Nissan’s new LMP1 challenger is set for its first shakedown later today, Sportscar365 has learned, as members from the global sports car squad have descended upon its test facility in Arizona for the historic first run.
Multiple sources have confirmed that the Nissan GT-R LM Nismo is scheduled for its first rollout today at Nissan’s North American Technical Center in Stanfield, Ariz, as part of a planned two-day test.
It comes after months of development and the build of the all-new prototype at an undisclosed workshop in Southern California.
Nissan’s 3,050-acre testing facility, located 50 miles south of Phoenix, features a 5.7-mile high-speed oval and four individual road courses, designed to test vehicle durability, reliability and ride comfort for its line of production vehicles.
When reached for a comment about today’s test, the following statement was provided by a Nissan spokesperson:
“The LMP1 program continues to run to schedule. Our official launch and all associated information will be communicated in due course but certainly not before the New Year.”
The GT-R LM Nismo was originally scheduled for a Dec. 8 launch in Florida, although according to the statement, those plans appear to have been changed.
No timeframe has been given on the car’s new launch date.