Nissan shows us what is under the skin of its ZEOD RC

Article by Andrew Christian, on May 30, 2014

Nissan has unveiled a new image revealing the "components" of its new Nissan ZEOD RC that will compete in the 2014 Le Mans 24 Hours. Nissan has likewise unveiled a video from the recent FIA crash test that every Le Mans prototype has to pass before it could be allowed to compete.

The Nissan ZEOD RC is aiming to complete the first all-electric lap of the 8.5-mile Circuit de la Sarthe faster than a GT LM category Le Mans entry. The Nissan ZEOD RC is powered by two 110kw electric motors mated to the same transmission linked to a 400 hp 40 kg 1.5 liter three-cylinder turbocharged engine.

While the combustion engine will start the race, the two electric motors will fully take over for a final all-electric lap after each fuel stint. The Nissan ZEOD RC will have its debut at the Le Mans Test Day on June 1.

It will be piloted by GT Academy winner Wolfgang Reip and two-time Le Mans LM P2 champ Tommy Erdos, who is filling in for Lucas Ordóñez and Satashi Motoyama who will compete in Super GT competition in Japan on the same weekend.

The Le Mans test day is part of second week of the #eatsleepRACErepeat program, in which Nissan and NISMO teams, drivers and entrants will be taking part in 22 racing events in seven countries over seven weeks.

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