Nissan preps release of race-ready 2013 GT-R NISMO GT3


Not more than two weeks ago we reported on the standard 2014 Nissan GT-R with improved looks and power. Now, news comes of the hardcore, race ready 2013 Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3. If you’re not familiar, the GT-R NISMO GT3 is a built-to-order, no frills racecar.

The GT-R NISMO GT3 — that we’ll refer to as the GT3 for the sake of brevity — is based upon the standard GT-R but with improvements and upgrades based upon what Nissan learned on the track and countless GT races. After having competed in the SUPER GT series, the Super Taikyu, the British GT Championship, and GT Cup, Nissan enhanced — much like the 2014 GT-R —  the body design and engine mechanics.

Nissan has boosted aerodynamics with enlarged louvers and newly added canards to the front fenders. Additionally, the placement of the rear wing was shifted. Reducing wind resistance and improving downforce, the new outward changes allow the GT3 to round the track more quickly and appear that much more menacing.

Under the hood, all moving components have been strengthened and reinforced so that the GT3 is better able to endure a raceday thrashing and carrying forward Nissan’s reputation for reliability onto the track. Within the engine itself, Nissan has altered the camshaft timing of the 3.8-liter V6 allowing it now to produce 543 horsepower and 470 pound feet of torque.

Nissan boasts it’s improved the suspension, brake balance, as well as the rear differential gear ratio on the GT3. While it’s not given specifics to these upgrades, it insists the GT3 performance for 2013 is greatly improved.

The Nissan began accepting orders on November 13th 2012 and will only build a finite number of GT3s. Should orders exceed availability, Nissan will determine which orders to fulfill. Nissan hasn’t specified a sticker price, which means if you have to ask, you can’t afford it.


At 503 mph, Turbinator II is the world’s fastest wheel-driven vehicle

The Turbinator II is a four-wheel drive streamliner powered by a 5,000-horsepower helicopter engine, and it just achieved 503.332 mph at the Bonneville Salt Flats. That's an unofficial record for a wheel-driven car.

Bored with stock? The best tuner cars are begging to be modified

Modification has been around almost as long as the automobile itself. Here are 25 of the best tuner cars you can find, ranging from American muscle standouts to Japanese drift cars.

Your PlayStation 4 game library isn't complete without these games

Looking for the best PS4 games out there? Out of the massive crop of titles available, we selected the best you should buy. No matter what your genre of choice may be, there's something here for you.

These are the best Xbox One games out right now

More than four years into its lifespan, Microsoft's latest console is finally coming into its own. From 'Cuphead' to 'Halo 5,' the best Xbox One games offer something for everyone.

Hold on to your butts: These are the fastest cars in the world

Think your car is unbelievably fast? Think again. From wind-cheating bodywork to powerful engines, these cars were designed for the singular pursuit of speed (and it shows).

Lyft has a new fixed-price subscription plan for frequent passengers

Lyft wants you to save money by using rideshare services instead of owning a car. The new Lyft All-Access Plan monthly rideshare trip subscription includes 30 rides a month with a small discount for additional trips.
Product Review

Audi's new A8 is so sophisticated and serene, it practically deletes potholes

The 2019 Audi A8’s outline looks promising: Level 3 autonomous driving capability, haptic-feedback infotainment screens, rear-wheel steering, Matrix LED headlights and OLED taillights, plus a predictive suspension.

Could the next Mazda3 boast a fuel-saving breakthrough in engine tech?

Mazda released a teaser video that likely previews the next Mazda3. Expected to make its global debut at the L.A. auto show, the next 3 will wear a more curvaceous design and offer one of the most advanced engines in the automotive…

Workhorse takes on diesel with lighter, cheaper NGEN-1000 electric delivery van

Ohio-based Workhorse Group claims its new NGEN-1000 electric delivery van costs the same as a conventional diesel van and can haul a similar amount of cargo. A lower curb weight makes this possible.

Forget transponders with Peasy’s nationwide pay-as-you-go toll service

Verra Mobility launched Peasy, a consumer highway and bridge toll payment service. Designed to be less hassle than managing traditional transponder or toll tag accounts, Peasy pays tolls as they are levied across most of the U.S.

Just 10 people will get to put this limited-edition Audi R8 in their garages

The 2018 Audi R8 V10 Plus Competition makes use of Audi's motor sports experience to turn up the performance dial. Decreased weight and increased aerodynamic downforce make this R8 a track monster.

Porsche’s all-electric Taycan sedan will cost less than a Panamera

Porsche's Mission E concept won't change much as it transitions to a production model named Taycan that's scheduled to arrive in 2019. That means the sedan will keep the sleek design and its 800-volt charging system.

Tesla keeps promise with more affordable Model 3 with midrange battery pack

Tesla is keeping its promise of making the Model 3 gradually more affordable. The company released a new variant of the car with a mid-range, 260-mile battery option that's priced under the $50,000 mark.

The snake escapes: Ford’s 700-hp Mustang GT500 slithers online ahead of schedule

The Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 will return in 2019 with over 700 horsepower, Ford confirmed at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show. The GT500 will be the most powerful Ford production car ever.