What Is NISMO?
With a name derived from NISsan MOtorsport, NISMO is the embodiment of ultimate Nissan performance. Who is NISMO? An elite group of engineers and test drivers who have worked, driven, and won on every level. Combining unmatched dedication, skill and passion, NISMO creates road cars that offer a uniquely thrilling and authentic experience.
Ultimate Nissan Performance, Everyday
From the Racetrack to Your Driveway
As passionate as we are about performance, we are also dedicated to the idea that the joy of owning and driving a NISMO vehicle should be available to every enthusiast. So we are pleased to offer a wide range of vehicles, where everything from enhanced aerodynamics to competition-tuned suspensions to race-inspired cockpits put you in the sweet spot of track-inspired performance and a road car you feel comfortable driving on your daily commute.
Why Only a NISMO Feels Like a NISMO
Great handling isn’t a result of just data. It requires a human touch. NISMO development drivers are much more than just racecar drivers focused on the fastest lap time. They focus on what the vehicle should feel like. What is exciting. What feels thrilling. As much on the street as on the track. They ensure every NISMO feels like a NISMO.
A Driving Legend
Meet Hiroyoshi Kato. Nissan Technical Meister. Nissan Nürburgring Meister. He is not easily satisfied. But when he is, you’ll feel the magic every time you are behind the wheel.
Worn with Pride
With NISMO vehicles now being sold in many countries, a worldwide audience can appreciate the incredible amount of engineering, testing, and manufacturing know-how required before a vehicle wears the NISMO badge.
Adrenaline on Tap
Step on the throttle and feel how race-proven engineering makes every trip through the gears memorable, with quick response, strong low-end torque, a wide powerband, and the unique growl of the exhaust note.
A Product of Relentless Development
Regular Nissan vehicles go through years of extensive dynamic development and testing. Then, when they are done, the NISMO team takes it from there and keep on developing. Enter the master craftsman. More tests. More engineering. More perfecting of the driving experience.
A UNIQUELY HUMAN TOUCH
While it is important, data will only tell you so much. A number alone won't thrill, won't give an unforgettable driving experience. It takes a special kind of genius – a uniquely human touch – to take science and turn it into a living, breathing, exhilarating machine.
The Hidden Language of Data
Numbers speak – but it takes a special talent to know what they're really saying. NISMO engineers are involved during the entire process of vehicle development. Combing through an incredible amount of data, engineers can pinpoint the exact points to make the vehicle have that unique NISMO feel.
Collaborate, Never Compromise
It takes a special skill set to create a NISMO. Engineers must be capable drivers and development drivers must be fluent in the language of engineering. This allows them to work together, raising the bar for excellence in both disciplines. The result is a vehicle that feels as good as it performs.
The "Secret Ingredient"
NISMO engineers ride along with development drivers – testing, gathering data, experiencing. Working together, the "NISMO-ness" is constantly unfolded. It's a process that is constantly repeated until Engineer and Driver are satisfied.
Handling that Makes Every Corner an Occasion
Intimately Connected to the Road
You feel it through the wheel, the seats, the pedals. Competition-tuned suspensions can feature enhancements like stiffer springs, body dampers, and chassis reinforcements to create incredible handling and precision. Your NISMO responds to your commands as if it were reading your mind.
Body and Chassis Reinforcement
Inside the World of NISMO
NISMO vehicles go through a series of body and chassis stiffness reinforcements after the vehicles leave the assembly line.
Large Structural Support
NISMO models get large diameter structural supports. Each part is applied after the vehicles leave the assembly line by a unique team. Each attachment bolt is checked, then double-checked.
The Touchpoint Between Car and Road
Bend into a corner and the steering tells you everything you need to know. Step on the brakes and feel control that lets you perfectly balance the chassis for precise handling. Hundreds of tire, brake, and wheel combinations are tested on track and street to find the right match for the chassis and to make sure you’re hardwired to your drive.
It All Starts with Tires
Inside the World of NISMO
The right tires are essential to everything else. You can’t tune the shocks, the coils, or even choose the right wheel stiffness until you get the right tire size and compound chosen.
Design Driven By Function
A NISMO vehicle looks the way it does for one simple reason – pure function. Painstaking design down to the millimeter creates a shape with massive downforce to help you hold the road, while carbon fiber reduces weight without sacrificing strength. Details like a rear diffuser, rear spoiler, and side sills reduce drag so you slice through the air. The fact that it looks this great doing so – icing on the cake.
A Driver-Focused Cockpit
Deeply bolstered sport seats hold you as you corner. Alcantara® cloth improves your grip on the steering wheel. Inspired by rally driving and drifting, there’s even a red signature atop the steering wheel to let you know where 12 o’clock is. In a NISMO cockpit, car and driver become one.
Inside the World of NISMO
NISMO models start off being assembled like the regular version. But when the other vehicles are done, the NISMO models have an extended journey. A hand-built journey.
Painted By Hand
A special hand-masking process (unique to NISMO models) is required to achieve the NISMO brand colors on each vehicle produced. To achieve the level of quality demanded, key parts including side sills and bumpers are painted in 3 separate steps. Each step requires a technician to precisely hand-mask off each layer of color. These extra steps ensure enhanced durability and the highest quality.
Technicians apply body parts unique to NISMO models like side sills and rear spoilers. Each is carefully hand-inspected to ensure proper alignment and fit.
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