Front-wheel drive. Also known as wrong-wheel drive, at least in performance driving circles. Yes, front-drive cars can be made to go very fast—but it’s always a compromise compared to rear-drive cars. Or is it?

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Nissan has engineered the GT-R LM NISMO to disprove that idea, and this video explains how and why they did it--and it wasn't to create a car that looks a lot like the official Batman Racing Batmobile.

Aerodynamics, efficiency, rules, and basic physics all come into play, naturally, but the whole point of a race car is to win—and the GT-R LM NISMO does battle with some of the greatest race cars ever built, including the Porsche 919 Hybrid and Audi R18 e-tron.

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Those familiar with vehicle dynamics will be wondering one thing in particular: what about the understeer? That, too, is answered in the video.