In the midst of final preparation for the 2015 24 Hours of Le Mans, Nissan GT-R LM NISMO chief engineer Zack Eakin dropped by Jay Leno's Garage to discuss all things GT-R LM NISMO, Le Mans, GT Academy and much more.
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 world has never seen a racing car quite like the GT-R LM NISMO. Radical in concept and bold in execution, it was created at the point where imagination, knowledge and courage intersect. Its mission is to explore new ideas, to pioneer an uncharted route toward unprecedented speed and efficiency and, ultimately, outright victory in the greatest motor race of them all, the Le Mans 24 Hours.
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.