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#1 midgrid

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Posted 23 May 2014 - 13:34

After several years of toe-in-the-water stuff from Nissan, the marque has finally announced a works assault on the LMP1 category from next year.  No details of the new car are yet forthcoming, save for its name: the Nissan GT-R LM Nismo.

 

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#2 Anja

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Posted 23 May 2014 - 13:37

Finally. :up:



#3 Brother Fox

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Posted 23 May 2014 - 13:38

I wonder how Peugeot feels seeing all these manufacturers joining and getting good publicity for it?



#4 DracoN

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Posted 23 May 2014 - 13:42

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#5 Imateria

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Posted 23 May 2014 - 13:48

I'd been wondering if we'd get any news on this as it had all gone quiet on the Nissan LMP1 front in the last few months. If that cloth covered car in the pic is an accurate representation then it looks like they've gone with an open topped car.

 

Shame about the crappy name, I was really hoping they'd call it something like the R315.



#6 Disgrace

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Posted 23 May 2014 - 13:50

I'd been wondering if we'd get any news on this as it had all gone quiet on the Nissan LMP1 front in the last few months. If that cloth covered car in the pic is an accurate representation then it looks like they've gone with an open topped car.

 

Shame about the crappy name, I was really hoping they'd call it something like the R315.

 

I thought closed cockpits were mandatory for LMP1?

 

Exciting news, though what kind of provisions are in place to prevent all of these big boys having a spending war?



#7 Victor_RO

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Posted 23 May 2014 - 13:51

I'd been wondering if we'd get any news on this as it had all gone quiet on the Nissan LMP1 front in the last few months. If that cloth covered car in the pic is an accurate representation then it looks like they've gone with an open topped car.

 

Shame about the crappy name, I was really hoping they'd call it something like the R315.

 

It's probably only a placeholder, LMP1 factory cars must be both closed-top and hybrids.



#8 midgrid

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Posted 23 May 2014 - 13:56

Yes, it could easily be one of the Nissan-engined LMP2s in corporate livery - or even the ZEOD with fake front wheels. :p



#9 Victor_RO

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Posted 23 May 2014 - 14:06

I'll have to grab my Le Mans 2015 tickets as soon as possible, I foresee some grandstands selling out within days. If this year is fantastic, next year it'll be utterly manic with 4 factory teams.  :clap:  :clap:



#10 Richard T

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Posted 23 May 2014 - 14:09

Very exciting, was on my toes all presentation long and no car.. Just crack open that bloody box!!!  :lol:

 

Some people seems to suggest it will be an front engined car, like the road going GT-R. But that's not allowed in P1 any more, is it?

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#11 Imateria

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Posted 23 May 2014 - 14:14

Lol, I love that box.

 

Looking at the pic more closely, yes I think it's the Morgan/Oak/Pescarolo under there rather than the actual LMP1 car.



#12 muramasa

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Posted 23 May 2014 - 14:16

I'd been wondering if we'd get any news on this as it had all gone quiet on the Nissan LMP1 front in the last few months. If that cloth covered car in the pic is an accurate representation then it looks like they've gone with an open topped car.

 

Shame about the crappy name, I was really hoping they'd call it something like the R315.

actually widely expected, as one of Japanese motor media made the prediction of this last month and such, and Nissan themselves made an announcement of the importance announcement to be made in London today just couple days ago, so pretty much confirmed already then so not much surprise.

 

It's probably only a placeholder, LMP1 factory cars must be both closed-top and hybrids.

yeah.

according to what I'm reading that pic above is taken at Nissan's Yokohama hq. Dont think they have the actual car or anything close to that there even if it's ready.



#13 Victor_RO

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Posted 23 May 2014 - 14:23

One of the press releases from today says that the car should start on-track testing around October this year.



#14 mgs315

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Posted 23 May 2014 - 14:24

Wrong place I know, but with this amount of competition in WEC is there anywhere it can be easily watched live in the UK? Might have to get me some endurance action.

#15 Richard T

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Posted 23 May 2014 - 14:31

Wrong place I know, but with this amount of competition in WEC is there anywhere it can be easily watched live in the UK? Might have to get me some endurance action.

 

www.fiawec.com streams all season for 19:99. Le mans not included, Eurosports has all rights there



#16 midgrid

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Posted 23 May 2014 - 14:34

Wrong place I know, but with this amount of competition in WEC is there anywhere it can be easily watched live in the UK? Might have to get me some endurance action.

It's also on Motors TV if you get that.



#17 Imateria

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Posted 23 May 2014 - 14:37

Wrong place I know, but with this amount of competition in WEC is there anywhere it can be easily watched live in the UK? Might have to get me some endurance action.

All races bar Le Mans live on Motors TV, which is on Freeview now.



#18 PayasYouRace

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Posted 23 May 2014 - 15:55

What a generic name! Nice to see them getting involved though.

