a story about that on the way to school."

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I wish they had more pics of the Calsonic R32

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From Sportscar365.com
"After scoring five race wins in 2011 in the WEC’s predecessor, the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup, Nissan debuted in the WEC with five class wins in eight races in 2012.
However, since 2013, Nissan’s 4.5-liter VK45DEV8 engine has been unbeaten, recording a remarkable 35 consecutive WEC victories.
In that time NISMO-powered OAK Racing (2013), SMP Racing (2014), G-Drive Racing (2015) and Signatech Alpine (2016) to championship success in the class."
On top of that, add the beastly GTR GT3, which has racked up several international victories across multiple series, and picked up a BES Championship in 2015.
See, NISMO haven't been up to nothing the last few years...they've actually been kicking a lot international ass (well, at least the VK had been, in mostly French built chassis...)
Two things:
1, like I said before, although they're not absent from motorsport, LMP2 in the WEC is pretty niche, not exactly grass roots. Even though they've had remarkable success in a tough arena, it's not one that a lot of petrol heads in 2016 care about, sad as that is to say.
2, maybe part of the reason that not many people know about this recent success is because it is not celebrated, both by Nissan or the press. Take this article for instance...not one mention of recent success at Le Mans (only the LMP1 failure), Daytona, Sebring, WEC, ELMS, AsLMS, etc. Maybe it's because a modern LMP2 doesn't have the same poster appeal as a '89 GTR, but the feat of winning at places like Le Mans 24, Daytona 24, Sebring 12, or Road Atlanta 10 are no less noteworthy than winning at Bathurst.
One thing I can see though, is the majority of the cars being celebrated in this article are race cars...old, race cars. Don't get me wrong, I understand that's the point of the event - but why not celebrate the present as well? In a way, a young person could view this as a bunch of old folk reminiscing on how good things were back in the day....where's the photos and articles of what's happening with NISMO right to get that next generation excited about the present and the future.
And yes, I'm fully aware of the amazing job Nissan and NISMO do with SuperGT - Honda and Toyota too - but it's such a small market audience, even with the NISMO TV livestream (another blessing from Nissan). What I'm getting at here is that while we're crying over Nissan's current lineup, perhaps rightly so, the fact is that in GT3 and LMP2 competition, NISMO have actually been putting in work and have the hardwear to show for it...yet the way Nissan have been reported on, going back to Dino's story almost a year ago now, one might think Nissan hasn't raced a car since the 92C.

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Furthermore, even in SuperGT, since the Group 1 DTM chassis or whatever the hell they're called era started, Nissan have been the team to beat. Quinterelli and Matsuda aren't 4x champions for no reason. Lexus only won this year due to some extraordinary circumstances - namely the earthquake that wrecked Autopolis, causing a double header final round at Motegi, for which Lexus opened the war chest and designed engines specific for the Motegi events, giving them a significant pace advantage for the final two rounds. Legal, but quite cheeky.
Going back to WEC, when comparing Nissan to Toyota, it's seems like Toyota get a hell of a lot more recognition for regularly losing in LMP1 (and stumbling into a title in 2014) than Nissan does for their complete dominance of LMP2. Of course, Toyota is a full factory effort, whilst Nissan is just an engine supplier...but still, they deserve more recognition than they get.

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Nickgenerazio32 Why not just get a cheap stock 370z and tune it with a Fast Intentions Twin-Turbo kit making 480 hp on stock engine? Only 10000USD for the kit, that is your modern day 300ZX TT.

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Blake Jones Difflocked_Mees holy crap thats cool, better start saving up then.

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Twitch_6 
 The only point I would nitpick is that all the LMP2 cars are Nissan powered.  I think not too long from now we'll see one or two of them, GT3 (or the old GT1) GT-Rs and the Deltawing at Nismo Festival.

I don't think anyone is concerned with a lack of participation or victories, it's the current vehicle lineup like you said.  The GT-R and 370Z are almost 10 years old and there are no affordable RWD tuner cars.  The only other cars with "track potential" are Infinitis.

