Nissan ZEOD RC Le Mans Prototype
Nissan has taken the wrap of the Nissan ZEOD RC Le Mans Prototype, an electric racer that will be enrolling into the 2014 24 hours of Le Mans under the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO, the organizing entity behind Le Mans)’s “Garage 56″ category, a special category reserves for vehicles with new and innovative technology. btw, the ZEOD is not a typo – the ZEOD here stands for Zero Emission On Demand, which is a hybrid drivetrain with driver-selectable power source (between electric power and petrol-powered drive). the ZEOD RC is still evolving and from now till it sits on the grid this time, next year, there are still much to be done, including exploring multiple electric drivetrain technologies. but as for now, the recently unveiled ZEOD RC employs the same lithium battery technology used in the road-going Nissan Leaf, and will be the fastest electric racing car in the world with a top speed in excess of 300 km/h (186 mph).
aesthetically, its fancy and somewhat out-of-this-world form is the result of thorough aerodynamic considerations for achieving both extreme performance and high level of energy efficiency which Nissan has benefited from the development of the small capacity, high-powered Nissan DeltaWing introduced last year and it is said to tip the scale around the region of 700 kilograms (1,544 pounds). testing of the Nissan ZEOD RC Le Mans Prototype will kick off later this summer and what it will eventually achieved basically will determine the possibility of an all-electric Le Mans in future. man. can you imagine that? a race that goes on for 24 hours in near silent? while Nissan get busy with the ZEOD RC project, you can treat yourself to more awesome images in the gallery below, as well as a couple of videos to learn more about the ZEOD RC.