Earlier this year, Nissan unveiled a prototype hybrid-electric race car called the Nissan ZEOD RC, with the promise that it will make its racing debut at the 2014 24 Hours of Le Mans. Well the final racing model has just made its world debut, and I like what I see.
Copying the design of the DeltaWing race car it sponsored last year, the Nissan ZEOD RC also uses a 1.6 liter turbo engine mated to a pair of electric motors and a regenerative braking system borrowed from the Nissan Leaf race car. The ZEOD RC is designed to do more with less, having half the horsepower as traditional Le Mans racers but being just as fast, if not faster.
A pair of videos, posted below for your viewing pleasure, show both a shakedown run of the cutting-edge race car, as well as a timelapse video of the building process from carbon fiber tub to full-on race car. Nissan also revealed that the driver of this cutting-edge race car will be the winner of its video game racing contest, Lucas Ordóñez. With 300 horsepower and an estimated top speed of 185 mph, while weighing about half that of traditional race cars, the ZEOD RC will be one scary opponent come 2014.
Enjoy this peek at the future of green race cars.