Nissan celebrates 60 years of global motorsports at NISMO Festival
Fans attending this year’s NISMO Festival at Fuji Speedway will not only get to see past Nissan race cars and meet their legendary drivers – they’ll also witness the future of Nissan motorsports.
Nissan teams and drivers will gather Dec. 2 for the running of some of the greatest cars in Nissan’s 60 years of global motorsports history, as well as heritage models and the latest NISMO road cars. The 21st annual fan appreciation event also offers the first chance to see Nissan’s new Formula E car on a track in Japan, as well as an all-new, dynamic Nissan EV show.
The Formula E car represents the performance side of Nissan Intelligent Mobility, the company’s vision for changing how cars are powered, driven and integrated into society. The 100% electric model will be shown just weeks before its debut race in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
“We don’t have a Formula E race yet in Japan, so we’re thrilled to show its exciting driving to Japanese fans at the NISMO Festival,” said Takao Katagiri, CEO of NISMO and head of the NISMO road car business at Nissan. “This is a great opportunity for motorsports fans to observe firsthand how Nissan and NISMO’s engineers and drivers learn through racing how to build more passionate cars, featuring Nissan Intelligent Mobility technologies that offer our customers excitement and convenience.”
To celebrate Nissan’s six decades of global motorsports participation – starting with the class victory at the Australian Rally in 1958 – the festival will feature more than 50 cars that have competed globally and in Japan. Rally cars from the 1950s to the 1980s, prototype cars from the 1990s, current GT cars and the Formula E car will be on display.
This year’s event offers even closer access to the cars than in years past, and more time for interaction with drivers.
Off the track, the festival will feature autograph sessions and talk shows by legendary and current Nissan/NISMO drivers, children’s events, and corporate and vendor retailing.
Event: NISMO Festival at Fuji Speedway 2018 Supported by MOTUL
Date: Sunday, Dec. 2
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Venue: Fuji International Speedway in Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan
Organizer: Nissan Motorsports International Co., Ltd.
Partner: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
Event support sponsor: MOTUL
- Racing event area – race car runs, exhibitions (NISMO cars parade, Z Challenge, historic cars exhibition race, Formula E car demo run, NISMO GP and more)
- Stand event area – driver autograph sessions, high-five sessions, sales of Nissan/NISMO merchandise and race car parts, children’s events
- Paddock event area – corporate and retail booths
Official Site: http://www.nismo.co.jp/en/event/festa2018/
Highlights from the 2017 NISMO Festival:
NISMO, a short form of “NISsan MOtorsports,” is the performance brand for Nissan and one of the company’s purveyors of “innovation that excites.” NISMO offers products featuring innovative technology and high performance to a wide range of customers for street use. NISMO cars provide an exciting driving experience with motorsports-inspired aerodynamics and styling, enhanced handling characteristics and unmatched agility. In the motorsports world, NISMO competes in the highest forms of GT and sports car racing, such as Japan’s Super GT Series as well as globally providing race cars and engines to customers.
About Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
Nissan is a global full-line vehicle manufacturer that sells more than 60 models under the Nissan, INFINITI and Datsun brands. In fiscal year 2017, the company sold 5.77 million vehicles globally, generating revenue of 11.9 trillion yen. On April 1, 2017, the company embarked on Nissan M.O.V.E. to 2022, a six-year plan targeting a 30% increase in annualized revenues to 16.5 trillion yen by the end of fiscal 2022, along with cumulative free cash flow of 2.5 trillion yen. As part of Nissan M.O.V.E. to 2022, the company plans to extend its leadership in electric vehicles, symbolized by the world’s best-selling all-electric vehicle in history, the Nissan LEAF. Nissan’s global headquarters in Yokohama, Japan, manages operations in six regions: Asia & Oceania; Africa, the Middle East & India; China; Europe; Latin America; and North America. Nissan has partnered with French manufacturer Renault since 1999 and acquired a 34% stake in Mitsubishi Motors in 2016. Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi is today the world’s largest automotive partnership, with combined sales of more than 10.6 million vehicles in calendar year 2017.
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