Nissan to compete in 24 Hours of Le Mans next year

Nissan has announced plans to compete in next year’s 24 Hour of Le Mans with two factory-backed examples of the GT-R.

Called the GT-R LM NISMO, Nissan will race in the LMP1 category alongside rivals from Audi, Porsche and Toyota. Although Nissan’s presence at the race will be official next year, the company will run its all-electric ZEOD-RC this year with Garage 56, a team specializing in racing with experimental technology.

“LMP1 is not just an arms race — all of our rivals in the class have taken different technical approaches and we will be doing the same,” says Andy Palmer, Nissan’s executive vice president. “We want to win in a very different way to that of our rivals. We don’t be turning up in a vehicle which is basically another hybrid that looks like another Porsche, Audi or Toyota — they all look the same to me — our intention is to do something a little different.”

Nissan has remained tight-lipped over the GT-R LM NISMO. The automaker says testing will begin in October, and technical details will be released in the next few months.

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