Nissan has been on a quest to win Le Mans with a radically different race car the past few years, starting with Ben Bowlby’s DeltaWing concept. Then there was last year’s ZEOD RC, the predecessor to perhaps the most radical race car yet, the front-wheel drive GT-R LM NISMO.
We’ve already heard why Nissan went with a front-drive setup rather than the standard rear-drive standard adhered to by other teams. As it turns out this atypical race car comes with some tremendous advantages, especially in regards to downforce. Engineers claim that at 150 MPH, the GT-R LM generates enough downforce to drive upside-down, like something out of Speed Racer.
From the sounds of it, many other teams have been neglecting the potential of the front of their cars to generate downforce, but Nissan engineers are finding a lot of sticking power generated efficiently enough to warrant their radical race car design.
In a little over a week, we’ll find out if all this hype amounts to a checkered flag, or another disappointing DNF.