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When you say "all the LMP2 cars are Nissan powered", are you implying that the whole field has been running on Nissan power? Because I'm pretty sure thats not true. Gibsons and Honda have also been had engines in the back of LMP2 cars recently.
Also, while even if you are correct that there have been a couple seasons recently in WEC where all the LMP2 cars were Nissan powered, that occured by choice/preference for the Nissan power plant over what else was available.
Certainly in IMSA competition, Nissan powered cars were taking on the likes of Ford, Chevy, and Mazda...although with not as much success as was seen in the WEC.
And I fully agree that Nissan's road car lineup is quite uninspiring at the moment...as I wrote further down, I have reasons for believing why that might be. My overall point though, is that while it's cool for an article like this (or the one Dino did back in the spring) to point out be shortcomings of Nissan's product line and put forth the idea that Nissan and NISMO don't care about racing and entusiasm for motorsport - personally I'd just like to see a little of the counter balance to that, showcasing what exactly NISMO have been up to recently...because a lot of what they've done recently is actually quite remarkable.
Honestly I'm just trying to find the positives here, because for the most part, I agree that Nissan's model lineup is currently quite ass....but in their defence so are a lot of other manufacturers lol.

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rv_zenki Exactly. And look at what they sell now. Two sports cars well past their sell by date... But if you want a CVT minivan or sport activity cross over they got your covered

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Blake Jones ssvirk That's as rare as BNR32s get. Price must be well past $200k

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Twitch_6 I really hope so myself. But Nissan has been good at disappointing lately

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Nickgenerazio32 I'm with you there

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cjhcjh Nickgenerazio32 Because people want new sports cars. Tuning old ones is fine but it's just not pushing things along. Not to mention that it's slowly killing tuning shops. Places that used to bolt on turbos now do vinyl wraps and LED light install to survive lol

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That March is a massive disuse of that badge.

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Dreams fest.

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What kind of person buys an r32 n1 and doesn't drive it???

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Ghosn is a business man, not a car enthusiast.  He's been in management positions since 1981. 

But I am happy to see the Juke Nismo RS... I guess...

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bluestreaksti it does seem that way. At Toyota's equivalent event (Gazoo Racing Festival) Akio Toyoda is in attendance and even drives some of the race cars. A passionate helmsman is required if any manufacturer is to embrace motorsports fully (unfortunately it doesn't always justify itself from a dollars and cents perspective).

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3nigm4 It seems wrong, doesn't it. We can only wonder if it was the owner's original intention to hang onto it purely as an investment. At least a car that's been used is less likely to need literally every piece of rubber replaced...

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Twitch_6 You raise a very good point, and I think it's worth re-examining the dividing line between NISMO and Nissan. NISMO is at it's core a motorsports organization and yes, has been building some great engines and race cars recently. However they are indelibly tied to Nissan - and if, as a mass-manufacturer, Nissan is not creating good base cars, NISMO can not flourish as a tuner and motorsport brand. Furthermore, involvement in top-tier motorsport would require full backing from the Nissan factory, which again seems lacking in conviction in recent attempts.
It's not my intention to bash Nissan (and certainly not NISMO), but as a car enthusiast it's my honest opinion that without exciting road-going product, the future looks a little bleak.

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LopXB9sx I thought everyone had probably seen enough of it by now! Next time I'll take a closer look.

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Ice Age I understand this reference.

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3nigm4 I was sad about this too. What's the point of that awesome car if you don't drive it. How can the owner be satisfied with only owning the car, and not driving it. R32 deserves better, no matter how rare.

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@Blake Jones, well said, I agree fully. I'm just trying to be positive and find the silver lining in what I think we both agree is a bit of a bleak situation.

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I'm really interested in the new Q50/Q60 and possibly the new Z machines
because they are now equipped with twin turbo VR30 variants. All it
takes is the same passion from tuning companies to utilize the new tech
and improve on it rather than live in the past still trying to work on
older formats that already had their dose of tuning. That's one of the
crucial points of the tuning industry is the lack of support to further
improve newer machines when everyone is hung up in the past. What they
did in the 90s was utilize the new tech at the time and improved on it.
Yes we have a limited range of vehicles to choose from now and it
doesn't help that Nissan dismissed the Eau Rouge and IDX concept that
would've easily competed with the GT86 and MX5. However, if there is at
least one person to take the opportunity in really optimizing newer
machines in a similar way they did in the 90s, then other
builders/artisans will follow. That's what I think makes the Nissan community so strong is when builders start to work on the machines and others begin to follow the path which brings everyone together to further improve a vehicles potential. It's seen through the 350z/G35 community here in Amerca.

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Nissan needs someone with the spirit of motorsports as its CEO. The 'R' legacy needs to be continued, they should send some affordable sports cars down the line or just produce more interesting cars.

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Hi Blake Jones, where can I get me a copy of that "Strada" mag book? Is that available online?

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