Nissan confirmed its extensive global motorsports program will continue to expand through 2013 and beyond and be led by Nismo, the company’s dedicated performance road car and motorsports arm.
Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn also confirmed that the company will return to the legendary Le Mans 24 Hours in 2014 as the Garage 56 entry for innovative concepts with an all-new race car incorporating electric technology. The entry will test innovative new powertrain technology and provide the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO) and the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) with data to enable all parties to evaluate the incorporation of this breakthrough technology ahead of a potential return to LMP1 in the future. Further details will be released as the project progresses, but the company is focusing on innovation and excitement, continuing the pioneering spirit of the Nissan DeltaWing; the award-winning experimental entry at Le Mans last year.
One of Nissan’s major motorsport programs is focused on Nismo-developed versions of the flagship GT-R sports car for both works and privateer customer teams. For 2013, the Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3 has been further developed after last year’s successes, in Japan’s SUPER GT Series (GT300 class and GT500 class) and Super Taikyu(GT3 class), and the flagship Nismo-engineered GT-R GT500 version will once again compete in the SUPER GT Series. Available video includes edited packages, b-roll and soundbites.