Speaking with Top Gear UK, Nissan’s Ben Bowlby is said to have confirmed that a road-going version of the Le Mans racer’s powerplant will motivate the next GT-R.
Unveiled earlier this year, Nissan’s GT-R LM Nismo for the 2015 Le Mans 24-Hour raised eyebrows as a front-engined, front-wheel-drive sports car.
Power in the racer comes from a twin-turbocharged 3.0 litre V6 petrol engine matched with an electric motor to produce 933kW.
While the next GT-R won't produce anywhere near 933kW, it could reasonably be expected to offer more than the current model’s 404kW/628Nm with some know-how from the Le Mans program.
Mr Bowlby said he believed it was important for Nissan to develop engines for the road through the stresses of motorsport, saying that the LMP1 racer is a “shortcut” for the engine’s development.
"The 3.0 litre V6 is a sort of God-child of the true road-going GT-R - it's a direct injection engine, and the combustion technology and integration of turbo and intake systems within the head design is all very interesting and highly applicable to the road,” Mr Bowlby said.
"If it was a crazy engine - super light with a short life - the reality is that it wouldn't be applicable. But it revs to the same as the road-going car (6,500RPM) and is truly an early ancestor of what will be a future Nissan GT-R engine."
The Nissan engineer added that while the race engine produces roughly the same power as the current road-going GT-R, it burns “about a third of the fuel doing it”.
The hybrid links from the Le Mans racer also point to the potential for battery power to feature in some way in the next GT-R, with Nissan having already dropped hints that a hybrid GT-R is coming.
The next Nissan GT-R is not expected to reach showrooms until 2018.
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