Nissan has revealed a new livery for its unconventional Le Mans racer set to tackle Circuit de la Sarthe next month.
In a time-lapse video that follows the construction of a NISMO GT-R LM, the new livery is revealed to be a traditional Nissan tricolor that dates back to their earliest racing exploits. Blue, white and red have decorated Datsuns dating back to the late 1960s on 2000 Sports roadster, 510 and 240Z race cars.
This particular colorway, however, is an homage to the Nissan R90C racer. That particular Group C prototype, powered by a 3.5L twin-turbo V8 good for 1,100hp, competed in the 1990 running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Nissan fielded five examples built on two different continents; three finished, with the Oppama works-built car piloted by Masahiro Hasemi, Kazuyoshi Hoshino, and Toshio Suzuki placing as high as fifth place. The cars would later go on to place first in class at the 24 Hours of Daytona with Bob Earl, Derek Daly, Chip Robinson, and Geoff Brabham at the wheel.
But while the R90C and all Le Mans racers are either rear- or all-wheel-drive, the new NISMO GT-R LM sends its 1,250hp from its hybrid 3.0L twin-turbo V6 to its front wheels. The layout allows engineers to devote the entire back half of the car to aerodynamics, which will create downforce, save fuel and result in fewer pit stops. The Nissan GT-R LM NISMO will compete in the LMP1 class at this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans, which will be held June 13-14, 2015.
Live images by Ben Hsu.