Nissan GR-R LMP1 is finally unveiled

The 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 is mated to a five-speed sequential gearbox and produces upwards of 550 horsepower on its own, but that's not all. This vehicle is also mated to an electric Energy Recovery system that kicks in over 700 additional horses for a combined hybrid output exceeding 1,250 hp!

2/18/15 4:00 am chumakdenis 1

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.

It's a hybrid just like the challengers from Toyota, Porsche and Audi, but instead of a mid-engine/rear-drive setup, Nissan's oddball challenger places its engine in the front, driving the front wheels.








The 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 is mated to a five-speed sequential gearbox and produces upwards of 550 horsepower on its own, but is mated to an electric Energy Recovery System that kicks in over 700 additional horses for a combined hybrid output exceeding 1,250 hp. That makes Nissan GR-R LMP1 the most powerful  vehicle on the grid, while still complying with the fuel flow limits outlined in the rulebook that gives participating constructors the latitude to toy with different configurations.






Powertrain components
Both powertrain components are mounted under the long nose of the oddly styled prototype, behind the canopy of the rearward cockpit that may give it a similar profile to the DeltaWing prototype







and subsequent ZEOD RC.







Bringing innovations

The unconventional GT-R LM Nismo is innovative in its own way. The front-drive configuration means that the Nissan prototype actually has wider tires up front than in the back, and also allowed for a drastically different approach to aerodynamics.







LM P1 program


Nissan announced three multi-year partnerships that will feature prominently in its LM P1 program.

Swiss watchmaker TAG Heuer is the Official Watch Partner and Official Timekeeping Partner. The LM P1 drivers will all wear TAG Heuer watches, and the partnership will be activated globally by both parties with several exciting developments to be announced in the coming months.

Motul is the Official Lubricants Partner for the program, working closely with NISMO’s engine department to develop high-performance products to enhance competitiveness and efficiency. Motul has enjoyed a long-standing relationship with NISMO over the past two decades, and this natural expansion into the LM P1 program comes soon after the Super GT Championship victory for the iconic #23 MOTUL AUTECH GT-R.

The LM P1 program will use tires supplied by Michelin. The French manufacturer has developed tires especially for the Nissan GT-R LM NISMO and been an integral part of the car’s extensive test program.

Test program

The intensive test program for the Nissan GT-R LM NISMO that began in Arizona last year continues in the U.S. Nissan’s full LM P1 driver line-up will be revealed soon.

Instead of testing it out at a handful of events in its first season, with the GT-R LM, Nissan will contest the full 2015 FIA World Endurance Championship, starting with the 6 Hours of Silverstone in April and including the 24 Hours of Le Mans in June.

3082.jpg"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.”

There Nissan will mark its return after a 16-year absence from the top class, but don't think that the Japanese automaker has been out of it altogether in the intervening years: aside from fielding GT-Rsin the GT categories, it's powered a disproportionate number of the LMP2 cars on the grid, will be powering the new LMP3 cars, and has run  the Garage 56 entries for innovative technologies the past two years. If and when it actually wins, though, it would be the first time that a Japanese manufacturer would take top honors at Le Mans since Mazda won with the 787B in 1991.

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