Nissan’s motorsport arm, Nismo has released details of 2018 GT-R Nismo GT3, the GT-class racer based upon the road-going Nissan GT-R Nismo. Given that the base car appears not to have changed significantly, one particular update will make it more comfortable for drivers partaking in longer endurance races – air-conditioning, which is optionally available here on the Nismo GT3.

The 2018 Nismo GT3 also conceals another significant update, which is the relocation of the engine 150 mm further back in the engine bay, as well as lower than in the 2015 model. Complementing the repositioned engine are revisions to the front and rear suspension, both of which are independent double wishbone setups, along with a redesigned cross member.

Structural enchancements to the 2018 model extend to improved flexural and torsional rigidity front and rear, which will aid the effectiveness of the revised suspension setup. The 2018 Nismo GT3 racer measures 4,832 mm long with a 2,817 mm wheelbase, 2,306 mm wide, with front and rear track widths at 1,690 mm and 1,700 mm respectively.

Meanwhile, powertrain is courtesy of the familiar 3,799 cc VR38DETT 3.8 litre biturbo V6 engine, producing 550 PS at 6,500 rpm and 637 Nm of torque at 5,000 rpm in GT3 guise. Outputs are channeled to the rear wheels only, via a six-speed sequential gearbox. the Nismo GT3 differs from the GT-R Nismo GT500 in this regard, where the latter is powered by a 2.0 litre turbo four-cylinder for regulations compliance.

Wheels measuring 18-inch (13.0J) are wrapped in 330/710-18 racing tyres front and rear, which also house six-piston brake calipers with ventilated steel discs in front, and four-piston calipers with ventilated steel discs at the rear. Development for the 2018 iteration started since April 2017, and has seen the car run nearly 30,000 km, which includes participation in various racing series and with Nismo partner teams.

“Whilst this is its first year of actual competition, it is already demonstrating its competitiveness, having attained achievements such as a 3rd place podium finish in the Japan’s Super GT (GT300 class) and a 3rd place overall finish in the Blancpain GT Series Asia,” said Nismo CEO Takao Katagiri. The 2018 Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3 starts from 60,000,000 yen (RM 2,191,342), before outfitting for specific race categories.