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    Nismo 400R

    Note: List goes up to last known car. It is claimed there was 44 built.

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    400R Introduction

    The 400R. Based on the Skyline GT-R, and filled with the racing experience and sport option development experience of racing specialist company NISMO to answer the desires of GT-R fans.

    Races have been held since long before the GT-R came around. We planned our strategies for wining races, and through a great number of victories, and our continued experience on the street as well, kept developing towards a truly unique vehicle. That thoroughbred NISMO lineage has now extended through several generations, and has resulted in a creature for today. It’s driven by a 2,800cc heart, with a truly NISMO set-up of suspension, twin-palate clutch, reinforced powertrain with carbon driveshaft, reinforced brakes, the solid footing of 18-inch 10J wheels, an intense H.I.D. lighting system to pierce the darkness, and a host of other systems and NISMO technologies.

    The concept was to provide a feeling of instant driving response exactly as the driver intends-and we’re confident that we have succeeded. Add to this the pride of owing a 400R, and the many different kinds of enjoyment that come with driving this kind of vehicle. Take your time and really experience it.

    It wasn’t simply a matter of building a car that boasts high-power, however. Roads don’t only travel in a straight line. We wanted a car that could pull proudly up to a hotel door, one that could travel down city streets or tree-lined, winding country roads and still give it all on the circuit.

    There’s one car that brings it all together-the NISMO 400R.



    Special Grill
    Exclusive Emblem

    Using feedback from Group A GT racers, this works to efficiently guide air into the radiator grille opening.
    Front Bumper Air Intake

    An air intake substantiated through actual results in all kinds of racing. An aperture designed to gain the maximum performance of the large intake cooler.
    Air Duct for Oil Cooler

    This special air duct is designed to efficiently cool hot engine oil. Air outlets are positioned at the side of the front bumper, resulting in a drastic improvement in cooling efficiency.
    Brake Air Duct

    Reliably conducts cooling air to the brake area.
    Intercooler Air Guide

    Sits tightly in the space between the bumper and intercooler—so tight not even an ant could pass through! Helps to gain maximum performance from the large intercooler.
    Carbon Fibre Rear Wing
    Side Ornament

    A double-wing-type carbon rear wing that provides appropriate downforce during sports driving. The side ornament is a 400R exclusive touch.
    Front Bumper
    Over Fender

    A specially designed, newly-developed aero bumper designed to efficiently provide air to the cooling system and brakes. The special over-fender is designed to precisely fit the sides and clear the ultra-wide tires used on the 400R (overall width +50mm).
    Side Skirts

    The large side skirt plays a role in creating a flowing form from front to rear. It helps create an even more sporty impact.
    Rear Bumper
    Exclusive Emblem

    This powerful rear bumper gives the 400R an even lower, wider look. The trunk lid proudly wears a special original emblem.
    Carbon Fibre LM Bonnet

    Based on actual results at Le Mans and constructed of carbon. The shape is identical. Air passing through the intercooler and radiator is released through the opening at the top of the hood, providing more efficient cooling characteristics than the normal hood.
    LMGT1 Wheels
    18 x 10
    Bridgestone RE 710

    Using Group A achievements and the results from Le Mans as feedback, fully-forged three-piece construction has been used. (10JJ x18). With the strength and rigidity to withstand tough driving conditions, as well as the cooling performance for powerful braking. Tires are BS REK710ai (275/35-18).
    HID Lighting System

    For accurate driving during night running, the brightest, widest lighting possible is a necessity. As used in Le Mans, the bright, blue-white light provides high long-distance visibility and wide illumination.



    Exclusive combination meter

    Indicating the data that comes from 400 horsepower, this includes a 320km/h full-scale speedometer and tachometer extending to 11,000rpm, arranged with thought for high visibility, and a tasteful design including the 400R emblem.
    Triple meter
    Oil Temperature
    Front Torque

    With finer gradations than normal meters, these provide the accurate data needed during sports running. The meters display the information needed to monitor a high-power engine: boost, oil pressure and front torque. The center boost meter displays positive pressures of up to 1.4Kg/cm2.
    Titanium Shift Knob

    The chemical symbol Ti. Titanium—a metal with superior corrosion resistance and non-allergenic properties. A touch of extravagance in the 400R is the metal shift knob, which responds to the hand with accurate shift changes. One item that adds a bit more fun to sports driving.
    400R Dedicated Steering Wheel

    An original carbon horn button, in a Ø360-diameter, natural-leather grip steering wheel.
    Type R bucket seat, NISMO logo

    Use the same material as the door panels and rear seats. A creation fitting the 400R, part of the care and consideration that goes into the making of the total car.



