From PlayStation to LeMans in Nissan's Electric ZEOD

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The latest addition to Nissan’s ZEOD RC LeMans campaign is PlayStation GT Academy winner Wolfgang Reip, who officially signed on with Lucas Ordóñez last week for a drive in this year’s Le Mans 24 hour endurance race.

The Nissan ZEOD you already know from previous articles. Reip (and the PlayStation GT Academy), however, may be new to you. In 2012, Reip won the European edition of the GT Academy program that takes the best virtual racers out from behind their game consoles and out onto a race track. If they can back up their digital performance in real life, they get a chance to drive for Nissan in a lower-tier GT series (think GT4 or GT3). Reip not only repeated his speed outside the virtual world, he improved upon it! He scored enough points in a GT3-spec Nissan GT-R to earn a seat in an LMP car for the Bahrain round of the FIA World Endurance Championship. Once there, Reip impressed with a podium finish. In his first LMP race.

You should be impressed now, by the way.

Every time we have given Wolfgang (Reip) another opportunity he has grabbed it with open arms,” sand Darren Cox, Nissan’s Motorsports Director. “He impressed everybody with his speed in Dubai last year, did a brilliant job in the Blancpain Series and then really opened everyone’s eyes with his LMP P2 place in Bahrain.”

So, it looks like Nissan is putting a star of the future in its futuristic Nissan ZEOD. Here’s hoping for great things from the both of them.

 

Source | Photo: Motorsport.

 

Jo Borrás

I've been in the auto industry 1997, and write for a number of blogs in the IM network. You can also find me on Twitter, at my Volvo fansite, or chasing my kids around Oak Park, IL.