Nissan has released the first in a series of Nismo videos showcasing the technology and spirit of excitement behind Nismo road cars and Nismo Athletes.
Set in Switzerland's dramatic Susten Pass, 'Nismo versus Wingsuit' gives you a two minute nail-biting encounter as Germany's 2012 Nissan GT Academy champion, Peter Pyzera, goes head-to-head with base jumper Dave Barlia.
The 1370-metre descent sees Barlia reach speeds of more than 210km/h, coming within six metres of the rock face, equipped with little more than his wingsuit. Meanwhile Pyzera, in his 370Z Nismo, negotiates his way along the unforgiving switchback road in a bid to beat the flying American.
The video showcases advanced technology such as the biometric harness and JukeRide used by the Nismo Athletes during the driver development programme at the Nismo Lab.
“I could see Dave up above me.”
Pyzera commented afterwards: "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.
"This is fun but it's also serious - it not only improves my performance but is invaluable in helping me prepare for my next race."
Nismo Athletes use equipment such as an in-body machine that analyses body composition, a brainwave monitor that trains the mind to simultaneously focus and relax, a Batak console to improve reaction times and a race simulator that allows them to practice on any race track in the world.
GT Academy, now in its fifth season, is a competition created by Nissan and PlayStation that unites the worlds of virtual and real-life racing to make the dreams of aspiring race drivers a reality. Nissan searches for the best online gamers and aspiring race drivers, offering the ultimate champion a works drive and the opportunity to compete in a premier championship.
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