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Old 15 Dec 2017, 11:43 (Ref:3787233)   #61
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They've certainly been very conservative.

Look at the MB and Volvo efforts. Went to the very limit, and then lobbied for more, to get those engines in the ballpark.

Erebus even threw out the big-dollar HWA-developed induction system very, very early on in the piece.
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Old 15 Dec 2017, 12:06 (Ref:3787241)   #62
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Is there anything to be linked to the fact that Nissan aren't running at the 12 Hour either?
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Old 15 Dec 2017, 17:35 (Ref:3787298)   #63
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Is there anything to be linked to the fact that Nissan aren't running at the 12 Hour either?
Maybe Nissan is slowly getting off the ICE
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Old 15 Dec 2017, 21:00 (Ref:3787336)   #64
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Is there anything to be linked to the fact that Nissan aren't running at the 12 Hour either?
New boss doesn't see the value in spending on motor sport?
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Old 16 Dec 2017, 00:10 (Ref:3787361)   #65
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It is a large spend for a single event... with no commercial backing to speak of..
..or customers lined up to but private cars..
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Old 16 Dec 2017, 02:45 (Ref:3787376)   #66
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It is a large spend for a single event... with no commercial backing to speak of..
..or customers lined up to but private cars..
I suspect it is also ingrained in the company culture.

Nissan has never demonstrated the commitment to be successful, leaving it to local operations such as in Australia with the Bluebird and Skyline programs and the US with the likes of Electramotive.

Remember the trouble Fred Gibson had getting anything of value out of Japan?

They have had glimmers of success but head office seems to have a short attention span.
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Old 16 Dec 2017, 02:50 (Ref:3787378)   #67
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Three GT3 teams with Supercar links are conspicuous by their absence from the 12 Hour grid in 2018: Walkinshaw, Nissan and Tekno despite strong presence in previous years. Is money and resources getting tight?
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Old 16 Dec 2017, 04:57 (Ref:3787388)   #68
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Tekno is the really strange one - they have totally disappeared from 2017.

Porsche bringing in Manthey instead of Walkinshaw can't be a vote of confidence
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Tekno is the really strange one - they have totally disappeared from 2017.

Porsche bringing in Manthey instead of Walkinshaw can't be a vote of confidence
The two ‘Tekno’ McLarens are entered in the B12H, just not run by Tekno...
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Three GT3 teams with Supercar links are conspicuous by their absence from the 12 Hour grid in 2018: Walkinshaw, Nissan and Tekno despite strong presence in previous years. Is money and resources getting tight?
Presumably Walkinshaw GT3 isn’t continuing considering the sale in the primary Supercar team. Their Porsche has also been superseded, and presumably there is a lack of appetite for investment with little opportunity for commercial return... and.. it seems they weren’t successful at taking over the rights to run Carrera Cup as was much talked about...
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Old 16 Dec 2017, 05:27 (Ref:3787392)   #71
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The two ‘Tekno’ McLarens are entered in the B12H, just not run by Tekno...
Exactly no involvement from Tekno
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it seems they weren’t successful at taking over the rights to run Carrera Cup as was much talked about...
Was that seriously being talked about? Must say I missed that furphy.

Maybe it was a case of Walkinshaw racing's commercial manager leaving to be motorsport manager at Porsche - and then a someone adding 2+2 to get 5?
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Old 28 Dec 2017, 10:44 (Ref:3789428)   #73
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Is it safe to say that if Nissan stay involved beyond 2018, it will be with a GTR body for 2019?
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Old 30 Dec 2017, 06:53 (Ref:3789762)   #74
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Is it safe to say that if Nissan stay involved beyond 2018, it will be with a GTR body for 2019?
Watching GTR's getting beaten by Commodores does nothing for Nissan or the GTR.
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Watching GTR's getting beaten by Commodores does nothing for Nissan or the GTR.
Especially as it's positioned as Nissan's prestige performance car against Porsche, Ferrari, Mercedes, Audi etc
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