The Next 2018 Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3 Will Be A Hybrid Model?

Feb 20, 2017 11:40 AM EST | Leian N.

It has been recently announced that the 2018 Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3 will be developed into a hybrid model. The Japanese automaker is also set to making a significant overhaul to the supercar which will be based upon the R35 model.

Recently, NISMO president and CEO, Takao Katagiri, announced that they are set at creating the 2018 Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3 in the hopes making the model diversified enough to enter the European market. As reported by Sports Car 365, development drivers, Masataka Yanagida and Michael Krumm, are resting out the changes made to the model in both Europe and Japan at present.

In other news, Racer reported that a new GT-R will be developed for the 2018 international GT3 spec. The development will also result in one-less-car for the team this year as they will use the budget for funding of the development.

The team is likewise expected to finish developing the 2018 Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3 in time for the PWC race at Long Beach by skipping the season opener at Petersburg. Furthermore, the developments were speculated to involve the model being transformed into a hybrid.

With respect to the model's racing entries this year, Nissan will support various customer racing programs, reported Auto Guide. In fact, they will partake in the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup in the Pro Class and in the Super GT GT300 class as well as the Taikyu Series ST-X.

At present, the engines are powered by a V6 turbocharged 3.0L engine for the ByKolles Racing Team which will partake in the FIA World Endurance Championship LM P1 class. It will likewise have VK50 engines for the European Le Mans Series, Michelin Le Mans Cup, and the Asian Le Mans Series.

The 2018 Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3 is currently being developed and could possibly end up as a hybrid model. At present, however, the model will compete in several championship races with varied engine specifications.

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