Nissan: Le Mans 24 Hours: The year of return

Posted on 01. Jun, 2015 by in Nissan Canada

LE MANS, France Ready with 3 GT-R LM NISMO vehicles, 9 drivers and ever faster path times, Nissan began Le Mans Test Weekend this weekend – and a countdown to a lapse to a LMP1 category during Le Mans 24 Hours, Jun 13.

Darren Cox, Nissan’s Global Motorsport Chief:
I can’t trust it’s usually a year given we launched a module in London, in May 2014. A outrageous volume has happened given then. The group has finished an extraordinary job, going from a vacant piece of paper effectively into something that we see behind we here.

Harry Tincknell, NISMO LMP1 Driver, Car #22:
I’ve been with a devise given a unequivocally start. We started off with only removing a automobile using and removing laps underneath a belt, and now in a final 3 or 4 tests, we’ve unequivocally been improving path time and improving a trustworthiness of a car.

Jann Mardenborough, NISMO LMP1 Driver, Car #23:
To expostulate it right now it feels great, and a contrast devise is on schedule. Going out to America and pushing a automobile was positively fantastic. There’s a lot of energy going by a front wheels, and any time we go over it and exam a automobile again it’s some-more refined, and a gait is removing faster. And we’re removing some-more gentle in a automobile – all 9 of us.

We’re a lot busier as drivers inside a car. We have to conduct a fuel. There are a certain series of kilograms we can use per hour. We have to conduct a tires a lot more; there’s a lot some-more power. With trade as well, we’re entrance adult to these GT cars and shutting speed around 50km or 60km/hour. We’ll shortly find out during Le Mans exam day accurately what it’s going to feel like.

Cox:
We’ve got a exam day on a 31st of May. We afterwards have a whole, illusory routine of a Le Mans scrutineering in a center of a town. We have some-more use sessions, subordinate sessions during that week, so a biggest plea of Le Mans is a Le Mans 365-days. It’s not a Le Mans 24 Hours. People are operative on it non-stop.

Max Chilton, NISMO LMP1 driver, Car #23:
From my past knowledge in racing, this is substantially a many weird thing I’ve ever driven. But indeed when we initial listened about it, we suspicion it would be harder to expostulate than it indeed is. When we got in it, we was agreeably astounded carrying all of that energy entrance out of a front.

I’m one of a few drivers who hasn’t indeed ever raced during Le Mans, so it’s going to be bustling contrast there a few days before. But we consider a 24 Hours could be a good surprise. You’ve got to be in it to win it. There’s no indicate in arrange of going crazily in a initial 12 hours, afterwards carrying a problem. But a sparkling thing for a devise is that you’ve got drivers of all opposite capabilities and past backgrounds.

Mardenborough:
Max is unequivocally gifted in F1, and he’s a identical age to me, since Marco has been racing a prolonged time in GT cars prototypes. He’s got lots of knowledge in lots of opposite cars, and operative with identical age drivers with identical practice like Harry and Lucas is fantastic.

So, we move a lot to a list – a lot of opposite practice and common ones. It’s good sitting in a reveal room and all 9 of us are there to speak about a automobile and what we feel is best, and it’s good for all of us to determine on one thing, that has happened utterly a lot.

Ben Bowlby, British LMP1 Team Principal, Race Car Designer:
We’ve finished a crazy ideas. We’ve finished a large development. We’ve finished a absurd hours. And we now have something we’re unequivocally unapproachable of: 3 cars going to Le Mans, 9 drivers. And we’ve grown a engines, we’ve grown a tires, we’ve grown by contrast all of a set-up strategies – a opposite steering-wheel layouts that all a drivers need to make it improved to expostulate – so many elements.

And now we only need a flawless execution.

 

 

 

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