Nissan has announced that it has entered into an exclusive two-year official partnership with Signature Racing to provide the latter its Nismo-tuned VK45V8 engines for Signature’s racecar competing in the LMP2 class of the new Intercontinental Le Mans Cup (ILMC).

It heralds the brand’s return to racing under the Le Mans banner, brought about by Nissan’s desire to promote its engines to a much larger global audience.

The team, which will be known as Signatech Nissan, is aiming high for the inaugural season, looking to both finish at Le Mans 24 Hours and secure a podium place at the end of the year-long global championships.

Although the official race car livery and full driver line-up for the new season will be announced over the coming weeks, F3 star Franck Mailleux has been confirmed for the ILMC and the Le Mans 24 Hours. The ILMC season gets underway on March 19 at Sebring in the US.