Nissan's LMP1 challenger has temporarily halted its efforts in the FIA World Endurance Championship until the manufacturer solves its technical issues which blighted its comeback during the Le Mans 24 Hours.
None of Nissan's three GT-R LM NISMO machines achieved a classified finish at the Circuit de la Sarthe in June after all being hampered by reliability issues with its energy recovery system (ERS), forcing them to run on engine power alone.
As revealed by Crash.net last week, Nissan were absent from the Nurburgring test as it was still investigating the problems with its hybrid power unit.
The Japanese manufacturer says without a fully working ERS system the car is 'compromised' and won't be able to compete in WEC until the problems have been solved.
“We know people will be disappointed but be assured that nobody is more disappointed than us,” Shoichi Miyatani, President of Nissan NISMO said. “We are racers and we want to compete but we also want to be competitive. That is why we have chosen to continue our test programme and prepare the GT-R LM NISMO for the strong competition we face in the World Endurance Championship.
“When you innovate you don't give up at the first hurdle. We are committed to overcoming this challenge.”
Darren Cox, head of brand, marketing and sales for Nissan NISMO, admits it is a hard decision to take but says the move will enable the team to freely return to a competitive state.
“We've said it before but innovation hurts,” Cox said. “We've built an LM P1 car that is very different to other racing cars as we continue to drive motorsport innovation. This has shown us once again that people want something different in motorsport and that gives us increased motivation to make our LM P1 car competitive.”
As a result, Nissan will run a testing schedule in the US and make a decision on the GT-R LM NISMO's future in the coming weeks.