Nissan has launched a new two-year partnership with the French team based on group signature race at the famous Mobil One 12 Hours of Sebring. The new Nissan Signatech field team opened a prototype cab of the LMP2 class of sports cars in the new Le Mans Intercontinental Cup (ILMC), the highest level of international sports car racing.
Under the agreement signed with the Group, the performance of Nissan Motorsports and division, NISMO, will offer versions powerful 3.4-liter movement of the Japanese automaker VK series V-8 engines. This same architecture is the basis for the refined and powerful V-8 units of these vehicles as popular as the Nissan Titan, Armada and Pathfinder.
Initial training for new equipment is a pair of French, 40, freewheel and sports car veteran Soheil Ayari and F3, 25 and Le Mans Series driver Franck Mailleux, Spanish 25 years Lucas Ordóñez, winner the original PlayStation and Nissan GT Academy competition in Europe in 2008.
Nissan has been a great success in racing, American sports car with four overall victories in the 12 Hours of Sebring (1989, 1990, 1991 and 1994) and a pair of victories overall in the Rolex 24 at Daytona (1992 and 1994 .) Nissan has also won two championships and three manufacturer’s championships in IMSA GTP driver 1988 to 1990.
“Nissan is pleased to see our new partnership with the lack of signature and we expect a very successful partnership with the team, ” said Jon Brancheau, vice president of marketing for Nissan. “I know our customers, fans and retailers will continue our progress in Sebring and will be anticipating our return to the 24 Hours of Le Mans.”
The racing team will Nissan Signatech all season contest the 2011 Intercontinental Cup Mans (ILMC) series. Newsworthy events in the calendar include Sebring race 7, the 24 Hours of Le Mans 1000 km of Spa-Francorchamps and again on American soil for the Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta, Saturday, October 1, 2011.
“We are delighted to partner with an innovative manufacturer, ” said Philippe Sinault, CEO of the group’s signature. “The experience of Nissan engines is crucial to the overall performance of the car, and we are confident that this collaboration will be successful.”