Nissan GT-R LM NISMO Ends Testing in Sebring Early
NISMO team packs up following mechanical issue
Nissan’s NISMO team cut their practice session at Sebring International Raceway short following an unspecified mechanical issue with the brand-new GT-R LM NISMO race car.
Sebring is a popular practice track for endurance racing due to its rough pavement, which quickly shakes up any potential issues with race cars and brings them to the surface, which is exactly what seems to have happened in this situation.
Technical director for the car Ben Bowlby said that they completed 68 laps over two days and that the issue was related to the engine mounting, according to Autosport.
Nissan’s new LM P1 car has a bit of a learning curve for the drivers as well, as it’s the first front-mid engined front-wheel drive LM P1 car in many years and is something that even the most professional drivers probably aren’t quite adjusted to yet. The GT-R LM NISMO uses a twin-turbocharged V6 engine combined with a hybrid drive system and uses custom tires specifically developed for the car by Michelin.
The NISMO team has until April 12 to work out the kinks in their newest race car, when it will race at Silverstone. Following this race, it’ll appear at Spa in Belgium, then the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans.
News source: Autosport.com