Here’s kind of a bummer to start your day: Nissan’s wildly unusual GT-R LM Nismo prototype race car, which debuted to much fanfare earlier thiis year but had a deeply disappointing showing at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, will not race in the 2016 World Endurance Championship after all, the automaker announced today.
There’s an old saying: “If at first you don’t succeed, quit and give up entirely.” The folks at Nismo do not believe in this philosophy! Despite struggling at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the bonkers front-wheel drive Nissan GT-R LM Nismo will return to the FIA World Endurance Championship next year — but not any sooner.
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.
If there’s any phrase that best describes the bizarre Nissan GT-R LM Nismo, it’s “work in progress.” We sat down with the team’s chief engineer Zach Eakin and driver Max Chilton earlier this year to ask what was going on with the car, exactly, and what they were working on next.
Nissan has made it clear that their trio of GT-R LM Nismo cars is very much still a work in progress, however, there’s a penalty if that progress doesn’t fall within 110% of the fastest car’s qualifying time. All three Nissan LMP1s were too slow in qualifying, therefore, they start from the back of the Prototype grid.
Wanna drive the radical Nissan GT-R LM Nismo in real life? You can’t. Sorry. (Unless you’re one of its actual racing drivers, in which case, good for you!) But for the rest of us talentless normals, the insane 1,250 horsepower front-driver can be had in Gran Turismo 6.
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.
You, there. Stats and numbers guy. Dude who’s just spent the last hour arguing on a forum why your road GT-R should curb-stomp an Evo based on specs alone. Road & Track published a list of all the Nissan LMP1’s specifications, magazine-style, like it was a normal street car. Go forth, and troll harder, with a…
Can a 1,250 horsepower front-wheel drive car be competitive at Le Mans fighting against Audis, Toyotas and Porsches in LMP1? The hell should I know? But here’s how they prepare the answer.
When we last heard an update on the Nissan GT-R LM Nismo, the car was going to sit out the first two rounds of the World Endurance Championship for further development work. One thing to fix was a front roll hoop that didn't pass the FIA's crash tests. Per Darren Cox in the Q&A today, that item just passed.
You know what's hard? Building a race car. You know what's harder? Building a fundamentally new type of race car like Nissan is attempting with their GT-R Le Mans LMP1. It's therefore not a huge surprise that Nissan is skipping the first two World Endurance Championship races to focus on Le Mans.
Nissan and Audi both used Sebring to test this week, as the bumpy, older surface of the track makes for a good representation of what to expect at Le Mans. Unfortunately, the Nissan GT-R LM NISMO was sent packing before the end of their test due to a broken carbon fiber piece on the car.
Modern top-level prototype racecars have notoriously bad, gunslit visibility. The Nissan LMP1 GT-R LM adds a level of complexity with flames. Flames to the face.
Nissan's done a pretty good job thus far of keeping things about their Le Mans prototype that they don't want to be public just yet (like its driver lineup) out of the public eye. Sportscar365 just dropped an interesting rumor of who one of the remaining two drivers might be: ex-Sauber Formula One pilot Adrian Sutil.
We can't stop staring at this car. You can't stop staring at this car. Here's some shots Tavarish took of it from the Chicago Auto Show. Nissan may have just brought a show-car version of its GT-R LM NISMO LMP1-class Le Mans prototype race car, but there's still plenty of details to drool over.