By Steve & Tamami Laser
With the reveal of the all-new Nissan Z GT500 race car this evening (tomorrow in Japan), Nissan is aiming to recapture its winning ways on the track with the legendary Z.
Nissan and its NISMO motorsports group rolled out the new Z GT500 race car at Fuji International Speedway in Shizuoka Prefecture, while announcing plans to participate in the Super GT Series in Japan beginning with the 2022 season.
“The Nissan Z GT500 symbolizes Nissan’s spirit of taking on challenges and bringing excitement to life,” said Ashwani Gupta (above), Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. Chief Operating Officer. “Through our racing efforts, we continue to innovate our cars and we race to win with the same daring we have displayed so many times over the years.”
This video, from the Nissan Global YouTube channel, covers the online reveal of the new Z GT500 racing car; includes remarks from legendary names in Z racing history, and features the new car on the track with Nissan Driver Ronnie Quintarelli behind the wheel. (video: Nissan)
In a flashback to the 1970s, legendary racer, constructor, and BRE owner Peter Brock (shown above in the video), said: “We had a tremendous responsibility because we had to do the development of the 240Z engine that enabled our driver, John Morton, to win two consecutive national SCCA championships. The most important thing is that Nissan has decided to get back into motorsports and will be using the new Z car as the main weapon against all of the factory teams.”
During the livestream presentation, emcee Pierre Kitagawa introduced Nissan racing drivers, Kohei Hirate, Masataka Yanagida (“second generation Yanagita”), Tsugio Matsuda, and Ronnie Quintarelli.
“We are entering the 2022 Super GT series with our all-new Nissan Z GT500 car and our huge passion for motorsports,” said Takao Katagiri, NISMO president and CEO. “We hope all our fans will continue to passionately support the Nissan and NISMO motorsport teams.”
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News source, photos and video courtesy of Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., and Nissan Motorsports International Co., Ltd.
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