Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Nissan calls time on P1 effort

Nissan have announced that they will end their involvement with the LMP1 category of the FIA World Endurance Championship with immediate effect.

After being announced during Superbowl XLIX last February, the Japanese manufacturer endured a tough 2015 campaign with a delayed start followed by an early finish to their season. In the end Nissan’s revolutionary GT-R LM NISMO only competed at the 24 Hours of Le Mans with all three cars failing to complete the full distance of the French classic.

In a statement issued by the company, Nissan said that they ‘will continue its support of WEC through its various engine programs including recent introduction of LMP3 engine’.

"Today, Nissan announced that it will withdraw its LMP1 entry from the 2016 FIA World Endurance Championship," read the statement.

"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," said the statement.

"Racing is a core part of the Nissan DNA, and the company has a proud history of innovating to win," it continued. "Nissan’s commitment to motorsports remains strong, as evidenced by its victorious track record in the 2015 season – from achieving the overall winner of Super GT two years in a row in Japan, to winning the Blancpain Endurance Pro Class, Bathurst 12hr race with the GT-R GT3."

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