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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Nissan GT-R LM NISMO

Racecar Engineering have updated their technical analysis of the so-far problematic Nissan NISMO LMP car.

We really want this crazy thing to succeed, it just needs continued backing to allow it to be developed to its full potential.


The Secret Racing Test Tunnel No One Wants to Talk About

Larry Webster for Road & Track has the skinny on motorsport’s Area 51, a place steeped in legend and lore. A secret tunnel used to test race cars in perfect secrecy and—most importantly—near perfect atmospheric (viz. aerodynamic) conditions.

And then I was at the bottom, standing on an old roadway with weeds sprouting through the cracked pavement. I was staring at a new, shiny silver, domed structure that ran along the road for about 300 yards and ended at a decaying tunnel entrance. A stack of slick racing tires stood nearby, the final clue that I had found the place that symbolizes all that is fantastic about motorsports. Now I just had to figure out how to tell the story.


Why is the GT-R LM Nismo FWD?

Team principal and technical director for Nissan/NISMO’s 2015 Le Mans tilt, Ben Bowlby, tells us why their GT-R LM NISMO is front-wheel drive and why this makes them a hot contender for outright victory at La Sarthe this weekend.