 

I'd been wondering if we'd get any news on this as it had all gone quiet on the Nissan LMP1 front in the last few months. If that cloth covered car in the pic is an accurate representation then it looks like they've gone with an open topped car.

 

Shame about the crappy name, I was really hoping they'd call it something like the R315.

 



#19 muramasa

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Posted 23 May 2014 - 16:05

I hope livery will be sth like this, one of nismo cars.

I suspect it will most likely be more or less like that of new ZEOD RC car tho.

 

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#20 JHSingo

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Posted 23 May 2014 - 18:10

Very good news. Hopefully this convinces Ferrari to get their act together and confirm a P1 programme before too long.

 

Audi, Toyota, Porsche, Nissan. Wow. Motorsport fans have a tendency to look back and remember the 'glory days' while ignoring what they have today. But without doubt, sportscar racing is entering the start of a new golden era. Savour it while it lasts.



#21 BRG

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Posted 23 May 2014 - 18:50

Very good news. Hopefully this convinces Ferrari to get their act together and confirm a P1 programme before too long.

 

Why should it?  It didn't convince them last time that Nissan entered Le Mans.  Nor when Renault, BMW, Mercedes, Mazda, Audi, Bentley, Toyota, Peugeot, Jaguar, Porsche or even Aston Martin entered Le Mans.  What's different now?,And why would they decide to split their efforts at a time when they are struggling in F1?



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Posted 23 May 2014 - 19:11

Why should it?  It didn't convince them last time that Nissan entered Le Mans.  Nor when Renault, BMW, Mercedes, Mazda, Audi, Bentley, Toyota, Peugeot, Jaguar, Porsche or even Aston Martin entered Le Mans.  What's different now?,And why would they decide to split their efforts at a time when they are struggling in F1?

 

You're reading far too much into one person's opinion dude...

 

I don't know. I just hope it will. That's all.



#23 Ross Stonefeld

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Posted 23 May 2014 - 19:27

I'm not sure Nissan are going to gain many fans by giving away the results of the 2016 race.



#24 superden

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Posted 23 May 2014 - 19:27

Fantastic news, WEC/sportscars takes yet another step back toward its former self.


Edited by superden, 23 May 2014 - 19:28.


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Posted 23 May 2014 - 20:35

What is Nissan's history in the top class at Le Mans? Do they have any as an official entrant?

 

With all the big manufacturers entering, and it being more and more a spec series like all other racing series, how much money will be posted in to not getting a result? AUDI, Porche and Toyota going at it and then Nissan entering as well, much as they will all claim differently it is all about Le Mans, whith AUDI taking 13 of the last 14 (or 12 if the Bentley is not seen as an AUDI) then is slim pickings for the new comers and how much will AUDI stand if they start to not win year after year?

 

It will definitely be a powerful grid next season.

 

:cool:



#26 Victor_RO

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Posted 23 May 2014 - 20:44

What is Nissan's history in the top class at Le Mans? Do they have any as an official entrant?

 

1986-1990 in Group C1, first with V6 turbo-powered Marches, then with the R89C and R90CK Lola-built cars with 3.5 liter turbo V8 engines. R90CK most famous for Mark Blundell's stonker pole lap in 1990, wastegate jamming shut on the out-lap and overboosting the engine to over 1000bhp, but everything held together in order for that car to outqualify the whole field by 7 seconds. Best result in that era though - only a 5th place in 1990.

 

1997-1998 - the R390 in GT1; in '97 their effort fell apart due to a bad batch of oil coolers that kept disintegrating, in '98 they were steady and reliable but not quick enough.

 

1999 - R391 LMP, one car written off in Le Mans qualifying, one DNF with mechanical issues.

 

 

EDIT: And the Blundell-Bailey-Brancatelli R90CK that sat on pole in 1990 sits proudly at the forefront of the image in the OP. ;)



#27 midgrid

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Posted 23 May 2014 - 20:45

What is Nissan's history in the top class at Le Mans? Do they have any as an official entrant?

You might want to take a closer look at the OP. :p

 

The factory team first entered Le Mans in 1986.  Daily Sportscar has helpfully begun a retrospective series about the marque's history at the event.



#28 KWSN - DSM

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Posted 23 May 2014 - 20:56

You might want to take a closer look at the OP. :p

 

The factory team first entered Le Mans in 1986.  Daily Sportscar has helpfully begun a retrospective series about the marque's history at the event.

 

Thanks.

 

:cool:

 

I must be blind since I can still not see anything like that in the OP... :blush:



#29 Imateria

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Posted 23 May 2014 - 22:19

What is Nissan's history in the top class at Le Mans? Do they have any as an official entrant?

