Rosslyn, South Africa, (2 May 2017)
Japan is taking on the rest of the world in May, when the Nissan GT-R returns to Knysna to defend its supercar crown and fight for two of the three new King of the Hill titles.
No less than 12 Nissans will compete in the various production, modified and supercar classes at the 2017 Jaguar Simola Hill Climb. Of these, 10 are GT-Rs from different areas and in different stages of tune, making it the most popular vehicle at the Hill Climb by some margin.
Amongst the registered contenders for the 2017 Hill Climb is the R32 GT-R of Desmond Gutzeit, which is rumoured to have even more power than the 1 800+ horsepower it delivered last year, R34 GT-Rs and several standard and highly modified R35 models. This year also sees the first entry of a unique wide body Liberty Walk R35 Nissan GT-R.
Nissan South Africa has supported several of the contenders and is directly involved in the Hill Climb campaigns of the 1 000+horsepower BB GT-R, which will be driven by Nissan Competitive Vehicle Assessment Specialist Wilhelm Baard, and a standard production MY17 Nissan GT-R driven by Jaki Scheckter.
"The fact that so many people have chosen the GT-R to race at Simola and that no single GT-R is alike, is a testament to the car's engineering brilliance. Some of the GT-R models are driven to the race, and then on the hill, with 95 octane fuel and standard road-going tyres. Other GT-Rs violently shred the tar with more than 1 500 kW of power," says Xavier Gobille, Director for Sales, Marketing and Aftersales at Nissan Group of Africa.
To accommodate the various GT-R models and the wide range of other standard and highly modified cars that have entered the 2017 Simola Hill Climb, the organisers have added a range of new categories and three different King of the Hill (KOTH) titles. Of these, Nissan GT-R models will compete in the KOTH for road going saloon and supercars and the KOTH for modified saloon cars.