Front-wheel Drive Nissan GT-R LM NISMO Might Be Non-hit Wonder

Mark Stevenson
by Mark Stevenson

After a less than stellar result for Nissan at the 24 Hours of LeMans this year, Carlos Ghosn has stated the program — at least in its current form — is under review.

According to Sportscar365 (via AutoBlog), “high-level executive meetings” were to take place last week and could decide on the future of Nissan’s front-wheel drive endurance contender.

Speaking at London’s Formula E race last month, Ghosn was up front about the future of Nissan’s latest creation.

“Nissan has always been associated with innovation,” Ghosn said. “We made an attempt that did not prove fruitful. We must reassess the strategy.

“We wanted to be different and competitive but we’ve only been different.”

The team is still planning to take part in a test at Circuit of the Americas later this month.

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  • TonyJZX TonyJZX on Jul 20, 2015

    I think their Nismo team oversold it to management. They specifically said they did not want to make a Nissan Audi R18 E-tron ie. do what everyone else is doing. And yet its such a complicated thing now that how can one even guarantee or promise even a podium in 3 or 5 or more years. And that's with a conventional chassis. With a moonshot like this? You have to chuck hundreds of millions at it. You would think Nissan management would understand what with their storied motorsport past... hell you would think Nissan RENAULT would understand motorsport isnt built and won in a single year.

    • Derekson Derekson on Jul 21, 2015

      The reason that they didn't want to build a Nissan R18 is that they knew they'd never compete by trying to do the same thing with less money and less experience. Their only chance at a competitive car was a clever interpretation of the rule book. The design itself seems rather promising ibut they were still trying to do too much with limited resources and money. A more conventional electric hybrid system probably would've been wiser than the "flybrid" system that they never really got running right

  • Ronnie Schreiber Ronnie Schreiber on Jul 21, 2015

    Racing is an unforgiving testing environment. Radical projects like the GT-R-LM and the Deltawing don't have the luxury of having years to work out the bugs.

  • Ryoku75 Ryoku75 on Jul 21, 2015

    This was a few years back but after seeing some Skullcandy Altimas fail to even finish their respective race, and a race-spec Nissan GTR loose qualifying via broken suspension, I'm thinking Nissan just needs to step up their quality.

  • PeterKK PeterKK on Jul 21, 2015

    I hope they make it work. It has some great ideas.