NISSAN ZEOD RC Gets Unveiled; Will Make Public Debut In Japan This Weekend (w/videos)
OCT 17 2013 BY MARK KANE
Nissan ZEOD RC, which stands for Zero Emissions on Demand race car, was today unveiled at Nissan’s performance arm Nismo headquarters in Yokohama.
Development, design and construction work took approximately eight months.
Next year, ZEOD RC will race in Le Mans 24 Hours. But for now, Japanese fans will be the first to see finished racecar up close this weekend at the Fuji Speedway paddock.
Nismo President, Shoichi Miyatani said:
“The ZEOD RC utilizes 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.”
According to press release prototype can excess speed of 300km/h (185mph) in all-electric mode and lap the famous French circuit faster than an LM GTE car.
The ZEOD RC makes use of the same battery chemistry as the Nissan LEAF. For now, we don’t know how big the battery pack is and for how long Nissan ZEOD RC can drive without a recharge, but to drive 24-hours (or maybe even one hour) ZEOD RC gets a small lightweight turbocharged internal combustion engine.
Nissan Director of Motorsport Innovation, Ben Bowlby added:
“The Nissan ZEOD RC will utilize technology never before seen at Le Mans and will provide a very unique experience for the fans. To see the car go down the Mulsanne Straight at 300km/h in virtual silence will be very unique. Developing the battery technology to incorporate this into a Le Mans prototype is an enormous challenge, but the lessons learnt will not only be very beneficial for the future LM P1 program, but also we can use this information to assist in the development of future versions of the Nissan LEAF and other electric vehicles for the road.”