Nissan ZEOD RC Hits The Track at Fuji
Nissan has made its track debut of its revolutionary ZEOD RC electric prototype in Japan last weekend with Michael Krumm at the wheel. The car will race at next year’s Le Mans 24 Hours.
Unveiled at Nismo headquarters in Yokohama on Thursday and went on to performe three demonstration runs at Fuji Speedway in conjunction with the Japanese round of the FIA World Endurance Championship.
The Nissan ZEOD RC will complete an entire 8.5 mile lap of Le Mans next year on pure electric power and will achieve excess speeds of 300km/h (186)mph. While the ZEOD RC runs its internal combustion engine, it will recharge its battery by using its regenerative braking.
The car will now be taken back to the UK this week to continue its testing and development. The Nissan ZEOD RC will occupy “Garage 56” at Le Mans next year – an entry reserved for cars showcasing new and innovative technology previously not seen at the French endurance classic. Nissan will use the ZEOD RC programme to develop technologies for its planned future LM P1 assault.
“This has been a fantastic opportunity for everyone involved to bring the Nissan ZEOD RC to Japan to present the car at Nismo and then show the car at Fuji Speedway for the fans,” Nissan Global Motorsports Director, Darren Cox said.
“The reaction from the fans has been amazing – especially the young fans. We had a very poignant moment watching the car on track with Mount Fuji in the background. We know we have a very big mountain to climb to develop this electric vehicle technology for Le Mans but seeing the reaction from the young fans is a key reason why we are doing this.
“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.”