NISMO GOES GLOBAL
New HQ to spawn electric Le Mans entry in 2014 and greatly expanded motorsport programme
The new Nismo road cars like the Juke, 370Z and GT-R will have the same spirit but be built in far greater numbers and alongside their regular brethren, the new HQ pooling motorsport and road car development under one roof for the first time. Motorsport will still be core but Nismo's remit is expanding 'to encompass performance road car development alongside Nissan.'
The motorsport plan is equally ambitious, Ghosn revealing that Nissan will return to 'Garage 56' following its split from the Deltawing project, this time with its own electrically powered racer that could, in future, spawn an LMP1 contender.
That's some way away yet but with Nissan engines in one third of this year's Le Mans entry there's still a big presence at the 24 hours this year.
And over in Australia Nissan is returning to competition in V8 Supercars with the Altima V8 Supercar and hoping to reprise the Skyline-based dominance enjoyed by Nissan in the early 90s. Whether the locals will be quite so welcoming is another matter, the Skyline's lockdown on Australian motorsport ruffling more than a few feathers back in the day.