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Audi, Nissan Set for Week-Long Test at Sebring

Audi, Nissan set for week-long test at Sebring International Raceway…

Photo: Joey Selmants

Photo: Joey Selmants

Two factory LMP1 squads from the FIA World Endurance Championship are at Sebring International Raceway this week, as pre-season testing swings to the historic airfield circuit ahead of the start of the 2015 season.

Audi and Nissan both arrived at Sebring today, with a five-day test at the 3.7-mile circuit set to begin on Monday.

The German manufacturer will run its new 2015-spec R18 e-tron quattro, believed to feature a number of enhancements over its Le Mans-winning model from last year. It will mark the updated car’s debut on U.S. soil.

Nissan, on the other hand, will continue its extensive U.S.-based testing and development program with the GT-R LM NISMO, which was last seen at Palm Beach International Raceway last month.

It’s understood it will mark the car’s first appearance at Sebring, after a revision in its testing and launch timeframe that resulted in the cancelation of a test scheduled in December.

Both teams will share the track throughout the week. Only a single Nissan LMP1 car was spotted in the paddock today, while it’s unclear how many R18s Audi has brought to Florida, as its pit complex was closed to the public and located on the far end of the circuit.

 All photos: Joey Selmants

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365 as well as the recently launched e-racing365 Web site for electric racing. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for FOXSports.com/SPEED Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John

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