Nissan has officially unveiled the car that will herald its return to the Le Mans 24 Hours and premier sportscar competition, the front-engined, front-wheel drive GT-R LM Nismo.

Unveiled for the first time during a commercial for the Super Bowl XLIX in the United States, the GT-R LM Nismo lives up to speculation and Nissan's own hints that its take on the LMP1 formula would see it break away from its rivals.

Indeed, Nissan says it has 'interpreted the rules in an innovative way', meaning the GT-R LM Nismo will - unusually - be a front-engined, front-wheel drive creation powered by a 3-litre V6 twin turbo engine with a KERS

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"It gave us great pride to reveal the Nissan GT-R LM NISMO during the Superbowl," said Roel de Vries, Nissan's global head of marketing and brand strategy, "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 programme in recent times.

"The GT-R is our flagship road car and 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."

"This is innovation that excites," said NISMO president Shoichi Miyatani, "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."

An intensive test programme for the Nissan GT-R LM NISMO began in Arizona last year, and continues this week at the Circuit of the Americas in Texas, where the team is making the most of the warmer climate of the southern USA.

Only Marc Gene has been confirmed as a driver so far

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you know fellas they sure kicked some ass back 88 89 90 in IMSA the delta wing east and here in the USA with a different motor it still does so we will see they go .WEC is great this year I'm sure we will all enjoy it !

"...GT-R is our flagship road car and this( GTR-LM) , the ultimate GT-R..."

Does this mean the next GTR, the R36, will be a FWD car?