arc Gene has been named as the first driver to commit to Nissan's radical Le Mans project following the unveiling of the GT-R LM Nismo.

The much anticipated machine, which will herald Nissan's return to the Le Mans 24 Hours and premier sportscar competition after 16 years, was revealed during a commercial break for the 2015 Super Bowl, though only Gene was confirmed as its first driver.

A radical take on the LMP1 formula, Nissan will approach its Le Mans bid with a front-engined, front-wheel drive creation powered by a 3-litre V6 engine.

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It is a design that excites Gene, who brings the experience of 36 Grand Prix F1 starts and eight Le Mans 24 Hours appearances with Peugeot and Audi, including one overall win and three podiums.

"I like the aggressive look of the car, which is a consequence of a well-thought and different design, not seen before at Le Mans. From the very first laps I felt very comfortable. I could feel the very powerful engine and high efficiency of the aerodynamics.

"Nissan NISMO is a great team already. From the very beginning I have experienced a very good atmosphere in the team. The mechanics and engineers are all very professional and most have Le Mans experience. From my side, my experience in works teams will definitely help Nissan as I have already faced the challenge we are all now facing.

"Our goal is to reach the podium and ultimately win Le Mans. However we are all aware that at Le Mans there are no shortcuts and we will only achieve our goals with time and hard work, especially now that it is probably the most competitive Le Mans ever with four different manufacturers."