The LMP2 class of the 2011 Le Mans 24 Hours was dominated by Nissan power. The winning Greaves Motorsport Zytek-Nissan and Signatech’s Oreca-Nissan in the runner-up spot flew the flag for the Japanese manufacturer at the blue riband endurance race.
This summer, 11 Nissan-powered cars will be going for glory at Le Mans, fighting against strong competition from Honda, Lotus and Judd-engined LMP2 cars.
Last year’s winners, Greaves Motorsport, will run with the father-son combination of Martin and Alex Brundle, alongside first GT Academy winner and Le Mans podium finisher, Lucas Ordonez. Signatech Nissan will also be running a special line-up as the second GT Academy winner, Jordan Tresson, is making his Le Mans debut.
“Nissan showed last year that our Nismo-developed engine was the one to beat and the proof of this is that 11 cars are running with our power this year at Le Mans,” said Darren Cox, General Manager, Nissan International SA. “The competition in LMP2 will step up a gear this year and this class could well see the fiercest battles being fought during the 24 hours. The competition and sheer duration of this race will provide an incredible test of endurance for Nissan.”
The new-for-2012 FIA World Endurance Championship also has a healthy showing of Nissan-powered cars. Of the nine full season LMP2 entries, six will be Powered by Nissan.