Nissan Scraps GT-R LM NISMO Race Car After Disappointing Debut

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

The Nissan GT-R LM NISMO race car won’t be competing in any more races.

The Japanese automaker has decided to axe the project following a disappointing debut in this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours race. Two of the GT-R LM NISMO race cars failed to finish the race this year and the third didn’t even race enough distance to be classified. Nissan confirmed the news with a statement saying it would not compete in Le Mans or the FIA World Endurance Championship next year.

“The teams worked diligently to bring the vehicles up to the desired performance levels,” the automaker said. “However, the company concluded that the program would not be able to reach its ambitions and decided to focus on developing its longer term racing strategies.”

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From the onset, the Nissan GT-R LM NISMO bucked tradition with a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 mounted in front of the driver and the car’s gearbox in front of the engine. It also featured a mechanical flywheel energy recovery system (ERS) up front.

Nissan confirmed that its withdrawal from racing will not affect its engine supply commitments to other teams in the LMP3 racing category.

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at AutoGuide.com saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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