Nissan to donate £1 for every mile covered by the cars using its engines at Le Mans

Article by Christian Andrei, on June 17, 2012

Donating has never been this adrenalin-packed. Nissan has 14 engines entered in the Le Mans 24 Hour race on June 16-17. For every mile completed by one of the Nissan-powered cars, it will donate £1 to be shared by three deserving causes from the British armed forces charities, namely: the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association (SSAFA) Forces Help, Afghanistan Trust and Mission Motorsport.

The 80th run of the most famous endurance race in the world covers 8.469 miles of the Circuit de la Sarthe. Nissan will demonstrate how fast and reliable its engines are as they power the 13 of the 20 LMP2 class entries. The 14th car is the experimental Nissan DeltaWing racing car, which aims to change the face of motorsport by demonstrating the practicality of new, efficiency-driven technologies.

The DeltaWing expects to finish the race by using just half of the fuel and tires of the other participants. The bodywork of a Greaves Motorsport Zytek Z11SN Nissan will be where the SSAFA Forces Help logo is placed. The car is driven by Martin Brundle, former F1 driver and Le Mans champion, in partnership with his son Alex and Nissan PlayStation® GT Academy winner Lucas Ordoñez.

Nissan Motor (GB) Managing Director Jim Wright said that Nissan is “very excited” about attending the Le Mans this year. He pointed out just how special it is to combine the excitement of motor racing with a program that supports these charities. He said that Nissan is confident that all of its cars will complete the race but it’s more poignant now because of the donation that would result from the miles travelled through by the cars driven by Nissan engines.

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