Japanese fans will get to be the first to see the Nissan ZEOD RC in action when it makes trial runs during the Japan stage of the FIA World Endurance Championship, the carmaker announced during the Nissan 360 global media event in California. The pure electric Nissan ZEOD RC will have demonstration runs on October 18, 19 and 20, 2013 at the Fuji Speedway, the site of the three-day WEC event.
The Nissan ZEOD RC -- which stands for Zero Emission On Demand Racing Car -- will see its first official race in the 2014 running of Le Mans 24 Hour. Nissan will test variants of new electric drive train technologies as it bids to return to LM P1 contest and vie for overall championship at what is considered as the most prestigious endurance race in the world. Michael Krumm, Nissan's two-time Japanese SUPER GT champion, is set to pilot the ZEOD RC at the Fuji Speedway.
Part of the driver line-up for the Nissan DeltaWing program in 2012, Krumm was third in the LM P2 class at the 2013 Le Mans 24 Hours. He currently races for Kondo Racing in the SUPER GT championship in Japan alongside Hironobu Yasuda.
Krumm recently tested a Nissan Altima V8 Supercar in Australia for the factory Nissan team. He said that he is thrilled at the opportunity to drive the Nissan ZEOD RC at the Fuji Speedway, adding that giving fans in Japan the chance to see the Nissan ZEOD RC run for the first time “will be fantastic.”
"I'm totally thrilled at the opportunity to drive the Nissan ZEOD RC at Fuji," Krumm said. "Last year's WEC round at Fuji was a great success, and I am sure this year will be even bigger. Giving the fans in Japan the chance to see the Nissan ZEOD RC run for the first time will be fantastic. It is certainly going to be a very unique experience to go that fast with electric power – especially since Fuji's main straight is nearly a mile long." "Fuji Speedway is such an historic venue – it's actually pretty fitting that the ZEOD RC will have its first public runs here because this car certainly has the opportunity to change motorsport history. We're only doing a demonstration run but I'm really looking forward to seeing what kind of top speed we'll see on the straight." [source: Nissan]