After lots of months of wait, expectations, rumours and spy shots, the Nissan GT-R LM NISMO was officially showed in red livery to the public in a 90-second advertisement during the Super Bowl, with shots taken at the Circuit of the Americas.
And now that we have photos and videos in higher resolution, it’s worth to say that Nissan needs applause because their capacity to surprise and test the reactions of hardcore fans and the public is as sharp as ever, as the front-wheel drive Godzila has lots of details that put the Japanese manufacturer out of the concept adopted by its LMP1 rivals Audi, Toyota and Porsche.
The mid-front mounted 3.0 litre V6 biturbo pushes the front wheels, while the brake-by-wire ERS system takes care of the rear work, generating an awesome 1250+ hp. Other interesting points in the GT-R LM NISMO are the choice for a 5-speed transmission, as well the fact that the front wheels are bigger than the rear wheels.
All that’s left now is the question of the drivers of the two full season entries, as well of the third Le Mans entry, but Nissan has done its first move. Minutes after the Super Bowl announcement, Nissan announced former F1, Peugeot and Audi driver Marc Gené to their roster. Gené won the 24 Hours of Le Mans once with Peugeot alongside David Brabham and Alex Wurz, and last year he did the 6 Hours of Spa with Jota Sport, as well the 24 Hours of Le Mans replacing Loïc Duval, who got injured in an accident.
We still need to see how the GT-R LM NISMO will battle against the LMP1 competition in the FIA World Endurance Championship and in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, but Nissan got their first victory this year: surprising everyone.