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Nissan is only coming to Le Mans: radical GT-R LM Nismo worries

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R setback for the Nissan LMP1 project. The Japanese manufacturer has to pass for the season opener of the World Sports Car Championship in Silverstone (April 12) and Spa-Francorchamps (May 2). So the radical LMP1 racing car Nissan GT-R LM Nismo will not make its racing debut until the 24h race in Le Mans 2015 (June 13th and 14th). Nissan is also not competing for the two-day test drives in Le Castellet, which will take place at the end of the month.

WEC boss is talking about Nissan failure

'Nissan is not the first manufacturer who will miss the start of the season. And they won't be the last, 'says WEC boss GĂ©rard Neveu, downplaying the failure:' Toyota has done the same and now they are world champions. Setting up an LMP1 hybrid program is very challenging, and it is takes time. We fully trust that Nissan can compete in Le Mans. '

Nissan is in a bind with its radical racer. Technology went on strike several times in preparation. Most recently during the test drives in the American Sebring. The front engine suspension failed there, which ended the test drives after two days. The concept of front engine, front-wheel drive, V6 turbo and flywheel KERS does not yet harmonize.

Did Nissan fly through the crash test?

'Our main goal for this year has always been Le Mans and we have decided to reposition ourselves for this race,' said Nissan Motorsport Director Darren Cox. 'It's no secret that with such a different car we face a number of hurdles [compared to the competition]. That's why we prefer to test in April and May than race.'

Rumor has it the Nissan GT-R LM Nismo rattled through the crash test. Specifically, the front rollover protection should not have withstood the tests. As a result, homologation within the 30 days before the first race was made impossible, they say.

Nissan's LMP1 project is not a bed of roses, despite the full-bodied announcements by the Japanese. The infrastructure, which is divided over three continents, is causing problems. In addition, power struggles are raging between the Japan parliamentary group and the European control center. You are also financially limited, which results in massive compromises in terms of infrastructure. Nissan manufactures only a few components itself and is dependent on a correspondingly long supply chain.


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