Nissan to return to top-flight Le Mans racing in 2015

Nissan to return to top-flight Le Mans racing in 2015

Japanese manufacturer to bring new LMP1 car to Le Mans endurance race next year to do battle with Audi, Porsche and Toyota

Nissan will return to the top-flight LMP1 class at the Le Mans 24 Hours next year to take on Audi, Porsche and Toyota.

The Japanese manufacturer will field two factory-backed LMP1 cars named the Nissan GT-R LM Nismo, in deference to the flagship Nissan GT-R road car. The project was confirmed in a press conference in central London today (Friday).

Nissan hasn’t revealed full technical details of the new GT-R LM Nismo prototype, although it has promised that it: “won’t be turning up in a vehicle which is a basically another hybrid that looks like another Porsche, Audi or Toyota. Our intention is to do something that is a little bit different.”

Nissan has steadily increased its participation in motorsport in recent times through innovative programs, such as Nissan PlayStation GT Academy and the ACO’s Garage 56 initiative, where it will this year compete with the experimental Zeod hybrid that will run outside of the general classification.

The new GT-R LM Nismo – which will also compete in the full FIA World Endurance Championship next year – gives Nissan the opportunity to return to Le Mans where the company has never won.

“The design and build of the Nissan GT-R LM Nismo is a global project with its DNA firmly rooted in Japan,” said Nismo president Shoichi Miyatani.

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