Nissan GT1 GT-R news – GT-R goes GT1 – 20090

It’s developing into a good day for racers right here at TopGear.com. Earlier we brought you information of the indubitably good-looking Maserati GT4 GranTurismo, and also now Nissan has actually given us a first check out its not-to-be-messed-with GT-R racer, readied to complete in the FIA’s GT1 class this year.

Looks mean, huh? OK, the paint work might be a little bit Ford-tiger-stripes from the very early 90s, but we’ll forgive that. Look into that rear wing. Have a look at those arcs. Have a look at those side-exit exhausts.

Nissan has ditched the GT-R’s twin-turbo 3.8-litre V6 engine in favour of a normally aspirated 5.6-litre V8, which produces a mighty 600bhp and 479lb feet of torque … all to the back wheels.

The GT1 GT-R – which will certainly be run by NISMO as well as Gigawave Motorsports – will make its race launching at the FIA Silverstone satisfy on May 3, as well as is most likely to participate in 3 additional races this year before a complete project in 2010. It’ll be gunning for the Maserati MC12s, Corvette C6Rs, Saleen S7Rs as well as Ford GTs. They ought to hesitate.

If you want a great deal more GT benefits, ensure you grab a copy of May’s concern of Leading Gear magazine – which goes on sale next Thursday – in which we drive all the main FIA GT3 racers. When we state ‘we drive’, we indicate ‘Stig drives’. Don’t miss it.

Currently see the remarkable GT-R offer Jeremy a near-fatal injury at the Fuji Speedway: