In memory of Ricardo Divila

In memory of Ricardo Divila

April 29, 2020

Ricardo Divila, Formula One designer and SUPER GT engineer, passed away on April 25.

Ricardo Divila began working for Nissan / NISMO as an engineer on the 1999 Le Mans 24-Hour project. From there, he took up a track engineer position with Nissan Teams and NISMO in SUPER GT, where he exerted considerable influence on NISMO’s racing engineering and activities.

After returning to Europe from Japan, Divila, a Brazilian national, performed an engineering support role across NISMO’s various racing activities, and contributed to the success of the Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 race car in Europe. He also worked as a vehicle engineer in LMP2 where NISMO supplied engines, contributing to many wins.

Nissan and NISMO would like to express our great fondness and respect for Ricardo. He was a skilled and passionate race engineer with a warm personality, who always had time for his team and drivers.

We have shared below some of our favourite images and memories of Ricardo, mostly at trackside, where he loved to be. Rest in peace, Ricardo.

In 2002, track engineer for the #23 Nissan GT-R
With driver Érik Comas in 2002
In 2003, he engineered two Nissan GT-Rs, with the #23 GT-R the driver’s champion
With NISMO engineer, Ogawara, at Suzuka for the final round of 2003
In 2006 and 2007, he engineered for TEAM IMPUL
Translating from French to English with driver Benoît Tréluyer
In 2008, supporting NISMO, and Yoshida, engineer in charge of Nissan GT-R
At the 2012 Dubai 24-Hour
2013, at the Blancpain Endurance Series with the Nissan GT Academy drivers
Blancpain Endurance Series, 2013. Spa 24-Hour
2014 Blancpain Endurance Series
In the team garage at the 2015 Blancpain Endurance Series
At the 2015 Spa 24-Hour