Nissan Exits LMP2 Racing With Class Victory In Bahrain

Nissan has concluded its involvement as an engine supplier in LMP2 prototype racing by taking the class victory at the 6 Hours of Bahrain with G-Drive Racing’s car driven by Roman Rusinov, Rene Rast and Alex Brundle.

Next year, brand new LMP2 cars will be used in competition and will all be powered by Gibson Technology-provided units.

Despite Nissan’s unsuccessful foray into LMP1 competition, its NISMO engines have dominated the mid-range prototype category since 2012. As a matter of fact, Nissan-powered entrants had claimed successive victories in the 34 races prior to the Bahrain event. Throughout Nissan’s successful five-year stint in LMP2, its engines have powered entrants from Oak Racing, SMP Racing, G-Drive Racing and Singatech Alpine.

Discussing the company’s exit from the sport, NISMO global motorsport director Mike Carcamo said: “We’re sad that our time as an LMP2 engine supplier has come to end in the FIA WEC, but after five seasons and 37 victories we are immensely proud of our involvement and grateful to have had the opportunity to power so many teams to victory.”

“The fact that LM P2 was an open engine competition, and we have become so successful that every single team in this year’s championship chose NISMO power, is very rewarding. Despite the rule change for next year, Nissan remains committed to prototype-style racing through LMP3 competition. Our VK45DE engine will also remain available for teams competing in the Asian Le Mans Series,” Carcamo concluded.

PHOTO GALLERY

And Then There Were Three: BMW’s Finest Vie For The Crown Of Best M Car Ever

Picking a winner between the E30 M3, E46 M3 CSL and M2 Competition is certainly not an easy task.

2020 Subaru Outback Promises A Lot, But Does It Deliver?

Featuring a host of upgrades and lots of new tech while retaining its off-road capabilities, it does make a compelling case for itself.

McLaren 600LT Sets A Storming 7:08.8 Lap Around The Nurburgring

The 600LT is only a couple of seconds slower than the time posted by Sport Auto with a Porsche 911 GT3 RS .

Would A 300 PS VW T-Roc R Cabriolet Tickle Your Fancy?

The T-Roc R would be the first high-performance convertible crossover – a niche within a niche, if we ever saw one.

2020 BMW M760Li Is A Powerful Luxo-Barge, So Let’s See What She’ll Do, Shall We?

Large, V12-powered sedans are a dying breed, so why not enjoy them while we still can.

Mercedes-AMG GT R Leaves Subtlety Aside For A Wide Body Upgrade

Fostla added a Prior Design wide body kit, whereas Ferrada the 10-spoke, matte black 20-inch wheels.

Can The Audi E-Tron SUV Convince You To Go Down The All-Electric Road?

Audi’s first all-electric SUV is poised to take the fight to the Tesla Model X and Mercedes-Benz EQC.

2020 BMW 4-Series Convertible Shaping Up To Take On The Open-Top C-Class

The new 4-Series Convertible will swap its folding hard top for a soft one in order to save weight and increase boot space.

Lamborghini Huracan Evo Does The Quarter Mile… Faster Than You’d Think

The latest iteration of the baby Lambo is powered by a screaming 5.2-liter V10 with 631 HP – and boy does it go…

Never Get Lost In Nature Again With The Ranger Raptor’s Clever Sat-Nav

Compared by Ford themselves to breadcrumbs, the system places a virtual pin on the map every second.