It's hard to believe, but until just a few years ago the only racing experience three of Nissan's GT-R LM NISMO drivers for Le Mans had was playing Gran Turismo on their PlayStations. Impossible? No – just the extraordinary virtual-to-reality phenomenon that is GT Academy.
Nissan Motor Co. today announced that Daniele Schillaci, most recently a top sales and marketing executive at Toyota Motor Company's European region, will assume the duties as global head of marketing and sales beginning July 15, 2015.
Ready with three GT-R LM NISMO vehicles, nine drivers and ever faster lap times, Nissan began Le Mans Test Weekend this weekend – and its countdown to its return to the LMP1 class at Le Mans 24 Hours, June 13.
The GT-R LM NISMO may look like the Batmobile, but it's all for a very good reason: to have the best aerodynamics that create the most downforce with minimal drag. Find out how they work, how the WEC rules shaped the car, and how the Le Mans track helps shape the aerodynamics.
Two American GT Academy winners can further burnish their professional racing credentials this weekend at very different racetracks 4,000 miles apart – 2013 champ Nick McMillen in Le Mans, France and 2011 winner Bryan Heitkotter on the streets of Detroit, Michigan.
In support of Nissan USA's high profile "Red Thumb" campaign launched in conjunction with NBC and Maroon 5 front man Adam Levine, Nissan's LM P1 drivers are proud to lend their support to the "Don't text and drive" cause.