Nissan’s Global Motorsport Director, Darren Cox, had a lot to say of Nissan's stunning ZEOD RC electrified racer:
"We’re at a very exciting time in the development of the car and ready to kick off what will be an extensive test program between now and when we roll out the pit lane for the first time at Le Mans next year. Just developing a single power train option in only twelve months would be a mammoth task but we’re looking to carefully examine a number of options to ascertain which will be best suited for Le Mans. But it is not just about what is going to be best for the race. We’re developing technologies that will speed up development of road cars in the future. The Le Mans 24 Hour is the toughest endurance event in the world and by participating in the event we can really fast track the development of some of these technologies."
Meanwhile, Nissan’s Director of Motorsport Innovation, Ben Bowlby, had much on his mind too:
"While we’re aiming to reach 300km/h (186mph) under electric power at Le Mans, the Nissan ZEOD RC certainly has the capability to go faster than that in a land speed record configuration situation,” said. “At the Circuit de la Sarthe at Le Mans you have to have the right gear ratios installed to pull the car out of corners and chicanes. You don’t have a ‘flying mile’ with a long run-up before you enter the timing zone for a land speed record attempt. But that could potentially be our next target post Le Mans. Taking the Nissan ZEOD RC to Le Mans and becoming the first car to complete the entire 8.5 mile circuit is our first target."
All of this was said in the lead up to the ZEOD RC hitting the track at LeMans in 2014. And this here video by Nismo.TV catches the ZEOD RC team prepping for the testing debut of the racer that will "electrify Le Mans."
What’s ZEOD RC stand for, you ask? How’s “Zero Emission On Demand Racing Car” sound?
Here are more descriptors used be Nissan in hyping in ZEOD RC:
- Nissan ZEOD RC will utilize the same lithium battery technology as used in the award-winning Nissan LEAF
- The Nissan ZEOD RC will achieve speeds in excess of 300km/h
- Multiple electric drivetrain technologies to be tested before racing in 2014 Le Mans 24 Hour and assessed for potential in LM P1
- Nissan again at the forefront of Zero Emission and battery technology