What in fact was intended to be recognized as a hugely out-of-the-box way of thinking in an LMP1 car became a source of deep thinking for the Nissan guys, as problems with the development of the GT-R LM NISMO model delayed a return to the FIA World Endurance Championship to the 2016 season.
Even though it has been told to the media that during the tests at the Circuit of the Americas the car had some improvement compared to the 24 Hours of Le Mans participation, but there’s still the problem that the 8 MJ-capped energy recovery system isn’t still working properly, which plagued their Le Mans participation with lack of acceleration and stability in turns. In the end, in order to take care of the current issues in the car, and try to keep the concept of a front-engined front-wheel drive car, the Japanese manufacturer will not return this year to FIA WEC.
The schedule changes came also with a reshuffle in the operational side of the team, as Ben Bowlby, the mastermind behind this car and the ZEOD RC model, will retain his Technical Director role and will no more split it with responsibilities as a Team Principal, a position that was taken by Michael Carcamo, a former Ilmor trackside engineering manager when in the Champ Car World Championship, and also with past motorsport experience already with Nissan, it can prove to be a good addition to the team.
About the drivers department, there are no announced changes in the squad for 2016.