The Le Mans 24 Hours held each summer in France is one of the most difficult and prestigious endurance races. This is why Nissan’s main goal for the race was to get at least one of its three cars across the finish line, which is exactly what Nissan did. It was exciting to see Nissan at the 2015 Le Mans
This year’s race was the debut of the Nissan GT-R LM NISMO and, while it didn’t land on the podium, the fact that it crossed the finish line after 24 hours is a feat unto itself.
“For sure we have had problems, but that’s what happens when you innovate,” said Darren Cox, NISMO’s Global Head of Brand, after the race. He said, “Most LM P1 manufacturers don’t finish Le Mans at their first attempt, so it was important for us to hit this target…We have done exactly what we needed to do: We dug in. We solved our problems. We exploited the limits of our current performance, and we finished the Le Mans 24 Hours.”
During the 2015 Le Mans 24 Hours, Nissan said all the teams learned invaluable information they can put to use for next year’s race to improve the GT-R car, which is still in its infancy stage of development.
Crossing the finish line was the #22 Nissan GT-R LM NISMO driven by Harry Ticknell, Michael Krumm, and Alex Buncombe. The #21 Nissan made it through ten hours of the race before it had to withdraw after losing a wheel and being unable to return to the pits for repair.
Perhaps the most painful experience from the race was when the #23 Nissan had to retire from the race because of a suspension issue just one hour shy from the finish.
Join with us at Nissan of Lake Charles as we congratulate Nissan on this great accomplishment. We can’t wait to see what will happen in the 2016 Le Mans 24 Hours.