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Commentary on the Nissan debacle in LMP1: Funeral 5th grade

Comment on the Nissan debacle in the LMP1
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D this year Nissan wanted to win at Le Mans This is what the then Nissan boss Andy Palmer announced at the presentation of the LMP1 project in London in summer 2014. It will no longer come to that. The project was secretly and quietly buried by means of a dry press release on December 22nd.

Nissan wishes a Merry Christmas

Those in charge didn't even have the eggs to properly send the message to the journaille, and the woeful obituary was not uploaded to Nissan's LMP1 website either. Guilty conscience maybe? At least that would be justified, because in no other motorsport project that I can remember, the discrepancy between aspiration and reality was greater than in this Nissan fiasco. On the one hand, the verbal flowering dreams from the urinal on social media, on the other hand, the spectacular failure of technical incontinence on the racetrack.

It makes one almost speechless to see that even the end of the program of amateurism couldn't be beat: the team ordered the parts for a new aero package in December for several million euros. Plus new gearboxes and new brakes. And of course also a new hybrid system that was cleverly sold as an offshoot of the Renault F1 hybrid system - although it only comes from Formula E and therefore would probably have been as effective in the LMP1 class as an umbrella in the desert.

Almost worse than the embarrassing lies and missteps is the way in which Nissan dealt with the worker bees on the LMP1 floor: an hour before the (non-public) announcement was published, the employees were informed that combined with the charming request that they should please remove their raffle from the Nissan workshop by Christmas Eve, because then the door codes will be changed. Even the timing of the exit is an insult to all those mechanics who had screwed their fingers on the hopeless LMP1 box for months. A manufacturer can hardly document the disdain for its own employees more clearly.

May Bowlby's break last a long time!

Of course, it is not the mechanics who are to blame for the failure, but the big-headed people at the top of the program. They willIn contrast to the mechanics, they fall softly, because they have probably also filled their pockets well with their wet dreams of LMP1 victory.

Nismo motorsport director Darren Cox was already gone, designer Ben Bowlby is indulging according to his own statement, now a break. May it last long! At the beginning of December at the PRI show in Indianapolis, he had reported on progress with the test drives. Once you start lying, you can probably never stop, because in truth the LMP1 cucumber with its new aerodynamics was just as fast as before. Couldn't be otherwise, because of course there was no hybrid system on board, so nothing was boosted to the rear wheels. Oddly enough, this time around Nissan didn't sell the ongoing slowness as progress - under Darren Cox it would have been different.

And the moral of the story? Half eggs don't roll. Palmer, Cox and Bowlby probably burned the Nissan brand for endurance racing for all eternity. And I claim: with a good eye, because you can't have that little knowledge of motorsport, not to see that you can't beat Audi and Porsche with a front-wheel drive concept. Nissan's long-haul ghost is said to have swallowed 40 to 50 million to date. Two questions: what for? And where has all the money gone?


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