Commentary on Nissan's LMP1 project

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Comment on Nissan's LMP1 project
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Of course, it would now be easy to get the smart ass out of here. Since November 2014, s port auto has repeatedly pointed out that Nissan's LMP1 project produces more questionable issues than real performance exploits. The project manager at Nissan, Darren Cox, was also not impressed with our reporting: We are biased and the only ones who always nagging instead of being warmly pleased that a new manufacturer enriches the competition in the LMP1 class in an unconventional way .

Nissan GT-R LM with poor performance

Of course we are always happy when a new manufacturer enriches the competition - as long as it enriches the competition. At Le Mans there was no question of that: the three Nissan LMP1s drove, unfortunately there is no other way of putting it, mercilessly behind. The LMP1 pacesetters from Porsche and Audi were missing between 18 and 20 seconds - these are worlds. In qualifying, Nissan was so slow that the GT-R LM were postponed to the end of the prototype starting field because they did not crack the 110 percent hurdle.

In the same qualifying, the cost-capped LMP2 that were for a bargain price of 400,000 euros to buy, faster than the Nissan LMP1. Spicy: Most of the LMP2 also had a Nissan engine in the rear. Nissan's LMP1 stalls supposedly cost 40 million euros, and the result is LMP2 performance? Really?

I'm the first to be filled with unplayed grief, even if Darren Cox won't buy it from me. With four big manufacturers fighting on equal terms, the WEC would be doomed to success and in the medium term would be the strongest automobile world championship of our time - and from my point of view that would be absolutely heavenly!

Chaotic Schauberfestival

On the other hand, I get grumpy when people think they can serve up all sorts of promises and fables to the world without delivering afterwards. This basic feeling also dominated in the paddock as the Le Mans week drew to a close. Many, perhaps too many, had fallen for Nissan's PR prose and had given the project friendly advance praise.

The Nissan appearance was like a chaotic screwdriver festival, the cars were neither fast, nor were they reliable with whattwo basic requirements of endurance sport were not met. Nissan's serve was correspondingly hard in reality: While on the one hand the PR machinery was still boiling under full steam, old wives' tales ('We are faster than the private LMP1s and than all LMP2s anyway'), the time monitors told a completely different story.

And the bigger the discrepancy between claim and reality, between propaganda and performance, the more embarrassing the whole idea became. But Nissan did not seem to learn anything: Every minute, defeats were converted into heroic feats.

What would have happened at the Nürburgring?

After the race, as a Nissan after eight hours Standing time in the pits crept to the finish line - although outside of the rating due to the (not) covered distance - the slogan on a Nissan Twitter account was: 'Mission accomplished!'. What else can you say?

Now it should be mentioned that the Nissan LMP1 was actually built specifically for the Le Mans track. So what would happen if he drove at the Nürburgring, for example? For now, we cannot answer this question. Because Nissan has canceled its WEC operations for an indefinite period of time (for Article ).

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