- Radical front-engined, front-wheel expostulate LM P1 automobile prepared for Le Mans debut
- 30 percent of a whole Le Mans grid is powered by Nissan
LONDON – The impulse has arrived. On Jun 13 during 9 a.m. EST/6 a.m. PST, 3 Nissan GT-R LM NISMOs will start a biggest competition in a world, imprinting Nissan’s lapse to a premier LM P1 category during a Le Mans 24 Hours.
The 3 radical front-engined, front-wheel expostulate Nissan GT-R LM NISMOs will contest during Le Mans with an general patrol of drivers from Formula One, sportscar racing and Nissan’s possess GT Academy.
Ex-F1 star Max Chilton (GB), GT Academy leader and GP3 racer Jann Mardenborough (GB) and sportscar supremo Olivier Pla (FRA) will competition a #23 Nissan.
“It’s good to be partial of a works group that has come to Le Mans with such a radical judgment design,” pronounced Chilton. “I consider people are giving us credit for perplexing it, and we consider with time we can uncover that people maybe haven’t always been doing Le Mans a right way. The torque in a GT-R LM NISMO is superb – some-more than any racing automobile I’ve driven. we don’t consider we have to expostulate it as differently from rear-wheel expostulate as we expected, though we have to consider about your pulling in some-more detail.”
In a #22 Nissan will be a longest-standing NISMO racer of them all, Michael Krumm (GER), along with LM P2 Le Mans leader Harry Tincknell (GB) and Nissan GT ace Alex Buncombe (GB).
“I’ve raced for Nissan NISMO for 16 years now; we was partial of a group in a tip category during Le Mans in 1998 and 1999, and they were unequivocally beguiling early years,” pronounced Krumm. “To now have a event to come behind and finish a unprepared business (we late in 1999) means a lot. To assistance rise a new automobile and be partial of a competition patrol is a large respect for me. That said, we suspicion a group was crazy until we saw a simulations and had it all explained to me by Ben (Bowlby) and Ricardo (Divila). From that impulse we was intensely vehement about a concept.
“The many considerable thing to me was how good a traction was in a true line and aerodynamics. The automobile has unequivocally low drag, so it usually goes and goes and goes. we adore a engine. It is a unequivocally good turbo engine with extraordinary torque. We’re going to be quicker and slower than other cars during opposite tools of a circuit, so it’s going to be interesting. we consider a front-wheel expostulate will uncover some critical advantages if it is soppy during Le Mans.”
The #21 Nissan will usually competition during Le Mans, and it has been given a unequivocally special clothing to applaud a Nissan R90CK that bloody a approach to stick position during Le Mans 25 years ago. The #21 automobile is glowing in a red, white and blue clothing that has already valid a outrageous strike with racing fans. Tasked with racing a iconic automobile will be stream Super GT Champion Tsugio Matsuda (JAP), a initial GT Academy winner, and now Super GT500 racer Lucas Ordonez (ESP), and a initial leader of GT Academy Russia, Mark Shulzhitskiy (RUS).
“It’s good to see Nissan still pulling in a opposite instruction to a other teams with a GT-R LM NISMO,” pronounced Ordonez. “It’s good for a fans and good for a sport. Performance-wise a automobile is unequivocally clever on engine energy and tip speed. It’s opposite to drive, that creates we work tough on bargain a automobile and bettering what we know to fit it, though all of us are operative together to get a best from a automobile and ourselves.”
The Nissan GT-R LM NISMO is still during an early theatre of a development, carrying initial strike a lane in Nov 2014. With each exam comes progress, as was a box during final weekend’s central Le Mans Test Day – a open entrance for Nissan’s LM P1 car. The 3 GT-R LM NISMOs finished over 1500kms of running, entertainment changed information to assist a growth of a car.
The 3 Nissan GT-R LM NISMOs will be behind on a lane during Le Mans on Wednesday, Jun 10, for a 10 a.m. EST/7 a.m. PST giveaway use session. Qualifying for Le Mans takes place opposite 3 sessions on Wednesday and Thursday evenings before a 83rd using of a Le Mans 24 Hours gets underway on Saturday, Jun 13 during 9 a.m. EST/6 a.m. PST.
Nissan Still a Engine of Choice during Le Mans
With Nissan-powered cars holding a LM P2 category feat during Le Mans 3 times in a final 4 years, it is no warn a NISMO-tuned Nissan VK45DE V8 engine is still a energy plant of choice for a LM P2 teams. Fourteen of a 19 LM P2 cars during Le Mans are powered by Nissan.
Add to this a 3 Nissan GT-R LM NISMOs with their bespoke V6 twin-turbo engines, and 30 percent of a whole Le Mans grid is powered by Nissan.
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