May 23, 2014, 9:45 AM EDT
The good news: Nissan, via NISMO Global, has confirmed its long-rumored participation in the 2015 FIA World Endurance Championship, with its new LMP1 car.
The bad news: We’ll have to wait to see what it looks like.
At a press conference in London on Friday, Nissan confirmed a two-car entry for the 2015 FIA WEC. It will take its flagship car, the GT-R, and insert it into the top level of the FIA World Endurance Championship with two cars.
The LMP1 car will be called the Nissan GT-R LM NISMO, which carries on a sporting bloodline that stretches back 30 years and recognizes the company’s flagship road car, the Nissan GT-R.
ACO President Pierre Fillon joined Nissan’s Chief Planning Office & Executive Vice-President, Andy Palmer; NISMO President Shoichi Miyatani and NIMSO Global Head of Brand, Marketing & Sales, Darren Cox, for the announcement at the Old Truman Brewery in Brick Lane, London.
“Innovation is at the heart of everything we do,” Palmer said in a manufacturer release. “There is no better place to demonstrate innovation than here in Europe’s new hot-bed of digital marketing and, from next year, on track at Le Mans. We have chosen this venue – and made it a celebration, rather than yet another press conference – to reflect the fact that when we go racing, we do so differently.”
When it came to the press conference itself, Palmer used a bit stronger language to describe Nissan’s success in the efficiency department given the Leaf, its road-going EV model.
“The new regulations demand efficiency… and that’s what Nissan owns. We’ll bring our know-how and passion into LMP1,” he said.
As for the tease of the car, Palmer said that due to the competition, they’ll wait to unveil their car at a later date. A teaser image was included with the release.
“We all want to see it … but we’re gonna have to wait,” he said. “But Audi, Toyota, Porsche … we’re coming to spoil your party… and have fun in the process. We’re going to win in a very different way.”
Nissan’s main effort this year at Le Mans is concentrated around the all-electric Nissan ZEOD RC prototype, which is entered as the Garage 56 chassis this year, and with a wealth of engines in the LMP2 class – 15 of the 19 cars entered in class.
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