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Old 20 Feb 2013, 20:11 (Ref:3208067)   #1
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Being realistic is there any manufacturer we wouldn't welcome with open arms and get reasonably excited about?
Exactly this. Genuinely don't care who it is and I'd support whoever makes the leap wholeheartedly.

We really aren't in a position to pick and choose in my opinion.

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Nissan return to Le Mans (G56)

Anyone know what this is about?

Nismo have an announcement coming on Tuesday. Radio Le Mans are clearly across it and know what it is. There's a teaser video doing the rounds with a few factory Nissan drivers.



I don't want to say it for fear of jinxing it. But I'm dreaming that it's going to be something that affects us...
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Anyone know what this is about?

Nismo have an announcement coming on Tuesday. Radio Le Mans are clearly across it and know what it is. There's a teaser video doing the rounds with a few factory Nissan drivers.



I don't want to say it for fear of jinxing it. But I'm dreaming that it's going to be something that affects us...
I'm not hopeing anything.
But what it is, I don't know. Nissan seems to make big PR stunts over smaller efforts (like the Deltawing)
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It's all tying in with a big event in Tokyo on Tuesday according to Darren Cox.

Crossing everything...
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Anyone know what this is about?

Nismo have an announcement coming on Tuesday. Radio Le Mans are clearly across it and know what it is. There's a teaser video doing the rounds with a few factory Nissan drivers.



I don't want to say it for fear of jinxing it. But I'm dreaming that it's going to be something that affects us...
WEC in GTE? (fingers crossed) More likely a GT3 IMO.
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CEO Ghosn is making announcement so it's important but I think it's mainly about introduction of NISMO versions in the future.

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  • Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn to make announcement in Japan Feb. 26 (Feb. 25 in U.S.)
  • NISMO HQ is a former Nissan factory now redeveloped and expanded
  • Live press conference stream and materials available at 8 p.m. EST, Monday Feb.25 at www.nissan-live.com/nismoglobal

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Nissan Motor Co. is planning a major announcement around future plans for performance when it opens a new factory for its NISMO motorsports and performance tuning arm on Tuesday morning, Feb. 26 near Yokohama (Monday evening, Feb. 25 in the U.S.).
Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn will headline the announcement, which is expected to reveal a new direction for NISMO's core mission.
Well-known to motorsports and performance car enthusiasts and re-introduced at the Chicago Auto Show earlier this month, NISMO has nearly 30 years of motorsports expertise and proven tuning capabilities for road cars, and for its millions of global gaming and virtual fans NISMO products are about to become much more of a reality.

Nissan has invested in an entirely new facility for NISMO's operations, redeveloping a former production site to give it a new home with expanded technological capacity. The new site replaces NISMO's prior location in Omori, Japan, and includes a larger showroom for up to eight vehicles plus a retail outlet.
Nissan has already begun introducing NISMO-badged performance versions of its road car products.
The first Nissan road car to get the NISMO treatment, the JUKE NISMO, is already on sale in Europe and Japan and will be launched in the U.S. this Spring. The 370Z NISMO made its public debut at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show in February and will be on sale globally later in 2013.
NISMO is also expected to reveal more about its future motorsport activities at the event.
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Old 22 Feb 2013, 20:21 (Ref:3209251)   #7
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A GT3 what? They already have GT3 with the GTR. There's no need to announce something over again Super GT we know is a given. IMO it's got to do with LeMans/WEC or DTM.
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WEC in GTE? (fingers crossed) More likely a GT3 IMO.
They already have a GT3 car?

P1 would naturally be first choice. A GTE the second.

Beyond that I'm not fussed.

The PR material sounds promising. You don't stream a press conference unless it's a big deal. DTM for me doesn't really fit in the the 'innovation that excites' line that Darren Cox has been banding around. Only one move makes sense, and that's P1 for 2014.
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They already have a GT3 car?

P1 would naturally be first choice. A GTE the second.

Beyond that I'm not fussed.
Agree 100%. I dream of P1 for 2014 but really doubt it. Seeing as it is Nismo announcement, just assuming it will be production based. I was referring more to an increased presence in GT3, not a new car.
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Old 22 Feb 2013, 20:31 (Ref:3209257)   #11
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Agree 100%. I dream of P1 for 2014 but really doubt it. Seeing as it is Nismo announcement, just assuming it will be production based. I was referring more to an increased presence in GT3, not a new car.
Top line of the PR FIRE kindly posted talks about a motorsport announcement so let's see.

Here is the teaser:
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Top line of the PR FIRE kindly posted talks about a motorsport announcement so let's see.

Here is the teaser:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...&v=WXR0oNM2-ow
Sorry. Not clear enough, production car based race effort, hence the GT3 comment. I really hope they're not over hyping what this is.
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I think that will be the 2014 LFA GT 500!!!!!

Or the GT-R GT300 evolution with hybrid power.
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you know the LFA is a Toyota, right?

Won't get my hopes up; last time I did that it was Oreca's CN announcement!

N24 announcement maybe? SuperGT looks a lot more likely from that promo though.
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Or the GT-R GT300 evolution with hybrid power.
That would be cool, the January issue of Racecar Engineering has a great article on the Honda and Toyota GT300 Hybrids.
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