Nissan uses retro livery on GT-R LM Nismo for 2015 Le Mans

Article by Andrew Christian, on May 31, 2015

Nissan marks a historic event 25 years ago with the unveiling of a special livery that will be used on the No.21 Nissan GT-R LM NISMO at Le Mans. During the Group C generation exactly 25 years ago, the Nissan R90CK arrived at pole position at the Le Mans circuit with the very able hands of Mark Blundell who achieved a 3:27.020 lap.

The No.21 Nissan GT-R LM NISMO is the third LM P1 car by the automaker. Racing it will be present Super GT Champion Tsugio Matsuda (JAP) and Lucas Ordonez (ESP) and Mark Shulzhitskiy (RUS) who are the two winners of GT Academy.

There will be a special parade at Le Mans for the No.24 Nissan R90CK to mark the anniversary of the pole lap achieved by Mark Blundell. The 1100bhp car isn’t capable of reaching the soaring speeds of 366 km/h (227 mph) that it hit in 1999 but it’s still expected to turn people’s heads.

Blundell said that his win in Le Mans was a “very fond memory.” He also expressed pleasure at Nissan’s decision to celebrate his win by featuring retro livery on the #21 Nissan GT-R LM NISMO. Darren Cox, Global Head of Brand, Marketing & Sales, NISMO, said that the company considers its racing heritage to be “hugely important.”

He shared that at NISMO HQ in Yokohama, the 1998 car is hung there on the wall to remind them of its Le Mans podium. He also mentioned that many fans love the blue liveries of the Group C and IMSA era of the 80's and 90's.

When the company began talking about the possibility of a third car livery specifically for its LM P1 debut at Le Mans this year, fans throughout its social media channels asked for it. He said that it would be a “great way” to celebrate its previous feats during a key moment in its racing history.

On the official Test Day at Le Mans, we will see the three Nissan GT-R LM NISMOs on the track. This marks the first time that these cars will appear at Le Mans. It will also be the first time for these cars to run together with all the other entrants. On the test day, we will see the three Le Mans rookies of the Nissan NISMO LM P1 team accomplish their mandatory 10-lap runs.

So that the team will be able to concentrate on tuning the GT-R LMs into the circuit, a Ginetta-Nissan LM P3 car will be driven by all the rookies in the test.

As soon as their laps are completed, 2013 GT Academy USA winner Nick McMillen will take the car as part of his development. This reflects the global nature of the Nissan Motorsport effort. Olympic gold medalist Sir Chris Hoy will drive a second LMP3 car on the track. [source: Nissan]

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