Although Nissan isn’t quite as synonymous with racing as, say, Porsche, Ferrari or BMW, the Japanese company does have a long, generally proud history in motorsports. From the pre-World War II Datsun Racer (which looked a lot like an American midget car) to last year’s groundbreaking DeltaWing, Nissan (and its motorsports arm, Nismo) has been competing – and often winning – on some of the racing world’s most prestigious stages.
To celebrate this illustrious history (and look ahead to the future, with Nismo’s recently-opened new world headquarters and this week’s announcement of a program to enter an electric car in next year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans), Nissan and Nismo made this very cool video. Granted, it glosses over some notable success stories (BRE’s Trans-Am title-winning Datsun 510 program chief among them), but we definitely get a kick out of seeing the evolution of not just Nissan racing, but the evolution of racing itself. Also: Mr. K. You can’t front on that. Yes, you could try, but you would fail miserably. After all, even if you are 103 years old like he is, you still didn’t sire the Z-car or the aforementioned 510.