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A remarkable 41 Nissan-powered prototypes set to test

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A remarkable 41 Nissan-powered prototypes set to test
Mar 21, 2016, 5:12 PM

Nissan engine is powering an incredible 57 per cent of the prototypes entries in WEC and ELMS.

Greaves Motorsport Ligier JS P2
#40 Krohn Racing Ligier JS P2 - Judd: Tracy Krohn, Nic Jonsson, Julien Canal
#40 Krohn Racing Ligier JS P2 - Judd: Tracy Krohn, Nic Jonsson, Julien Canal
Chris Hoy, Greaves Motorsport
Greaves Motorsport Ligier JS P2
#3 Team LNT Ginetta - Nissan: Chris Hoy, Charlie Robertson
#3 Team LNT Ginetta - Nissan: Chris Hoy, Charlie Robertson takes the checkered flag

Pre-season tests for both the FIA World Endurance Championship and the European Le Mans Series will be held at Circuit Paul Ricard in France this week with a remarkable 41 Nissan-powered prototypes on track.

Between the two championships, a total of 71 cars will be on track this week with Nissan powering an incredible 57 per cent of the entries.

The ELMS will conduct a two-day test on March 22 and 23 with 10 LM P2 Nissan-powered entries amongst the 13 entries.

After its successful debut last year, the LM P3 class has rapidly expanded for 2016 with 20 Nissan-powered entires confirmed to test this week.

Sir Chris Hoy

British Olympic cycling legend Sir Chris Hoy won last year's inaugural LM P3 championship teamed with Charlie Robertson.

Hoy will be present at the ELMS test this week driving with Algarve Pro Racing alongside Renault development driver Andrea Pizzitola.

The test continues Hoy's journey to Le Mans, familiarizing himself further with an LM P2 car following his previous outings with Greaves Motorsport.

2015 ELMS champions Greaves will debut their new Ligier JS P2 chassis this week with new drivers, four-time Grand-Am Rolex Series champion Memo Rojas and last year's FIA World Endurance Championship LM P2 co-champion Julien Canal.

The FIA World Endurance Championship Prologue will take over the Paul Ricard circuit on March 25/26.

FIA WEC LM P2 domination

After powering the past three FIA WEC LM P2 champions, Nissan again dominates the class again in 2016 with all 10 cars entered for this week's prologue powered by the Nissan VK45DE V8 engine.

Joining the Nissan family for the first time at the test will be US-team Extreme Speed Motorsports which switches to the NISMO-developed power plant after winning both the Rolex 24 at Daytona and last weekend's 12 Hours of Sebring with Honda.

Nissan NISMO

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