Come January next year, those taking deliveries of their Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3 race car will no longer need to endure sweat-soaked underpants in their race suits.
That’s cause the 2018 Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3, based on the Nissan GT-R Nismo, will be available (as an option) with an exclusively-designed air-conditioning system to reduce driver stress and ensure comfort during endurance races.
Elsewhere, its centre of gravity has been lowered by mounting the engine 150mm further back and lower than its predecessor – a moved that also saw a dry sump system implemented.
While the road-going version weighs around 1,700 kg, the GT3 car is more than 500 kg lighter. It’s got the same 3.8-litre twin-turbo V6 making more than 550 hp and 637 Nm of torque, paired to a 6-speed sequential gearbox. Instead of having power channeled to all four wheels, the Nismo GT3’s brute forces is exclusive to the rear wheels. 6-pot caliper brakes occupy the front while the rear utilises a 4-pot pair – where they’re tucked behind 18-inch wheels.
Vigorous tests carried out in Japan and overseas since April of last year has seen the car run a total of approximately 30,000km.