Nissan withdraws its registration in LMP1 for WEC 2016

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The pharaonic project of the Nissan GT-R LM Nismo collapses completely. Nissan has announced that it withdraws its registration to WEC 2016 and waiver to compete in the category LMP1 in the World Endurance, at least for the next season. An announcement comes exactly two months and fifteen days after a statement prior to announcing an intensive programme of test to return to the WEC. These tests have not given the result expected and, finally, Nissan does not put you in competition to its prototype with an engine in the front. In this case, the risky expensive.

Nissan understands that its GT-R LM NISMO will ever be able to give chase to the LMP1 competition despite the theoretical progress, after rolling to 25 seconds for the other vehicles in the qualifying session of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. In this way, the firm explains that: “Today, Nissan announces the withdrawal of its entry in the LMP1 Championship of the FIA World Endurance 2016. Nissan participated in the category LMP1 in the season 2015 with an innovative concept and daring, with the ambition of being in the front of the grill”.

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despite having renewed the team with the departure of Darren Cox and the arrival from Nissan Mexico Mike Carcamo, Nissan has changed the plans, leaving it clear in the press release that the brand understands the objectives of the project were very far from being met: “The teams worked diligently to bring the prototypes to the desired levels of performance for the brand. However, the company came to the conclusion that the program would not be able to achieve their ambitions and has decided to focus on the development strategies for their careers over the long term”.

The failure of the Nissan GT-R LM Nismo and its concept
with the engine up front does not mean that Nissan will abandon the competition or to leave his role as biker: The competition is fundamental to the DNA of
Nissan
. Nissan’s commitment to racing is strong, what is
demonstrated with victories in Super GT for two consecutive years in Japan,
the victory in the Blancpain Endurance or victory in the 12 Hours of
Bathurst with the GT-R GT3. Nissan will continue with its support of the WEC through its
various engine programmes including the recent introduction of the engine
LMP3
“.