Nissan's in-house performance brand, Nismo, will lead Nissan's newly expanded motorsport program.
Carlos Ghosn, boss of Nissan, announced that Nissan intends to return to the Le Mans 24 Hours in 2014, Australia's V8 Supercar series and to increase the competitiveness of the GT-R in the GT3 and Super GT Series.
Nissan also continues to grow the GT Academy series, with the latest graduates set to compete in a GT-R in the FIA GT Series and the Blanpain Endurance series.
The attack on the Super GT Series GT500 class will be led by four special Nissan GT-Rs. Called GT500 GT-Rs, they use 3.4-litre V8 engines and have received various modifications, including rear aerodynamic upgrades.
Nissan said: “Specifically, we were able to maintain extreme levels of downforce while drastically cutting down drag via the distinctive 'shark teeth' rear design and by modifying the underbody.”
The 3.4-litre V8 engine will continue to be used. Nissan plans to maximise the engine's output and its flexibility by modifying its characteristics to match the layouts of different racetracks. Fuel efficiency will also be addressed by decreasing friction within the moving components of the drivetrain.