Nissan's Le Mans prototype to serve as foundation for next-gen GT-R - report


Will feature a hybrid powertrain

A new report suggests the Nissan GT-R LM NISMO will form the basis of the next generation GT-R that will likely adopt a hybrid powertrain.

A couple of weeks ago Nissan and NISMO unveiled the GT-R LM which will compete in next year's legendary endurance race at Le Mans. The car will play an important role not only from a motorsport point of view but also for Nissan's road-going branch as it will allegedly be used as foundation for the flagship GT-R model.

Technical details of the GT-R LM have not been disclosed yet but it is believed the racer will use a hybrid configuration that will likely end up in the next generation GT-R. Nissan has already confirmed a hybrid setup for its supercar and based on a previous rumor the combined output will stand at approximately 800 PS (588 kW). It will come from the familiar yet tweaked R38DETT twin-turbo V6 3.8-liter engine working with a KERS system co-developed with Williams. It should be enough for a 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) run in 2.7 seconds before topping out at 211 mph (340 km/h).

Expect the all-new Nissan GT-R to be unveiled towards the end of next year as a 2016MY.

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sideskraper sideskraper
You mean "will inspire the next gen GT-R" not "serve as a foundation"
Jun 5th, 2014 3:40pm
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Kouki507 Kouki507
"A couple of weeks ago Nissan and NISMO unveiled the GT-R LM" I'm pretty sure they did not "unveil" it. The cars in the background are the Super-GT500, GT3 and Road going version (not sure about the latter). But the GT-R LM Nismo, which is the LMP1 version, is still covered.
Jun 5th, 2014 11:55am
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Bozzor Bozzor
Damn. I remember when 300 hp was the baseline for a serious high performance car. Now it's yawn inducing. And as I mentioned before, these days the major US manufacturers are giving you 600hp+ cars in the ~$50-60K range. To really stand out among the really high performance cars (without getting into LaFerrari/P1/918 territory), soon you will need to have 700+ hp as a baseline.
Jun 5th, 2014 11:42am
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