April 1st 2018 Yokohama, Japan: Nissan to return to LMP1 for the FIA World Endurance Championship for the Super Season.
In shock news today, Nissan are to return to the LMP1 field for the upcoming Super Season with a shock announcement made today the 1st April 2018. The sporting director of Nissan commented "we have been working closely with the FIA WEC to ensure our plans were not leaked, but we are now able to announce our return to the LMP1 class"
After their unsuccessful return to Le Mans in 2015 with the GT-R LM Nismo, the brand were determined to make a return to endurance racing - here is the car they will use to contend in the 2018/19 FIA WEC Super Season, the GT-R LM B. This is a rear engined, non-hybrid beast utilising the VRX30A 3.0 L (3,000 cc) direct-injected twin-turbocharged V6.
In another shock, the driver line up has been announced as being Ex Formula One Drivers Jenson Button, Mark Webber and Allan McNish will pilot the car.
Chassis Carbon fibre
Suspension (front)Independent multi-link pushrods
Suspension (rear)Independent multi-link pushrods with hydraulic anti-roll bar
Length 4,645 mm (182.9 in)
Width 1,900 mm (75 in)
Height 1,030 mm (41 in)
Engine Nissan VRX30A 3.0 L (3,000 cc) direct-injected twin-turbocharged V6 engine in a longitudinal front mid-engine configuration
Transmission Xtrac five-speed hydraulically-activated sequential gearbox and epicyclic reduction gearbox with limited-slip differential
Weight Appr. 880 kg (1,940 lb)
Fuel Shell V-Power LM24
The car is set to make its debut at the Prologue test at Circuit Paul Ricard next week, and all eyes will eagerly await to see if this car makes it onto the track.
So, its a Happy Easter and welcome Nissan to April...