The World's Fastest Front-Wheel-Drive Race Car!


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    And it was a complete flop!
    This is the Nissan GTR LM, a twelve-hundred horse-power, front-engined, LMP1 car.
    A completely ‘Outside the Box’ design that was aimed at beating the likes of Audi and Porsche in a new, revolutionary take on what a Le Mans Prototype looks like.
    They implemented some crazy innovations, a complex flywheel hybrid system, one of the most efficient aero packages ever, and even aero tunnels that ran through the length of the car.
    In theory, however, it didn’t quite work out that way. It only competed in one race, the 2015 Le Mans 24hours - and finished miles behind the competition.
    However, it was a genius design that could have done well - if given time to develop. So what genius engineering went into this car? And what made it so tricky to drive?
    We spoke to Lucas Ordonez, one of the drivers who raced this car as well as working on the incredible Nissan Delta-Wing Project.

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    In 2015, Nissan wanted to create an LMP1 car that could compete with Audi, Porsche and Toyota - all teams with years of development in their cars and corporate backing with very deep pockets.
    So they set out to create a car that would be quick, but not another Audi copy. All three of these teams were using very similar designs, mid-mounted engines, electric hybrid systems and predominantly rear-wheel drive.
    But to understand just how different the Nissan design was, let's look at the standard design for an LMP1 car like the Porsche.
    For a long time, the standard recipe has put the engine in the rear, powering the rear wheels. The cockpit is then in front of this, allowing a very streamlined nose and improved flow over the car.
    This places the centre of gravity over the rear axles, helping with traction. This also makes the car rotate better in the corners.
    We then add downforce to the car. This also affects the balance depending on whether you have more downforce on the front or rear of the car. We show the point at which this is balanced, as the centre of pressure.
    The Porsche, Audi and Toyota all have a rearward bias, creating more downforce with the diffuser and the rear wing than the splitter and dive planes at the front. And therefore placing the centre of pressure and centre of gravity roughly over the same spot.
    Now, this makes sense. You wouldn’t want the car to have one balance in slow corners, then another in high-speed corners when the aero load comes into play. Having them at roughly the same place makes the car more balanced and predictable.
    The same principle stands for mechanical grip, these cars all have wider tyres on the rear than the front - mirroring this balance.
    Now, the Nissan completely flipped this on it’s head. Placing the 3L V6 engine in the front of the car, and fitting the gearbox in front of that.
    This made the balance a complete mirror image of the Porsche. The centre of gravity, centre of pressure and the mechanical grip bias were all at the front.
    And if you think about it, it’s really needed to get front wheel drive to work.
    If the weight were all in the middle, when you accelerate, this would load the rear and lift even more weight off the front. So Nissan crammed everything they could at the very front of the car, the engine, gearbox, diff and hybrid system.
    This gave better traction over the front tyres and freed up space to ‘get creative’ with the aero at the rear - more on that later.
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    Pubblicato il 28 giorni fa


    1. Driver61

      Would you like to see this racing at Le Mans again? Seems like such a shame that it was canned!

      1. Izio Shaba

        How is the affordable race car coming?

      2. Alex Vandenheuvel

        Fwd cars hold many time attack records and work well when set up properly. When going through a turn if you start to oversteer you have to throttle it out vs a rwd car where you would be forced to let off

      3. M1ke5roy

        Toyota TS010 and bone-cracking downforce please 🙏

      4. Picax8398

        No god no. On paper an okay idea, but actually racing one? This car was a horrible idea 500 hp and fwd? I haven't driven the car irl but using a sim setup with this car? God the turning was a nightmare. But the whole endurance racing aspect was off. You're gonna go thought more tires due to the whole fwd thing and if you have any kind of collision you risk major handling and or performance issues. And having such a long hood is just a hard thing to get used to.

      5. ventisette.

        Yes, just to prove one more time how SHIT FWD is.