    RB-X GT2 Engine

    400ps/6,800rpm, 47.8kgm/4,400rpm
    Using accumulated results from countless races, with the data being applied for a thorough review and modification, to provide specs focused on increasing engine displacement and the resulting increase of torque and low- and mid-speeds. The result is smooth acceleration and a swift run-up from low and mid to high speed: a special “400R-ness” that makes this completely different from other 400-horsepower class tuning cars.

    RB-X GT2 Tuning Items

    Special ECCS unit
    Increased bore, and accordingly reinforced cylinder block
    Cylinder head shape optimized to combustion chamber
    Ø87 metal head gaskets, t=1.2
    Forged cooling channel pistons
    Special forged crankshaft
    Special forged connecting rod
    N1-spec turbine and reinforced actuator
    High-flow air cleaner
    Stainless front tube
    Low resistance sports catalyst
    High injection-valve open pressure (1.3) radiator cap
    Air-cooled oil cooler
    Sports intercooler
    Titanium Exhaust

    Resistance is a major issue in exhaust systems; from catalyst to main muffler the system is set in two lines, with titanium sensibly chosen as the material. The result is smooth exhaust that does not impede engine performance, and an exhaust sound that makes the car’s presence known.
    Air Cooler Oil Cooler

    How efficient can cooling be made while preventing loss of output or overheating? Our answer is in an engine cooling system that is the result of investigating the problem of heat to the limit. Cooling air is guided through the aperture in a single stream to create a hermetic air duct, increasing supercharger efficiency while keeping engine temperature at a constant, appropriate level. The use of GT-R racing oil further increasing caulking efficiency, prevents turbine blow and ensures high performance.
    GT-R Racing Oils

    Created for the GT-R’s RB26DETT engine, this is a reliable, wide-range engine oil for all driving conditions and temperatures, from circuit and sports driving to street or resort driving such as to ski areas.

    Special features

    Using NISMO's many race and rally motorsport achievements, careful investigations were made in to the conditions actually demanded of an engine oil—particularly for a high-performance turbo engine like that mounted in the GT-R—and the ideal oil specs were determined.

    During Taikyu racing, pit stops mean that the turbo charger remains at a high temperature, with the circulation of oil temporarily stopped. This can cause the oil within the turbine to scorch and form sludge, potentially causing turbine blow trouble. In developing this oil, NISMO paid special attention to the higher than normal heat burden on the engine, by conducting repeated heat caulking tests to ensure good endurance reliability, and to create an engine oil that could be recommended with confidence. An engine oil with good lubrication that helps ensure constant coolant temperature and protects the whole of the engine.

    While race use was stressed during the development process, it also had to perform well for street use. Thus it was also planned for reliable starting and reduced fuel consumption, with a base oil and additives that would ensure that this is a wide-use engine oil.



    Twin Plate Clutch

    With the same pedal pressure as a normal clutch, this makes for easy half-clutch and brings out the appeal of a high-performance engine. It helps to realize driving operations responding immediately to the driver’s thoughts. 8.5-inch double-type clutch with lightweight chromoly flywheel.
    Carbon Propeller Shaft

    Because this propeller shaft is made of carbon fiber, it is 7.7 kilos, or 50%, lighter than a steel shaft. This cuts the mass an moment of inertia at acceleration by 40%, ensuring high stability and improved drive force. The use of filament winding (FW) construction has also greatly increased strength and durability.
    Bilstein Shock Absorbers

    Front spring rate of 7kg⟨f/mm, rear 8kg⟨f/mm. Reinforced bushings are used at all suspension mount points, helping to provide a direct operational feel during sports driving.
    Titanium Strut Brace

    To draw out all the performance of the suspension, it’s important that the body be rigid. The 400R naturally uses a strut tower bar. But for those who hate to add additional weight to the front end, there is the choice of this lightweight titanium bar.
    Nismo Type 2 Brake Pads

    NISMO type 2 brake pads are used to ensure reliable braking power. Excellent anti-fade characteristics provide for a wide range of high-performance driving, from street to circuit.
    Master Cylinder Stop

    By reducing fore-aft play of the cylinder, this helps to provide a much more rigid pedal feel. With a change to the appropriate brake pads, this results in a braking system with more than adequate power.


    400R Specification

    Please note that these specifications are subject to change without notice.

    All engine output values give in this catalog are net values. Engine output values can be indicated as net or gross values. Gross values are calculated on the engine itself, while net values are calculated with the engine installed in the vehicle. With the same gasoline engine, the net value will be approximately 15% lower than the gross value (in studies by the Japan Automotive Manufacturers Association Inc.).

    Fuel consumption figures are based on standard testing conditions. The actual rate of fuel consumption will vary depending on conditions including weather, road condition, vehicle condition, operator and maintenance.

