Nissan cancels its WEC LMP1 programme

2016's FIA World Endurance Championship won't see the Nissan GT-R LM Nismo competing in LMP1.

The front-engine, front-wheel drive contender was undoubtedly innovative. But in the end, the concept simply proved to be too radical to challenge the Audi, Porsche and Toyota entries.

Nissan GT-R LM Nismo LMP1 2015 Front Side 2Nissan GT-R LM Nismo LMP1 2015 Side

In a statement confirming the troubled project's sad demise, Nissan said: “The teams worked diligently to bring the vehicles up to the desired performance levels. However, the company concluded that the programme would not be able to reach its ambitions and decided to focus on developing its longer term racing strategies.”

The GT-R LM Nismo's first and last race appearance was at the Le Mans 24 Hours earlier this year. In what amounted to an extended (and very public) test session, two of the outpaced cars failed to finish while a third was unclassified.

Nissan's supply of LMP3 engines is unaffected by today's announcement.

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