Nissan has announced it will withdraw its 2016 LMP1 World Endurance Championship after a troubled return to sportscar racing in 2015.
The Japanese outfit had come back into the sport with a radical front-engined car for the whole of the 2015, but pulled out of the first two rounds to focus on Le Mans.
While three cars were entered for the gruelling 24-hour race, none were classified at the end. And they also did not have a hybrid system fitted to the car, meaning they qualified well off the pace of the leading LMP1 cars. The team then did not participate in the rest of the WEC season.
A statement said: “Today, Nissan announced that it will withdraw its LMP1 entry from the 2016 FIA World Endurance Championship.
“Nissan entered LMP1 in the 2015 season with an innovative new, and bold concept, with the ambition to compete at the front of the field.
“The teams worked diligently to bring the vehicles up to the desired performance levels. However, the company concluded that the program would not be able to reach its ambitions and decided to focus on developing its longer term racing strategies.
“Racing is a core part of the Nissan DNA, and the company has a proud history of innovating to win. Nissan’s commitment to motorsports remains strong, as evidenced by its victorious track record in the 2015 season – from achieving the overall winner of Super GT two years in a row in Japan, to winning the Blancpain Endurance Pro Class, Bathurst 12hr race with the GT-R GT3. Nissan will continue its support of WEC through its various engine programs including recent introduction of LMP3 engine.”