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Nissan Announces Return to Le Mans

Auto giants have dropped out of Formula One and the World Rally Championship races over the past few years. It's been difficult to watch, and Nissan's recent announcement that they will return to LeMans is all the more exciting.

To prepare for their return to the race track, Nissan International SA has entered an exclusive two-year partnership with Signature Racing, part of the Signature Group based in France. The partnership will bring the two companies together on the race track in the new Intercontinental Le Mans Cup (ILMC).

The new Nissan team has already secured Formula 3 driver Frank Malleux. Nissan will also be providing the team with its NISMO tuned VK4548 engines for the LMP2 class.

"Nissan is very happy to announce our new partnership with Signature and we look forward to working with such a professional and well-respected team," said Vincent Wijnen, Vice President Strategy and Marketing, Nissan, announcing the new partnership.  "I know our customers, fans, and dealers will be following our progress when we start racing in March and will of course be anticipating our return to the Le Mans 24 hours."1

Phillipe Sinault, CEO, Signature Group, added, "We are delighted to team up with such an innovative car manufacturer. Nissan's engine know-how will be crucial to the overall performance of the car, and we are sure this partnership will be hugely successful."2

At Curry Nissan in Yorktown Heights, NY - we are hoping to see Nissan have a podium finish. We also hope that their return is a sign the winds will be blowing the other way for the racing communities. It would be a great turn around to see more automakers make their way back to the tracks for some friendly competition.

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1,2 http://www.autoblog.com/2011/02/10/nissan-announces-return-to-le-mans-with-signature-lmp2/
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