Few import automakers carry as much motorsport heritage and dedication to performance as the Nissan brand. In addition, for years their street cars have been modified from top to bottom, and with almost unlimited potential backed by a massive aftermarket that's proven fruitful as the brand developed a die-hard fan following worldwide.
Like many other manufacturers, Nissan carries a performance arm that focuses on the brands immersion in the motorsport's world. At times, some of the vehicles and parts (or at least the spirit) will trickle down to enthusiasts, which is why you've seen the NISMO edition 370Z and R35 in recent years. In addition, NISMO organizes the NISMO Festival - a massive annual gathering of Nissans that run the gamut, from nostalgic collector pieces to high-end, competitive motorsport warriors.
The celebration takes place each year at Fuji Speedway and for 2019, the focus was the 50th anniversary of the GT-R and Z-car chassis. Beyond the incredible collection of street, race and collectibles, there was a section dedicated to "owners parking," allowing Z and GT-R owners to be grouped together with one another at the anniversary gathering.
The NISMO Festival is packed even during its earliest hours, as many look forward to attending the auction, which features used race parts that both collectors and enthusiasts are vying for. If you don't have any luck there, rows of vendors, many of which also offer used race goods, are on hand to tempt your wallet. In addition, it wouldn't be a proper NISMO event without some driving action, and organizers keep the track hot throughout the entire event with various activities that this year included a special GT-R specific time attack challenge.
NISMO Festival is a 9-hour affair with 22 annual events on its resume and with the outpouring of Nissan loyalty, we expect this event will continue for decades to come.
Stay tuned for more from NISMO Festival 2019, featuring an all-Skyline gallery!
We rarely catch a glimpse of a Datsun Sunny 3-door (liftback), especially in competition trim. At NISMO Festival there were multiple examples to admire.
The 80s-era, RWD, 4-speed people-mover in this instance looks ready to kill with its boxed flares covering deep dish wheels and low-slung front fascia.
The day's events centered around aftermarket manufacturers and Nissan themselves, but that doesn't mean there wasn't plenty of fan appreciation. A large section was reserved for Z-car and GT-R owners to park their personal vehicles and interact.
While drag racing in the U.S. is far more common, there are some examples to be found around Japan as well. This high-powered R35 features forward-facing, mirrored Precision turbos and is sitting in low 9-second territory.
Slightly widened Vertex S13 on TE37s is every S-chassis fan's dream car.
At a glance, you're thinking Bosozuku street machine but take a closer look and it's actually a Silvia racecar. Completely stripped interior, ultra-wide hips and a menacing front fascia are joined by a heavily vented hood.
It's not hard to spot the bright pink S15 displayed by Yashio Factory - a group that is always active in track events and a frequent visitor to Fuji Speedway for events like this NISMO affair as well as HKS Premium Day
You know the name NISMO is the shortened version of NISsan MOtorsports but what you might not know is just how far the second part of that acronym really goes. The NISMO edition vehicles that have come to the U.S. are typically aesthetically enhanced with small bits of braking and suspension upgrades. Dive a bit deeper and you'll find that in the motorsports world, NISMO has its hands in the very highest levels of competition, including Japan's heralded Super GT Series and other global forms of GT racing. That's right, it goes way beyond that random sticker on the trunk of your neighbor's clapped out Maxima.