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Trevor Collett | Jul, 20 2015 | 5 Comments

Nissan is reportedly having second thoughts about its ‘outside the box’ front-wheel-drive Le Mans racer after the team’s relatively poor showing during the 2015 24-Hour event.

One of the FWD Nissans finished in 40th position, but while classified as the last car running, the car had not completed 70 percent of the race distance to be declared a finisher. The other two FWD Nissans retired.

Nevertheless, at the time Nissan said seeing at least one of its racers greet the chequered flag was a case of “mission accomplished” as the GT-R LM NISMO was competing at Le Mans for the first time.

Now, it appears the dust has settled on the Le Mans program and Renault-Nissan Alliance CEO, Carlos Ghosn, reportedly said the team needs to consider its future.

"Nissan has always been associated with innovation - we made an attempt that does not prove fruitful [and] we must reassess the strategy,” Ghosn said, speaking with Endurance Info.

“We wanted to be different and competitive - we have only been different."

Nissan greets the chequered flag at Le Mans
Nissan greets the chequered flag at Le Mans

Ghosn made the comments at the season-ending FIA Formula E event in London last month, where he was also questioned on the future of Renault in Formula 1.

Rumours have been circulating in recent weeks that Renault will re-enter F1 as a manufacturer; possibly while maintaining its efforts as a power unit supplier to other teams.

Renault is said to be unhappy with complaints from the Red Bull team that its power units have been uncompetitive throughout the 2015 season, however, meaning it may go it alone in future seasons.

Whether or not the French carmaker travels the F1 road again as a manufacturer is no clearer at this stage, but a decision on the future of the Le Mans programs is said to be coming from Nissan HQ in Japan in the next week.

The original plan was to see the cars compete in the Le Mans 24-Hour for at least two years.

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