During today's opening of the new global Nismo headquarters, Nissan announced that it will return to Le Mans 24 Hours race in 2014. Moreover, the Japanese manufacturer sais that it will continue the pioneering spirit of last year's award-winning Nissan DeltaWing experimental entry.
These words came from Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn, who also said that the company will return as the Garage 56 entry for innovative concepts with an all-new race car incorporating electric technology.
The new car will test innovative new powertrain technology and provide the Automobile Club de l'Ouest (ACO) and the Federation Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) with data to enable all parties to evaluate the incorporation of this breakthrough technology ahead of a potential return to LMP1 in the future.
According to Ghosn, the new vehicle will act as a high-speed test bed in the harshest of environments for both our road car and race car electric vehicle technology.
Still, the 2013 Le Mans entry list confirms that 17 Nissan-Nismo-powered cars will be present there. The Nismo-tuned Nissan VK45DE V8 engine is now firmly established as the powerplant of choice for the majority of the LMP2 teams. All the cars found on the list carry the designation ‘powered by Nissan Nismo'.