    2. Stephen46 xre

      Some guys at Nissan simply didn't understand anything about driving physics. There is nothing about genius, it's just a very stupid design. Same with the Delta Wing.... I'm still laughing about Nissan....

    3. Kirin Kirin

      What year this nissan compete this lemans?have more vid where can i see

    4. Aleksandar Danilovic

      saab is faster fwd :)

    5. That Nick Longo

      This was and still is my favorite LMP car in Forza Motorsport

    6. Jamel Frazier

      The drivetrain that should be in all their fwd cars, not this xtronic BS they've got going now.

    7. Dj johnson

      The sassy tortellini secondarily move because sudan evidently disappear unlike a rainy mall. hesitant, alive mustard


      The majority is always wrong. Great video thanks


      Idk much about lmp1 and I just learnt about this car is another vid, but the fact Nissan used it in only one race disappoints me, sooo much potential

    10. Conrad Sealy

      Its a pity Nissan didnt keep at this design.

    11. HECKproductions

      i choose to believe they held the plan the wrong way and noticed half way through

    12. Big 1

      ThiZ IZ the NiZZan LM. FrontZ engineZ.

    13. drivingkato

      I kind of wish somebody with very deep pockets will pickup where Nissan left off and complete the development for this car as a side project.

    14. aidan koenig

      Since when does Sean penn drive race cars

    15. jonzilla

      Beauty of a motor.

    16. Jon Dela Cruz

      I don’t like the looks of the Nissan with the insanely long and flat hood.

    17. GusMortis

      Nissan as a company needs to stop doing these short developments for lump cars. First the delta wing and now the long boi. It's no wonder their company is suffering financially, they cant keep doing this.

    18. Sa yan

      I respect your videos so much.

    19. Henrik

      1:02 I knew I recognized him as a gt academy winner... incredible how "lucky" a few winners got out of that and had some amazing experiences and careers afterwards..

    20. itz Has boy

      Make sure it's not a Honda or the FIA will ban it for being A Shitbox

    21. lukas Morski

      Well in dtm i wtc they mixed cars with rwd,awd,fwd . But the power wasnt so high

    22. Matthew Curtis

      they had this at a local car museum for some time. It was so dainty

    23. Roland

      An intellectual swindle.

    24. Carter Morrish

      Such an interesting concept!! Imagine if the likes of Porsche or Toyota had done it

    25. Dan Sotelo

      Nissan listen very closely Nissan.... If you want the respect and the consumer market you so Much Want, you need to go back to your old brand DATSUN!!! In American and international minds Datsun were the innovators, racers and the Japanese face of true quality... The moment you changed your face to Nissan the trust was lost. END OF STORY.

    26. Christian Ø. Rasmussen

      Nissan is it’s own enemy. But thank you for the GT Academy.

    27. Dreamy

      I love how LMP1 lets car manufacturers actually innovate instead of F1. “Pinochle of Motorsport” my arse, they are just a Ferarri marketing scheme at this point.

    28. Ernesto Gasulla

      Why are we seeing this now? This car was a failure and the project is abandoned. If you want to upload cool cars from the past, at least pick a successful one.

    29. Federico Bernazzani

      I think that car was the best loocking of all!

    30. Resta Utama

      Hopefully Nissan will return with LMH or LMDh machinery in the future

    31. Lil' Legit

      the black Nissan GTR LM looks like a batmobile

    32. Crazy Funny Cats’s FWD. that’s not fun racing

    33. Clinton Halunajan

      Nissan's ZEOD RC on the Next Video☺️

    34. Dan Bradley

      I was so disappointed that Nissan gave up on this concept so quickly; their innovations could have been a game changer if allowed to be properly developed. I was lucky enough to see the #23 in a museum in Nashville, Tennessee a few years ago. It was a lot smaller than I expected, those cars look huge on TV.

