2020 Nissan GT-R Nismo Inspired by its GT3 Racing Sibling
Lighter, more aerodynamic and responsive than its predecessors
Melbourne, Australia (26 September, 2019)– In celebrating 50 years since Nissan GT-R’s global debut, the updated 2020 Nissan GT-R NISMO sports a range of aerodynamic, handling and braking enhancements - inspired by Nissan’s GT3 racing program - that offer exhilarating performance unmatched by its predecessors.
Nissan’s 2020 GT-R NISMO is a more extreme, track-orientated version of the GT-R that has matured through rigorous refinement, and become sharper and more rewarding as a street car.
The 2020 GT-R NISMO features more carbon fibre helping reduce weight and improve aerodynamics, carbon ceramic brakes, enhanced steering and transmission, new turbochargers, an updated wheel design and new RECARO seats. It also has a blue titanium tipped exhaust.
“The Nissan GT-R NISMO offers unparalleled performance that is exhilarating to experience as soon as the drive begins,” said Nissan Australia managing director Stephen Lester.
“Edging closer to its GT3 sibling, the 2020 updates to the Nissan GT-R NISMO are sure to impress.”
Setting the NISMO variant apart from the other variants in the GT-R range is the amount of carbon fibre throughout the car. Helping reduce weight by 10.5 kilograms, increasing downforce and enhancing aerodynamics, carbon fibre is added to the front fenders, bonnet and roof.
The front fenders resemble those of the GT3 racecar. Scalloped vents help funnel hot air away from the engine bay and provide exceptional downforce onto the front tyres, without additional drag.
They also improve aerodynamics by smoothing out airflow along the body, with special consideration given to avoiding the rear spoiler, promoting high-speed stability. A new compression process gives the carbon fibre roof a lightweight, tight weave.
The 2020 GT-R's new turbochargers are the same ones currently used on the GT3 race car version of the GT-R. They employ a 10-vane turbine wheel (one fewer vane than the 2019 model) and the vanes are 0.3 millimetres thinner. This accounts for a 14.5 per cent reduction in mass, and therefore inertia by 24 per cent, allowing for faster response.
To counteract having one less vane, which would normally reduce flow rate, a new backplate was created to prevent exhaust gases from flowing behind the turbine blades, drastically improving flow efficiency.
Through the latest fluid and stress analysis, special attention was given to the actual design and profile of the vanes. Their new shape optimises efficiency with exhaust gases to boost flow rate resulting in improved boost response and acceleration as well as in gear "pickup" in any situation.
The result is a sharper feeling that further enhances the overall character of the engine – which has 441kW of power and 652Nm of torque
The 2020 GT-R NISMO's revised 6-speed dual-clutch transmission features a refined "R mode" that now shifts gears more aggressively and intuitively, thanks to a new algorithm for the adaptive shift control (ASC).
This selects the best gear for any driving scenario and can especially be felt during braking and approach into a corner, where the driveline feels more precise with faster downshift reactions to help reduce understeer on entry.
With engine speed kept at a higher rate (thanks to lower gear engagement), acceleration also improves when powering out of a corner.
Enhanced handling, grip and steering
The 2020 GT-R NISMO’s suspension tuning improves cornering stability (lateral G), with enhanced yaw-rate response and smoother ride quality.
Steering features better linearity and precision than ever, requiring minimal corrections even at high speed.
Exclusive 20-inch RAYS forged aluminum wheels are a combined 100 grams lighter and incorporate a new nine-spoke design that enhances rigidity despite the weight reduction. A diamond-cut white-and-red NISMO logo on the rim marks their exclusivity.
The newly designed Dunlop tyres feature a new rubber compound, boosting grip by seven per cent, and a tread pattern with one fewer groove for the fronts, which increases the contact patch by 11 per cent.
The tyre’s shoulder shape is slightly rounder so that when the car leans during cornering, more rubber surface makes contact with the ground, generating more grip.
Overall, tyre cornering force is increased by five per cent. This also improves the steering response in terms of straight-line tracking and stability compared with the current model, without impacting rolling resistance performance.
The car’s Bilstein DampTronic shocks were carefully re-tuned in both rebound (20 per cent softer) and compression (five per cent softer) to take into account the overall near 30kg reduction in weight. The revised spring rates contribute to a more linear steering response and increase in road-holding ability.
Improved braking: Carbon ceramic rotors
Nissan collaborated with Italian brake manufacturer Brembo to create an all-new brake package for the 2020 GT-R NISMO.
Special large calipers join carbon ceramic rotors, the biggest ever fitted to a Japanese performance car at 410mm at the front and 390mm at the rear.
The six-piston front and four-piston rear calipers are exceptionally rigid. Their all-new construction brings a significant improvement to brake reaction time.
This delivers a more responsive and progressive brake pedal, full of feedback to allow precise modulation of braking force. The result is the ability to shed speed quicker and more effectively while staying resistant to fade.
The biggest advantage comes from the carbon and silicon carbide structure of the rotors themselves. They allow for a 16.3 kilogram total drop in unsprung weight.
Mounted on floating aluminum billet center bells, the new rotor and oversized caliper setup is finished off by new, specially formulated brake pads that generate higher friction levels across the full operational range. The pads also give a firmer, more reassuring pedal feel.
Front rotor cooling has also been improved by altering the angle in which the air guides are mounted, helping funnel a higher flow of air toward their centers.
As a final touch, the calipers have been dipped in a heat-resistant yellow paint that is not only able to endure temperatures over 1,000 degrees Celsius but is resistant to discoloring from hard use and repeated temperature cycling.
The Nissan GT-R features a NISMO-tuned 3.8 litre twin-turbocharged V6 engine with 441kW of power at 6,800rpm and 652Nm torque at 3,600-5,600rpm.
As standard equipment, the NISMO also includes satellite navigation with 3D mapping and an 8 inch integrated colour display with multi-touch screen, a rear view camera, front and rear parking sensors, Bluetooth® handsfree phone system and audio streaming.