Nissan Withdraws 2016 LMP1 entry


Nissan will not return to the World Endurance Championship next season after shelving its troublesome GT-R LM NISMO program.

The Japanese manufacturer intended to run the full 2015 season with its revolutionary front-engined, front wheel drive LMP1 hybrid, but ongoing development issues sidelined it for all of the six hour rounds.

Nissan did enter three LMP1 cars at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in June, with one reaching the finish in an unclassified position.

An original two megajoule hybrid system was planned for the French enduro, but this was abandoned prior to the race week as the team struggled to develop it to a competitive level.

Post-season testing in the United States flagged further issues that gave Nissan too steep a mountain to climb in terms of costs and performance.

The announcement means that three manufacturers will compete in the 2016 World Endurance Championship: Porsche, Audi and Toyota. All three will field two-car LMP1 efforts at the nine rounds including Le Mans.

Nissan has confirmed that it will continue its presence in international motorsport as the engine supplier for LMP3, alongside its existing GT3 program.