Nissan’s factory-supported GT500 teams have combined to win eleven GT500 Drivers’ Championships, ten GT500 Teams’ Championships, and 63 championship races in the premier category from 1994 through 2020. They’ve been represented in GT500 by four different generations of the legendary GT-R/Skyline GT-R, as well as two different generations of the Z-Car and even the S13 Silvia, early in the series’ history.
This gallery is a year-by-year chronology of Nissan’s involvement in Super GT in GT500, and most of the photos you see in this gallery come directly from the manufacturer’s extensive gallery – some of which were unearthed earlier this year as Nissan dug through the archives of its racing history on social media.
Additional photographs also appear courtesy of Fuji Speedway and Suzuka Circuit, as well as veteran racing photographer Yoshihide Ashizawa.
1994 Calsonic Nissan Skyline GT-R: Built on the framework of the successful R32 Skyline GT-R, Hoshino Racing’s famous Calsonic GT-R won the very first JGTC race at Fuji on 1 May, 1994 – then took the championship with driver Masahiko Kageyama taking five top-4 finishes in as many races.
1994 FedEx Nissan 300ZX-LM: Entered by Team LeMans, this production Z-car took three top-10 finishes in ’94 – Masami Kageyama drove four of the five races that year, and future United Autosports co-founder Richard Dean drove at the summer race at Fuji.
1995年Unisia Jecs Nissan Skyline GT-R：Nissan Legend Masahiro Hasemi声称R33 Skyline GT-R在富士夏季的首次胜利 - Kageyama的Calsonic GT-R赢得了第二次直接年度的顶级职称。
1996年Calsonic Nissan Skyline GT-R | Kazuyoshi Hoshino–在Sugo攻击路缘–在Calsonic Impul GT-R中与副驾驶Kageyama一起赢得了Nissan 96年的唯一一场胜利。
1996 FedEx Nissan 300ZX-GTS: This American-built, V8-powered Z-Car made its GT500 debut in ’96 with Team LeMans, Masami Kageyama and rookie Yuji Tachikawa finished 9th at the season finale at Miné Circuit – but the car’s racing career ends after a practice crash at the ’97 Golden Week race at Fuji. The car has since been restored and is now maintained by Mr. Jun Hosoi, who has also reskinned the car as a replica of Cunningham Racing’s 1995 Sebring 12h winner.
1997年Zexel Nissan Skyline GT-R：F1英雄Aguri Suzuki和ÉrikComas在这个Nismo进入R33中赢得了苏祖的赛季开瓶器，并在新的Twin Ring Motegi Superspeedway的非冠军全明星赛中赢了它。
1998 Pennzoil NISMO Nissan Skyline GT-R: Won the first two races of the season at Suzuka and Sendai Hi-Land – Érik Comas and Masami Kageyama win the GT500 Drivers’ and Teams’ Championships for NISMO – and check out the side of that double-dercker rear wing!
1999 Pennzoil NISMO Nissan Skyline GT-R: The new R34 Skyline GT-R became a champion in its debut campaign – once again it was the Pennzoil NISMO GT-R and Comas who took the GT500 Drivers’ Championship, the Frenchman and newly-crowned Formula Nippon champion Satoshi Motoyama won a thriller at Miné to highlight a brilliant season for a now-iconic sports car.
2000 Loctite Zexel Nissan Skyline GT-R: Comas and Masami Kageyama are reunited at NISMO with a new title sponsor, win the season-opener at Twin Ring Motegi, and finish 2nd in the GT500 Drivers’ Championship.
2001 Xanavi Hiroto Nissan Skyline GT-R: Tetsuya Tanaka and Michael Krumm win the summer race at Fuji in NISMO’s second entry, the two-car team wins the GT500 Teams’ Championship in 2001.
2002 Calsonic Nissan Skyline GT-R: Nissan makes an important change for the future halfway into the ’02 season, replacing the aging RB26DETT inline-6 with the newer aluminium-block VQ30DETT V6 engine – the new motor debuts at the summer race at Fuji, where Kazuyoshi Hoshino drives his final race before retiring mid-season. For the first and only time, Nissan does not win a race in GT500 this year.
2003年Xanavi NISMO日产天际线GT-R: A car at the crossroads for Nissan and GT500 as a whole – the last R34 Skyline GT-R race car and the first car built after the 2003 vehicle regulations overhaul. The #23 car of Motoyama and Krumm wins the title through sheer consistency despite not winning a race – making Motoyama the second person to win both of Japan’s major racing championships in the same calendar year!
2004 Motul Pitform Nissan Fairlady Z33：新的Z-Car取代了Skyline GT-R，使用了像素作为基地的同源特殊“E”。Krumm和Masami Kageyama赢得了在北海道的Tokachi International Speedway举行的唯一JGTC / Super GT金宝搏备用网址比赛，其中四场荣获Z33 - Motoyama和Richard Lyons赢得了标题。
2005 G’Zox Hasemi Nissan Z33: Hasemi Motorsports returned to GT500 in 2004 after dropping down to GT300 for three years, veteran Comas and young Toshihiro Kaneishi picked up a win in the first leg of the ’04 JGTC All-Star Race in California Speedway – they then picked up two podiums in the ’05 season, when the JGTC became Super GT.
