In preparation for its grand debut at the 24 Hours of LeMans, the Nissan ZEOD RC completed 24 laps of Circuit de la Sarthe.
Per NISMO, Nissan's racing division:
"While the car was delayed with two small technical issues – a broken fuel pump issue and a broken exhaust – today’s test was an important step in the development of the car that aims to complete an entire lap of Le Mans on pure electric power."
NISMO’s Global Head of Brand, Marketing & Sales, Darren Cox, stated:
“Today has been a very important step in the development of the car and what we have achieved is actually quite remarkable. We knew we were tackling a huge challenge with the goal of building a car that could complete an entire 8.5 mile lap of Le Mans on nothing but electric power. We have certainly discovered why nobody has tackled it previously."
ZEOD RC At LeMans
“We completed large sections of the circuit today on EV power and learned a great deal. Today was about testing the systems and ensuring the transition from electric to internal combustion power was seamless. Testing at other venues is extremely valuable but there is no substitute to running here at Le Mans. We ran with the test car today and we’ll continue to test with the actual race car all week back in the UK before heading back for the race."
“I’m very proud of everyone associated with the programme because of the amount of work that has gone in. Today was very rewarding. Our guys already feel like they have raced the 24 hours already – they did two all-nighters last week. The level of commitment to showcase what this programme is capable of is truly remarkable.”
On June 14, the ZEOD RC will make its debut at LeMans. ZEOD RC is a Garage 56 entry, which is for prototype vehicles with experimental components/systems.