TodayApril 16, 2022

Nissan’s President of Nismo, GT-R LMP1 going to Le Mans on Driving the Nation

NISMO President Shoichi Miyatani talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, Driving the Nation about the Nismo NISsan MOtorsports) LMP1 race car that will make it’s first appearance on a race track in June at Le Mans.

1991 was the last time a Japanese, Mazda, car company won the 24 hours of Le Mans. Nissan came in 3rd in 1998. They are back and Social Media was abuzz when Nissan revealed the Nissan GT-R LM NISMO during the Superbowl commercial and again at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show.

Nismo has been a part of racing history for more than 30 years. The automotive performance arm of Nissan has expanded to the Z sports car, then in 2013 with the launch of JUKE NISMO, in 2014 with JUKE NISMO RS and most recently the mighty 600-horsepower 2015 GT-R NISMO. The Sentra Nismo was shown last year and is expected to be the next Nismo car.

It’s the connection between the race track and the road that excites Miyatani. The Nismo GT-R LMP1 is a front-engine, front wheel drive car that is powered by a V-6 3.0-liter twin turbo gasoline engine.

Before I talked to Miyatani about the 24 hours of Le Mans I talked to Mazda. What did Mazda have to say about Nismo in the Le Mans race and what was Miyatani’s response?

Watch to the end of the video to find out.

Lou Ann Hammond

Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a founding member of the Women's World Car of the Year #WWCOTY, and board member of the Women in Automotive.