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Nissan will unveil its hybrid Le Mans contender later this year


Nissan will join the battle of the front-running hybrids at Le Mans next year with a new car that’ll wear the name of its showroom racer, the GT-R.
The prospect of another factory-backed team joining Audi, Toyota and Porsche will be welcome news to Le Mans fans still revelling in the 2014 24-hour race, one of the most exciting in recent years.
Nissan has named the car the GT-R LM Nismo and promised that it’ll be instantly recognisable. Speaking at the launch of the car in London, Nissan global No.3 Andy Palmer said: “We won’t be turning up in a vehicle which is a basically another hybrid that looks like another Porsche, Audi or Toyota - they all look the same to me - our intention is to do something that is a little bit different.”

No details were given about the drivetrain, but Le Mans rules mean it’ll have to be hybrid to compete in the leading category. Nissan enthusiasm hasn’t been dimmed by this year’s race, where its experimental ZEOD hybrid racer was forced to retire after just five laps due to gearbox problems. The race was eventually won by Audi, who climbed to the front late on after Porsche lost its lead due to mechanical problems.
Nissan had better luck in the LMP2 class, where the top five finishers were powered by Japanese-built Nissan engines.

The decision to use the GT-R name could prove to be a further hint that Nissan plans to use a hybrid system for the next version of its supercar-taunting sportscar. The current GT-R uses a twin-turbocharged V6 engine making 537bhp, but Nissan is keen to promote electrification as it continues in its uphill struggle to convert buyers to electric cars and its own Nissan Leaf.
Nissan has competed in the top-league of Le Mans before when it first entered the R390 GT1 in 1997. Gearbox issues made that a pretty dismal year, with only one car finishing out of three entered, but the firm had more luck next year when all four cars finished, with the highest placed coming third. Porsche won in 1998, the last time it has stood on the top step of the podium.

One driver of the 2015 car could be Jann Mardenborough, a past winner of Nissan’s GT PlayStation video game academy and now a seasoned Le Mans racer after a good performance this year in the one-time front running Oak Racing Liger/Nissan in the LMP2 class.

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I'd love to see the next gtr as a hybrid, off the line power and track times will become even more insane, and something even more for supercars to fear.
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There is a trend towards hybrid supercars too so it would be in keeping with their rivals. McLaren has the goal of making all of their cars hybrid over the next some amount of years.
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Nissan has been running hybrtid cars at lemans since before it was popular. Unfortunately the ZEROD ran afoul of the rule book and has run unclassified for the last 3 years
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There is a trend towards hybrid supercars too so it would be in keeping with their rivals. McLaren has the goal of making all of their cars hybrid over the next some amount of years.
I can't wait for that day and seeing how this GT-R does in the 1/4 mile against a hybrid McLaren, even the P1.
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i still hate that fact that this is still to make supercars more green

no more hearing v8's and v10's at low rpm's idling when passing by, just nothing
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i still hate that fact that this is still to make supercars more green

no more hearing v8's and v10's at low rpm's idling when passing by, just nothing
Sure its a change and some will be disappointed about it, but it's better to focus on the cool stuff we will gain with hybrid supercars than what we are losing by ditching V8s and V10s.
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Not liking electric cars because they don't make noise is a weird position to take. All that sound that the engine is giving off is just wasted energy that could be used for the car anyway. Besides that, electric cars are more efficient and don't have crazy emissions like a V8 or V10. I think there just won't be convincing some people though.
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we're losing environmentally friendliness is what! a V10 Ferrari will burn through fuel at an astonishing rate, do you know how fantastic that is for the earth. I mean the quicker we run out the quicker we can stop using hydrocarbons right
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In that case I'll 250 GTO please. I'll be sure to contribute
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