Nissan unveils its prototype for ZEOD RC

Nissan ZEOD RC photos 12 Nissan unveils its prototype for ZEOD RC

Nissan ZEOD RC photos 7 Nissan unveils its prototype for ZEOD RC

The engineers at Nissan have been advocating electric power as the future of not only racing cars but also on road cars. Following this train of thought, Nissan has developed a prototype for ZEOD RC to be raced in 2014 Le Mans 24 hours. Nissan’s director of motorsport, Ben Bowlby is leading the project with team of engineers from Europe, Japan and America.

ZEOD RC means zero emission on demand racing car. The car will be able to switch between electric power and petrol as the driver wants. This is the first time that electric power will be used to such an extent in a racing car. Nissan claims that the car will achieve a top speed of 300 kmph. Since no technical details have been disclosed, it remains a mystery exactly how Nissan proposes to achieve this target.

Executive VP, Andy Palmer said, “The ZEOD RC program is designed to develop multiple technologies to evaluate how they could be used for a future LM P1 class return of Nissan at the Le Mans 24 Hour. There are multiple options we are investigating. A Zero Emission on Demand option where the driver can switch between electric and petrol-powered drive is a future direction for road cars, so that will be tested in addition to pure electric power and other new technologies that we still have under development.”

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