How do racecar drivers see behind them? Truth is, most of them don’t. Though all racecars have side mirrors, open-cockpit cars simply have nowhere to put a rearview mirror, and closed-cockpit cars tend to have too much rearview obstruction to make one all that useful.
Still, it’s not like racecar drivers don’t need them. Rearview mirrors not only increase safety but also provide a competitive advantage—which is why Nissan got to work with Gentex Corporation to find a solution. The result was the Full Display Mirror system, which was used in the Nissan GT-R LM NISMO during the 24 Hours of Le Mans earlier this year.
Instead of using a mirror, the GT-R LM NISMO used a “custom, high-dynamic-range imager” (a fancy term for a high-tech camera) to capture video of the racecar’s rearward view, projecting it to a unique mirror-integrated display in the cockpit.
More than just a workaround, it’s even better than a regular mirror. There’s no obstruction and no glare from either the sun or from the pursuing car’s headlights at night.
The technology was shown off at the 2015 SEMA Show in Las Vegas and may eventually be integrated in our lineup at Valencia Nissan!