Final specifications about the brand new Nissan GT-R LM Nismo endurance racer have just been released. While they fail to reveal just how much power the Japanese prototype delivers, they have made us even more excited for the car to race at the upcoming 24 Hours of Le Mans.
For starters, the GT-R LM Nismo utilises a twin-turbocharged petrol 3.0-litre, 60 degree V6 engine featuring direct injection. This engine is then mated to a 5-speed pneumatic paddle shift transmission incorporating epicyclic final drive reduction alongside an hydraulic limited slip differential. An advanced Tilton 3-plate carbon clutch is also used. Furthermore, the Nissan GT-R LM Nismo includes an advanced energy recovery system housed both ahead and beneath the driver’s feet.
All up, the GT-R LM Nismo tips the scales at 870 kg and includes a 68 litre FT3 fuel tank complete with electric lift and feed pumps. Ohlins multi-adjustable front dampers and Penske multi-adjustable rear dampers have also been installed alongside a completely hydraulic rear anti-roll bar system and 6-piston brake calipers at the front and 4-piston calipers at the rear. As with the very best racing cars, the brake bias can be adjusted by the driver.
Sticking the endurance racer to the tarmac are Michelin tyres wrapped around centre-locking magnesium forged BBS wheels that measure 18×13 at the front and 16×9 at the rear. Other key elements of the car include driver adjustable traction control, Anti-lag system control, lift-and-coast fuel conservation, drive-by-wire throttle control and ERS deployment strategy control.
Beyond these elements, the Nissan GT-R LM Nismo is an exercise in advanced aerodynamics. Whereas other Le Mans prototypes have been designed so air passes over, around and beneath the car, the GT-R LM Nismo has actually been designed for the air to flow through the car in what is known as a through-flow system. As such, air channels start at the front of the car, work their way around the cabin and then exit at the rear end and diffuser.
Nissan VRX 30A NISMO: 3.0 litre, 60 degree V6, direct injection gasoline twin-turbo
5-speed + reverse sequential gearbox with pneumatic paddle shift system. Epicyclic final drive reduction with hydraulic limited slip differential
Tilton 3-plate carbon clutch assembly
FIA Homologated weight: 870 kg. Right-hand driving position
68 litre capacity FT3 fuel tank featuring electric lift and feed pumps. Mechanical flywheel ERS housed ahead and beneath driver’s feet inside the survival cell.
Carbon-composite body panels. Polycarbonate windscreen with hard coating
CFD and full scale wind tunnel developed ultra high efficiency bodywork geometry, adjustable rear wing.
Ohlins multi-adjustable front dampers and Penske multi-adjustable rear dampers, hydraulic rear anti-roll bar system.
6-piston front and 4-piston rear calipers. Driver adjustable brake bias.
BBS centre-lock, magnesium forged 18”x13” front and 16”x9” rear
Michelin 31/71-18 front, 20/71-16 rear radials
Cosworth engine control unit featuring: Engine control, gearbox control;
Driver adjustable traction control, Anti-lag system control, lift-and-coast fuel conservation, Drive-by-wire throttle control and ERS deployment strategy control
NISMO 5-point harness
Lifeline lightweight extinguisher system
Data / display system
Cosworth Electronics with NISMO steering wheel mounted LCD
Minimum weight: 870kg
Full tank capacity: 68L”