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Popular Chicago Nissan Dealer Shares Details on the Celebrated NISMO Festival

As Nissan’s motorsports division, NISMO has managed to create some of the most iconic high-performance racecars, like the Skyline GT-R and the uniquely designed NP35. NISMO has also in recent years helped design a number of street-legal high-performance vehicles, like the 370Z NISMO and the Juke NISMO.

On December 1st, over 32,000 spectators gathered at the Fuji Speedway in Japan for the NISMO Festival where Nissan’s motorsports division showcased dozens of their legendary machines in a display of power, performance, and style. As a leading Chicago Nissan dealer, we here at Kelly Nissan were saddened that we weren’t personally able to attend the festival, but from everything we’ve heard about the event, it was quite a show.

The festival kicked off with an awe-inspiring opening ceremony, this year celebrating 80 years of Nissan, followed by the Nissan Historic Demo Car Run. The Run featured some of the brand’s most popular models, spanning four decades of development and design, from the ‘60s to the turn of the century and included some iconic cars like the Skyline2000 GT-R and the R380, R381, and R382.

Adrenaline Junkies Were Sure to Get Their Fill at the Fuji Speedway

Chicago Nissan Dealer 370Z NISMOIn addition to simply showing off these beautiful machines, exhibition races were also held to showcase what they were capable of. A dozen R35 GT-Rs competed in a 6-lap exhibition race, and the country’s most respected race teams, Team Orange, performed a “Drift Show”, showing off their driving prowess, Tokyo style.

While legendary cars were certainly in abundance at the festival, their legendary drivers weren’t lacking representation either. Respected race champions like Sunako, Kitano, Hasemi, and Hoshino were all in attendance, and a moment of silence commemorating the accomplishments and visionary prowess of NISMO’s first president and champion racer Mr. Yasuharu Nanba was held until the closing ceremonies.

While we here at your leading Chicago Nissan dealer, Kelly Nissan, regret that we didn’t get a chance to check out the cars, vendors, and races that peppered the festival, we are certainly proud to represent a brand with so much history and prestige in the motorsports world. If you’re interested in learning more about Nissan’s NISMO brand or you’d like to check out some of the new NISMO models yourself, you can give us a call at 866-450-8110 for more information.

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The Nissan 370Z NISMO Performs in Unconventional Race Between Man and Machine

There are few thrills more exhilarating than jumping out of a plane and parachuting back to Earth. Adding a wingsuit to the equation and then racing a high performance sports car down a mountain, now that’s a rush.

While it’s highly unlikely that Chicago Nissan shoppers will find themselves tearing down a mountainside in a new Nissan 370Z NISMO, they can take solace in the fact that not only did Nissan make it happen they added a base jumper in a wingsuit into the mix. And then they made them race, because why not?

This adrenaline-junkie’s king of the mountain fantasy was made in an effort to push the limits of Nissan’s new NISMO line of high performance vehicles. With NISMO versions of the new 370Z, GT-R, and Juke models now available, Nissan fans with an already-insatiable need for speed may finally have found the cure to their itch.

Nissan Continues to Push the Limits Well Into the Danger Zone

Chicago NissanIn order to make this insane competition happen, Nissan flew their 2012 GT Academy Champion Peter Pyzera out to the Susten Pass in the Swiss Alps. Amongst the backdrop of one of the most beautiful scenic views in the world, man and machine faced off in an epic battle of speed and heart palpitations as Peter got behind the wheel of new 370Z NISMO and tore down the twists and turns of the Pass’ roads, hot on the heels of wingsuited-base jumper Dave Barlia.

Barlia was hooked up to a number of monitoring systems to record his blood pressure and heart rate, as was Pyzera in an effort to see which method of transportation was more exhilarating. While that comparison seemed a little unfair, the friendly competition certainly lacked nothing in terms of excitement and was truly a spectacle that you’ve got to see to believe.

For Chicago Nissan fans that unfortunately don’t have access to the Swiss Alps and a wingsuit, you can fortunately check out the next best thing with the new NISMO lineup at Kelly Nissan. Stop by our dealership today or give us call at 866-450-8110 for more information.