Nissan has revealed an updated and final version of the hybrid-electric ZEOD RC racecar which will compete in next year’s Le Mans 24 Hours.
Earlier this year in June we saw Nissan’s all-new “Garage 56” entry for 2014 Le Mans in the form of a ZEOD RC prototype and now the car has been revealed in final guise. It boasts several design modifications, new cooling inlets and a few aerodynamic updates. The car’s technology represents an evolution of the Leaf Nismo RC and will be the first car to complete a full lap of the 8.5-mile Le Mans track solely on electric power.
Nissan reports that it will be capable of hitting a top speed of more than 185 mph (300 km/h) and will be faster around Le Mans than a LM GTE car. The driver will have the possibility of choosing between electric power and a turbocharged 1.6-liter lightweight internal combustion gasoline engine which works with a 5-speed paddle-shift gearbox and enables the car to provide an approximate 300 bhp output in hybrid mode.
The ZEOD RC will be used as a test bed by Nissan to develop EV technologies for the firm’s future LMP1 program.
Nissan Nismo president Shoichi Miyatani said: “The ZEOD RC utilises our technology gained through the development of the Nissan LEAF Nismo RC, the first EV racer based on the mass production zero emission vehicle.
“The LEAF RC’s energy management and efficient energy recovery system that is suitable for racing are just examples. We believe these technologies serve as important steps for using EV for motor sports.”