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.