Nissan withdraws GT-R LM Nismo from WEC to continue testing

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Nissan has withdrawn from the FIA World Endurance Championship and instead will focus on technical issues that challenged its race team during the Le Mans 24 Hours in June.

Shoichi Miyatani, president of Nismo (Nissan Motorsports International), said, “We are racers and we want to compete but we also want to be competitive. That is why we have chosen to continue our test program and prepare the GT-R LM Nismo for the strong competition we face in the World Endurance Championship.”

Issues with the energy recovery system (ERS) meant that Nissan had to run at the Le Mans 24 Hours on engine power alone. The bespoke Nissan V6 3-liter twin-turbo petrol engine and the unique aerodynamics of the GT-R LM Nismo proved to be the main strengths of the car at Le Mans, but without a fully working ERS, many of the car’s other systems were compromised.

Nissan will continue the test program for the GT-R LM Nismo, predominantly but not exclusively in the USA. Media updates will be issued as the car’s development continues and a decision on the date for Nissan’s return to the World Endurance Championship will be made in due course, depending on the test program progress.

August 13, 2015

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