Racing fans of all stripes were probably more than a little thrilled to see the crazy looking, fire breathing prototype race car in the Nissan commercial during the 2015 Super Bowl telecast. The automaker has since owned up to the futuristic machine, revealing it is indeed headed to the LM P1 class of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) with what it's calling the GT-R LM Nismo, a front engine, front-wheel drive (FF) racer.
Your eyes do not deceive you - in their own take on the series' rules, Nissan has chosen to build a twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 FF. But that's only part of the picture; in addition to the 550 horsepower made by the gasoline mill, there will be a kinetic energy recovery system (KERS) that can offer reportedly over 700 more ponies for something in the order of 1,250 total hp on tap. As one might imagine, the specs are somewhat impressive (see them below, as well as the infographic in the gallery). It came amid a tearjerker ad hyping the next-gen. Maxima.
Nissan appears to be jumping in with both feet from the get-go, contesting the entire 2015 WEC season in its most challenging class (and not just a handful of rounds to start, as many teams do). Expect to see the GT-R LM Nismo at Silverstone, UK on April 12, and then traveling around the world to Spa in Belgium, onto the Le Mans 24 Hours and Germany's Nurburgring, before hitting races in the US, Japan, China and the Middle East.
|Nissan GT-R LM NISMO Technical Specifications
- Configuration: Front-engine. Front-wheel-drive
- Engine: Nissan VRX 30A NISMO: 3.0-liter, 60-degree V6, direct-injection gasoline twin-turbo
- Transmission: 5-speed + reverse sequential gearbox with pneumatic paddle shift system. Epicyclic final drive reduction with hydraulic limited slip differential
- Tilton 4-plate carbon clutch assembly
- Chassis: FIA Homologated weight: 880 kg. Right-hand driving position
- 68-liter capacity FT3 fuel tank featuring electric lift and feed pumps. ERS housed ahead and beneath driver's feet in self-contained module.
- Bodywork: Carbon-composite body panels. Polycarbonate windscreen with hard coating CFD and full-scale wind tunnel developed ultra high efficiency bodywork geometry, adjustable rear wing.
- Suspension: Penske dampers with four-way adjustment front and rear, hydraulic rear anti-roll bar system.
- Brakes: 6-piston front and 4-piston rear calipers. NISMO Brake-by-Wire active brake ERS blending. Driver adjustable brake bias.
- Wheels: BBS center-lock, magnesium forged 16"x13" front and 16"x9" rear
- Tires: Michelin 31/71-16 front, 20/71-16 rear radials
- Electrical: Cosworth engine control unit featuring: Engine control, gearbox control; Driver adjustable traction control, Anti-lag system control, Brake-by-wire, lift-and-coast fuel conservation, Drive-by-wire throttle control and ERS deployment strategy control
- Interior: NISMO 5-point harness Lifeline lightweight extinguisher system
- Data / display system: Cosworth Electronics with NISMO steering wheel mounted LCD
- Length: 4.645m
- Width: 1.9m Height: 1.03m
- Minimum weight: 880kg
- Fuel tank capacity: 68L
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