Front-Wheeled Nissan Turned Out Unprepared for Endurance Race
Nissan’s factory racing team will miss the tests and the first two stages of the World Endurance Championship (WEC). The brand’s new car didn’t pass the necessary FIA crush tests, but the manufacturer hopes to make the car compatible with all the requirements until the “24 Hours of Le Mans” marathon that is scheduled for the middle of June.
Nissan showed a sports prototype for endurance race in February. The novelty named GT-R LM Nismo got an unusual layout for LMP1 highest category cars – its was front-wheeled and had the engine in front.
The car features a six-cylinder gasoline twin-turbo engine, accumulators set, and an electric engine in the rear axle. The aggregate power of the power plants is about 1,250 hp.
WEC starts on April 12 with the “6 Hours of Silverstone.” The second stage is going to be the Spa race. “24 Hours of Le Mans” marathon will take place on June 13-14.
The team will be led by the former Formula-1 pilot Max Chilton. Also, the team will feature GT Academy graduates Alex Buncombe, Tsugio Matsuda, and Lucas Ordonez.