The Nissan GT-R LM NISMO team made its long-awaited LMP1 return at the official Le Mans test day on Sunday, with team principal Ben Bowlby calling it a valuable lesson towards its 2015 debut.

It was the first public outing for the Japanese manufacturer's all-new GT-R LM NISMO machines in preparation for its maiden endurance race later this month.

Nissan didn't set the timesheets alight, with its trio of cars ending the test 30 seconds down on leaders Porsche, but Bowlby says the test was about gathering information ahead of the prestigious endurance race in two weeks time.

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"We weren't chasing headlines today. It was all about learning and recording data as part of our preparation for our Le Mans debut," team principal and technical director, Ben Bowlby said. "At the end of the day our times in the damp conditions were competitive and during the morning runs we recorded the two fastest straight line speeds overall."

Nissan is set to run three GT-R LM NISMO cars at Le Mans on its return to the premier class of sportscar endurance racing.

The Japanese squad opted to skip the opening two World Endurance Championship rounds at Silverstone and Spa to focus on developing its revolutionary front-wheel-drive car in preparation for Le Mans.

"We know we have a big learning curve ahead of us bringing this unique front-engined, front-wheel-drive car to Le Mans," Bowlby added. "After our first day here we have three straight cars in the garage and mountains of data for our engineers to study."

Nissan will digest the data at Le Mans over the next week in preparation for scrutineering next Sunday (7th June).

The 2015 edition of Le Mans 24 Hours will be the 83rd running of the famous event at Circuit de la Sarthe, scheduled for the 13-14 June.