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#1 LESmo

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Posted 04 December 2014 - 12:17 PM

Report from Fox News Sports Website:

 

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"A revised launch schedule for Nissan's LMP1 car is in the works, which could include seeing the cutting-edge Nissan GT-R LM NISMO being revealed to a worldwide television audience.

 

The car, which recently completed a shakedown at Nissan’s North American Technical Center in Stanfield, Ariz., was initially scheduled to be launched on Dec. 8 at an undisclosed location in Florida, followed by a three-day test at Sebring.

 

However, it’s understood that both the launch and the Sebring test have been pushed back, with a Nissan spokesperson confirming last month that all associated information would not be communicated before the New Year.

 

recent article by Forbes, however, confirms Nissan will have a presence during the Super Bowl, having purchased a 60-second ad spot for the Feb. 1 event.

The intriguing part about the article is its associated artwork, which shows a Nissan/NISMO-designed racing helmet along with an American football and jersey with the headline “We’re Back – 02.01.2015″

 

Additionally, Darren Cox, NISMO’s Global Head of Brand, Marketing & Sales, tweeted the image, but provided no further details.

 

When reached by Sportscar365, a Nissan spokesperson said there’s no news at this stage regarding the launch of the GT-R LM NISMO.

Could Nissan be preparing to unveil its new LMP1 car during America’s most-watched television program?"


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Posted 05 December 2014 - 12:20 PM

I've been watching and waiting for news of this and admittedly meant to ask if anybody had heard about it on the forum, but completely forgot :blush2:

 

I was watching the WEC when Davidson/Buemi clinched the championship and the commentators were talking about the potential return of Nissan to this series next year. Apparently from what they've heard, the engine (or power train/plant as It should probably be called now being a hybrid) and I think they said gearbox, is like nothing else on the grid right now, so there's some excitement to see what the geniuses at Nissan/Nismo have come up with. :notworthy: It certainly has piqued my interest in the endurance series for next year!

 

And can Audi come up with something to challenge Toyota and Porsche? Although they think next years car is just an iteration of this years so not the jump that they may need.

 

Damn I hate the winter when there's no motorsport to watch :angry:


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Posted 06 December 2014 - 06:49 AM

We ran a development engine for NISMO in I think 2005.  One car had a Judd engine and one had a NISMO.  At the time Nissan didn't want to do their testing publicly under their own banner in the early part of development, so they approached privateers who were grateful  to have a power unit and a load of engineers - as well as the odd Factory Driver.  They have been dipping in and out in various guises with LMP1 and LMP2 for nearly 10 years.

 

Time Nissan put on your big boy trousers and get on the Grid.

 

Audi - I am afraid to say I have little sympathy for - they have been excellent, they have achieved great thing, but time to end that domination.  Its boring.  More Ex F1 drivers moving to Le Mans Endurance will create a much greater following in the championship.    How long before Audi pull out and we see another brand come in Skoda, or Lamborghini LMP1.  They have done it before when they brought back Bentley for a short time. 

 

But it would be brilliant to see Nissan back - Which family I wonder, if they have any sense - they will top the NISMO Family with the LMP1 - that will appeal in the forecourts.


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Posted 06 December 2014 - 09:52 AM

Agree on the Nismo branding Les for sure.

 

As to other manufacturers, I used to watch the FIA GT1/GT3 championship a lot (didn't see any of it on the box this year sadly, if it's still going in that same guise of course) but that had Lamborghini's and a few others in it which would be good to see in the WEC.

 

Re the TV coverage, it's the same with British GT, which I love. Very little coverage and it tends to be condensed to half an hour programmes with very brief highlights and if it's a 2 race weekend, they only show highlights of one of them!). What's happened to the management and the coverage with these series?


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Posted 06 December 2014 - 12:49 PM

Nissan announced in May there intention to have a LMP1 car at Le Mans in 2015 (Paul_S & I were there). That announcement didn't seem to attract much media attention at the so maybe now is the time they are going to do the reveal....

 

Le Mans 2015 trip anyone?


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Posted 09 December 2014 - 07:58 AM

Looks like Lambo are considering a LMP1 car.... So I wonder Audi out and Lambo in?

 

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Posted 09 December 2014 - 08:38 AM

Sports car racing is the future.   If a few more "short races could be added that will bring the necessary TV time & raise the sports profile, not for the purist but would IMO be good for the sport

 

F1 is dying but the races are short enough to capture the attention of Mr Average car lover


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Posted 09 December 2014 - 12:23 PM

 

Nissan announced in May there intention to have a LMP1 car at Le Mans in 2015 (Paul_S & I were there). That announcement didn't seem to attract much media attention at the so maybe now is the time they are going to do the reveal....
 
Le Mans 2015 trip anyone?

 
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Posted 10 December 2014 - 08:08 AM

Two Words to add

 

Jensen Button

 

Rumour mill  is indicating hes looking at sports cars & has had chats with Nissan. Hes out of contract before Christmas, I believe the 19th .

 

Im still not 101% certain Alonso has signed either.

 

This is an interesting Interview, sort of feel hes a tadge fed up with it all, nice poke at Ron D

 

 


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Posted 12 December 2014 - 01:09 PM

Is this the first view of the Nissan LMP1 car: http://forums.nissan...ns-with-nissan/

 

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The Ginetta branding is interesting....


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Posted 12 December 2014 - 05:23 PM

It may well be a Ginetta :ph34r: ,  Cushty who sadly passed away this time last year was ex TVR and ex Rollcentre and went over to Ginetta - I would love it if it was.  Fitting tribute and lovely combination.

 

It looks lovely, very Toyota LMP1.


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Posted 12 December 2014 - 06:06 PM

I think it's a more attractive shape than a Formula 1 car (even though I think some of them are beautiful for them it's more the colour scheme than the shape)


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