The magnificent Nissan GT-R LM Nismo, a brand-new racing car with which the Japanese car maker wants to have another crack at the most prestigious motorsport title in the world, is now in America being readied for the big event in France.
In order to prepare for the Le Mans 24 Hours race Nissan GT-R LM Nismo will have complete a number of intensive test session, beginning with a four-day test at NCM Motorsports Park in Bowling Green, Kentucky, which was successfully concluded this weekend.
In this session the engineers tested different track configuration while drivers Harry Tincknell, Michael Krumm, Max Chilton, Marc Gene, Jann Mardenborough and Alex Buncombe got to grips with the car’s behaviors. As luck would have it, it rained heavily at Bowling Green which enabled the engineers to evaluate the car’s performance in bad weather and prepare for the almost inevitable raining hours of Le Mans.
“Our focus was on optimizing the suspension set up and refining elements like traction control,” said Team Principal Ben Bowlby. “We’ve gone from trying to make the car go around a race track to getting the car ready to race. We had some issues with the drainage of the track. Because of the river issue we were having to run the wet tires a long way into what would have normally been classed as dry running. Interestingly, we could stay on the wets for a long time in drying conditions, so that gives us a lot of confidence.”