The GT-R that won the Bathurst 12 Hours race this February comes to Japan! On Saturday, March 21 at the NISMO showroom (Tsurumi ku, Yokohama city, Kanagawa prefecture), a “Bathurst Victory/Super GT Champion Commemorative Event” was held. GT Academy graduates Wolfgang “Wolfie” Reip and Florian Strauss, together with Masakazu Chiyo (who won the 12 Hour race together with them) will be at the event. Last year’s Super GT champions, Tsugio Matsuda and Ronnie Quintarelli will also be there in person for the celebration. For details regarding the event, please see the NISMO showroom official website (available in Japanese only).
A chance to see the victorious GT-R NISMO GT3 that fought at Bathurst in person, if you live in Japan!
On the same dates and at the same time of the actual race, online events of Gran Turismo were also ran. There were many players who posted Gran Turismo race photo’s on the social networks at the moment of the GT-R’s victory. It would be great to see many more fantastic races like this in the future.
The NISMO showroom we at Pit Stop visited is at a location built together with the legendary Omori Factory, a place that is like the holy ground for NISMO. It’s also a space where people really took the time to “show” the cars.
The R390 GT1 was awaiting guests at the entrance, an amazing display of the car mounted on the wall. A definite must see; you can’t miss it!
(Cars presently on display as of March 19)
The GT500 machine raced in 2013 by the KONDO Racing Team, who Lucas will be racing with this year: the “D‘station ADVAN GT-R #24”.
Compared to recent DTM regulation cars and certain unified cars in some races, it has an appeal that’s close to an old-school silhouette formula car.
The “IDx NISMO” concept car announced in 2013.
Reminds you of the works team fender flares which were once popular in Japan, that’s now regaining popularity overseas.
One of the original works fender cars from the good ol’ days, that stood alongside cars like the “Hako Suka” Skylines and “Ken & Mary” Skylines: the “Fairlady Z (240Z)”
The Nissan race number that’s become more popular recently for its meaning, has always been “23” (“Ni” and “San” in Japanese).
The “Note NISMO S” and the “March NISMO S” sold as complete tuned cars come equipped with many specialized NISMO parts in places you wouldn’t normally imagine just from its elegant looks.
Found a GT Academy article in one of the many commemorative items on display.
And of course there’s a play seat where you can play Gran Turismo in the showroom. On one of these machines, you can race against the “Ghost” replay (NISMO) of Tsugio Matsuda, recreated with the NissanConnect NISMO Plus.
And at the deepest area of the showroom is the “VR38DETT” engine of the GT-R NISMO GT3, and the “VRH34A” that once powered their GT500 machine.
And this year, GT Academy finally comes to Japan for the first time.
I asked Jann, the 2011 GT Academy Europe Champion, “What does it take to reach the top of the GT Academy?”
He replied, “It’s not necessary to be the fastest from the beginning of Race Camp. The person who shows the potential to grow the most during Race Camp, and whether or not you can establish a relationship that allows you to work together as a professional racer, that’s the most important.”
Those of you in GT Academy this year, don’t forget his words!
The top category of the touring car races, the Super GT, will begin on April 4. The first GT Academy winner Lucas Ordóñez will now making his official debut in the GT500 class. When he visited Polyphony Digital the other day, he said both “GT 500, Fast” and “Really good car” in Japanese, showing how he’s really picking up the language. Nissan driver and colleague Ronnie (Italian) is famous for his fluent Japanese, but Lucas is quickly catching up to be the 2nd Ronnie. It’ll be interesting to hear him on the radio during the races!