Whether you thought Nissan’s GT-R LM NISMO was the most awesome-looking or ugliest-looking Le Mans car ever, it was pretty cool to see such a different approach to the 24 hour race.
Sadly though, this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours was the last time we’ll ever see the GT-R LM NISMO on track, as Nissan have announced they’re axing their LMP1 programme with immediate effect and pulling out of the 2016 World Endurance Championship in the process.
“Today, Nissan announced that it will withdraw its LMP1 entry from the 2016 FIA World Endurance Championship,” a statement from Nissan read. “Nissan entered LMP1 in the 2015 season with an innovative new, and bold concept, with the ambition to compete at the front of the field.
“The teams worked diligently to bring the vehicles up to the desired performance levels. However, the company concluded that the program would not be able to reach its ambitions and decided to focus on developing its longer term racing strategies.”
They aren’t wrong. While the GT-R LM NISMO will also be remembered thanks to its unusual look, its performance on the track will certainly not be. Nissan’s LMP1 car was barely able to out-qualify the Nissan-engined LMP2 cars, then in the race neither of the three GT-R LM NISMO cars were classified.
RIP Nissan GT-R LM NISMO, 2015 – 2015.