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.

Nissan at the 2015 Le Mans 24 Hours

2015 Nissan GT-R LM NISMO

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.

Nissan Race Team Videos Showcase the NISMO Racing Technology

Nissan NISMO

Nissan is surging to the lead in racing transparency with a digital behind the scenes tour. More to the point – it is a series of videos that brings the viewer alongside some of the best Nissan engineers, drivers, and managers to see the race process from the inside. We are referring to the Nissan Race Team Videos.

“We want to provide an experience akin to being in the dugout at Yankee Stadium of a baseball game, or on the sideline with a manager in the Champions League of soccer,” says Nissan’s announcement of the videos.

This year marks the return to Le Mans 24 Hour Prototype racing for Team Nissan and their high tech racecar takes center-stage in the videos, which cover topics ranging from the difference between endurance and sprint racing, to the importance of lubricants and cooling fluids.

This “Nissan University” experience seeks to familiarize ordinary car drivers with the highest levels of racing technology and point out how Nissan is drawing from its race experience in their line of consumer cars. Check out the Nissan Race Team videos and learn how the ultra-high tech race cars are related to our cars at Nissan of Lake Charles.

Nissan Announces Details on 2016 370Z Roadster Performance

2015 Nissan 370z

2015 Nissan 370z

Car enthusiasts everywhere were ecstatic to hear that the pricing for the new 2016 370Z was announced. The new model comes in three versions, the Coupe, NISMO, and Roadster models. While the Coupe and NISMO models are certainly getting a lot of attention, most gear-heads can’t stop talking about the 2016 370Z Roadster performance.

Although the Roadster is one of the more expensive options, you definitely get what you pay for. This version of the 370Z comes in three grades: Touring Sport, Touring, and Standard. According to Nissan, the Roadster was designed with high-octane performance in mind. It features a 3.7-liter DOHC V6 engine that pumps out a whopping 332 hp. Mated to an electronically controlled 7-speed automatic transmission, the new Roadster is incredibly fast.

So what are the exclusive features on the 370Z Roadster? Aside from mechanical upgrades, drivers also get a Hands-free system, 18-inch alloy wheels, a Nissan Navigation system, 7-inch touch screen display, Bose Audio, and cooled, heated, and ventilated leather seats. The new 370Z is for owners that are looking for a truly one-of-a-kind driving experience.

We at Nissan of Lake Charles would love to see the 2016 370z Roadster in person!  Wouldn’t you?

Nissan and Nismo launches Nismo.TV on YouTube!

It’s its short history, YouTube started out as a small movie sharing website that exploded into one of the most viewed sites in the world. Pulling in close to four billion viewers online every day, and those viewers watching over 4 billion hours of video every month, there’s no denying the power house that is YouTube. To add another aspect to their channel, Nissan and their motorsport division (Nismo) have decided to add a little flare to their channels.

Nismo.TV launched on YouTube not too long ago and offers a new way of viewing the racing world to Nissan fans. Nissan.TV allows its viewer’s early viewing of new Nismo branded products, live broadcasting of Nismo races and motorsport stores, and a behind the scenes look at Nissan’s motorsport’s activities! Nissan also stated that the new and improved channel will closely follow their “GT Academy” videos, which puts a handful of hopeful race car drivers competing against one another in order to race professionally for the Nissan.

This is a big step for Nissan, Nismo, and YouTube alike! Allowing YouTube to continue to grow in the content they provide to their viewers as well as allowing Nismo to give their viewers exactly what they want, a closer look at all the action of motorsports! The Nismo.TV channel went live as of the 22nd, so swing by YouTube and check out their channel or contact us at Nissan of Lake Charles for more info, so you don’t miss out on any of the action!