Nissan’s announcement that it would return to the 24 Hours of Le Mans took most racing enthusiasts by surprise. Not because it represents Nissan’s comeback to the prototype class after 16 years, but because its vehicle of choice, the GT-R LM Nismo, is unusual in many respects. First, its engine is mounted at the front, which makes the GT-R LM different than any of its competitors. Second, and more important, it’s a front-wheel-drive car. If the GT-R LM competes in this year’s Le Mans, it will become the first front-engined, FWD vehicle to do so in more than eight decades. And I say "if," because the GT-R LM has failed to race at Silverstone and it won’t make it to Spa Francorchamps either.