2006年Xanavi Nismo Nissan Fairlady Z33：Motoyama的第23辆Nismo汽车和新收购Tsugio Matsuda赢得了Autopolis，其中两个胜利者在06年。在富士赛季的最后一场比赛中，日产用4.5升VK45DE v8发动机取代了VQ30发动机，在世界各地的耐力赛中未来传奇。
2007年伍迪奥·普通克拉丽奥利昂斯坦·费尔拉德Z33：Kondo Racing在Super GT的第二赛季中首次赢得了他们的第一次胜利，在马来西亚的Sepang赛道中获胜，Seiji Araa和JoãoPaulode Oliveira。这是Z33的最后一个GT500赛季，新的GT-R在2008年首次亮相。
2008年Xanavi Nismo Nissan GT-R：R35 GT-R是第一个用碳纤维单蜂鸣器建造的GT500，尽管有50公斤体重差点，GT-RS在2008年赢得了九场比赛的历史新七个 - 由NISMO为单行1-2 finish in its debut at Suzuka, and three wins for the eventual GT500 Drivers’ Champions Motoyama and Benoît Tréluyer.
2009 Hasemi Tomica Ebbro Nissan GT-R: Hasemi Motorsports’ 2009 livery paid homage to the ’80s legend Tomica Skyline Group 5 car – Ronnie Quintarelli and Hironobu Yasuda win at Sepang, the first GT500 victory for Michelin rubber in eight years, one of four wins for the R35 GT-R in ’09.
2010年Calsonic Impul Nissan GT-R：As Nissan推出了新的VRH34A动力植物 - Matsuda和Quintarelli在2010年的两个日产胜利之一赢得了新的VRH34A动力植物 - Matsonic Impul GT-R.
2011 S Road MOLA Nissan GT-R: MOLA International step up from GT300 to GT500 – with drivers Masataka Yanagida and Ronnie Quintarelli, and tyre partners Michelin, the team wins its first race at Sugo, and eventually the GT500 Drivers’ and Teams’ Championships – Quintarelli also wins the first leg of the Fuji Sprint Cup exhibition event.
2012 S Road Reito MOLA Nissan GT-R: Yanagida, Quintarelli, and the Michelin-clad MOLA GT-R becomes only the second team to clinch the GT500 Championships before the final round, winning the Suzuka 1000km and clinching the title in a wet penultimate round in Autopolis for back-to-back GT500 titles.
2013 D’station Advan Nissan GT-R: By 2013, the last year for the naturally aspirated V8 GT500 cars, Kondo Racing have scored multiple race victories – and from 2012, they also picked up a new title sponsor in amusement company D’station, one of their first involvements in racing that precedes the establishment of their own team in 2017.
2014 Motul Autech Nissan GT-R:Nissan在一级车时代响当当——NISMO进入，身着米其林的Matsuda Motul GT-R和身着“红色闪电”制服的Quintarelli在Autopolis赢得冠军，并再次在Motegi的决赛中夺冠。
2015 Motul Autech Nissan GT-R：NISMO、Matsuda和Quintarelli凭借在富士500公里和Autopolis的胜利连续第二年赢得GT500锦标赛冠军-这是Quintarelli历史上第一个四次获得GT500冠军的里程碑式的一年，也是Matsuda第一次打破GT500冠军纪录的一年。
2016 Forum Engineering Advan GT-R: Nissan GT-Rs win a record four straight races to open the 2016 season, five in total for the year – this season was Kondo Racing’s best in the top class so far, with Daiki Sasaki and Masataka Yanagida winning twice.
2017 Motul Autech Nissan GT-R：日产在2017赛季推出了一款经过轻微改造的R35 GT-R，但在发动机开发方面落后于竞争对手本田和丰田——松田的Motul GT-R和Quintarelli在GT500车手锦标赛上凭借一根杆子获得了季军，从而在双环Motegi赢得了胜利，从而结束了本赛季。
2018 Calsonic Impul Nissan GT-R：这是Super GT的第25个赛季，Calsonic的颜色在经历了这么长时间后仍然在网格上！佐佐木大木和燃气轮机学院毕业生詹马登伯勒率领94圈富士500英里，然后去车库与中冷器的问题。
2019 CraftSports Motul Nissan GT-R | NDDP Racing with B-Max, who took over the entry vacated by MOLA in 2018, took Nissan’s only win of 2019 thanks to a wet-weather master class from ex-Toyota man Kohei Hirate, and ex-Honda man Frédéric Makowiecki.
2020 Motul Autech Nissan GT-R | Nissan introduces the new NR20B engine at the start of the Class 1+Ɑ era – and after going winless in 2019, the Motul GT-R of Matsuda and Quintarelli sweeps the season’s two events at Suzuka, giving Nissan supporters hope for a return to form in the years to come.