Jay Leno Reviews Nissan GT-R LM Nismo: Video
You know how people often say that great minds think alike? Well, Jay Leno and I seem to have the same opinion about Nissan’s cooky GT-R LM Nismo racer. Yeah, I know, I’m missing a talk show, about 350 million bucks, and more than 100 classic cars to be like him, but at least we agree on this: the GT-R LM is likely the most daring racing concept since Jim Hall’s Chaparrals of the late 1960s. Sure, its wing isn’t 6 feet high and it doesn’t have a fan for a rear fascia, but it’s totally different from anything else on this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans grid.
In an era when strict regulations and a lack of vision give way to grids filled with lookalike racers, the GT-R LM Nismo is indeed a breath of fresh air.
As you might have already guessed, Leno’s comments on this innovative front-engined, FWD race car were made during the latest episode of his epic car show. Nissan sent a prototype to spend a few hours with Leno’s vintage automobiles, and chief engineer Zack Eakin joined in on the fun to answer a few questions about the car. Unfortunately, since the GT-R LM isn’t road legal, Jay wasn’t able to take it for a spin. Despite that, he was impressed by the thing.
"When you look at Audi, they won the last 10 races in a row. So what do you do, go in and copy what they do and try to do it better or you come in with a totally different approach," he said. I have a feeling Leno isn’t a big fan of Porsche’s recent efforts with the 919 Hybrid.