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Nissan withdraws from two races to focus on Le Mans


Nissan is making a huge bet and putting all of its chips on the 24 Hours of Le Mans for the race debut of the GT-R LM Nismo. The team will now skip the World Endurance Championship test at Paul Ricard in France later this month and also won't compete at the first two races of the season at Silverstone and Spa-Francorchamps.

The team made the announcement through two tweets (embedded below). "Our main aim for this year was always Le Mans and we have decided to re-focus on that race," Darren Cox, Nissan Motorsport boss, said to Autosport. In the meantime, the company will keep testing the car in the US right up until the big race. The driver lineup and a GT-R Nismo for display will make an appearance at the season-opening round at Silverstone on April 12, though, according to Autosport.

This isn't the first setback for the team. The GT-R LM suffered a failure of a "very minor" part during testing in early March at Sebring, and the team didn't have a spare with it. The car had run 68 laps over the preceding two days.

The GT-R LM uses a powertrain unlike any other vehicle in its class. A twin-turbocharged V6 has front-mid-engine placement, and it's combined with electric motors making over 700 horsepower. In total, the system generates a claimed output of over 1,250 horsepower. With no competitive racing under its belt before Le Mans, the Nissan is definitely going to be a car to watch in the big event this year.

The Le Mans 24 Hours is the greatest race in the world! We can't wait to debut the #GTRLeMans there! #NISMO pic.twitter.com/K4M4QVBPQg

- Nissan NISMO (@NISMO) March 17, 2015

We're focused on Le Mans so we'll continue our US #GTRLeMans testing until we make our race debut at #LM24! #NISMO pic.twitter.com/2rKnCcvEyV

- Nissan NISMO (@NISMO) March 17, 2015



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