Nissan will return to top-line European sportscar racing this season with a four-round FIA GT Championship programme in partnership with Gigawave Motorsport.
Aston Martin driver Darren Turner and long-time factory Nissan racer Michael Krumm are set to drive a new Nissan GT-R as a precursor to an entry in the proposed new GT1 world championship that FIA GT boss Stephane Ratel is creating for 2010.
A Nissan statement said the purpose of the four 2009 appearances was to "check the performance of cars to be sold to racing teams competing in the
FIA-GT1 class." The Nissan will not be eligible for FIA GT points this season.
The car has been developed by Nissan's in-house motorsport company NISMO, who will run it in partnership with Gigawave. Autosport revealed last month that Krumm had already tested the car in secret in Japan.
The project is Nissan's first major worldwide sportscar programme since they fought for outright victory at Le Mans in the late 1990s.