Nissan Will Compete In The 2015 24 Hours Of Le Mans
|   Sunday, January 19, 2014
Nissan will be the fourth builder who will participate in 2015 in the World Endurance Championship, at the LMP1 (Le Mans Prototype) class, a competition that is the reference point of the legendary 24-hour race at Le Mans.

The information has been disclosed by Darren Cox, the motorsport director of the Japanese manufacturer, who suggested that the final approval of the board of the company is more of a formality.

Nissan global motorsport director Darren Cox told AUTOSPORT: "Any motorsport program is dependent on the decisions of a company's board of directors, but we are pushing ahead as though it is all happening.
We are making decisions, entering discussions with suppliers and on target to be at Silverstone [the opening round of the WEC this year and last] in April 2015."

Nissan will participate in the 24-hour race at Le Mans this year, after winning the right to use the famous Garage 56 dedicated to experimental vehicles. The Japanese choice is the Nissan ZEOD RC, which will become the first car to go a full lap on the 13.629 km Sarthe circuit with just an electric motor.

"We like doing challenging things," Cox admitted. "It's bloody challenging. The electric side of stuff is a huge challenge. But as we expected, we are learning a huge amount about that side of endurance racing."

After the withdrawal of the French from Peugeot at the end of the 2011 season from the LMP1 class of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, only Audi and Toyota have competed, but that number will gradually increase starting this year. Porsche will return into competition in 2014 and will be followed by Nissan in 2015, the year in which it is possible the Italians from Ferrari to make appearance.
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