Οιωνός προβλημάτων ή μήπως σημάδια υπευθυνότητας από τους ιθύνοντες της Nissan και της Nismo; Ο καθένας ερμηνεύει αυτή την κίνηση όπως επιθυμεί αλλά η ουσία είναι ότι η Ιαπωνική εταιρία αποφάσισε να μην επιστρέψει στους αγώνες του World Endurance Championship αν δεν λύσει τα τεχνικά προβλήματα που έχει το GT-R LM Nismo. Αυτή δεν είναι η πρώτη φορά που η Nissan αποφασίζει να λείψει από κάποιους αγώνες ώστε να εστιάσει στις δοκιμές. Το ίδιο ακριβώς έκανε και με τους δύο πρώτους γύρους του WEC αλλά οι επιδόσεις του στις 24 ώρες του Le Mans δεν ήταν ακριβώς αυτό λες, “καλές”.

Ο bespoke twin-turbo, τρίλιτρος V6 βενζινοκινητήρας και η μοναδική αεροδυναμική του GT-R LM Nismo αποδείχθηκε πως είναι τα βασικά πλεονεκτήματα του αυτοκινήτου αλλά χωρίς ένα πλήρως λειτουργικό ERS, πολλά άλλα συστήματα του αυτοκινήτου επηρεάστηκαν.

Δήλωσε ο πρόεδρος της Nismo, Shoichi Miyatini αλλά τόνισε:

Όταν πρωτοπορείς, δεν τα παρατάς με το πρώτο εμπόδιο.

Ο επικεφαλής Brand, Sales και Marketing της Nismo, Darren Cox, έδωσε μία πιο πρακτική εξήγηση. Είπε ότι αν έστελναν τα αυτοκίνητα στο Nurburgring –όπου διεξάγεται ο επόμενος γύρος του WEC-, θα τα “έχαναν” για σχεδόν έναν μήνα. Και γιατί; Για να διαπιστώσουν ότι δεν είναι ευχαριστημένοι; Οπότε μέχρι να γίνει ανταγωνιστικό το GT-R LM Nismo, δεν πρόκειται να τρέξει στο WEC. Οι μηχανικοί προφανώς δουλεύουν στο να κάνουν το ERS να δουλεύει αλλά δεν είναι μόνο αυτό. Υπάρχουν “πολλά πράγματα” είπε ο Cox και η ομάδα δουλεύει σκληρά.

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Nissan to address technical issues of LM P1 car before returning to World Endurance Championship

Nissan GT-R LM NISMO to remain in test program before re-joining World Endurance Championship
LONDON – Nissan today announced that it will delay its return to the LM P1 class of the FIA World Endurance Championship and instead focus on technical issues that challenged its race team during the Le Mans 24 Hours.

Issues with the energy recovery system (ERS) meant that Nissan had to run at the Le Mans 24 Hours on engine power alone. 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.

“We know people will be disappointed, but be assured that nobody is more disappointed than us,” said Shoichi Miyatani, president of NISMO. “We are racers and we want to compete, but we also want to be competitive. That is why we have chosen to continue our test program and prepare the GT-R LM NISMO for the strong competition we face in the World Endurance Championship. When you innovate, you don’t give up at the first hurdle. We are committed to overcoming this challenge.”

This news only affects Nissan’s LM P1 program. The manufacturer’s global motorsport programs continue unabated as Nissan strives to add to its tally of victories in the Blancpain Endurance Series, Super GT and the many other championships in which it competes. Nissan’s pioneering GT Academy program is now entering the “Race Camp” phase where the first of the 2015 graduates will be chosen before going on to compete as NISMO Athletes all over the world.

“We’ve said it before, but innovation hurts,” said Darren Cox, Global Head of Brand, Marketing & Sales, NISMO. “We’ve built an LM P1 car that is very different to other racing cars as we continue to drive motorsport innovation. The beauty of this program is that people have got behind us and they are willing us to succeed. This has shown us once again that people want something different in motorsport, and that gives us increased motivation to make our LM P1 car competitive.”

Nissan will continue the test program for the GT-R LM NISMO, predominantly but not exclusively in the United States. Media updates will be issued as the car’s development continues. A decision on the date for Nissan’s return to the World Endurance Championship will be made in due course, depending on the progress of the test program.

Additional quotes:

“We have many areas to work on – not least ensuring that we have the best ERS option available to us. The team is pushing hard on track, in the wind tunnel and at NISMO’s various facilities around the world to deliver the long list of improvements we know that we need.”
Ben Bowlby – Nissan LM P1 Technical Director

“We intend to maintain an open atmosphere around the program and will issue updates along the way. Our first priority is the car, but we understand that fans and media will be interested in our progress.
Darren Cox – Global Head of Brand, Marketing & Sales, NISMO

Read more about the Nissan GT-R LM NISMO here.