Nissan Global Motorsports 2009 plans

TOKYO (February 27, 2009) - Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. and Nissan Motorsports

International Co., Ltd. (NISMO) today announced their global motorsport

programme for 2009.

For 2009, Nissan continues to participate in the SUPER GT series, GT500

class, which is the highest level in Japanese domestic motorsports, with

the Nissan GT-R.  Nissan will also support grassroots activities in select

countries outside of Japan to help nurture the motorsports culture, which

has millions of fans throughout the world.

“Motorsports is an important part of Nissan’s strategy for building a

strong brand with consumers who share our passion for high-performance

driving,” said Carlos Tavares, Executive Vice President, Nissan Motor Co.

Ltd.  “In addition to being an important touch-point for consumers,

motorsports serve as a dynamic proving ground for automotive innovation.”

1. SUPER GT

Vehicles

The R35 model Nissan GT-R will be entered in the GT500 class of SUPER GT.

This year’s entries will incorporate changes that include an improved air-

cooling system and a paddle-shift transmission. The vehicles also conform

to the racing body’s latest regulation changes to decrease down force

through shortened vehicle overhang. NISMO provides technical assistance and

vehicle development to all participating teams.

Team Composition

This year’s line-up of NISMO, HASEMI MOTORSPORT, TEAM IMPUL and KONDO

RACING will deploy 1 car each for a total of 4 Nissan GT-Rs that will race

in the GT500 class series. Kunihiko Kakimoto remains as general manager in

charge of Nissan related teams with the NISMO team managed by Yutaka

Suzuki. HASEMI MOTOR SPORT team welcomes to its roster Hironobu Yasuda, who

trained in the rigorous Nissan Driver Development Program (NDDP).

Car

No:Entrant:Team Manager:Drivers:Vehicle Name: Tyre Maker

1:NISMO:Yutaka Suzuki:Satoshi Motoyama/Benoit Treluyer:MOTUL AUTECH GT-

R:Bridgestone

3:HASEMI MOTOR SPORT:Masahiro Hasemi:Ronnie Quintarelli/Hironobu

Yasuda:TBA:Michelin

12:TEAM IMPUL:Kazuyoshi Hoshino:Tsugio Matsuda/Sebastien Philippe:IMPUL

Calsonic GT-R:Bridgestone

24:KONDO RACING:Masahiko Kondo:Joao Paulo de Oliveira /Seiji

Ara:HIS ADVAN KONDO GT-R:Yokohama

2. Private racers category

1) March Cup series

 Providing amateur racers a chance to experience the thrill of auto racing,

Nissan holds the March Cup races (East Japan Series, West Japan Series,

Nissan March Championship Cup). This pits private racers with actual racing

conditions, with each car equipped with a data logger and GPS to record the

racing lines taken by drivers. As previously announced, 2009 is the final

run for the March Cup series.

2) Japanese domestic private teams

1.   SUPER GT GT300 class

Technical assistance will be given to private teams competing in

Fairlady Zs.

2.  Super Taikyu series

Technical assistance will be given to private teams competing in Fairlady

Zs in both ST1 and ST3 classes.

3) Global Race activities

China

Aiming for a 3rd championship win, Nissan and NISMO will provide technical

assistance to its China partner Dongfeng Motor Co., Ltd., which enters its

Nissan Tiidas in the 1600cc Class of the China Circuit Championship (CCC). 

The event is the country’s premier domestic racing event, where locally

manufactured production-based race cars compete. Nissan Tiida won the title

in 2006 and 2008.

South Africa

With 8 consecutive Driver’s championship wins, Nissan seeks to retain its

title in the South Africa Off-Road Championship. Dominating the event will

be the Nissan Navara, well known for its controlled performance and rugged

reliability.

 Europe

To check the performance of cars to be sold to racing teams competing in

the FIA-GT1 class, a NISMO-developed car will run as a non-championship

entry in 4 races in 2009, entered in a team partnership with Gigawave

MotorSport. It is expected that the car is to be driven by Michael Krumm

(NISMO) and Darren Turner (Gigawave).