In skipping the first two races of the World Endurance Championship, Nissan is fully committing to the 24 Hours of Le Mans with its GT-R LM Nismo hybrid race car. Spooling out some 1,250 horsepower to the front wheels, the Nissan GT-R LM Nismo is the automaker’s all-in commitment to the world’s oldest endurance race. So let’s dive into those gritty tech details.
As already mentioned, the GT-R LM Nismo is rated at an astonishing 1,250 horsepower from the combination of a 550 horsepower 3.0 liter twin-turbo V6 and a 700 horsepower hybrid system. The engine is paired with a five-speed sequential gearbox with pneumatic paddle shift system and a epicyclic final drive reduction with hydraulic limited slip differential and a Tilton 3-plate carbon clutch assembly. Nissan says that the GT-R LM weighs just 1,981 lbs/870 kgs thanks to carbon-composite body panels that keeps the weight down.
The driver will sit on the right side of the Nissan endurance racer, with the KERS flywheel hybrid system taking up most of the left side. It must be quite the experience, knowing a massive spinning wheel of power and death is just a few inches to one side. Because it’s front-wheel drive, unlike most of the LMP1 field, the Nissan GT-R LM runs extra-wide 18-inch tires in front but just 9-inch tires in the rear.
Nissan has been trying to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans with funky, weird race cars for the past five years now; has the company finally put together a winning formula?