If you’re a Nissan fan, then you’ve heard of the legendary Nismo Omori Factory. This is the place where highly skilled engineers and mechanics turned some of Nissan’s greatest cars into masterpiece special editions like the Nismo 400R, Nismo Z 380RS and the most sought after Nismo R34 GTR Z Tune. Classic parts every Nissan owner has once lusted over were also conceived here…think parts like the signature black Omori Spec LMGT4s or the chunky Nismo GTR strut braces crafted out of titanium.
That’s why in 2013, Nismo moved its HQ from the Omori district to its current state of the art facilities in Yokohama and on our recent trip to Japan it was on top of our must see places to visit. A tip to anyone planning a visit to a workshop or factory in Japan…check the opening hours thoroughly and regularly! My planned visit to the new Nismo HQ fell on a Tuesday, which as I was staring through a closed front door found out that only a week beforehand Nismo had implemented a change to their opening hours and the shop was now closed on Mondays and Tuesdays!
As I was flying out the next day, this only left me with a small opportunity to make another quick visit in the morning. Luckily the new HQ are easy enough to get to and I was back just before they opened at 10am. Leave a comment below if you’re planning a visit and would like help with directions. As I stepped into the car park, I knew the effort was well worth it! A slew of Nismo edition cars were parked out front all dressed in white and Nismo exterior enhancements.
The aggressive angles of the Nismo aero made even the pedestrian Nissan Note and March desirable…
But when we heard the burble from the exhaust sound that could easily be identified as an RB note we swung around to see this stunning R34 GTR fitted with some of the best Nismo products like the Z Tune front bumper and guards.
While we could have spent more time oogling what was in the car park, I was racing against the clock and had to make a move inside the Nismo Showroom which Nismo displays past and present race cars or their road going cars. The display cars rotate regularly so you can keep an eye out on the Nismo Showroom website for information on their latest displays.
On this occasion we were lucky enough to see what could be (and we hope) one of their future cars – The Nismo Nissan IDx Concept. The IDx is one of Nissan’s latest concepts that pitches at the affordable RWD drive phenom started by the Toyota 86/Subaru BRZ.
While the old school livery on the concept was cool, nothing beats the originals and it was great seeing this original Datsun Sunny cleaned up for the showroom. This actual car won the TS race in the 1973 Japan GP after Nissan introduced the ‘Excellent’ model to beat the Toyota Celicas and Sprinters .
Once race car parts only, its great to see parts like the Craft Square mirrors filter through to the aftermarket where you or I could buy a set for our own cars (that’s if you’ve got a spare few hundred dollars!).
While it was a short visit, it was well worth the trip and a fitting way to end our holiday in Japan. We’ve still got photos from a grassroots drift day to go through but check out the previous posts from D1 GP: