Polyphony is still plugging away at Gran Turismo 6, and the latest addition is one of the finest since the game came out at the tail-end of 2013: Nissan's all-new challenger for this year's Le Mans, the batcrap-crazy GTR-LM.

The car takes a unique approach to the rules and regulations of the World Endurance Championship, with a front-wheel drive, front-engined set-up that's all but extinct in modern motorsport. Designed by Ben Bowlby, who previously worked on the equally insane DeltaWing, the GTR-LM is Nissan's weapon of choice as they make a return to Le Mans, 25 years after Mark Blundell recorded the fastest speed registered at the famous circuit in 1990 with the Nissan R90CK.

Nissan is marking the anniversary with a special red, white and blue livery on one of its new cars for this year's race, though whether that's the paintjob in the Gran Turismo 6 model remains to be seen - it's not making its official debut until tomorrow morning, where it'll feature in the final round of this year's GT Academy (thanks for the heads-up, GT Planet).

The GTR-LM is being piloted at Le Mans by a couple of previous Academy winners, with Jann Mardenborough in the lead number 23 car while Lucas Ordóńez also features in the three-car line-up. Nissan's GTR-LM is so new that it only made its first official appearance in a timed session at yesterday's opening test for the forthcoming Le Mans race.

The update isn't the first for Gran Turismo 6 this year - B-Spec mode finally arrived in February, and last month the Greaves Motorsport LMP2 Zytek-Nissan was introduced. All of which suggests that Gran Turismo 7 might be a little while off, despite series head honcho Kazunori Yamauchi already happy to talk about his studio's PlayStation 4 debut.

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