Nissan has unveiled its innovative ZEOD RC electric prototype at Nismo headquarters in Japan on the weekend. Right after its unveiling, the ZEOD RC then had its track debut in the hands of Michael Krumm at the Fuji Speedway. Krumm made three demonstration runs, in conjunction with the Japanese round of the FIA World Endurance Championship.
Gracing the ZEOD RC’s track debut is Nissan Executive Vice President Andy Palmer. The ZEOD RC is scheduled to go back to the United Kingdom this week for further testing and development.
Michael Krumm was behind the wheel of the car that will race at next year's Le Mans 24 Hours. The Nissan ZEOD RC will complete an entire 8.5 mile lap of Le Mans next year on pure electric power at speeds in excess of 300km/h (186 mph). Using a regenerative braking system, the ZEOD RC is able to recharge its battery while running on internal combustion engine.
The car is set to compete at next year's Le Mans 24 Hours. Nissan plans for the ZEOD RC to complete an entire 8.5-mile lap of Le Mans on pure electric power at speeds exceeding of 300km/h (186 mph). Using a regenerative braking system, the ZEOD RC is able to recharge its battery while running on internal combustion engine.
At next year’s Le Mans, the ZEOD RC will occupy "Garage 56," which is reserved for cars showcasing new and innovative technology still not seen on the endurance race. Nissan plans to use the ZEOD RC program to develop technologies for its planned future LM P1 projects.
Darren Cox, Nissan Global Motorsports Director, remarked that reaction from the fans at the Fuji Speedway “has been amazing - especially the young fans.” "It was a pity that the weather spoiled the day on Sunday for the FIA WEC race but we were thrilled to be able to bring the car here for loyal Japanese fans" he added.
Nissan revealed that once the ZEOD RC completes a whole race lap on the Le Mans circuit, it will be the first vehicle to do so running solely on electric power. Measuring 8.5 miles, the ZEOD RC will be racing this well-known French circuit at speeds of at least 185 mph (300 km/h), faster than even the LM GTE model.
The brand added that the driver will still have the ability to use electric power and shift to the lightweight small turbocharged combustion engine when needed. Since the ZEOD RC makes use of the same technology fitted inside the LEAF, the battery can be recharged through regenerative braking. Darren Cox related that the coming weekend will serve to be a significant milestone for the ZEOD RC as it participates in the Le Mans.
The objective of this particular program, he added, was to give fans the chance to see the cutting-edge technology that the brand is developing. Indeed, fans will be able to take a closer look at the ZEOD RC in the Fuji paddock all throughout the 2013 FIA World Endurance Championship weekend.
Cox shared that Nissan believes that the Fuji round of this race will be the best time to show the ZEOD RC to the public. To make this possible, he said, the brand had to stop the intense testing already being conducted in the U.K. and fly this model to Japan as a treat for its Japanese fans.