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On board Nissan's front-wheel-drive Le Mans racer

by Ben Hsu

A new video shows the driver\'s eye view of the long hood and flame-spitting exhaust.

GoPro Cameras have released the first extended on-board video of the recently revealed Nissan GT-R LM NISMO race car.

Among the many unorthodox engineering aspects of Nissan's Le Mans entry — which already includes an unconventional front-engined, front-wheel-drive layout and radical aerodynamic aids — are two pairs of exhaust tips that exit the hood on either side of the jet canopy-like cockpit.

In this video, taken from the cabin of the "red Batmobile" on a night-time shakedown run, flames spit forth from the 1,250-hp engine as it downshifts. The result is a bit of a light show on either side of the windshield as it dives into turns at the hands of driver Harry Tincknell.

The 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 is mounted longitudinally, with the flywheel at the front. Although it can be configured have two electric motors supplying power to the rear wheels, the gasoline (rather than the more popular diesel) engine only distributes power to the two in front.

The Nissan GT-R LM NISMO will compete in the LMP1 class at this year's 24 Hours of Le Mans, which will be held June 13-14, 2015.

Live images by Ben Hsu.

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