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


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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