Nissan to skip remainder of WEC season before 2016 LMP1 return

Nissan has confirmed its absence from the remainder of this season's World Endurance Championship, ahead of a return to the LMP1 grid next year with its front-engined GT-R LM NISMO

Nissan to skip remainder of WEC season before 2016 LMP1 return

The Japanese manufacturer announced that it was putting its race programme on temporary hold in August to focus on the technical issues its radical contender encountered on its race debut in the Le Mans 24 Hours in June.

That decision is understood to have covered the Nurburgring, Austin and Fuji races and Nissan has now opted to miss the Shanghai and Bahrain races in November as well.

COMMENT: Nissan doesn't need racing in 2015

Nissan confirmed that it is working on restoring the original concept of the GT-R LM, which was designed around an eight megajoule hybrid system powering the narrow rear wheels.

A Nissan spokesperson told AUTOSPORT: "Development of the energy retrieval system has been underway for some time.

"The first dyno tests are expected before the end of the year and it will then do a complete dyno cycle before it goes in the car."

It is understood that an alternative system to that designed and built by ToroTrak, which never ran in the car, is under development at a new supplier.

The Nissan LMP1 organisation has been restructured with the appointment of a new team principal in Mike Carcamo, who has been transferred from Nissan Mexico to NISMO.

He takes over from Ben Bowlby, who will now concentrate on his role as technical director.

"Ben had his hands full trying to do everything; managing the design and build but also the race and test operation," said Carcamo.

"That's a lot to ask anyone to do, especially with a concept that requires this level of development.

"My knowledge of Nissan engineering processes and project planning experience will help Ben and the team concentrate on making the car deliver on its promise."

Nissan conducted a test in Austin last week with Olivier Pla and Harry Tincknell driving.

The car, running without hybrid power as at Le Mans, "went significantly faster than it previously and did not experience any significant reliability issues", according to a Nissan statement.

Nissan global motorsport boss Darren Cox added that the company's "sights were firmly set on 2016 and we are confident that with Mike's project management support, Ben and the team can reach the performance levels we expect".

shares
comments
WEC LMP1 cars to be given 1000bhp 'instantaneous' power limit

Previous article

WEC LMP1 cars to be given 1000bhp 'instantaneous' power limit

Next article

No 1000hp limit for LMP1 cars in World Endurance Championship

No 1000hp limit for LMP1 cars in World Endurance Championship
Load comments
The 10 greatest drives of lost legend Jo Siffert Plus

The 10 greatest drives of lost legend Jo Siffert

It's 50 years since Jo Siffert was killed in his prime at Brands Hatch. The Swiss scored just two world championship wins in a Formula 1 career spent largely with privateer teams, but showed on numerous occasions in single-seaters and in sportscars with Porsche that he could beat any of the best drivers of his era given the right equipment

Formula 1
Oct 24, 2021
Inside the Le Mans finish too barmy for Hollywood Plus

Inside the Le Mans finish too barmy for Hollywood

Team WRT has been at the forefront of GT racing for years and made a successful move to prototypes for 2021, capped by an LMP2 win on its Le Mans debut. It could've been even better had the race been one lap shorter, when its cars ran 1-2, but the stranger-than-fiction reality has spurred the team to reach greater heights

Le Mans
Oct 16, 2021
The standout memories of Le Mans 2021 Plus

The standout memories of Le Mans 2021

OPINION: With four of the five Hypercar entries unproven in a 24-hour race, it would not have been unexpected for at least one of them to suffer serious reliability trouble. That they all managed to make it through the race relatively unscathed, says GARY WATKINS, was something of a surprise.

Le Mans
Aug 24, 2021
Why Toyota's Le Mans victory was not as simple as it looked Plus

Why Toyota's Le Mans victory was not as simple as it looked

Toyota scored its fourth Le Mans 24 Hours victory and a 1-2, with the #7 car of Kamui Kobayashi, Mike Conway and Jose Maria Lopez beating the #8. But although it looked straightforward from the outside, Toyota faced serious problem that had to be solved with some quick-thinking and ingenuity

Le Mans
Aug 24, 2021
How overlooked Mazda produced one of Le Mans' greatest shocks Plus

How overlooked Mazda produced one of Le Mans' greatest shocks

The screaming rotary-engined Mazda 787 is regarded as one of the most popular Le Mans 24 Hours-winning cars, but until its surprise success on this day 30 years ago it was never regarded as a likely victor. But that reckoned without a new technical partner, some canny political manoeuvring and a rival's bizarre self-inflicted weakness

WEC
Aug 22, 2021
Can Toyota's #7 crew break its Le Mans curse? Plus

Can Toyota's #7 crew break its Le Mans curse?

One Toyota, normally with the number 7 on the side, always seems to attract the bad luck in the Le Mans 24 Hours. Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and Jose Maria Lopez are hoping for a change in fortune this time around, but face significantly more unknowns than in recent years

Le Mans
Aug 19, 2021
Why Glickenhaus should be taken seriously on its Le Mans bow Plus

Why Glickenhaus should be taken seriously on its Le Mans bow

Many were quick to dismiss Glickenhaus when the boutique American sportscar firm's entry into the top class of the Le Mans 24 Hours was announced. It's all-new LMH racer, powered by an engine built by a rally specialist, goes in as the underdog against Toyota but the mathematical odds suggest that it has more than just a faint hope of success

Le Mans
Aug 18, 2021
The Asian underdog taking on the mighty GT factories at Le Mans Plus

The Asian underdog taking on the mighty GT factories at Le Mans

The rising HubAuto team steps up to GTE Pro at Le Mans this year for an ambitious bid to take on the three works giants – and has every reason to be optimistic of achieving its goal in becoming the first privateer on the podium since 2016

Le Mans
Aug 18, 2021