Nissan’s Nismo motorsports/high-performance division always seems like it’s just getting started, as though it were always fresh, new, and full of creative ideas. Staying fresh and relevant is an impressive feat when you’ve already got 30 years of experience and successes under your belt.
Nismo was founded in 1984 with an exclusive focus on motorsports. The initial goal was an overall victory in 24 Hours of Le Mans, but it expanded over the years. Its cars or engines have participated in JSPC, Formula Nippon, JTCC, 24 Hours of Daytona, and currently participate in Super GT, V8 Supercars, GT3 European Championship, and World Endurance Championship, with numerous successes having come along the way.
In later years, the motorsport’s arm also turned to offering performance packages to Nissan road cars, and recently started making appearance on the badge as well—the Nismo 370z and upcoming GT-R Nismo come to mind.
Today, Nismo wants to go back to where it all started: 24 Hours of Le Mans. Though it has had quite a lot of success in the LM P2 class, it never got that elusive LM P1 win back in the 80s. Next year, it’ll be back with a new car and new drivers to take the fight to Audi, Porsche, and Toyota. We look forward to it at Jim Harte Nissan!