The 2023 Nissan Z will compete in the Japanese Super Taikyu Series 24-hour race at Fuji Speedway, scheduled for June 4.
Nissan’s Nismo performance division said in a press release on Thursday the two vehicles will join the ST-Q class. One will be raced by the Nismo factory team, the other by the private Max Racing team. Three drivers will be assigned to each vehicle.
Nissan previously launched a racing car Z for the first GT500 class of the Japanese Super GT series. This version appears much closer to stock. Nismo didn’t release any specs, but the ST-Q Z lacks the GT500’s wide body and large rear wing. However, we do see a smaller rear wing, a roll cage, additional cooling holes on the hood and massive brakes behind what appear to be lighter wheels.
Nissan Z racing for 2022 Fuji 24 hours
While the GT500 Z is powered by the 2.0-liter inline turbocharged engine that makes 650 horsepower, it’s possible that the ST-Q Z will have something akin to the 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6, which produces 650 hp. 400 hp of the road car. hp in stock form.
The ST-Q class for “development vehicles” does not correspond to the other Super Taikyu Series classes, so it will probably be a one-time effort. The series was opened for production testing, allowing Toyota to race a Corolla Sport hatchback with a prototype hydrogen combustion engine in 2021. Nismo says it will collect data from Fuji racing as it explores the possibility of Z racing in other categories.
Given the Z’s rich history of racing in the US with the likes of Paul Newman, it wouldn’t be surprising for Nissan to expand its racing program for the new model beyond Japan. For now, the road-going Z is expected to arrive in US dealerships this summer as a 2023 model.