Nissan has revealed a GT4 homologated version of its Z sports car for track use only, in collaboration with its Nismo tuning and motorsports division.
Dubbed the Nissan Z GT4, deliveries of this race car will begin in the first half of 2023.
This GT4 homologated Nissan Z racer is based on the road-going car, but has been developed at Nismo’s engineering facilities and modified for “severe competition use”.
The Japanese carmaker said it tuned the car’s 3.0-litre ‘VR30DDTT’ twin-turbo V6 engine, “optimised” the chassis and suspension, and enhanced the aerodynamics within the GT4 regulations.
Nissan is remaining tight-lipped on any further details about the Z GT4 racer at this stage, but has said that detailed vehicle specifications will be announced at the 2022 SEMA show, which runs from November 1 to 4.
On the outside an apparent change to the regular Nissan Z is an aggressive bodykit that includes a low front splitter and a large rear wing that’s added on top of the regular ducktail-style rear spoiler.
There’s also a large, singular exhaust pipe instead of the usual dual exhaust pipes, vents on the bonnet, Rays lightweight wheels, Brembo high-performance brakes, and tow hooks.
Although the company hasn’t shown off any images of the GT4 racer’s interior yet, there’s a cockpit that “works for drivers of all types”, apparently. Sabelt racing seats can be partially seen in some of the images.
This Nissan Z GT4 racer was previewed by the modified Z Racing Concept that debuted at the Fuji 24-Hour Race at Fuji Speedway in the ST-Q class, which is a class for special development vehicles approved by Super Taikyu Series and isn’t competitive.
It’s expected this Nissan Z GT4 racer will inform the hotter, road-going Nissan Z Nismo that’s reportedly set to be revealed in early 2023, according to BestCarWeb.
The Nissan Z Nismo will reportedly receive dedicated suspension tuning by Nismo, beefier brakes, chassis stiffening, Yamaha performance chassis dampers, a different exhaust, and a retuned electronic control unit (ECU).
Other aesthetic changes will reportedly include 20-inch aluminium wheels, Recaro sports seats, a leather and Alcantara steering wheel, and a dash with red-accented stitching.
It’s unclear at this stage how much more power and torque the Z Nismo will make, but with the Nismo exhaust and retuned ECU we could a slight bump over the regular version which produces 298kW of power and 475Nm of torque.
Pricing in Japan for Z Nismo is reportedly expected to be around ¥9 million (~$A100,000), which is around ¥3 million (~$A30,000) more than the current, flagship model in that market.
In Australia, the Nissan Z is priced from $73,300 before on-road costs regardless of whether you choose the six-speed manual or nine-speed automatic transmission.
The Z Proto, which is now sold out, was priced at $80,700 before on-road costs and added unique features such as Ikazuchi Yellow paint with a black roof, matching yellow brake calipers, 19-inch bronze forged alloy wheels, and interior trim tweaks.
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