Le Mans prototypes are among the most technologically advanced race cars on the track, on par or sometimes even more advanced than Formula 1 cars. That means that a manufacturer doesn’t just show off a new car during say, the Super Bowl, and then head to the big race in France in June. Thousands of laps worth of testing go into campaigning a Le Mans contender.
Despite having dominated IMSA in the early Nineties, Nissan has never won at Le Mans, so you know that every ounce of effort is going to be put into developing the innovative LMP1 GT-R LM into a winner. Nissan’s newest warrior breaks the sports car racing mould by putting its power to the front wheels rather than the rear wheels as has traditionally been done.
Rather than exit the side or rear of the car as is typically done, the 3.0L V6’s twin turbo exhaust stacks dump out of the front hood of the car, directly in the driver’s already limited view. While this makes for pretty exciting GoPro footage during night testing, the blue flashes of flame have to become tiring while driving if not at least distracting.
Kudos to YouTube commenter DirtyyDom for pointing out: From the GT academy turning sim racers into real drivers to a front engined LM P1 car. I love Nissans risky innovative spirit.
Source: GoPro on YouTube