- Six-time Olympic champion contests 2015 European Le Mans series
Nissan V8 naturally aspirated engine with 420 hp as a standard engine for the new LM P3 class
Continuous career ladder from the 370Z / GT-R Nismo to the new LM P1
Sir Chris Hoy, who won six gold medals in track cycling at three Olympic Games, climbed to the next level in his second career as a racing driver with the help of Nissan in 2015. After a strong debut on a Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 in the British GT Series 2014, Britain's most successful Olympic athlete of all time will contest the European Le Mans Series (ELMS) on a Ginetta Nissan. His goal: to compete in the Le Mans 2016 Hours in 24. In the past season, Hoy has already shown great progress in the racing car valance: highlights of the year include a second place on the Ardennes roller coaster from Spa-Francorchamps and a strong performance in the two-hour final run in Donington Park.
Now a new challenge awaits the eleven-time track bike world champion with the 420 hp Ginetta-Nissan built according to the new LM P3 regulations. Specifically: Five long-distance races, each lasting four hours, starting on April 11, 2015 with a run in Silverstone. At the same time, the 38-year-old will also complete a few test laps on the famous circuit in the Sarthe department during the official test day for the Le Mans 24 Hours (May 31, 2015) - but not in the race in June for which the LM P3 models are not approved are.
“It will be a very important year for Chris because the change from a GT car to a Le Mans prototype means a major change. The assignment at the Le Mans test day is still a very special challenge for him, ”says Darren Cox, Nismo Head of Marketing and Head of Nissan Motorsport Activities Worldwide.
Nissan has now built a continuous career ladder
With the involvement in the LM P3 advertised by the Le Mans organizer ACO, Nissan has now built a continuous career ladder: In theory, winners of the GT Academy and other young stars supported by Nissan have the chance to work seamlessly from the Playstation about the GT classes GT4 and GT3 (with Nismo 370Z and GT-R Nismo) and the LM P3 / LM P2 prototypes to advance to the premier class of the long-distance sport LM P1. In the LM P2 category, prototypes with Nissan V8 power have dominated the action for years - in 2014 alone, the first five LM P2 in Le Mans trusted Japanese engine power. And in 2015 the company will also compete in the LM P24 class for the first time in the 1-hour race with the completely newly developed GT-R LM NISMO.