ROLLE, Switzerland – Nissan today unveiled the first in a series of stunning NISMO short films showcasing the cutting edge technology and spirit of excitement behind both NISMO road cars and NISMO Athletes.
Set in Switzerland's dramatic Susten Pass, “NISMO vs. Wingsuit” treats the viewer to a two-minute nail-biting encounter featuring Germany's 2012 Nissan GT Academy Champion, Peter Pyzera, as he goes head-to-head with world-renowned BASE jumper Dave Barlia.
The 4,501 feet descent sees Barlia reach speeds of more than 210km/h (130 mph), coming within six meters of the dominating rock face equipped with little more than his wingsuit. Meanwhile Pyzera, in his 370Z NISMO, negotiates his way along the unforgiving switchback road in a bid to beat the American.
The film showcases advanced technology such as the biometric harness and JukeRide used by the NISMO Athletes during the Driver Development Program at the state-of-the-art NISMO Lab. The grueling training and performance regime, with cutting-edge technology at its core, has been designed to ensure that NISMO Athletes can mix it with the best sports car racers in the world after just three months of training.
On completion of the descent, NISMO Athlete Pyzera commented: "That was absolutely amazing, I could see Dave up above me and I just had to concentrate and get in the zone to beat him down. Afterwards we looked at the data we gathered from wearing the biometric harnesses, which monitor my biometric data, and I could see when I was totally focused. While this is fun, it is serious business. It not only improves my performance, it is invaluable in helping me prepare for my next race."
NISMO Athletes benefit from the latest, advanced conditioning equipment such as Nissan's In-Body machine, which analyses body composition; Brainwave Monitor, which trains the mind to simultaneously focus and relax; a Batak console to improve reaction times; and a race simulator, which allows NISMO Athletes to practice on any race track in the world.
GT Academy, now in its fifth season, is a competition created by Nissan and PlayStation® that unites the worlds of virtual and real-life racing to make the dreams of aspiring race drivers a reality. Nissan went in search of the best online gamers and aspiring race drivers, offering the ultimate champion a full season's contract with Nissan and the opportunity to compete in a top flight Championship.
Inspired by Nissan's renowned NISMO performance arm, GT Academy celebrates Nissan's first-class technology and its passion for giving fans the “edge.”
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