Nissan GT-R LM NISMO
Nissan made the debut of their new Le Mans race car during yesterday’s Super Bowl game. The Nissan GT-R LM NISMO made its first public appearance on an advertisement for the Japanese automotive manufacture during the big game.
The new racing machine will compete in the top racing class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and will also race in the World Endurance Championship (WEC). The GT-R-LM NISMO is a bit different than what Porsche, Toyota and Audi will be driving.
The Nissan will be powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engine with a kinetic energy recovery system (KERS). What is very unique is that it will be a front-engined front-wheel drive machine. It will be interesting to see how this layout affects the car as it competes against mid-engined all-wheel drive cars.
“It gave us great pride to reveal the Nissan GT-R LM NISMO during the Super Bowl,” said Roel de Vries, global head of Marketing and Brand Strategy at Nissan. “The combination of the Super Bowl and the Le Mans 24 Hours – two of the most watched sporting events in the world – presented us with a unique opportunity to showcase our most ambitious motorsport program in recent times. The GT-R is our flagship road car. This, the ultimate GT-R, continues a sporting bloodline that goes back three decades with NISMO, the motorsport and performance arm of Nissan. Le Mans drives innovation, so success on the track will lead to greater innovation in our road car range. We are the new kids at Le Mans. Our opponents are the best in the world, but we are ready.”