Nissan GT-R LM Nismo officially unveiled, gets ready for Le Mans

Article by Christian Andrei, on February 2, 2015

The all-new Nissan GT-R LM Nismo race car was officially unveiled and as expected, it looks absolutely stunning. The big surprise is that the vehicle is powered by a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine, bolted to a five-speed sequential transmission that delivers the power to the front wheels. In addition, the GT-R LM Nismo will arrive with a kinetic energy recovery system (KERS).

Still Nissan didn’t tell us how the kinetic energy is stored or used. Moreover, the GT-R LM Nismo features 14-inch-wide Michelin tyres at the front and 9-inch tyres at the rear.

Nissan says that the aero was moved forwards in order to obtain the perfect harmony with the mass center if gravity and the tire capacity. Regarding the weight of the race car, the Japanese manufacturer admitted that they are going to be really challenged as they need to achieve a target of 880 kg.

The Nissan GT-R has reached cult status largely due to the success of the Skyline since 1969 and the acclaim received from automotive publications. It also helped that the name reached legendary levels due to the inclusion of the GT-R in Gran Turismo, Sony’s racing video game.

The NISMO team is currently in the process of developing a new road car and by being involved in GT-R racing, it managed to get the necessary first-hand information.

NISMO President Shoichi Miyatani admitted that while a lot of fans worldwide want to get more information on the upcoming GT-R NISMO, it will not share any details for now considering that it is still too early.

Miyatani though promised that the team will be using all of the motorsport expertise it has in coming up with a car worthy of the GT-R name. The 2014 Nissan GT-R has already received the necessary engineer enhancements and evolutionary design that are largely based on its successful foray into both the Global GT and Super GT series and the 24-Hours Nürburgring race.

The enhancement and changes to the design have increased the stability of the car in high speeds and its overall performance, as well as the quality of the ride.

Though the GT-R NISMO is still under development, it is expected to lead the Nissan NISMO range and it will be sold in GT-R dealerships beside the standard Nissan model. Details of the performance and technical specifications are expected to be released once the GT-R NISMO is nearing its launch.

Press Release

Nissan GT-R LM Nismo

Nissan declared itself ready to take on the world's best sports car manufacturers after revealing a glimpse of its Le Mans challenger - the Nissan GT-R LM Nismo - during the commercial break for Super Bowl XLIX.

2014's Super Bowl was the most watched television program in U.S. television history with over 110 million viewers. The 2015 game was therefore the perfect opportunity for Nissan's "With Dad" commercial to air for the first time, revealing the much-anticipated Nissan GT-R LM Nismo, the car that will take on the best in the world in the race to glory at the Le Mans 24 Hours.

In a bold move, the Japanese manufacturer has interpreted the sport's technical regulations in an innovative way, producing a front-engined, front wheel drive car that is powered by a V6 3.0-liter twin turbo gasoline engine and a kinetic energy recovery system.

"It gave us great pride to reveal the Nissan GT-R LM Nismo during the Super Bowl," said Roel de Vries, global head of Marketing and Brand Strategy at Nissan. "The combination of the Super Bowl and the Le Mans 24 Hours - two of the most watched sporting events in the world - presented us with a unique opportunity to showcase our most ambitious motorsport program in recent times. The GT-R is our flagship road car. This, the ultimate GT-R, continues a sporting bloodline that goes back three decades with Nismo, the motorsport and performance arm of Nissan. Le Mans drives innovation, so success on the track will lead to greater innovation in our road car range. We are the new kids at Le Mans. Our opponents are the best in the world, but we are ready."

The new car will contest the LM P1 class of the FIA World Endurance Championship, the highest category in world sports car racing. Starting at Silverstone, UK on April 12, 2015, the series travels around the world to Spa in Belgium, onto the Le Mans 24 Hours and Germany's Nürburgring, before going global with races in the U.S., Japan, China and the Middle East.

The FIA World Endurance Championship is the ultimate proving ground for automotive companies as technological gains on the track can carry through to road cars. Racing car engineers are facing the same challenges as road car engineers as the spotlight falls on energy efficiency. With more technical freedom than Formula 1, the LM P1 engineers have ample opportunity to innovate.

"This is innovation that excites," said Shoichi Miyatani, president of Nismo. "Sustainability is at the top of our agenda, and the technical regulations for Le Mans give us the freedom to pursue new ideas in this area. Our record at Le Mans is third place overall, so we have unfinished business there. We want to win and we have the knowledge to do that - for our customers, our employees and our fans. The competition is exceptionally strong and we are excited by the challenge."

"Our LM P1 program makes the connection between Nismo on the road and Nismo on the track, showcasing our brand DNA to a global audience," said Darren Cox, global head of Brand, Marketing & Sales, Nismo. "We are taking motorsport to the masses, telling tales of technical innovation but also human stories via all of the exciting communications channels that are open to us now. We will innovate off the track as well as on it, so you can be assured that this is just the beginning of the story."

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