Nismo is Nissan’s well-known performance division that’s pumped out more horsepower and torque than we care to add up. Today every race car is driven by history to roll with a rear-wheel drive or have the engine in the middle, if not both. Nismo is defying both preferences, instead choosing to field a front-wheel drive, front engine GT-R Nismo at the 2015 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Race cars roll with mid-engine, rear-wheel drive designs to improve traction and packaging. The experts and engineers at Nismo are making the case that a front engine, front-wheel drive race car has more of an advantage.
With a long front end, a front engine powering the front wheels creates more surface area for downforce. More downforce results in faster corners. With the streamlined design, the GTR-LM Nismo is quick in a straight line as well.
Nismo has had success with the front-wheel drive, front engine design in the past. From 1998 to 2000, the Nissan Primera left the competition in its searing tracks. The same engineers who built that car also worked on the GT-R.
With the front wheel and front engine, the Nissan GT-R LM Nismo rocks away with 450 hp. With Nissan and Nismo’s past success with the front design, all bets are off on what race car will take home a gigantic win.
We at Cronic Nissan aren’t about to criticize the experts over at Nismo and we’re rooting for the #23 GT-R LM Nismo front-wheel drive race car at the 2015 24 Hours of Le Mans!