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

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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  1. Driver61


    Uukausi sitten

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

    • Izio Shaba

      Izio Shaba

      16 päivää sitten

      How is the affordable race car coming?

    • Alex Vandenheuvel

      Alex Vandenheuvel

      Uukausi sitten

      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

    • M1ke5roy


      Uukausi sitten

      Toyota TS010 and bone-cracking downforce please 🙏

    • Picax8398


      Uukausi sitten

      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.

    • ventisette.


      Uukausi sitten

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

  2. BenseBuilt


    15 tuntia sitten

    Maybe it was that giant windshield wiper that was in the way

  3. scrubs scrubs

    scrubs scrubs

    22 tuntia sitten

    This car just proved what everyone already knew. FWD is garbage.

  4. Jared Kursman

    Jared Kursman

    Päivä sitten

    How does it have that much power coming through the front wheels without encountering torque steer?



    Päivä sitten

    In practice, they copied the Porsche flywheel Recovery System but they got humiliated

  6. charles young

    charles young

    4 päivää sitten

    That car is hideous. Wouldn't want my name on that.

  7. NiceChasin ChaseGods

    NiceChasin ChaseGods

    6 päivää sitten

    I just won this Nissan in Gran Turismo Sport an it is very difficult to drive in game I could only imagine how it was in real life

  8. kenopsia


    7 päivää sitten

    this race was an absolute series of unfortunate events for this car it’s so sad that we’ll never see it again

  9. Omnis


    7 päivää sitten

    Alternate title: The World's Slowest LMP1 Car.

  10. Cloxxki


    8 päivää sitten

    The top speed for not having had any hybrid power was really good. Lessons to be learned for an electric endurance car? Slick as possible, tiny motors that don't get in the way of air flow. Mate it to a T.50 style fan to switch downforce on/off and allow for ultra streamline for straights? 300+ kph cruise at minimal power and huge downforce only when needed. Sub 1000kg, on swappable batteries, but lapping like winning LMP1 cars, bit the same stint length?

  11. Simone Trafford

    Simone Trafford

    8 päivää sitten

    The pointless comb lately carry because windscreen spectacularly arrest atop a far donna. previous, brawny cousin

  12. Stephen46 xre

    Stephen46 xre

    9 päivää sitten

    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....

  13. Kirin Kirin

    Kirin Kirin

    9 päivää sitten

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

  14. Aleksandar Danilovic

    Aleksandar Danilovic

    10 päivää sitten

    saab is faster fwd :)

  15. That Nick Longo

    That Nick Longo

    11 päivää sitten

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

  16. Jamel Frazier

    Jamel Frazier

    12 päivää sitten

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

  17. 4Hunnd Degrees

    4Hunnd Degrees

    16 päivää sitten

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



    16 päivää sitten

    The majority is always wrong. Great video thanks



    17 päivää sitten

    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

  20. Conrad Sealy

    Conrad Sealy

    17 päivää sitten

    Its a pity Nissan didnt keep at this design.

  21. HECKproductions


    18 päivää sitten

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

  22. Big 1

    Big 1

    18 päivää sitten

    ThiZ IZ the NiZZan LM. FrontZ engineZ.

  23. drivingkato


    20 päivää sitten

    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.

  24. aidan koenig

    aidan koenig

    20 päivää sitten

    Since when does Sean penn drive race cars

  25. jonzilla


    20 päivää sitten

    Beauty of a motor.

  26. Jon Dela Cruz

    Jon Dela Cruz

    21 päivä sitten

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

  27. GusMortis


    22 päivää sitten

    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.

  28. Sa yan

    Sa yan

    22 päivää sitten

    I respect your videos so much.

  29. Henrik


    24 päivää sitten

    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..

  30. itz Has boy

    itz Has boy

    25 päivää sitten

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

  31. lukas Morski

    lukas Morski

    25 päivää sitten

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

  32. Matthew Curtis

    Matthew Curtis

    26 päivää sitten

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

  33. Roland


    27 päivää sitten

    An intellectual swindle.

  34. Carter Morrish

    Carter Morrish

    28 päivää sitten

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

  35. Dan Sotelo

    Dan Sotelo

    29 päivää sitten

    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.

  36. Christian Ø. Rasmussen

    Christian Ø. Rasmussen

    Uukausi sitten

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

  37. Dreamy


    Uukausi sitten

    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.

  38. Ernesto Gasulla

    Ernesto Gasulla

    Uukausi sitten

    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.

  39. Federico Bernazzani

    Federico Bernazzani

    Uukausi sitten

    I think that car was the best loocking of all!

  40. Resta Utama

    Resta Utama

    Uukausi sitten

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

  41. Lil' Legit

    Lil' Legit

    Uukausi sitten

    the black Nissan GTR LM looks like a batmobile

  42. Crazy Funny Cats

    Crazy Funny Cats

    Uukausi sitten’s FWD. that’s not fun racing

  43. Clinton Halunajan

    Clinton Halunajan

    Uukausi sitten

    Nissan's ZEOD RC on the Next Video☺️

  44. Dan Bradley

    Dan Bradley

    Uukausi sitten

    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.

