Nissan unveils world's fastest electric racing car at Le Mans
23 June 2013
Launched at the Le Mans 24 Hours race, Nissan's ZEOD RC is the world's fastest electric racing car - capable of reaching speeds of more than 300km/h.
The ZEOD RC (Zero Emission On Demand Racing Car) will make its race debut at next year's Le Mans 24 Hour. Nissan will trial variants of new electric drive train technologies as part of its intended future return to LM P1 competition to challenge for overall victory at the world's most prestigious endurance race.
Run as a Nissan/NISMO full factory international programme with input from Japan, Europe and the US, the Nissan ZEOD RC design team is headed by Ben Bowlby who has been newly appointed as Nissan's Director of Motorsport Innovation and previously worked on the Nissan DeltaWing programme in 2012.
Andy Palmer, Executive Vice President and Executive Committee member at Nissan Motor Company Limited said the Nissan ZEOD RC is a natural progression that follows on from the development of the Nissan LEAF road car and the LEAF RC race car prototype.
"The technologies developed through the ZEOD RC program will form part of future innovations for Nissan road cars. Nissan is already a global leader in the sale of all-electric cars and we're eagerly awaiting the opportunity to showcase the lessons learnt with the development of battery technology in the world's oldest, toughest and most high profile endurance race.
While current battery technology does not provide the energy storage capacity to race a solely electric Le Mans prototype, Ben Bowlby believes the development of the car will be an important step in the "electrification" of the racecars of the future.
"Developing a car like this provides an incredibly challenging test bed for what could be highly effective options for road cars of the future. Throughout the next twelve months we will be testing multiple drive train options in an extensive test program," Bowlby said.
The Nissan ZEOD RC will make its testing debut later this summer.