The new Nissan GT-R LM Nismo racer has been revealed, as the Japanese manufacturer prepares to contest this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans race.
Power for the front-wheel-drive GT-R LM Nismo comes from a 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged V6 engine, which also features a kinetic energy recovery system. Drive is channelled through a five-speed sequential transmission.
Regulations for the LMP1 class allow up to eight megajoules of energy to be used over the course of the 8.47-mile lap of Le Mans. Nissan bosses have yet to reveal how the kinetic energy is stored, but it’s understood that the car will use a flywheel system.
Nissan officials told Autosport the weight bias of the GT-R LM Nimso is far forwards, to aid both traction and air flow. That also explains why the car features 14in-wide Michelin tyres at the front, and nine-inch tyres at the rear.