    35. A.F. Whitepigeon

      Was there a limited tire allocation in this class at that time? I can see the car wreaking havoc on the front tires due to putting the stresses of both power and steering through the same tires, while the rears might be dfficult to get up to temperature due to only being used for braking. Obviously, you can deal with this somewhat, since touring cars do it, and they could've changed the fronts more often than the rears, but it still might have been a problem if they had to deal with tires and rules designed for rear- and all-wheel drive cars. Of course, unlimited tires would render this point moot, which is why I ask about the regulations at the time.

    36. Ken Xiong

      Don’t forget to mention a GIANT FLOP as well.

    37. praveen titus

      That's a great video. I always wanted to know what happened to the GTR LM. I was gutted that it wouldn't be driven in anger again. I was so obsessed with this machine that I sketched a road going front-engined Nissan hypercar based on this design.

    38. Gustavo Ribeiro

      worlds fastest fwd car honda civic owners: "am i a joke to you?"

    39. My Sneaker

      I don't like front wheel drive

    40. Josh Abrey

      Could you guys please make an 87-89 Celica video? It was a Group A homologation car, so only 10,100 of the AWD Turbo models were made across the globe. I own a turbo 4wd version which is essentially just an alltrac but for Canada which I learned recently only got a total of 250 throughout the whole country. I also have an 87 celica GTS which I love to death, but I'd love if you could teach others about this sweet old ride, and donut has yet to do a video on it.

    41. fusca azul

      please break down more le mans cars

    42. paul zapodeanu

      Would this have actually worked though? It's putting a lot of stress on those front tires. All the braking, steering and accelerating is done by them, whereas on a rwd car the acceleration part is done on the rear tires. And it's not only that there's more stress put on them it's also relentless, on a rwd car you stress the rear tires on the straight and the fronts in the braking zones and corners, and in between each set of tires gets a chance to cool down. Something would need to be done on a car such as this where everything goes through the front tires to cool them or they'd be cooked in a couple of laps.

    43. Haha really?

      Didn't it get its ass handed to it?

    44. Igbon5

      I vaguely remember that one of the drivers was a graduate of an E Sports competition.

    45. John Martin

      Hoonicorn could beat it in the quarter mile....just sayin

    46. ReZ Squigga

      because of fms7 i knew about this car

    47. gallaxi

      Internal politics Killed it off . Why make 3 cars then kill it off Just because it didn't work the first time ? Internal politics is your answer . The ugly truth is only known to them who made it happen then Then the sword to the stomach Was the Japanese way to save face . Stupid has a new face It's called quitting ... How embarrassssssssssssssment . 🤣 What if the driver was even further back . Was it ever tested , to see the handling on a full scale model . What if the driver sat just behind the rear wheels ? For me I still don't understand why there is no all wheel drive in this race .

    48. Tarek Z

      The design inherently overworked the front tires and Nissan had to scrap it

    49. max

      Le robaron el diseño a el batimovil de batman.

    50. Jeeves Beats

      Watching jimmy take this to a lemans win was epic

    51. jonlamontagne

      Didn't Williams F1 try this same "hybrid" system and were told it was too dangerous?

    52. eddie k

      This car is as attractive as it is silently designed... I bet this car could have finished better had they ran it a few more years. It's a shame...

    53. Ronnie Winn

      could you do a video on the peugeot 905 and the 905 supercopter.

    54. ASE Heavy Industries

      what the fuck was nismo smoking in the 2010s

    55. Ryan B

      Mmm. Did you not watch lemans? They were so embarrassed they scrapped the whole program. Lol

    56. Sean B

      engineering dead end, premise being it'll rain, and we'll win. No and no. Join the crowd and stick a powerplant in the rear to drive the rear wheels. In this instance it's not cool to be different unless wasting money is the sole aim

    57. Antreas Michael

      Honda with laptop: are you sure about that

    58. Bleu Chevalier

      bel video sig, Scott...Migliori saluti a casa...capito???.Ciao...

    59. Recep Tiryaki

      Also this is world's slowest LMP1 car

    60. Icky

      L O N G B O I

    61. Parker Barrett

      this car is one of the reasons i love racing games. the car was a complete failure irl due to the flywheel technology not being implemented and a few other issues but in a video game, the car can be simulated to its full potential and i love that


      what about the delta wing?

