Nissan announces new GT500 teams

Nissan Announces new GT500 Teams
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.

By category and drivers, here is where Nissan/NISMO will be this year in regards to the GT500 class.

Super GT GT500

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
MOTUL AUTECH GT-R / Michelin

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
TBA / 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 five per cent ‘less fuel’ rule.