Nissan has released a new video which helps explain why they chose to make the GT-R LM NISMO front-engined and front-wheel drive.

As the company's drivers explain, the front-engine layout allows the car to have a long bonnet which enables them to maximize the surface area for downforce.  Team principal Ben Bowlby notes the car has a "lot of intrinsic stability, the weight is far forwards, [so] if you hit slippery conditions you typically don't have a spin on your hands."

While the front-wheel drive layout does have its drawbacks, Bowlby says problems such as understeer can overcome by through innovative aerodynamics and traction control strategies.

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