Nissan’s performance arm Nismo has presented the ZEOD RC electric race car at its headquarters in Yokohama. This revolutionary car – the Zero Emissions on Demand racer -- is the product of eight months of development, design and construction. It was only 33 weeks ago that Nissan Chairman and CEO Carlos Ghosn divulged that the company wanted to return to the Le Mans 24 Hours next year with electric power.
The Automobile Club de l'Ouest has invited the ZEOD RC to attend Le Mans next year. It will have the “Garage 56” entry for vehicles that feature new and innovative technology. Nissan considers the ZEOD RC as a test bed in the development of new electric vehicle technologies for Nissan’s planned future LM P1 program.
At the Le Mans 24 Hours this year, the initial prototype showcar of the revolutionary electric racer was unveiled. The difference with the unveiling at the Nismo headquarters is that the car featured its design evolution, with the styling changes, updates to its aerodynamics, and new cooling inlets.
Present during the unveiling of the Nissan ZEOD RC were Nismo President, Shoichi Miyatani; Nissan Global Motorsport Director, Darren Cox; and Nissan Director of Motorsport Innovation, Ben Bowlby.
Shoichi Miyatani said that the ZEOD RC makes use of its technology gained from the development of the Nissan LEAF Nismo RC, the first EV racer derived from the mass production zero emission vehicle.
He also said that the LEAF RC’s energy management and efficient energy recovery system that can be used for racing are only examples.
He thinks that these technologies are “important steps” in the usage of electric vehicles for motor sports. The Nissan ZEOD RC will then be the first car ever to complete one full race lap of the 8.5-mile Le Mans circuit on electric power alone.
The car will be driven at speeds faster than 300km/h (185mph) and can finish one lap of the French circuit quicker than an LM GTE car. [source: Nissan]