Nissan Celebrates Last LM P2 Engine Partnership with Fifth Class Victory

LM P2 engine

The 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans has ended and Nissan powered its way to its fifth class victory in LM P2 with engines in 12 of the top 13 finishing cars. Next year, due to new class regulations all LM P2 engines will be a mandated spec engine from Gibson Technologies.

“This year is the final year of the Nissan LM P2 engine program and I am very satisfied with our great result,” said Motohiro Matsumura, NISMO Chief Operating Officer said, in a statement. “Top nine cars using the Nissan powertrain is a good way to finish for us.”

In total, there were 20 Nissan engines in the race—a record-setting number that included 87% of the class and 35% of the entire field.

Drivers, owners, and others associated with LM P2 repeatedly describe the Nissan engine as fast, reliable, drivable, and amazing.

First developed for Super GT competition in 2007, the Nissan VK45 engine has had remarkable success in nearly every racing class it has been used in. The Nissan GT-Rs won seven victories out of nine races and were led by the No.23 NISMO, which won the championship title. The engine saw its first use in LM P2 in 2011 after it was redeveloped.

Here at Nissan of Lake Charles, we are interested to see what Nissan will do with this phenomenal engine after LM P2.

DIG-T R Proves Big Things Can Come in Small Packages

As the saying goes; big things can come in small packages… Nissan’s new DIG-T R, a
1.5-liter, 400 horsepower engine is no exception. Weighing an astonishing 88
pounds the engine can produce 280 pound-feet of torque, a power-to-weight ratio
that is suitable for a racecar – So that is just where Nissan plans to use it.

Nissan’s ZEOD RC will use the new engine in the historic 24 Hours Le Mans June
2014. Check out this Autoblog.com article for more information. The ZEOD RC is no stranger to making waves however, as it was one of the few hybrid racecars on the track. That’s right, a race car that can run at least one full lap exclusively on electric power before relying on its new and improved 3-clyinger engine. You can watch the
promo video with more details on the engine or read a Nissan press release here.

In a quote from that press release, Nissan’s Global Motorsport Director Darren
Cox, said “our engine team has done a truly remarkable job with the internal
combustion engine.” Although the fuel efficient little engines are not yet available
in consumer vehicles and nothing will likely match the thrill of driving a race
car, Nissan of Lake Charles offers a full line of similarly efficient and fun
to drive cars that you could drive off the lot today.