Yokohama, Japan - My last visit to Tokyo was purely a geek trip. From going to Nissan’s Heritage Collection to the Nissan Engine Museum, I did it all. To close off the trinity of to-visit places for Nissan, I wrapped it up with the NISMO Omori Factory located in the Daikoku district of Yokohama city, where Nissan’s motorsports division displayed some of their historical masterpieces, alongside fish tank styled glass display of their servicing area for their customers’ finest gems.
The NISMO Omori Factory is a factory managed pro shop that is manned with mechanics from Nissan Works who have experience in race series such as Super GT and Super Taikyu, offering a range of services for Nissan owners to service, build and develop their cars. The facility is also where NISMO performs product testing and development for general road vehicles, and the restoration of historical Nissan and NISMO vehicles.
Arriving before opening hour, I met up with a NISMO representative who provided me with some information before we entered the showroom.
Greeted at the door, not by a friendly staff member, but a Nissan R390 GT1 that has been installed on the wall like a Tomica that we paste on tabletops. The car is no replica though, having been the very car that raced at the 1998 24 Hours of Le Mans!
The aesthetically pleasing façade leads to an equally eye-pleasing floor space with a mix of six race cars and street cars on display.
The Nissan R383 is a race car from 1970 (and also that last race car built in Nissan in the decade to follow following the cancellation of the R380 program) that was to replace its predecessor at the 1970 Japanese Grand Prix that never took place. Undertaken by NISMO in 2006, the car made appearances at exhibition events before ending up as a rotational display piece at the Omori Factory’s showroom.
The Nissan Silvia K110 Super Silhouette is nothing like its road siblings. With a twin carb DOHC four cylinder engine that spewed out over 562hp, this car participated at the Fuji Super Silhouette races between 1979 and 1984. Bozo style indeed.
The 1991 Nissan R91CP race that that was the overall winner at the Rolex 24 at Daytona, USA in 1992.
The Nissan Skyline GT-R R33 Nismo 400R is one of only 44 ever made in celebration of the Le Man racing cars. With unique colours and striking decals across the body, the car runs on forged 2.8-litre RB26DETT rated at 400hp, an uprated pair of turbochargers and exhaust system. I would safely assume that a sizeable portion of the 44 cars are no longer in Japan.
A pair of NISMO spec’ed Nissan March and Nissan Note for those with a weaker heart.
Beyond the showroom, an area was set aside for those who came prepared. With a price tag that I dare not speak about, you could lug a NISMO built RB26DETT S2 engine.
For those with lighter wallets, special edition shift knobs or short shifters can also be purchased.
Flight permitting, Nismo forged monoblock wheels are up for taking – as long as your credit card has sufficient credits.
When all fails, you can bring home a NISMO cap or a bag.
Speaking of Tomicas, be sure to check out the back wall where a few hundred Tomica Nissan GT-R R35s were assembled to form a large ‘GT-R” logo.
Saving the best for last, I was led into the Area 51 of the factory – The servicing area. I spotted a Millennium Jade R34 (You know what that means) from a distance but being a customer’s car, due respect was given to keep my distance from it.
A trio of Nismo Clubman Race Spec (CRS) Nissan Skyline GT-Rs lined the front.
Don’t be fooled by the factory looking appearances, these CRS Skyline GT-Rs packed a plethora of Nismo’s finest parts including some that were once only set aside for the venerable Z-Tune (which none of the 21, including the example that NISMO holds on to, were around or visible when I visited).
Evidently, like my Seiko watch’s hands the undercarriage of the R34 GT-R shines off the floor in a mirror like finish to reveal its exhaust system.
Zero evidence of use, the interior has been installed with Nismo carpets, cluster, seats, shift knob… you get the picture.
As I wrapped up my time in the servicing area, I noticed that the door handles were in fact… a pair of camshafts! Well played, Omori Factory!
Trust me on this, but do remember to visit their toilets when you visit.