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.

NISMO PlayStation GT Academy is Back On

Nissan’s alliance with Sony Computer Entertainment continues in 2014 with the announcement that NISMO PlayStation® GT Academy is returning for the sixth time.

GT Academy is a cutthroat competition that has attracted more than three million aspiring drivers since 2008. Every year, thousands of gamers compete against one another for the best track performance in the Gran Turismo racing game. Eventually, Nissan trains and pits the best virtual drivers against each other in real cars on real tracks. By the end of the process, only one will remain, with a potential racing career ahead of him.

You might be surprised at just how well the online experience translates into real life. GT Academy’s inaugural winner Lucas Ordoñez is already well-known for his 2nd and 3rd place finishes at the prestigious le Mans 24 Hours. Another GT Academy winner, Janna Mardenborough, will be competing in the Formula One feeder series GP3 later this year.

Online qualifying for this year’s competition began on April 21. But if you’d like to drive a real Nissan off the track, there’s only one place to start: Nissan of Lake Charles. See you there.

Nissan GT Academy Season 3 Launches on SPIKE TV

The Nissan GT Academy is a reality competition show unlike any other.  It turns gamers into professional racecar drivers by taking the very best in PlayStation®3’s Gran Turismo®6 and allowing them to compete in actual driving challenges.  The winner then gets to race professionally for Nissan on some of the world’s most renown racetracks, and the Nissan GT Academy is ready to air its third season.

The third season of the Nissan GT Academy will air on Spike TV starting Monday, November 11 at 10:30pm ET.  The season will consist of five 30-minute episodes and a one-hour season finale on December 16, in which Nissan will crown its winner.

“We are excited to announce the third season of the GT Academy show and to further our relationship with PlayStation and SPIKE TV after last year’s success,” said Jon Brancheau, vice president of Marketing for Nissan North America, in a press release.

At Nissan, performance and excitement is at the heart of our brand, and the third season will deliver both for our audience. We are confident the Season 3 winner will demonstrate speed, strength and soul: all qualities of a Nissan Motorsports Athlete that will translate into success on the track for Nissan.”

To learn more about the Nissan GT Academy, or the high-performing Nissan vehicles used in the competition, visit us today at Nissan of Lake Charles!