Nissan’s GT Academy Stars Will Try to Shine at 24 Hours of Dubai

It’s rather cold across most of the United States right now, but that won’t stop Nissan from packing the trucks and going racing in warmer weather; the Nissan racing team will compete at the 24 Hours of Dubai, and feature four of its GT Academy graduates.

The race in question is January’s 24 Hours of Dubai, at which Nissan will campaign three of its racecars. The first is its GT3-spec GT-R, which will be driven by Franck Mailleux, Tom Kimber-Smith, Michael Krumm, and Alex Buncombe. A few of those names should sound familiar: Kimber-Smith was part of the winning team in the 2006 24 Hours of Le Mans GT2 class, while Michael Krumm was the FIA GT1 World Championship this year.

Alongside the GT-R will be two GT4-spec 370Zs, piloted by graduates of Nissan’s now-famous GT Academy. One car will be for this year’s graduates, Jann Mardenborough and Bryan Heitkotter, and the other will be for GT Academy veterans Lucas Ordonez and Jordan Tresson. Heitkotter, as you’ll recall, was the winner of the televised GT Academy special that aired earlier this year on the Speed Network.

Nissan also promises one more car: the Juke-R. The GT-R-powered Juke crossover won’t actually be racing, but the car will serve as the pace car for the race. Seeing as the car blends 480 horsepower, the polarizing looks of the Juke and a slick body kit, you shouldn’t be able to miss it.

Source: Nissan

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2012 Nissan GT-R

2012 Nissan GT-R

MSRP $89,950 Premium Coupe

0-60 MPH:

2.9 SECS


16 City / 23 Hwy

Horse Power:

530 @ 6400