Nissan Wins In Two Classes At 2016 Super GT Championship

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The second round of the 2016 Super GT Championship recently transpired at the Fuji Speedway in Japan. Nissan made a great show of force in not one, but two classes.

The Nissan GT-R took the cake in both the GT300 and GT500. In the latter race, the #1 MOTUL AUTECH GT-R, manned by the team of Ronnie Quintarelli and Tsugio Matsuda, finished first. It was a result that may not have been. The #12 Calsonic IMPUL GT-R, driven by JP de Oliveira, had passed his teammates and
was on his way to victory when he tragically blew a tire on lap 96 and spun out.

In the GT300, GT Academy alumnus Jann Mardenborough and his partner Kazuki Hoshino won in their #3 B-MAX NDDP GT-R. This is an exceptional feat considering that it was only Mardenborough’s second Super GT race.

After the race, the young driver said, “I feel great to be able to take victory in my second race in the Super GT. Kazuki and I both carried out a good race with no mistakes so I’m happy about that.”

Nissan GT-R LM Nismo Debuts in Super Bowl Ad

Nissan used its heartwarming With Dad ad to debut the GT-R LM Nismo, its long-awaited racer designed for the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

It’s been 16 years since Nissan has competed in the top tier of the prestigious race, but now it’s back. The GT-R LM Nismo was created by a team of experts from around the world and boasts a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine that sits in the front of the front-wheel-drive car, while hybrid power is derived from the front driveline to boost acceleration.

The LM P1 car belongs to a category that features some of the most extreme sports cars in racing today. Its performance at Le Mans could go a long way toward not only solidifying the automaker’s excellence in hybrid power but also in developing new, innovative technologies that can be applied to the very kind of production vehicles we see every day at Bates Nissan.

The Nissan GT-R LM Nismo will be the centerpiece of a Nismo display at the upcoming Chicago Auto Show, alongside the GT-R Nismo, 370Z Nismo, JUKE Nismo, and several other Nismo models and concepts.

Check out a Nissan GT-R for yourself at Bates Nissan!

Nissan GT Academy Season 4 Champion Dominates Competition

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Having your dreams go from virtual-to-reality is what the Nissan GT Academy is all about. And, for Wisconsin native Nic Hamman his dreams of becoming a professional racer have come true.

He was the GT Academy Season 4 Champion and dominated the competition right from the start. In the first episode, the 12 competitors were put through an intense physical race, and Hamman finished long before any of the other racers. From there, Hamman’s performance never waned.

In the season finale, Hamman raced against the remaining three other contestants in an eight-lap race. He finished a full eight seconds ahead of the pack.

“It takes a lot of money to do any kind of professional racing,” said Hamman, in a statement. “What GT Academy and Nissan have done is give someone a shot at racing top-notch racing cars with professional mechanics and pit support without the financial windfall that kind of thing requires. I am so grateful to be able to do this, and I can’t wait to get to my first professional race in January.”

Hamman grew up with a love of motorsports and spent much of his childhood racing go karts and even won his fair share of races and local karting titles.

Here at Bates Nissan, we are excited to see how Hamman will perform as a professional Nissan racer. He will be racing with previous GT Academy winners in the Dubai 24 Hours on January 8-10.

2015 Nissan 370Z Pricing Released

Nissan has released pricing for the 2015 370Z. Now in its sixth year, the 370Z lineup will offer a number of upgrades including standard Bluetooth and revised suspension and steering – making a good thing, even better.

According to autos.yahoo.com, the 370Z once again offers the same single engine option: a powerful 3.7-liter V-6 with 332 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque. The base 370Z starts at $30,800 for the six-speed manual transmission, or $32,100 for the seven-speed automatic transmission.

New for 2015 are the Sport and Sport Tech trims. These trims now include features that were previously available separately in option packages. The Sport model starts at $34,380 for the manual transmission, or $35,680 with the automatic. Highlights of the sport package include a limited-slip differential and 19-inch alloy wheels. The Sport Tech trim adds a navigation system among other features for $37,880 for the manual, and $39,180 for the automatic.

The Touring model comes jam-packed with features and upgrades, and starts at $38,780 for the manual transmission, and $40,080 for the automatic.

Also next year, an entirely updated 370Z NISMO debuts, and will start at $42,800 for the six-speed manual, $1,000 less than last year, according to Nissan.

If you’re looking for top-of-the-line performance, quality, and luxury, the 370Z roadster offers it all. The base model starts at $42,630 and $46,080 for the Touring. In addition, a new Touring Sport model starts at $48,910 for the manual and $50,210 for the automatic.

The 2015 Nissan 370Z pricing offers something for everyone. Ranging from $30,000 to $50,000, every buyer is sure to find a perfect fit.

Stop by Bates Nissan today to test drive a 2015 370Z!