Nissan GT-R LM NISMO Racecar Debuts at Chicago Show

Craig Cole
by Craig Cole

Nissan is showing off its wild GT-R LM NISMO racecar at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show.

This mean-looking vehicle will compete in the top class at Le Mans this summer. Breaking with convention, this LM P1 machine’s engine is actually mounted up front and surprisingly it’s front-wheel drive.

Power is provided by a 3.0-liter, twin-turbo gasoline V6. It’s rumored to deliver in excess of 1,250 hp. But in addition to this healthy figure the car also has energy-recuperating technology, something that should make it even faster.

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The GT-R LM NISMO is a big deal for Nissan. The Japanese manufacturer hasn’t competed in the top class at Le Mans for 16 years. Supposedly this car is the pinnacle of their racing technology and it will be interesting to see how well it performs at this world-famous motorsports event.

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Craig Cole
Craig Cole

Born and raised in metro Detroit, Craig was steeped in mechanics from childhood. He feels as much at home with a wrench or welding gun in his hand as he does behind the wheel or in front of a camera. Putting his Bachelor's Degree in Journalism to good use, he's always pumping out videos, reviews, and features for When the workday is over, he can be found out driving his fully restored 1936 Ford V8 sedan. Craig has covered the automotive industry full time for more than 10 years and is a member of the Automotive Press Association (APA) and Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA).

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  • Ray Lal Ray Lal on Feb 24, 2015

    That sounds like the 3.0L engine that mercedes make. I only found out that Nissan possibly wont be running a VQ in their new Z's! How pathetic. If this new engine in the LM P1 is the merc 3LTT, then thats just a disgrace!