Nissan announces two-car Fuji 24 Hours effort with Z

The Yokohama-based manufacturer will present two examples of the Z, one through its NISMO factory team and the other through the Max Racing team, at the Super Taikyu event on June 4-5.

Both cars will be included in the ST-Q class for cars that do not comply with any specific regulations.

Nissan unveiled the Z road car last year, quickly introducing it as the basis for its new GT500 in the SUPER GT as a replacement for the aging GT-R.

However, Fuji 24 Hours suggests that Nissan is looking to rate the Z for use in other categories such as the GT3 and GT4 in the future.

In a brief statement, Nissan said it hoped to “explore the possibility of using the Z in a variety of motorsport categories” and “aim to use a tough 24-hour race like this to create an exciting racing car worthy of the Z alias.” “.

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Without providing technical details, it remains to be seen at what level of performance Nissan will put this new Z variant.

Super Taikyu’s highest class is the ST-X class for FIA GT3 cars, while it has a strong range of ST-Z (FIA GT4) cars and a variety of production-based classes, ranging from Mazda MX-5s and the like to -low class ST-5.

However, Nissan has announced the lineup for both cars, with the 230 NISMO to be piloted by a quartet of SUPER GT aces, Ronnie Quintarelli, Zugio Matsuda, Kohei Hirate and Daiki Sasaki, plus Kazuki Hoshino, who has resigned. of the SUPER GT last year.

Participation in Max Racing will be shared by regular players Tora Tanaka, Tetsuya Tanaka (who doubles as team boss) and Super Formula One driver Atsushi Miyake, joined by NISMO SUPER GT man Mitsunori Takaboshi and Hironobu Yasuda. drives for Nissan Gainer support in the GT300 class.

The two Zs will join several efforts for the all-season Super Taikyu in the ST-Q class, including Toyota’s innovative hydrogen-powered Corolla Sport, the biofuel-powered Mazda 2 and the carbon-neutral Subaru BRZ.

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