Nissan participated in the second round of the Super Taikyu Series 2022 at Fuji Speedway in Japan with two Nissan Z racing concepts, based on the production sportscar. One car had a regular gasoline engine, and the other used a carbon-neutral fuel (CNF), both successfully completing the 24-hour race.
Nissan Z race cars have a number of changes compared to the road-going Z, including a vented bonnet, toe hook, black fender extension, eight-spoke ray alloy wheel, a large rear wing and a racing lever. The gasoline-powered model had red nismo graphics while the carbon-neutral-fueled Z came with blue graphics. All of the necessary safety measures for track use were fitted with a roll cage and sablet racing seat.
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The Max Racing team’s petrol-powered # 244 Nissan Z Racing Concept ranks ninth overall after completing 707 laps in a 24-hour race. The neutral-fuel car with the number # 230 by the NISMO team joined it for a photo finish but mechanical problems during the race limited it to 48th place after completing 502 laps. “The harder we run, the more we learn,” said Takao Katagiri, head of Nissan’s Motorsports Business Unit office.
Nissan’s goal is to use the skills gained from racing in future vehicle development, especially for carbon-neutral fuels that can extend the life of internal combustion engines. Besides Nissan, Toyota, Subaru and Mazda are also experimenting with alternative fuels.
Nissan fans expect racing concepts to evolve into a potential Nesmo variant of the Z that could be offered in the future, including a more aggressive arrow kit and a track-centric chassis setup. Note that Nissan is already competing with the Z GT500 in the Super GT class, although it is quite different from the production model due to the regulations of the series.