Nissan has unveiled a unique livery for one of its Nissan GT-R LM NISMO cars as part of the Japanese manufacturer's much-anticipated comeback at Le Mans.

The number 21 Nissan machine will race at the prestigious 24 hour event with a special blue and white livery, as an homage to the Nissan R90CK which notched up pole position at Le Mans in 1990.

The LMP1 car is set to be co-driven by current Super GT champion Tsugio Matsuda and two GT Academy winners Lucas Ordeonez and Mark Shulzhitskiy.

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Darren Cox, Nissan NISMO's head of brand, marketing and sales, says the livery is a nod to the Japanese manufacturers racing history and he is certain it will be a fans' favourite at Le Mans.

"Our racing heritage is hugely important to us," Cox said"Our 1998 car hangs on the wall at NISMO HQ in Yokohama as a reminder of our Le Mans podium and the blue liveries of the Group C and IMSA era of the 80's and 90's are a firm favourite with the fans.

"So much so that when we first started talking about the possibility of a third car livery specifically for our LMP1 debut at Le Mans this year, this was the one that fans across our social media channels called for. It's a great way to celebrate our past achievements at such a key moment in our current motor racing history."

The one-off livery is set to make its public debut at the official Le Mans test day this Sunday (31 May) alongside the two other Nissan NISMO machines.

The Le Mans test will mark the return of Nissan to LMP1 endurance racing, after it skipped the World Endurance Championship openers at Silverstone and Spa to concentrate on the development of his front-wheeled car.

25 years ago, Mark Blundell put the Nissan R90CK machine on pole position in the height of the Group C era at Le Mans and the car will make a special appearance this year to mark the anniversary.

"That lap of Le Mans is certainly a very fond memory for me," Blundell said. "It was one of those moments where time stood still and everything went perfectly. You remember those moments as they don't happen all that often.

"It's great to see Nissan celebrating that time with the retro livery on the #21 Nissan GT-R LM NISMO. I can't wait to see it on track at Le Mans."