Nis­san’s Nismo racer

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Nis­san has re­vealed its full tech­ni­cal spec­i­fi­ca­tion for its ground-break­ing front-wheel drive FIA World En­durance Cham­pi­onship Nis­san GT-R LM Nismo, which marks a re­turn to the pre­mier class at the Le Mans 24 Hours for the Ja­panese man­u­fac­turer.

“We are ex­cited to be go­ing head-to-head with the best sports car rac­ing man­u­fac­tur­ers in the world,» com­mented Roel de Vries, global head of mar­ket­ing and brand strat­egy at Nis­san.

“LM P1 is a prov­ing ground for tech­no­log­i­cal in­no­va­tion, es­pe­cially when it comes to the power sources of the fu­ture. In 2014 three dif­fer­ent man­u­fac­tur­ers us­ing three dif­fer­ent pow­er­train com­bi­na­tions won races. If you ever needed proof that LM P1 is the sharp end, this is it.”

Nis­san might have been ab­sent from the top class at Le Mans for 16 years but the com­pany has been very ac­tive in other cat­e­gories, build­ing an en­vied sports car lad­der that runs from the new LM P3 cat­e­gory, through a world-beat­ing en­gine sup­ply pro­gramme in LM P2, and onto the top step to LM P1 via the ACO’s clever “Garage 56” pro­gramme, a unique class at Le Mans re­served for in­no­va­tive tech­nol­ogy that falls out­side of the nor­mal reg­u­la­tions

“Th­ese cars rep­re­sent the pin­na­cle of cur­rent rac­ing tech­nol­ogy: huge en­ergy re­cov­ery sys­tems, su­per fuel-ef­fi­cient en­gines and wild aero­dy­nam­ics, cre­at­ing ex­tremely fast cars for their weight and en­durance, said Nis­san’s LM P1 team prin­ci­pal, Ben Bowlby.

“Th­ese are 24-hour rac­ing cars that cover prac­ti­cally a whole For­mula One sea­son in one Le Mans race.

“It’s a very dif­fer­ent chal­lenge to F1 and much more rel­e­vant to what’s go­ing on in road cars. If you drive from say Lon­don to Ed­in­burgh you ex­pect the car to get through the miles and be fast, sta­ble, com­fort­able and safe and pro­vide the han­dling and grip you might need if you have to come off the mo­tor­way and take some back roads – that’s the sort of chal­lenge that Le Mans rep­re­sents. It’s all about hav­ing a fast, ef­fi­cient and safe car.

“It is firmly our in­ten­tion that tech­nol­ogy de­vel­oped on the LM P1 car will trans­fer to Nis­san road cars,” said De Vries. “We are de­vel­op­ing an ul­tra-ef­fi­cient V6 twin turbo of the con­fig­u­ra­tion and lin­eage of the Nis­san GT-R. This is a more ef­fi­cient but equally pow­er­ful di­rect in­jec­tion so­lu­tion, so it’s a po­ten­tial fore­run­ner to fu­ture GT-R en­gines. Also the ki­netic en­ergy re­cov­ery tech­nol­ogy that we’re de­vel­op­ing through rac­ing could in­deed have po­ten­tial for fu­ture road car ap­pli­ca­tions.”

In a bold move, the Ja­panese man­u­fac­turer has in­ter­preted the sport’s tech­ni­cal reg­u­la­tions in an in­no­va­tive way, pro­duc­ing a front-en­gined, front wheel drive car that is pow­ered by a V6 three-litre twin turbo petrol en­gine and a ki­netic en­ergy re­cov­ery sys­tem.

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