    The mode cycle used for the fuel consumption ratios shown in these contents is the 10-15 mode cycle. The 10-15 mode cycle is intended to represent high-speed city driving, with values for the same car at 10-mode averaging 10 percent higher (in studies by the Japan Automotive Manufacturers Association Inc.).

    Please use only regular gasoline in this car. Do not use regular unleaded gasoline.

    All defects that are the result of NISMO remodeling of parts or other improvements are covered under NISMO warranty. However, this coverage is limited to one year or 20,000 kilometers after registration of the vehicle. All other matters are covered under the new-car warranty of Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.

    Base price: ¥12,000,000(SOLD OUT)

    Installation of H.I.D. headlamps will result in a discount of ¥150,000 from the base price.

    The base price shown is exclusive of consumption tax. Other tax, insurance, registration fees, etc. will also be required, depending on local regulations.

    This vehicle has been extensively modified, but it is not a racing car. Always drive safely!


    Major Equipment

    NISMO 400R NISMO 400R Main Equipment
    Lighting H.I.D headlamps @ Use includes reduction of base price
    Heated rear window (with timer)    
    Interior Electrically-controlled power steering    
    Sport steering wheel (genuine leather cover) Ø365 @ No airbag; horn button with 400R logo
    Solid shifter and titanium shift knob O  
    Combination meters @ Display to 320kph, 11,000rpm; with 400R logo
    Sub-meters O Boost, oil pressure, front torque
    Ozone-safe, fully-automatic air conditioning    
    Key with exclusive 400R design @  
    Audio Cassette unit with integrated electronically tuned AM/FM radio    
    Fully-automatic power antenna    
    Antenna half-switch    
    FM diversity    
    Seats Type-R seats (front) O Reclining bucket seats
    ELR 3-point seatbelts    
    Exclusive rear seats and door trim @ Seat cover replacement
    Exterior Exclusive 400R full aerodynamic package @ Over-fender, front bumper, double-wing rear spoiler
    LM hood @ CFRP hood air intake
    400R stripe @  
    Titanium muffler @  
    Mechanical RB-X GT2 engine @ 400ps/6,800rpm, 47.8kgm/4,400rpm
    ECCS unit (exclusive for 400R) @  
    Sport catalyst O  
    Twin-plate clutch O  
    Carbon driveshaft @  
    Air-cooled oil cooler O  
    Sport intercooler O  
    N1 radiator O  
    Super HICAS    
    Brembo 4-wheel bench-rated disc brakes    
    Sport brake pads O  
    ATTESA E-TS PRO   Active L.S.D. integrated-control 4WD
    Master cylinder stopper O  
    Titanium front brake tower O  
    Machined aluminum oil filler cap O  
    Radiator cap O  
    Shock absorbers O Damping, stationary type (Bilstein, ENP)
    Reinforced suspension coil springs O Front: K=7kg•f/mm; rear: K8kg•f/mm; vehicle height reduced by 30mm
    Reinforced rear suspension mount kit O  
    Reinforced stabilizer kit (front/rear) O  
    N1 link kit O  
    Reinforced suspension bushing kit (front/rear) O  
    Reinforced differential mount kit O  
    Tires/wheels 275/35-18 O Bridgestone RE710kai
    18 x 10JJ forged aluminum wheels O NISMO LM/GT1
    @: 400R-exclusive parts; O: NISMO general parts; blank: V-spec standard equipment)   
    Along with the main equipment listed above, the following equipment is also standard:
    Green glass
    Assist grip
    Electrically-retractable colored door mirrors
    One-touch power windows
    Front stepless adjustable windshield wipers
    Tilt steering wheel
    High-mount step lamps (LED)
    Digital clock
    Central door locks
    Map light
    Illuminated ignition key cylinder
    Driver-seat seatbelt arm
    Passenger seat vanity mirror
    Side door beam
    Warning indicators (oil pressure lamp, battery warning lamp, 4WD warning lamp, HICAS warning lamp, open-door warning lamp, ABS warning lamp, exhaust temperature warning lamp, brake fluid warning lamp, headlamp turn-off reminder buzzer, key removal reminder buzzer, un-fastened seat belt warning lamp)

    The airbag warning lamp has been included in case of future installation of a steering wheel with airbag; the lamp will function normally if this occurs.

    A configuration is also possible in case of H.I.D. headlamp installation.

    400R-exclusive parts (marked in the chart by @) are not available for general sale.


