We were always expecting something different from Nissan. It has, after all, been building a reputation as something of an off-beat, even zany, manufacturer and it does employ arguably the most imaginative mind in motorsport in Ben Bowlby. But how different!
Nissan's GT-R LM NISMO turns conventional motorsport thinking on its head. Or rather back to front. The rumours had quietly gained momentum that the car was indeed front-engined and front-wheel-drive, but seeing - and reading - was truly believing.
That a manufacturer has decided to do something completely different in a bid to meet the challenge of the LMP1 rulebook is refreshing in the extreme in an era when racing cars are becoming increasingly homogonised.