When Nissan finally revealed the all-new Nissan Z sports car back in August, we couldn’t wait to see it in track fighting trim.
As it turns out, neither could Nissan.
Earlier this month, Nissan showed us the Nissan Z GT500 race car that’ll campaign in the 2022 Super GT Series—a Gran Touring race league that represents the top level of Japanese sports car racing. The reveal comes just as the 2021 Super GT season wraps up.
The timing makes prefect sense, as Nissan had previously announced that it would be the last year for the GT-R Nismo GT500, which has campaigned in the Super GT series for over a decade already.
And this isn’t the first time we’ve seen Nissan spec-out a Z (or Fairlady) for race duty. From the original Datsun 240Z to the twin turbo 300ZX, Nissan’s Z-badged sports cars have seen plenty of track time.
Devised long before the public got to see the roadgoing Z this past August, this new race car was under development for over two years. Nissan hopes the slippery profile of the new Z will be beneficial on the racetrack.
We’ll find out soon enough, as the 2022 Super GT Series kicks off this April.