Nissan announced on February 26th that they would officially enter the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2014 as they will continue to move ahead into the future by following up on what they learned as one of the major manufacturers on DeltaWing experimental project last year.
In late February Nissan’s CEO Carlos Ghosn announced that the project will be led by Nismo, Nissan’s global motorsport and performance arm. At the time he also hinted that there would be a new approach to innovation.
The entry will be known as Garage 56. And beyond the “innovative concepts”, the new prototype will have electric technology which will be clarified when they unveil the new prototype at Le Mans.
Ben Bowlby who designed the concept of the DeltaWing remains with Nissan. Also part of the Nissan project is the RML British-based team.
“We will return to Le Mans with a vehicle that will act as a high-speed test bed in the harshest of environments for both our road car and race car electric vehicle technology,” Goshen said.
Nissan’s first entry at the 24 hour endurance race in France in 1986 with the best finish for the Japanese manufacturer of third in 1998. In more recent years, they have supplied engines for the LM P2 teams, and will continue to do so.
“This entry proves yet again that endurance racing as conceived by the Automobile Club de l’Ouest is the major motor car manufacturers’ favourite branch of motor racing! The values of technological development, sporting equity and popularity, which have been our driving force since 1923, correspond perfectly to the spirit of the major players on the world motor car scene who want to invest in racing,” said Pierre Fillon, President of the Automobile Club de l’Ouest.
Nissan's Garage 56 will have an electric drivetrain along with a small-capacity internal combustion engine that will help charge its batteries. For the 24 Hours of Le Mans, it classified as experimental car and they will not be classified in the 2014 results.