A front-wheel drive Le Mans race car? Sounds a little far-fetched doesn’t it? Well, Nissan has developed such a racer in the form of the front-engined, front-wheel drive GT-R LM Nismo. It will be the first front-wheel drive car to be racing in the LMP1 category in the history of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Nismo University made this video to explain exactly why they’ve chosen the unique (or silly, to some) setup. A lot of science and thought have gone into the development of the car, and it looks like Nissan genuinely feels that a front-wheel drive layout is more capable on the track, specifically Le Mans’ Circuit de la Sarthe.

Watch the video above to get a better understanding of Nissan Motorsports’ decision, and tell us what you think. Could this really be a race-winning recipe?