    63. SimRacer82

      ONE OF MY FAVORITE CHANNELS! Congratulations 👏🏻👏🏻 I hope one day to reach the same success as you on IThomes! 🏆🏆

    64. Bozhidar Ivanov

      This design is an answer to a question nobody's asking.

    65. Rocket Bun

      Wow i cant believe a ff car understeered, who couldve seen that coming

    66. Igor Freitas


    67. Boss Boss

      I don't know, but your voice is annoying

    68. Ren Anzell Roxas

      gtr be like 👁👄👁

    69. Shane House

      "The nissan completely flipped this on it's head"

    70. Jonathan Go

      Lucas should have practice driving the car in GT simulation to get a better feel for it.

    71. jb kim

      But this was the most foolish decision..

    72. Ralf Uhlmann

      Imagine your are allowed to drive a 24h Le Mans race... and have to drive a FWD car 😂

    73. Picax8398

      Just because you're unique doesn't mean you're useful.

    74. Frankie Humphrey IV

      A Rolling Disaster PERIOD !! The Laws Of Physics -Sarge

    75. アルベルトAlberto

      In fact then they abandoned the whole project which proved to be disastrous in terms of reliability and performance. It ran in 2015 and withdrew its registration for 2016; it wasn't really a great project as described. Definitely a nice car.

    76. Slap Woods

      it looks like it can fish tail easily

    77. Serg and Gabb

      Definitely not fastest FWD race car...

    78. ventisette.

      This car was such a piece of shit the GTEs were faster in the corners. Sometimes being different for the sake of it is just not a good idea. FWD sucks!!!

    79. Gregory Fernandez

      Even with all the weight, down force and massive tires at the front it still must of had mega amounts of understeer in the corners.

    80. Pro Sim Racing

      Very interesting video buddy, I have never heard about this car until now. We don't really get much autosport coverage here in Trinidad and Tobago, thanks for posting.

    81. Raymond Chapman

      That was one ugly ass race car !

    82. Buda Dangol

      you asked me to subscribe so I did

    83. Davidbvl Silva

      Pior carro da história da lemans!!!! Pelo prometido e pelos acontecimentos

    84. ridcom

      Reminds me of Panoz.

    85. Alen Green

      and one of the biggest flop in history.

    86. Monty Drewett

      i tried this car in sim but i found it really hard to handle being front wheel drive so i converted it to 4wd and it was really good. its just a shame the practicalities and regulations mean that it wouln't work in real life

    87. Awesomus Maximus

      FWD what were they thinking

      1. Alen Green

        i think they drink a lot of warm sake and smoke different things.

    88. Jaket Tulis

      No wonder it's wrong wheel drive

    89. Kim Dahyun

      nissan: 1250hp lemans car civic owners: hold my beer

    90. Maarten Hageman

      I think it was the coolest looking car I’ve seen to date!

    91. Mr Avocadoman

      I think it looks much better than the other cars, but of course this isn't about looks but functionality. Kinda wanna drive something like this on the streets lol

    92. xd sk1s

      Hi Driver61 I watch your videos and they are very interesting P.S: I’m only eleven

    93. natsu dragneel

      ganbare nii-san

    94. noraneko nekomatagi

      Can't help but keep looking at your single white little beard on the chin once noticed it...

    95. rp wang

      and this fucked up by other teams.......

    96. C Marz

      It's must of had a none warranty CVT

    97. Damiano

      Why you sound like visio racer

    98. matthew spence

      Yes all of this clever engineering could make an fwd car as fast as an awd car but just using awd anyway would be better. If you watch a compilation of Nurburgring crashes, awd cars are a small minority, and for good reason too.

    99. Creeperdark

      My 95hp civic is faster .

    100. devon 26

      The flywheel recharging technology was purchased from williams engineering, the one they sold in 2019.