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Gran Turismo 6 is about to get this year's most exciting race car

Nissan's GTR-LM due to be unlocked tomorrow morning.

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 Ordóñez 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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