Nissan GT-R LM NISMO

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    It's Nissan's new Le Mans prototype challenger. Look at all that front end real estate. Front engined and front wheel drive! They started with a nearly clean slate and came up with something decidedly different, even if it does look like every other prototype to those who aren't paying attention.
    There have been big-money manufacturer prototypes revealed almost every year lately but this one is different. That doesn't mean it will be successful but it is fascinating. Marshall Pruett: “I might have just seen the coolest, craziest racecar design I’ve ever come across.â€

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    Prior to its reveal yesterday there was a lot of speculation. Now the official covers are off and the motorsport press floodgates have opened. I expect things to quiet down soon since it won't race for some time but I'm fascinated so I've been soaking up all I can find.

    Best article I've seen so far, though a long read: Le Mans/WEC - PRUETT: Inside the Nissan GT-R LM NISMO LMP1 program

    There are plenty of good photos in that ^ article. Knowing it's a front-engine car, this photo, alone, is enough to keep my brain buzzing.

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    Ben Bowlby answers questions about the car, tech, etc: Le Mans/WEC - WEC: Nissan LMP1 tech talk with Ben Bowlby

    Jalopnik take: The Nissan GT-R LM Nismo Is A Front-Wheel-Drive 1,250-hp Le Mans Racer
     
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    [ame="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Gx_E23VpQQ"]GT-R LM NISMO - #GTR #HeroComesHome - YouTube[/ame]

    [ame="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1koNs8EHeLY"]Nissan GT-R LM NISMO News Reel - YouTube[/ame]
     
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    Can't forget this one too....

    [ame="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A3rBtzrgIEg"]Marc Gené: Nissan​ LM P1 Driver - YouTube[/ame]
     
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    Well that just plain sucks. That thing is probably faster than a MINI, so now we are only the second fastest front wheel drive automobile.
     
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    Gotta wonder about forward visibility on the track at night when flames pop out the top-mounted exhausts.

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    I hope its successful because that is about the ugliest f&*@$+& thing I've

    ever seen (with the exception of the F56).:cornut:
     
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    With prototypes form tends to follow function. Maybe that's why I like the way this one looks, they're trying something different and it shows.

    Doesn't really look so much like the other front engined prototype I used to love to watch.

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    Topless.

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    It looks better just like that!
     
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    Looks like a rat rod!
     
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    Yep cut the top of the bubble off, slap on some white walls, amd wash it fown with acid and salt water... DONE!
     
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    Here, just for reference, is the story of the other front engined Panoz, the GTR-1.

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    I love the bit about the struggle to find room for the driver:
    Panoz GTR-1 (motorsportretro.com)
     
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    Apparently one reason for this exhaust exit/arrangement is turbo cooling.
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    I feel like it should have some kind of flash suppressor though, unless it's out of the driver's line of sight.
     
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    A lot of the cars that I have ever bought cost less than that brake rotor.
     
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    Some onboard here, w/ the flames. Still wondering how distracting they'll be.

    [ame="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E8Kzazvcc98"]GoPro: Onboard the 2015 Nissan LMP1 GT-R LM - YouTube[/ame]
     
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    Did anyone see that real short shot of him driving with the camera inside the

    car? His knees were up to his chin!
     

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