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WEC: Nissan confirms it will race in 2016

Nissan confirms will persevere with its LMP1 sportscar project in 2016 despite a disastrous return to the series this year.
Nissan has confirmed it will persevere with its LMP1 sportscar project next season after a disastrous return to the discipline in 2015 put its future participation in doubt.

The unusual front-wheel drive, front-engined GT-R LM NISMO was intended to compete in a full season of the World Endurance Championship, including the Le Mans 24 Hours, but persistent delays to the project saw it make its belated debut at the round-the-clock race in June.

Proving more than 20secs off the pace of the leading LMP1, the car was beset with a litany of reliability problems during the event too, forcing Nissan to curtail its 2015 racing programme in favour of behind-the-scenes development.

Though Nissan management had reportedly considered canning the project altogether, it has now confirmed that it will turn its attentions to the 2016 season following a management shuffle, which will see Mike Carcamo replace Ben Bowlby as team principal

“Ben had his hands full trying to do everything; managing the design and build but also the race and test operation,” explained Carcamo. “That's a lot to ask anyone to do, especially with a concept that requires this level of development. My knowledge of Nissan engineering processes and project planning experience will help Ben and the team concentrate on making the car deliver on its promise.

“The challenge that we took on was a monumental task. We have to learn all of the dynamics of this new vehicle and all the performance tuning so it takes a long time to find the sweet spot of performance. We recognise that challenge and we've added the resources and infrastructure behind the programme to try and bring it to that next level.”

Having launched its LMP1 project with the brief to tackle sportscars differently to its rivals, Nissan will persevere with its front-engined format, but is developing a four-wheel drive system. Sources say the car is already lapping three seconds around the Circuit of the Americas it is being developed without a KERS system.

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October 02, 2015 7:06 AM
Last Edited 209 days ago

Ha ha ha. Welcome to the Earth Nissan. Now you are talking sensibly. Of course four wheel drive is the better choice and resembles the GTR more. This should have been the case at the beginning. But no, you had to talk lots of bulls**t about your revolutionary(!) front wheel drive GT1 car and make lots of false PR. You got what you deseved at the end. Now you seem to have learned from your mistakes. I am curious about how competitive this project will be.

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