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.”
About Nissan in Europe
Nissan has one of the most comprehensive European presences of any overseas manufacturer, employing more than 14,500 staff across locally based design, research & development, manufacturing, logistics and sales & marketing operations. Last year Nissan plants in the UK, Spain and Russia produced more than 695,000 vehicles including mini-MPVs, award-winning crossovers, SUVs and commercial vehicles. Nissan now offers 24 diverse and innovative products for sale in Europe today, and is positioned to become the number one Asian brand in Europe.
About Nissan Motor Co.
Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Japan's second-largest automotive company, is headquartered in Yokohama, Japan, and is part of the Renault-Nissan Alliance. Operating with more than 267,000 employees globally, Nissan sold more than 4.9 million vehicles and generated revenue of 9.6 trillion yen (USD 116.16 billion) in fiscal year 2012. Nissan delivers a comprehensive range of over 60 models under the Nissan and Infiniti brands. In 2010, Nissan introduced the Nissan LEAF, and continues to lead in zero-emission mobility. The LEAF, the first mass-market, pure-electric vehicle launched globally, is now the best-selling EV in history.
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