Nissan ZEOD RC to complete all electric lap of Le Mans

Nissan is planning to race the petrol-electric hybrid ZEOD model at this year's Le Mans 24 Hours. Details here

After revealing crash footage and detailed images of its innovative ZEOD RC Le Mans Prototype racing car, Nissan has confirmed that it aims to be the first team ever to complete a full electric lap during next month’s Le Mans 24 Hour race.

Aiming to lap faster than the larger engined GT class cars, the ZEOD RC will complete each of its stints with a lap under full electric power, the car’s 1.5-litre turbocharged three-pot providing no assistance to drive. Reaching speeds of around 190mph, the ZEOD RC will wiz down the iconic Mulsanne straight in near silence.

Subscribe to evo magazine

Subscribe today to have every issue of evo delivered straight to you. You'll SAVE 39% on the shop price, and get evo for its original cover price for a whole year!

This will be the first time a car has completed a lap on electric alone, with other hybrids like Audi’s dominant R18 racing cars always sharing power between electric and diesel combustion engines.

Operating out of Garage 56 in an entry place reserved for cars bringing never before seen technology to the track, the ZEOD RC’s successful crash test footage has been revealed as part of a wider plan to bring fans closer to the innovative car. Along with an image showing the thousands of bespoke parts that make up the prototype, the footage provides an idea of the many man hours required to develop such a vehicle.

Advertisement
Advertisement - Article continues below

Darren Cox, Nissan’s Global Head of Brand, explains that the complexity of the car’s design is one reason why nobody else has attempted it. ‘It has certainly presented plenty of technical challenges but that is why we undertake projects like this. Motorsport compresses the development cycles dramatically – we’re learning new things on a daily basis.’

Whilst the car looks unlike anything we’ve seen on the roads, the technology developed under its oddly shaped bodywork will no doubt trickle down into Nissan’s road cars. The all-electric Leaf is a prime candidate, but most excitingly the next GT-R could be another.

The Nissan ZEOD RC is set to make its track debut on 1 June at the Le Mans test day, with GT Academy winner, Wolfgang Reip, and two-time Le Mans LMP2 winner, Tommy Erdos at the wheel. The legendary Le Mans race takes place for the 91st time on 15-16 June.

Advertisement

Recommended

Visit/nissan/gtr/21433/production-spec-nissan-gt-r50-by-italdesign-revealed
Nissan GT-R coupe

Production-spec Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign revealed

20 May 2020
Advertisement

Most Popular

Visit/porsche/202872/porsche-911-carrera-s-vs-rivals-r8-vantage-570gt-and-evora-face-off
Porsche

Porsche 911 Carrera S vs rivals: R8, Vantage, 570GT and Evora face off

The question is simple. Does the 992-generation 911 Carrera S still have the edge on its core rivals?
11 Jul 2020
Visit/mercedes/amg-gt/201615/2021-mercedes-amg-gt-black-series-revealed-in-new-video
Mercedes AMG GT

2021 Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series revealed in new video

The long-awaited Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series has been shown for the first time in an official video
9 Jul 2020
Visit/news/21596/ares-panther-progettouno-reborn-de-tomaso-pantera-hits-the-road
News

Ares Panther ProgettoUno – reborn De Tomaso Pantera hits the road

5.2-litre V10 and pop-up headlights for Dany Bahar’s reimagined supercar
9 Jul 2020
Visit/porsche/18843/car-pictures-of-the-week
Porsche

Car pictures of the week

In this week’s car pictures from issue 276, we look at the highlights from our time with the first and latest Porsche Turbos
10 Jul 2020