- Posted May 15, 2014 by
Gamers to compete at Le Mans for Nissan
The legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans race is next month, and Nissan is powering over a quarter of the cars running in the race. Four gamers who have been finalists in the annual GT Academy event are racing in Nissan vehicles, in hopes to continue the success of previous GT Academy winners.
Lucas Ordonez was the first winner of GT Academy to stand on the podium after 24 hours of racing. Ordonez proved that it is possible to transform an expert level Gran Turismo player on PlayStation into a world class racing driver.
Two of the gamers will be in the Ligier JS P2 race car, which competes in the ultra-competitive LM P2 class, and two will be in the Nissan ZEOD RC electric racer. Ordonez and Japanese racer Satoshi Motoyama will be joined by Wofgang Reip, who has been testing the ZEOD RC during its development.
Nissan’s NISMO-tuned VK45DE engine has been the preferred engine of many other P2 teams at Le Mans as well. This year, 14 of the 18 cars competing will be using that Nissan engine. The Onroak Automotive car will be raced by two GT Academy winners and Nissan driver Alex Brundle.
“GT Academy continues to grow,” said Darren Cox of NISMO. “We are continuing to unearth real racing talent that would otherwise have stayed in the virtual world.”