On Monday, Nissan and NISMO (Nissan Motorsports) announced their global motorsports plans for 2018, including their team and driver lineups for the 2018 Autobacs Super GT Series.
Nissan enters four Nissan GT-R NISMO GT500s, aiming to recapture the championships it won in 2014 and 2015. Nissan won five out of eight races in 2016 and missed the 2017 title by a mere 2 points. They will also enter GT300 with two newly evolved 2018-spec Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3s and two of the previous 2015-spec GT-R GT3s.
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Nissan announced their 2017 motorsport activities on Friday night, completing the GT500 grid for the 2017 season with the final four entries, and adding one more factory-supported GT300 team to the grid.
Former GT Academy graduate and Nissan factory driver Jann Mardenborough has been promoted to GT500 to drive the legendary Calsonic Nissan GT-R for Team Impul, replacing Brazilian João Paulo de Oliveira, who moves back to Kondo Racing for the first time since 2010.
NDDP Racing, Nissan’s works GT300 squad, brings back young standout NISMO Global Athlete Mitsunori Takaboshi to Super GT full-time in 2017.
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Super GT testing resumed at the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia, for the third day of a four-day manufacturer and tyre test involving Nissan, Honda, Lexus, and Toyota.
With the resumption of testing on a cloudy, humid afternoon came a few new faces to the paddock – including Jann Mardenborough, Katsumasa Chiyo, Ryo Hirakawa, and Daisuke Ito, who all took their first laps around Sepang in the 2017 GT500 challengers.
But at the top of the time sheets for the second consecutive day was the returning World Endurance Championship star Kazuki Nakajima, who set the quickest lap of the day for Lexus Team au TOM’s and their Lexus LC500 in the morning session.
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Nissan announced today that they have sold their 41 percent share of automotive parts manufacturer Calsonic Kansei Corporation to American investment firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR) & Company, for an estimated value of ¥498.3 billion JPY ($4.5 billion USD).
While there is optimism abound for Calsonic Kansei’s future as a company after spinning off from Nissan, there is one potential blowback that would have a direct and drastic impact the Autobacs Super GT Series: The end of a 34-year partnership between Calsonic and Team Impul that has lasted throughout the entirety of the JGTC/Super GT era, and whose popularity has transcended the series.
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