 

With all the big manufacturers entering, and it being more and more a spec series like all other racing series, how much money will be posted in to not getting a result? AUDI, Porche and Toyota going at it and then Nissan entering as well, much as they will all claim differently it is all about Le Mans, whith AUDI taking 13 of the last 14 (or 12 if the Bentley is not seen as an AUDI) then is slim pickings for the new comers and how much will AUDI stand if they start to not win year after year?

 

It will definitely be a powerful grid next season.

 

:cool:

Spec series? LMP1 is probably the most technically free series going in motorsport!

 

It's like any series, if any manufacturer starts to lose repeatedly then they'll pull out. It should also be pointed out that in recent years Audi were a bit lucky with the wins they racked up, taking advantage of Peugeot inexperience in 08 to win with a slower car, a manufacturing error causing all 4 Pugs engines to blow in 10 and then 13s between the lone Audi and top Pug at the end of a cracking fight in 11. Toyota are actually looking quite good at the moment and Porsche are quicker than expected so a competitive Le Mans, at least in the early going, is a sure thing this year.



#30 HeadFirst

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Posted 23 May 2014 - 23:37

As "Director Of Performance" for Infiniti (Nissan), will Seb be in charge of the program.



#31 TF110

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Posted 24 May 2014 - 01:05

Thats a road car title. Nothing to do with this.

#32 W154

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Posted 24 May 2014 - 01:19

Porsche...Tick
Nissan....Tick
Ferrari....

#33 FPV GTHO

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Posted 24 May 2014 - 04:31

I wonder what the chances are then of seeing a derivative of the Renault F1 engine used? Surely theyre not going to develop the ZEOD engine. 



#34 Dolph

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Posted 24 May 2014 - 07:27

Now we need Ferrari entering as Lancia and a rotary engine to be allowed for Mazda again :clap:


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Posted 24 May 2014 - 07:35

I wonder how Peugeot feels seeing all these manufacturers joining and getting good publicity for it?

They do have a Car Of The Year 2013 yet just received bail out from the French government so I guess they'll have to keep hoping in years time.

 

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#36 V8 Fireworks

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Posted 24 May 2014 - 10:11

Why should it?  It didn't convince them last time that Nissan entered Le Mans.  Nor when Renault, BMW, Mercedes, Mazda, Audi, Bentley, Toyota, Peugeot, Jaguar, Porsche or even Aston Martin entered Le Mans.  What's different now?,And why would they decide to split their efforts at a time when they are struggling in F1?

 

Well at least Ferrari can win SOMETHING.   :D  Surely that will make LdM cheerful.  :up:



#37 BRG

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Posted 24 May 2014 - 16:45

Porsche...Tick
Nissan....Tick
Ferrari....

I expect Ford to return before Ferrari.



#38 pathogen

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Posted 24 May 2014 - 23:28

Any clue about drivers?



#39 Andy35

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Posted 24 May 2014 - 23:30

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Bring. It. On.

 

:up:

 

 

Love to see Japanese teams kicking German teams arses.

 

 

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#40 Brother Fox

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Posted 24 May 2014 - 23:33

It's a WWII repechage

#41 Imateria

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Posted 25 May 2014 - 00:53

Any clue about drivers?

Lucas Ordonaz, Satoshi Motayama and Michael Krumm seem like sensible options.



#42 Juan Kerr

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Posted 25 May 2014 - 01:00

It'll be Jann Mardenborough, Lucas Ordonez & Krumm



#43 mtknot

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Posted 25 May 2014 - 01:03

Porsche...Tick
Nissan....Tick
Ferrari....

Red Bull... 



#44 Option1

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Posted 25 May 2014 - 08:20

Red Bull... 

Ohh puhleeze.  That's a drink, not a car manufacturer.

 

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#45 Victor_RO

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Posted 25 May 2014 - 09:47

Any clue about drivers?

 

Probably a mix of the fastest GT Academy guys, Nissan's Super GT squads and possibly one or two outsiders (Heidfeld?).



#46 SonJR

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Posted 25 May 2014 - 10:25

Wouldn't be too surprised to see Heidfeld show up at Nissan either, although I don't know if his current deal with Rebellion is multi-year.



#47 BT44/45

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Posted 25 May 2014 - 10:44

Probably a mix of the fastest GT Academy guys, Nissan's Super GT squads and possibly one or two outsiders (Heidfeld?).

i hope nissan will be a bit more adventurous in their attempts to sign up drivers.

what about them trying to persuade button to do a webber?  ;)



#48 Shiroo

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Posted 25 May 2014 - 11:08

BMW and Mercedes when?

Imagine that moment when all big manufacturers drop F1 cause it is shiet and go to WEC because they can test parts that can one day appear in cars.


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#49 Victor_RO

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Posted 25 May 2014 - 11:15

BMW and Mercedes when?

 

Mercedes - at the moment the mindset is probably "never". BMW... there is a remote possibility, but only as a wild rumour.



#50 Risil

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Posted 25 May 2014 - 13:00

Nissan the only LMP1 factory team not based in Germany?


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