With no highway patrol in sight, a racetrack makes gravity, friction and inertia the only laws that demand adherence. Such was the case at Lime Rock Park, in western Connecticut, where BBC Autos was invited to participate in the Nismo Performance Academy – a driving experience offered by Nissan to owners of its sports cars.

Nismo is the in-house performance division at Nissan, and much like Mercedes-Benz’s AMG and BMW’s M, it is being groomed into a full-blown sub-brand within the Japanese company. Nismo academies give owners of Nissan performance cars – the GT-R, Juke Nismo and 370Z, namely – a full day of instruction gratis, in either the customers’ own cars or vehicles supplied by Nissan specifically for the event.

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