Nissan and the British Williams Formula 1 team have officially signed a partnership deal that will see them jointly developing future NISMO (Nissan Motorsports) high performance models. This comes close on the heels of Nissan’s luxury Infiniti brand inking a deal with Red Bull Racing to do exactly the same thing for their Nissan sub-brand.
The British Williams team have put some of their most creative automotive engineering minds to work and are planning on providing support and technology from Formula 1 vehicles that can be modified and used on Nissan NISMO models. Currently the NISMO range includes everything from the 370Z and GT-R to the Juke Nismo RS and the LEAF NISMO (see our previous post).
Nissan and Williams are also not waiting time, with the first vehicle innovations being promised by as early as next year. In fact, the Nissan Juke and GT-R could be the first models to benefit from the expertise of Formula 1 racing. There is even talk of the creation of a much more powerful Juke than the current Juke NISMO, called the Juke NISMO RS. Details are still pretty scant, but we will keep you updated.
The NISMO Vehicle Range
NISMO, which is now run as an independent sub-brand of Nissan plans on launching an ambitious “minimum of 1 new NISMO model a year” according to Shoichi Miyatani, the NISMO president. So far the European market has seen the launch of the 370Z this year and in 2014 the launch of the new Nissan GT-R and LEAF NISMO vehicles is planned.
Did You Know? The Williams engineering team had a hand in the creation of the 900 HP Jaguar C-X75. They also provided the battery-hybrid system for the Audi R18 E-tron Quattro. This Audi went on to win at Le Mans. They also provided design assistance with the Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid racing car.