New Nissan Z GT500 quenches thirst for time trial racing with virtual makeover


Nissan has prepared a new racer for Japan’s 2022 Super GT series. It’s called the Z GT500, will retire the R35 GT-R, and looks like a Nissan Z on steroids. The wild design is obviously intended to significantly improve aerodynamics.
Unveiled at the end of last week at Fuji International Speedway, the Nissan Z GT500 has now fallen into the hands of Jon Sibal, who rearranged its pixels using a good dose of Photoshop. Digital artwork, shared on social media and embedded at the bottom of the page, imagines him as a Time Attack runner, inspired by a similar-looking 240Z.

The runner’s white body is adorned with the typical sponsor decals. It has a reinterpreted front bumper, new side skirts, more muscular fenders and a different rear end, with a large diffuser and a massive fender. Wrapped in Toyo tires, the multi-spoke alloy rims have a copper finish and contribute to the improved appearance of the car which otherwise seems ready to face the clock on various circuits.

Meanwhile, back in the real world, the Z GT500 is being prepared for the 2022 season of the Japanese Super GT series. Nissan hasn’t said anything about its performance, but we do know that the cars participating in this event feature a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with a turbocharger, developing 650 horsepower. The mill is hooked up to a six-speed gearbox with paddle shifters, and the weight levels are set at 2,270 lbs (1,030 kg), including driver and fuel.

Despite having two fewer cylinders and one less turbocharger, the racer produces 250 more horsepower than the legal Nissan Z, whose twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6, shared with the Infiniti Q60 Red Sport 400, produces 400 hp and 350 lb-ft (475 Nm) of torque. Transmission options include a six-speed manual and a nine-speed automatic, the latter from Mercedes-Benz.