NISSAN will add some technical intrigue to this year’s World Endurance Championship and Le Mans 24 Hours.
The Japanese company has abandoned the traditional mid-engine, rear wheel drive layout. The GT-R LM Nismo coupe it showed off on Monday will be front-wheel drive. Because of this, the car will have an unfamiliar look with 14-inch tyres at the front to handle steering and power delivery roles, while the rear will sport tyres just 9 inches wide — to provide stability and grip.
A V6 turbocharged petrol engine feeds power into the race car, while extra output is obtained by electric power generated from the brakes.
Although Nissan has not announced how much grunt the car will have, observers are tipping the GT-R LM Nismo could have more than 1005hp of power.
This is not the first time Nissan has created such eccentric-looking machine, having previously placed the batmobile-like Deltawing on the racing lines of Le Mans in 2012.
“The combination of the Super Bowl and the Le Mans 24 Hours, two of the most watched sporting events in the world, presented us with a unique opportunity to showcase our most ambitious motorsport programme in recent times,” Nissan global marketing and brand strategy head Roel de Vries said.
“This, the ultimate GT-R, continues a sporting bloodline that goes back three decades with NISMO, the motorsport and performance arm of Nissan. Le Mans drives innovation so success on the track will lead to greater innovation in our road car range.
“We are the new kids at Le Mans. Our opponents are the best in the world but we are ready.”