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Nissan GT-R LM Nismo Withdraws from World Endurance Championship

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 8/7/2015 Kelly Pleskot

After a dismal performance at this year's 24 Hours of Le Mans, the Nissan GT-R LM Nismo won't return to the World Endurance Championship until the automaker fixes "technical issues."

In its announcement today, Nissan says it will continue its test program on the GT-R LM Nismo, which will take place primarily in the U.S. No word on when Nissan could re-enter the races, but the automaker says the decision will depend on the progress of the test program.

Due to problems with the energy recovery system, each of Nissan's three hybrid race cars was forced to run the 24 Hours of Le Mans on engine power alone. It didn't turn out well. Just one of the cars managed to finish the race, and it was so far off pace that it wasn't even classified.

"The bespoke Nissan V6 3-liter twin turbo gasoline engine and the unique aerodynamics of the GT-R LM NISMO proved to be the main strengths of the car at Le Mans, but without a fully working ERS, many of the car’s other systems were compromised," Nissan explains in a release.

Earlier reports suggested Nissan may have been reconsidering the GT-R LM Nismo program altogether, but it looks like Nissan has decided to stick to it.

"When you innovate, you don’t give up at the first hurdle," Nismo President Shoichi Miyatani said in a release. "We are committed to overcoming this challenge.”

Source: Nissan

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