It is interesting in the light of yesterday’s ruminations about F1 engines that Carlos Ghosn, CEO of Nissan and Renault, will be announcing “major news” for Nismo motorsport and its performance arm on Tuesday in Tokyo. For some time there have been rumours that Nismo was undergoing major changes in order to be transformed into Nissan’s equivalent of Mercedes’s AMG. Nismo has spent the last 30 years tuning Nissan vehicles and it is believed that the announcement on Tuesday will reveal that Nismo will soon start to mass-produce Nismo-branded vehicles. That process has already begun with the Nissan Juke Nismo and a Nissan 370Z Nismo is due to be unveiled in Geneva shortly, but it seems that the process is going to be extended and that there will be motorsport activities to support this development. The big question is what form of racing Nissan is going to target.This does not mean that the company is planning anything in F1, but it is worth watching out for the announcement.
In recent months Nissan has been looking at DTM (which has agreed a regulation deal with the Japanese SuperGT Series) and the FIA World Touring Car Championship, in addition to launching a programme in Australia’s V8 Supercar Series, while sources also suggest that involvement in the World Endurance Championship and the World Rally Championship have been considered.