Nissan won’t be bringing its radical GT-R LM NISMO to competition anytime soon.
After a disappointing competition debut at Le Mans, finishing last in the LMP1 class and 153 laps behind the winner, Nissan has decided to delay its return to the FIA World Endurance Championship. Instead, the Japanese automaker will focus on resolving the technical issues that challenged the race team during the Le Mans 24 Hours. One of the main problems the GT-R LM NISMO ran into was with its energy recovery system (ERS), forcing the race car to compete on engine power alone. Although the 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 is quite potent, it wasn’t enough to make the front-wheel drive race car competitive.
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The company iterated that only the LMP1 program has been affected and Nissan will continue competing in various forms of motorsports worldwide. It’s admittedly a major hiccup for Nissan, but in a way, it is expected considering the GT-R LM NISMO is innovative in its own right.
“We know people will be disappointed but be assured that nobody is more disappointed than us,” said Shoichi Miyatani, President of NISMO. “We are racers and we want to compete but we also want to be competitive. That is why we have chosen to continue our test programme and prepare the GT-R LM NISMO for the strong competition we face in the World Endurance Championship. When you innovate you don’t give up at the first hurdle. We are committed to overcoming this challenge.”
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