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autoviva2015-02-02 16:50:08

Nissan heading to Le Mans with GT-R LM Nismo

Japanese brand unveiled the LMP1 car during the Super Bowl break

Nissan chose different configurations than the current LMP1 with front engine andfront wheel drive

is ready to conquer Le Mans and the World Endurance Championship (WEC). The Japanese brand has revealed the during the Super Bowl halftime break and is already thinking of victories.

The GT-R LM Nismo is already a daring vehicle as Nissan chose different configurations than the current LMP1. The Japanese brand presented a car with front engine andfront wheel drive powered by a V6 biturbo 3-liter petrol engine and coupled to a kinetic energy recovery system. All this was made according to the technical and sporting regulations of the category.

"The GT-R is our flagship road car," said Roel de Vries, Global Director of Marketing and Nissan Brand Strategy. "This, the ultimate GT-R, continues a sporting bloodline that goes back three decades with NISMO, the motorsport and performance arm of Nissan. Le Mans drives innovation so success on the track will lead to greater innovation in our road car range.  We are the new kids at Le Mans; our opponents are the best in the world but we are ready."

The Nissan GT-R LM NISMO will compete in the LMP1 class of the FIA World Endurance Championship. Beginning in Silverstone, United Kingdom, April 12, the championship travels to Spa in Belgium, following the 24 Hours of Le Mans and Nurburgring in Germany, before moving to the races in the US, Japan, China and Middle East.

With more technical freedom compared to Formula 1, LMP1 is becoming a test tube for technologies to be adapted to road cars. Currently competition engineers face the same challenges than the daily cars, especially now that the spotlight is turning to energy efficiency. In LMP1 there is an ample opportunity to innovate.

Nissan is heading to this new challenge looking for victories, despite admitting that the competition is very strong.

"Our record at Le Mans is third place overall so we have unfinished business there. We want to win and we have the knowledge to do that - for our customers, our employees and our fans. The competition is exceptionally strong and we are excited by the challenge,"
explained Shoichi Miyatani, President of Nismo.

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