By on August 8, 2015

After Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn said they would have to reassess whether their GT-R LM program was fruitful, the company announced Friday it was pulling the car out of competition.

“We know people will be disappointed, but be assured that nobody is more disappointed than us,” said Shoichi Miyatani, president of NISMO.

The car had struggled in competition this year with one car finishing at Le Mans well behind the leaders, one disqualification and one DNF at the famed race in France. 

Nissan said the car’s complex Energy Recovery System was to blame for the poor results. Although the car developed around 1,250 horsepower — nearly half from the electric motors in the rear wheels — most of it never materialized. Nissan said the system was disabled on all three cars at LeMans and the lone finisher limped to the end of the race.

Nissan said testing the car — which is widely expected to share some of its powertrain with the next-generation GT-R — will continue in the United States.

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8 Comments on “Nissan GT-R LM is Officially on Life Support...”


  • avatar
    SomeGuy

    Why Nissan never ran this at a 6 hour even earlier in the WEC season is beyond me. They probably could have avoided a lot of this by just doing a single race before Le Mans. A shame, because the idea was pretty radical.

  • avatar
    James2

    Renault has its F1 engine issues and Nissan has its engine issues. Carlos Ghosn maybe should fire some people.

  • avatar
    360joules

    Making radical changes in F1 technology and expecting to immediately succeed is a well known path to failure. Yanking the tech after running a partial season seems foolish.

  • avatar
    Tosh

    “We know people will be disappointed, but be assured that nobody is more disappointed than us,” said Shoichi Miyatani, president of NISMO.

    Nissan. We’re not happy until you’re not happy.

  • avatar
    Sky_Render

    So the capabilities of the GT-R-LM were overinflated by Nismo? You mean kind of like the Deltawing?

  • avatar
    Highway27

    The car never had an electric hybrid system. It was designed as a mechanical hybrid with the option to send power to the rear wheels if they fitted additional drivetrain, and that system failed miserably, to the point of disabling it from the car for Le Mans.

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