Published on June 21st, 2013 | by Christopher DeMorro
Video: Nissan Shows Off Le Mans Prototype Racing EV
Last year Nissan threw its weight behind the DeltaWing prototype endurance race car, with mixed results. This year though Nissan has withdrawn its support, and will instead be fielding a competing (and very similar-looking) electric racer creatively called the ZEOD RC. Nissan claims it is the fastest electric car in the world, but the jury is still out on that.
The Zero Emissions On-Demand Racing Car, or ZEOD RC, is said to be capable of over 300 kph/186 mph, which would make it the fastest electric race car in the world. That is, if you discount vehicles like Ohio State’s Buckeye Bullet Streamliner. Nissan will enter the ZEOD RC into the 2014 24 Hours of Le Mans competition under the “Garage 56” experimental class.
It is no coincidence that the ZEOD RC looks so much like the DeltaWing prototype, especially now that rule changes enforce a closed cockpit. But whereas the DeltaWing uses a conventional four-cylinder gas engine, albeit one that is twice as fuel efficient as standard Le Mans racers, the ZEOD RC is all electric. It will be interesting to see how Nissan handles the limited range of EVs in a race that lasts 24 hours.
Nissan has not yet released performance or horsepower figures, other than the supposed top speed, and we’re still over a year away from the debut of this righteous electric racer. Who knows what other fast EVs might come out in that next time?