Nissan released on October 1 the first of a series of Nismo videos that gauges the technology and capabilities of Nismo road cars and Nismo athletes.
The first video takes place in Susten Pass, Switzerland where the German 2012 Nissan GT Academy Champion Peter Pyzera races downhill against the famous BASE jumper Dave Barlia. With the 4,501-feet descent from the top, Barlia reached speeds of more than 210 km/h and was only about 6 meters away from the rock face. Pyzera, on the other hand, managed his way down the slope driving a Nissan 370Z Nismo. At the end of the video, it showed that Pyzera was able to reach the feet of the mountain before Barlia did.
The film features the advanced technology that Nismo has developed for the cars and athletes. Among these technologies are the biometric harness and JukeRide used by the Nismo athletes during the Driver Development Program at the Nismo Lab. The training these athletes endure aims to make them ready to be mixed with the best sports car racers in just a span of three months. Furthermore, these athletes benefit from other equipment like the In-Boddy machine, Brainwave Monitor, and Batak console.
"That was absolutely amazing, I could see Dave up above me and I just had to concentrate and get in the zone to beat him down. Afterwards we looked at the data we gathered from wearing the biometric harnesses, which monitor my biometric data, and I could see when I was totally focussed. While this is fun, it is serious business - it not only improves my performance but is invaluable in helping me prepare for my next race," said Pyzera.
The GT Academy, now on the 5th season, continues to train aspiring drivers through virtual and real-life racing.