Generating 400 HP from less than 40 kg of mass is no easy feat, but the big brains at Nissan’s motorsports division have managed to wrestle space, time, and physics into submission on this one. The 1.5 liter, three-cylinder, turbocharged engine you see here is going to add some fossil-burning power to Nissan’s 2014 LeMans effort, acting as a powerful range-extender/motivator in the upcoming ZEOD RC racer.
Officially called the DIG-T R, the new Nissan LeMans engine revs to 7,500 rpm and produces 380 Nm (280+ lb-ft) of torque. According to Nissan’s press release, “at a ratio of 10 horsepower per kilogram, the new engine actually has a better power-to-weight ratio than the new engines to be used in the FIA Formula 1 World Championship this year.” Nissan would know, of course. Their sister company Renault’s F1 engine has won the championship 4 years running, and its latest Energy series Formula 1 turbo engine is expected, once again, to be the class of the international field.
You’ll be able to see Nissan’s ZEOD RC contender take on LeMans this summer. Until then, you’ll have to satisfy yourself with this 3D model of the new Nissan LeMans engine, below. It’s not exactly life-sized, but it’s not that far off, either. Spin, little motor! Spin!
Source | Photos: Nissan.