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Nissan Announce A Way Forward

Lots more to come in the background to tonight’s announcements from Nissan’s NISMO themed launch on Yokohama but here are some of the highlights:

  • Endurance racing remains at the core of Nissan’s motorsport plans.
  • Nissan are looking to return to LMP1 with a factory programme – There is an internal company timetable for this but no announcement yet.
  • The car will not be a hybrid (at least as it is currently defined - Nissan are not producing road cars with those technologies) but there was more than a hint of further potential innovation.
  • There was though the announcement that Nissan will return to Garage 56 in 2014 with an all electric, zero emmissions car.
  • The LMP2 customer engine programme continues with the expectation that Nissan will place some of their GT Academy Graduates at Le Mans this year.
  • There was commitment announced too to the Nissan NISMO GTR GT3 “If anything this is a higher profile programme for us in 2013 than LMP2” and to high profile race programmes with customer teams.
  • Race programme in GT3 will include entry into the FIA GT Series and Blancpain Endurance Series with Nissan GT Academy Graduates amongst driver line-ups.

On the road car front the big news was that a NISMO GTR will be launched as a global product and will join the already launched NISMO Juke and the soon to be unveiled NISMO 370Z