The company may finally field a full Nismo lineup again.
Nissan Motorsports International Co., Ltd (better known as Nismo) is Nissan's in-house tuning division responsible for building the company's most extreme vehicles such as the 600-horsepower 2021 Nissan GT-R Nismo. While car enthusiasts in the US are likely familiar with Nismo, fewer have heard of Nissan's other tuning division, Autech. Unlike Nismo, Autech mostly tunes JDM-only Nissan models and GT500 class race cars like the Skyline GT-R and Fairlady Z.
Autech was expanded back in 2017, but none of these cars ever made it stateside, likely because US-based Nissan enthusiasts wouldn't know what they are. Heading into 2022, Nissan has a plan to capitalize on Nismo's global awareness by merging it with Autech to create a new tuning division.
The new company will begin operations on April 1, 2022, under the name Nissan Motorsports & Customizing Co. Nismo and Autech have teamed up in the past with the two tuners co-developing the 370Z Nismo. Perhaps they will now collaborate on a high-performance 2023 Nissan Z variant? Nissan says the new company will take advantage of Autech's "know-how in developing and manufacturing customized vehicles" and Nismo's brand recognition from competing in Motorsports. Nissan Motorsports & Customizing Co will have approximately 600 employees when it opens next year.
"Autech, with its wide range of expertise, is a pioneer of customized vehicles. Nismo, through motorsports and enhanced driving pleasure, is a symbol of the spirit of challenge in Nissan cars. We are confident that the integration of these two companies will bring us even closer to the pinnacle of exciting mobility we are aiming for," says Nissan Chief Operating Officer Ashwani Gupta.
"Both Autech and Nismo have more than 30 years' experience and have a solid and wide fan base. By connecting the high aspirations of our employees and advanced craftsmanship for the future, we aim to reach ever greater heights as a presence loved and supported by customers," adds Autech and Nismo CEO Takao Katagiri.