Mizuno has mentioned earlier this year the current car would evolve in the next five years and the R35’s involvement in the Nurburgring endurance race has verified the car’s durability and reliability. This will help to ensure whatever upgrades Nissan is able to add to the car in the future.
Mizuno recently retired due to Nissan’s mandatory retirement age of 60, though the expert engineer is expected to continue to aid GT-R development in a consulting role. Mizuno’s retirement has slightly delayed the launch of the R36 despite Nissan assuring the car to be still in development.
The company’s engineers are waiting to see the performance of the upcoming Honda NSX, expected to feature a sophisticated hybrid system, which Honda has promised will lap the Nurburgring faster than the R35 GT-R. In the meantime, The R35 GT-R will continue to evolve. Nissan has planned a 2014 update of the car. The car will get newly styled bumper and lights, plus an upgraded powertrain.
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