Nissan Uses Video to Break Down the Design Philosophy of FWD Nissan GT-R LM Nismo

A video from Nismo University explains Nissan’s bold decision to make the Le Mans racer front-wheel drive. We learn very quickly that while it wasn’t a decision the design team took lightly, they had very good reasons to give it a go.

In the video, Ben Bowlby, technical director for the FWD Nissan GT-R LM Nismo, first explains that race cars are traditionally rear-wheel drive for reasons of “traction and packaging.” On the other hand, he tells us that, contrary to popular practice, putting the power up front has its advantages.

First of all, front-wheel drive means putting the engine up front. This creates a longer so-called “bonnet,” which maximizes down-force, making air resistance much less a factor.

“But what about understeer?” you ask. Yes, the Nissan racing team concedes that understeer is indeed an issue. The trade-off is that in slippery conditions, the racer is less likely to spin.

Making a front-wheel drive car also makes the LM Nismo very much like road cars. As Jann Mardenborough, Nissan race car driver says, this has everything to do with efficiency. Efficiency is extremely important in a race like Le Mans.

Nissan Supports Mississippi History and Civil Rights Museums with $500,000 Donation

Did you know that Nissan is not only a carmaker but a benefactor to the community as well?

Recently, Nissan pledged $500K for the Mississippi History and Civil Rights museums that will go to fund the construction of a dining and gathering space adjacent to the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, as well as furnish a gallery at the Civil Rights Museum.

“We believe the history of this state needs to be told,” said Jeffrey Webster, Nissan’s director of diversity and inclusion for the Americas. “This contribution continues Nissan’s commitment to diversity, education and service in our community.”

The museums are anticipated to open for the Mississippi bicentennial celebration in 2017 and are expected to host an estimated 180,000 visitors annually. The Mississippi Development Authority’s Division of Tourism estimates that the annual economic impact will exceed $17 million.

We are proud that Nissan supports Mississippi history and is dedicated to community improvement and cultural preservation – not to mention they also build a great lineup of vehicles! So come check them out at James Ceranti Nissan, today.