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Nissan returning to Le Mans in 2014

 Nissan returning to Le Mans in 2014
Nissan LMP1 concept speculative artist rendering 26.02.2013 / Oriol Folch Garcia

In collaboration with Nismo

Nissan has plans to make a Le Mans comeback in 2014 "with a pioneer race car".

After deciding to withdraw from the DeltaWing project earlier this month, Nissan has announced they will join forces with Nismo for a Le Mans competitor which promises to be a showcase of electric technology.

The announcement was made today by Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn in Yokohama, Japan where Nismo opened its brand new headquarters. Nissan will return with a "Garage 56" entry and is considered to be the first step towards a new LMP1 car in the following years, according to Nissan's Global Motorsports Director Darren Cox.

More details about the project will be released in the following months.

Note: Nissan LMP1 concept speculative artist rendering by Oriol Folch Garcia shown

Source: Nissan

NISSAN POISED FOR RETURN TO LE MANS IN 2014

  • Nissan is targeting a return to the Le Mans 24 Hours in 2014 with a pioneering Nissan race car showcasing electric technology
  • Project will be led by Nismo, Nissan's global motorsport and performance arm
  • New Le Mans project follows the pioneering Nissan DeltaWing experimental racer which took the motorsport world by storm at the 2012 Le Mans event 

YOKOHAMA, Japan (Feb. 26, 2013) - Nissan will return to the Le Mans 24 Hours in 2014 with an innovative project that promises to continue the pioneering spirit of last year's award-winning Nissan DeltaWing experimental entry.

Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn made the pledge to return to Le Mans during a special event today in Yokohama, Japan, to open a new headquarters for Nismo, Nissan's global performance and motorsport brand.

Ghosn hinted that a new approach to innovation and excitement will be at the project's core, while confirming that the company will return as the Garage 56 entry for innovative concepts with an all-new race car incorporating electric technology.

The entry will test innovative new powertrain technology and provide the Automobile Club de l'Ouest (ACO) and the Federation Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) with data to enable all parties to evaluate the incorporation of this breakthrough technology ahead of a potential return to LMP1 in the future.

"We will return to Le Mans with a vehicle that will act as a high-speed test bed in the harshest of environments for both our road car and race car electric vehicle technology," said Mr. Ghosn.

Ghosn's revelation promises a continued commitment from Nissan to performance and motorsport innovation - and a bold ambition to change expectations of what is possible in performance.

Nissan will reveal further details behind the new project in the near future.

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Comments (3)

 Garais877 Garais877
good news :) i see more and more manufactories getting ready for 2014 :)
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February 26, 2013 2:28 pm
 ErtahazHossain ErtahazHossain
Nismo on fire! Good to see Nissan making these efforts rather than just bringing up boring cars.
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February 26, 2013 2:20 pm
 hunker7 hunker7
good to hear
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February 26, 2013 12:11 pm