Nissan will donate £1 for every mile completed by the 14 Nissan-powered entrants at this year's Le Mans 24 hours.
Most racing cars of Nissan's type that complete the 24 hour race can expect to cover approximately 2,750 miles, depending on weather conditions and the number of laps behind the safety car. Thus, if all 14 Nissan-powered cars completed the race without major stops for repairs (slightly unrealistic we know), the total raised would be up to £38,500.
The charities Nissan will be helping are The Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association (SSAFA) Forces Help, Afghanistan Trust and Mission Motorsport. Nissan will be powering 13 of the 20 LMP2 class entries (the second fastest class of four). The fourteenth car contributing to the forces charities is the amazing Nissan DeltaWing racing car. The unique DeltaWing is aiming to complete the race using approximately half of the fuel and tyres of the other entrants.
The SSAFA Forces Help logo will also be featured on the bodywork of a Greaves Motorsport Zytek Z11SN Nissan. With the car driven by former F1 driver and Le Mans winner Martin Brundle, in partnership with his son Alex and Nissan PlayStation® GT Academy winner Lucas Ordoñez, the large contingent of British fans among the 250,000-strong Le Mans crowd will be following its progress.
Everyone will be hoping that the Nissan engines live up to their legendary reputation for reliability. Each lap is worth over £8 per car to the charities.