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Nissan confirms LMP1 program for 2015 FIA WEC; car reveal will have to wait

May 23, 2014, 9:45 AM EDT

Photo: NISMO Photo: NISMO

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.

  1. manik56 - May 23, 2014 at 10:07 AM

    So awesome that NASCAR kicked the LMP1’s out of American sportscar racing right when the class gets interesting!

    • Tony DiZinno - May 23, 2014 at 11:26 AM

      To be fair, IMO, there’s no guarantee that even if LMP1 stayed in the merged championship that you’d have the manufacturers choose to run it. A World Championship, with Le Mans as the centerpiece, should be the ideal showcase for the technology. The manufacturers are far more interested, domestically speaking anyway, in showcasing the production cars you see in GTE. Just my .02 though.

  2. testover6370 - May 23, 2014 at 12:28 PM

    WEC continues to make me a fan. I can get over TUSC becoming Grand-Am 2.0 as long as we have great sports car racing like this.

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