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Nissan/NMC announces appointment of new executive director for Super GT GT500 teams

Shinichi Kiga, general manager of the GT500 class of SUPER GT, with the NISSAN/NISMO logo on his back (in white team shirt)

YOKOHAMA, Japan – Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. and Nissan Motorsports & Customizing Co., Ltd. (NMC) today announced Shinichi Kiga is appointed executive director for Nissan’s Super GT GT500 teams.

Kiga, who joined Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. in 1990, brings extensive experience in the field of engine and powertrain development, as well as product planning. As Chief Engineer for the groundbreaking KR20DDET engine, he oversaw the development of the world’s first variable compression ratio engine.

He joined NMC on April 1st, 2024, as senior vice president in charge of development and planning of its motorsports division. In addition, he was appointed as the executive director for Nissan’s Super GT GT500 teams.

“The appointment is a great honor, and at the same time, it is a huge responsibility to regain the championship title,” said Kiga. “Fully utilizing my experience at Nissan in powertrain development and as a project leader, I would like to provide opportunities for all the Nissan GT500 teams to maximize their performance. I am determined to work hard and make quick and decisive decisions to improve the results of all Nissan teams.”

 

Career overview
Born in July 1965

1990Joined Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
2001Manager, Advanced Engine Engineering Department
2007Senior Manager, Advanced Engine Engineering Department
2011Global total delivered cost leader, Program Director’s Office and Deputy General Manager,
 Project Purchasing Vehicle Department
2012Chief Powertrain Engineer, Powertrain Engineering Division
2017Alliance Powertrain Engineering Director, Powertrain/EV Engineering Division
2024Joined Nissan Motorsports & Customizing Co., Ltd. as Senior Vice President
 and executive director for Nissan Super GT GT500 teams

 

Kiga succeeds Motohiro Matsumura, who has served as the executive director since 2019. Matsumura stays on at Nissan Motorsports & Customizing Co., Ltd. and will support Kiga in the role of executive partner.

 

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