Nissan ZEOD RC hits highest ever speed by an electric vehicle at Le Mans

Article by Andrew Christian, on June 13, 2014

Last year, during our visit to the Le Mans 24 Hours race, we saw the first prototype of the Nissan ZEOD RC. A year later, Nissan announced that its revolutionary ZEOD RC has recorded the highest ever speed by an electric vehicle at Le Mans. Driven by Satoshi Motoyama, the Nissan ZEOD RC reached an impressive speed of 300 km/h or 186 mph on the Mulsanne Straight.

As a result, one of the key goals of the Nissan ZEOD RC was achieved. For those who don’t know, the ZEOD RC features a dual electric/internal combustion engine powertrain that features 2 electric motors that develop 110 kw or 148 hp, as well as an 1.5-liter three-cylinder turbo engine that weighs only 40 kg and generates 400 hp.

According to Nissan the ZEOD (Zero Emissions On Demand) allows the driver to switch back and forth between the two power sources. Nissan’s next goal is to complete an entire lap at Le Mans under race conditions using nothing by electric power.

"I drove ZEOD at Le Mans for the first time and instantly we were able to reach our target to run at more than 300km/h with electric power only," Motoyama said. "I was so surprised with the speed and power of electricity and it felt great. In yesterday's session we had some trouble with the gearbox in the first session then we had a heap of red flag periods and I didn't get the chance to get into the car.” [source: Nissan]

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