Former F1 driver Max Chilton will race with Nissan Motorsports in the 2015 FIA World Endurance Championship. The Englishman has finalised the Japanese carmaker’s three-car line-up as it graduates into the top-tier LMP1 category with a radical front-engined GT-R LM NISMO.

Chilton spent the past two years racing for the Marussia F1 Team in Formula 1, and has now elected to walk away from the team while its future remains in limbo.

“I’m honoured to have been asked to join a manufacturer as prestigious as Nissan in a championship that is growing year on year,” Chilton said.

“Le Mans has always had an amazing following and to be racing there as a works driver is a dream come true. My aim has always been to race at the highest level and the technology that has gone into the Nissan GT-R LM NISMO is as impressive as a Formula One car.

“Having met with the team and seen first-hand the dedication and desire to win that exists within this project I can’t wait to get on track.”

Nissan GT-R LM Nismo

The Nissan GT-R LM Nismo utilises a unique front mid-engined layout not seen in an LMP1 car in over 10 years.

Nissan Motorsports will enter two cars at all eight rounds of the 2015 season, with a third entry earmarked for the year’s biggest race, the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Headlining the team’s driving line-up will be former F1 driver and Le Mans winner Marc Gené, who will be partnered by British drivers Harry Ticknell and Jann Mardenborough in its #22 entry. Chilton will pilot the #23 car alongside Frenchman Olivier Pla and Germany’s Michael Krumm.

The team’s third car will be piloted by a trio of the team’s GT Academy crop of drivers: Tsugio Matsuda, Alex Buncombe (pictured above with Chilton) and Lucas Ordóñez.

Images via Nissan Motorsports

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