  45. A.F. Whitepigeon

    A.F. Whitepigeon

    Uukausi sitten

    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.

  46. Ken Xiong

    Ken Xiong

    Uukausi sitten

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

  47. praveen titus

    praveen titus

    Uukausi sitten

    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.

  48. Gustavo Ribeiro

    Gustavo Ribeiro

    Uukausi sitten

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

  49. My Sneaker

    My Sneaker

    Uukausi sitten

    I don't like front wheel drive

  50. Josh Abrey

    Josh Abrey

    Uukausi sitten

    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.

  51. fusca azul

    fusca azul

    Uukausi sitten

    please break down more le mans cars

  52. paul zapodeanu

    paul zapodeanu

    Uukausi sitten

    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.

  53. Haha really?

    Haha really?

    Uukausi sitten

    Didn't it get its ass handed to it?

  54. Igbon5


    Uukausi sitten

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

  55. John Martin

    John Martin

    Uukausi sitten

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

  56. ReZ Squigga

    ReZ Squigga

    Uukausi sitten

    because of fms7 i knew about this car

  57. gallaxi


    Uukausi sitten

    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 .

  58. Tarek Z

    Tarek Z

    Uukausi sitten

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

  59. max


    Uukausi sitten

    Le robaron el diseño a el batimovil de batman.

  60. Jeeves Beats

    Jeeves Beats

    Uukausi sitten

    Watching jimmy take this to a lemans win was epic

  61. jonlamontagne


    Uukausi sitten

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

  62. eddie k

    eddie k

    Uukausi sitten

    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...

  63. Ronnie Winn

    Ronnie Winn

    Uukausi sitten

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

  64. ASE Heavy Industries

    ASE Heavy Industries

    Uukausi sitten

    what the fuck was nismo smoking in the 2010s

  65. Ryan B

    Ryan B

    Uukausi sitten

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

  66. Sean B

    Sean B

    Uukausi sitten

    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

  67. Antreas Michael

    Antreas Michael

    Uukausi sitten

    Honda with laptop: are you sure about that

  68. Bleu Chevalier

    Bleu Chevalier

    Uukausi sitten

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

  69. Recep Tiryaki

    Recep Tiryaki

    Uukausi sitten

    Also this is world's slowest LMP1 car

  70. Icky


    Uukausi sitten

    L O N G B O I

  71. Parker Barrett

    Parker Barrett

    Uukausi sitten

    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



    Uukausi sitten

    what about the delta wing?

  73. SimRacer82


    Uukausi sitten

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

  74. Bozhidar Ivanov

    Bozhidar Ivanov

    Uukausi sitten

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

  75. Rocket Bun

    Rocket Bun

    Uukausi sitten

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

  76. Igor Freitas

    Igor Freitas

    Uukausi sitten


  77. Boss Boss

    Boss Boss

    Uukausi sitten

    I don't know, but your voice is annoying

  78. Ren Anzell Roxas

    Ren Anzell Roxas

    Uukausi sitten

    gtr be like 👁👄👁

  79. Shane House

    Shane House

    Uukausi sitten

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

  80. Jonathan Go

    Jonathan Go

    Uukausi sitten

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

  81. jb kim

    jb kim

    Uukausi sitten

    But this was the most foolish decision..

  82. Ralf Uhlmann

    Ralf Uhlmann

    Uukausi sitten

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

  83. Picax8398


    Uukausi sitten

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

  84. Frankie Humphrey IV

    Frankie Humphrey IV

    Uukausi sitten

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

  85. アルベルトAlberto


    Uukausi sitten

    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.

  86. Slap Woods

    Slap Woods

    Uukausi sitten

    it looks like it can fish tail easily

  87. Serg and Gabb

    Serg and Gabb

    Uukausi sitten

    Definitely not fastest FWD race car...

  88. ventisette.


    Uukausi sitten

    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!!!

  89. Gregory Fernandez

    Gregory Fernandez

    Uukausi sitten

    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.

  90. Pro Sim Racing

    Pro Sim Racing

    Uukausi sitten

    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.

  91. Raymond Chapman

    Raymond Chapman

    Uukausi sitten

    That was one ugly ass race car !

  92. Buda Dangol

    Buda Dangol

    Uukausi sitten

    you asked me to subscribe so I did

  93. Davidbvl Silva

    Davidbvl Silva

    Uukausi sitten

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

  94. ridcom


    Uukausi sitten

    Reminds me of Panoz.

  95. Alen Green

    Alen Green

    Uukausi sitten

    and one of the biggest flop in history.

  96. Monty Drewett

    Monty Drewett

    Uukausi sitten

    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

  97. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus

    Uukausi sitten

    FWD what were they thinking

    • Alen Green

      Alen Green

      Uukausi sitten

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

  98. Jaket Tulis

    Jaket Tulis

    Uukausi sitten

    No wonder it's wrong wheel drive

  99. Kim Dahyun

    Kim Dahyun

    Uukausi sitten

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

  100. Maarten Hageman

    Maarten Hageman

    Uukausi sitten

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