Nissan 2011 LMP2 Car

March 19, 2011 at 4:46 pm

Nissan decided to make a comeback to Le Mans racing with a prototype racer this year. They already have the GTR in GT1 class, but it’s been a while since last they raced in sportscar category.

To make this happen, Nissan announced a new two-year partnership with the French-based Signature Group racing team starting from the famed Mobil One 12 Hours of Sebring. They will compete in the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup (ILMC) with an open-cockpit Signatech racer that is powered by a potent 3.4-liter racing versions of the Japanese auto manufacturer’s VK series of V-8 engines, race-tuned by Nissan’s tuner NISMO.

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Their choice of drivers is also very interesting. There is the 40-year-old Soheil Ayari, a talented GT veteran who despite his great overtaking abilities (read steel balls!) never had a shot at Formula 1, a 23-year old F3 and Le Mans Series racer Franck Mailleux and Spaniard Lucas Ordoñez, the winner of the inaugural Nissan and PlayStation GT Academy competition in Europe in 2008.

The Signatech Nissan racing team will contest the entire 2011 season of the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup (ILMC) series. Noteworthy events on the 7-race schedule include Sebring, the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the 1000 Km of Spa-Francorchamps and a return to U.S. soil for the Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta on Saturday, October 1, 2011. The return to the Le Mans 24 hours though is the most important event both for Nissan and their fans.