Video: Nissan Teases 2014 Electric LeMans Garage 56 Entry
Back in February, Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn announced that the automaker would make a grand return to Le Mans in 2014 with a Garage 56 entry, a slot reserved for experimental vehicles.
At 10:30 am on Friday June 21, Nissan will officially reveal its 2014 Garage 56 entry and it’ll be electrifying.
For now, we offer a glimpse of what to expect in this latest teaser video.
While we don’t yet know exactly what Nissan has up its sleeves for its return to LeMans, we do have us some quotes that shed some light on what’s coming.
As Ghosn previously stated:
“We will return to Le Mans with a vehicle that will act as a high-speed test bed in the harshest of environments for both our road car and race car electric vehicle technology.”
And here’s what Darren Cox, Nissan’s general manager in Europe, previously had to say:
“We say we’re about innovation and excitement. If we weren’t trying to get Garage 56 every year, we wouldn’t be innovative. That particular entry is put in place for the most innovative car that year. That’s what we’re all about. We’re not about using it once and walking away from it. We really want to utilize that opportunity to show our innovation. We’re in uncharted territory here. We don’t know how good this technology is going to be. We’re obviously doing a huge amount with simulation at the moment. We think we will be pretty accurate when we actually get there in terms of the simulation. But we need to run these cars and need to work out how it all works. With Garage 56 and the open regulations, you’re not restricted. You can do different things. We’re already talking about different strategies and how you use the electric technology. It’s really interesting. Yes, there’ll be the headline that we’ll be doing a lap of Le Mans [in ‘x amount of time’] with an electric car. But actually, there is a real interest in terms of the strategy of how you use the electric technology.”
June 21 is one week from today. The tension is building. Bring it on Nissan.