Rumors of the Nissan LMP1 program’s possible demise may have been a tad overblown. Not only was the GT-R LM Nismo out running laps at Circuit of the Americas, but they were testing out some interesting aerodynamic upgrades and meaty brake cooling ducts. Here’s a gallery for your up-close viewing pleasure, plus what… »
Nissan put together a string of time lapses from this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans with scenes from everywhere: inside the pits, along the track and even in the car. The result was an absolutely beautiful piece of film that shows exactly why the endurance classic is regarded as one of the best races in the world.
After the 24 Hours of Le Mans, I missed my flight and ended up stuck in Paris for an extra day. Since I was in Paris, I decided to at least venture into the city for dinner. Lo and behold, the Toyota storefront on the Avenue des Champs-Élyseés was considerably more interesting than the ones here in America.
Le Mans has some of the most pimptacular pit areas of any race on the planet, and newcomer Nissan’s hospitality and work space is no exception. In addition to an extremely organized garage, there’s a full suite with a DJ, a smoothie bar and a slide. That’s right: a giant red tube slide.
Porsche isn’t the only team running a nod to Le Mans’ past this year. Nissan is here to show that they’re not total newbies to endurance racing by branding its latest LMP1-class racer in its classic Group C R90C colors. Watch this awesome time lapse of the #21 car being assembled and dressed up as the ultimate Nissan.
Let this insane three-way battle between the #8 Audi, #17 Porsche and #7 Audi LMP1-class World Endurance Championship prototypes illustrate all the fun nuances of hybrid race cars. Running out of the added electric power must hit you like a brick when you’re in the middle of a battle like this.
With the increased competition in the World Endurance Championship's LMP1 class, everyone's wondering who's really the fastest this year. Porsche looked great at the Prologue, but Audi was fast during practice for the 6 Hours of Silverstone. It's Porsche, though, who'll take up the entire front row of the grid. »
Toyota isn't doing a crazy retro livery for their 2014-winning World Endurance Championship LMP1 car like Porsche, and they aren't going absolutely insane like Nissan. Instead they're back for 2015 with familiar colors. The updates are under the skin, and it still has 1,000 horsepower, so that's good. Will it emerge… »
Shut. The. Front. Door. Shut down the Internet. Drop everything. And look at this. Porsche just showed off its trio of Le Mans-bound 919 LMP1 race cars, and they finally painted one in the right color. This car is pretty much guaranteed to win. Place all bets on #17. (Oh, and they’ve got black and white cars, too.) »
Audi will be switching from the two-megajoule to the four-megajoule sub-class this year within the LMP1 class in the World Endurance Championship. What does that mean? This year's R18 e-tron quattro Le Mans prototype racer gets more hybrid power, delivering more of electric boost for longer periods of time. »
What would it look like if McLaren entered Le Mans? G24 Studio put McLaren design cues on the usual LMP1 body shape, and the results make me yearn for an alternate future where McLaren decides to run the World Endurance Championship. This car is one of the most beautiful things you'll see all week. »
Most of the World Endurance Championship rules that govern crazy Le Mans prototypes like Toyota's and Nissan's remain unchanged from 2014, yet a regulations clarification is the biggest news of the offseason. It appears as though someone (perhaps last year's winners) had body parts that flattened down at speed. »
We knew something like this would eventually happen due to Circuit of the Americas' close proximity to East Austin. The eastern half of the town is home to craft cocktails, old-timey facial hair, artisanal toilet paper, and the like. Hipsters. One such fellow apparently infiltrated Nissan's preseason LMP1 testing. »