    Major Specs

    NISMO 400R Main Specs     
          NISMO 400R R33 (GT-R) 400R difference
            standard model  
    1 Overall length  4,675mm 4,675mm  
    Overall width  1,830mm 1,780mm Extension of 50mm because of overfender
    Overall height  1,330mm 1,360mm Improvement in stability and controllability through improved position
    Wheelbase  2,720mm 2,720mm  
    Tread FR 1,500mm 1,480mm Change of wheel offset: 30mm to 20mm
    RR 1,510mm 1,490mm  
    Vehicle height reduction  30mm   Improvement in stability and controllability through improved position
    Minimum ground clearance  105mm 135mm  
    Vehicle weight  1,550kg 1,540kg  
    2 Engine  RB-X GT2 RB26DETT Increased displacement, improvement of RB26
    Type/cylinder count  Water-cooled, inline 6-cylinder DOHC Water-cooled, inline 6-cylinder DOHC  
    Cylinder Internal diameter x travel 87.0 x 77.7 86.0 x 73.7  
    Displacement  2,771cc 2,568cc  
    Pressure ratio  8.5 8.5  
    Max. output  400/6800ps/rpm 280/6800ps/rpm  
    Max. torque  47.8/4400kg-m/rpm 36.0/4500kg-m/rpm Ease of handling through increased low-speed torque
    Boost pressure  1.1kg/• 0.6kg/•  
    Power-weight ratio  3,88kg/ps 5.50kg/ps  
    3 Head gasket  NISMO metal gasket, Ø87, 1.2mm Graphite, 1.2mm Increased strength to handle larger bore
    Camshaft   Standard Standard  
      Operating angle 60-60 60-60  
      Valve spring Standard Standard  
    Oil cooler  Air-cooled oil cooer Water-cooled oil cooker Improved cooling efficiency
    Oil pump  Standard sintered gear Standard sintered gear  
    4 Turbocharger  N1 spec metal turbine and reinforced actuator R33 GT-R standard unit  
    Intercooler  NISMO high-strength, option Standard (in front of radiator) Increased cooling performance by increase of intercooler size
    Catalyst  Low-pressure, high-efficiency, intake/exhaust diameter Ø80 Standard Engine output improved, exhaust efficiency improved
    Exhaust muffler  *400R-exclusive titanium, Ø60 dual Standard Pleasing exhaust sound, increased performance, reduced weight
    5 ECCS   *400R-exclusive computer R33 GT-R standard Provides control of high-performance engine
      Pressure regulators Standard Standard  
      Fuel pump Standard Standard  
    6 Clutch  NISMO 8.5-inch pull-type twin plate, lightweight chromoly flywheel Ø 250pull-type single plate Provides ease of operation of increased transmission forces resulting from torque, along with light peddle pressure
    7 Transmission  FS5R30A-standard FS5R30A-standard  
      L.S.D. A-LSD A-LSD  
      Driveshaft *400R-exlcusive carbon Standard Weight reduction
    8 Brakes  Standard (Brembo) Standard (Brembo)  
    Master cylinder stopper  NISMO original Standard Provides rigid pedal feel
    Brake pads  NISMO original (Type 2) Standard Cover everything from street to sport driving
    9 Suspension  NISMO stationary shock absorbers Standard stationary shock absorbers Bilstein
    Springs  NISMO original "Type D" Standard FR: 7K, RR: 8K
    Engine mount  Includes reinforced mount Standard Reinforced to handle increased engine torque
    Bushings, insulators  Includes reinforced bushings Standard Provides direct handling
    10 Wheels  10JJ 18 9JJ 17 18-inch, 3-piece forged wheels
    Tires  275/35-18 245/45R17 High-performance tires
    11 Exterior Aero parts NISMO Original aero Standard Improved aerodynamic force efficiency, cooling ability
      Front bumper Standard Designed for air-cooled oil cooler
      Front grille, front lip, side step Standard Sharp design and improved cooling performance
      Rear bumper, spoiler Standard Improved aerodynamic force efficiency, greater sense of stability
    Hood *400R-exclusive type Standard Improvement of cooling efficiency
    Over-fender *400R-exclusive Standard Each side 25mm
    Tower bar Titanium construction Standard Extra-reinforced design
    Ornament *400R-exclusive Standard *400R-exclusive ornament, badge
    Rocker cover *400R-exclusive Standard Reinforced during NISMO tuning
    Interior Meter panel *400R-exclusive 320km/h•11000rpm Standard NISMO combination meter with NISMO logo (black)
    Seats Embroidered with NISMO name Standard Provides that extra sense of "NISMO"
    Rear seat *400R-exclusive Rear cover change Standard Black
    Headliner *Color to match seats Standard Black
    12 Headlight system  *H.I.D. lighting system Standard Improved safety during nighttime driving (option)


    Nismo 400R Brochure

    Source - V-Spec Performance


    Build Plaque


    Official Website (Japanese)
    Official Website (English)