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Nissan to dominate 24-hour Le Mans

Nissan to dominate 24-hour Le Mans

Japanese carmaker Nissan is set to dominate this year's Le Mans 24-hour race with a large number of the cars taking part being powered by its engines.

According to the firm's figures, some 25 per cent of the field will be powered by Nissan, more than any other manufacturer taking part in the event.

Paul Willcox, senior vice-president of Nissan in Europe, said that the 2012 race is set to be Nissan's biggest yet and claimed that the Nissan DeltaWing project highlights the firm's dedication to motorsport innovation.

"We are already dominant in LMP2, where teams know that we can help them win, while the DeltaWing project is the kind of experiment in design and technology that only a company as forward-thinking and bold as Nissan could get behind," he commented.

The expert claimed that the high-profile nature of the event means that all eyes will be on Nissan over the course of the race, meaning the pressure is on for its technology to perform.

"As a test bed for future road car and motorsport innovations, there is no greater, more publicly-scrutinised laboratory than the Le Mans 24 Hours," he added.

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