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At Le Mans this past summer, Nissan unveiled the first prototype for the ZEOD RC, a new hybrid racecar which it intends to field at the famous French endurance race next year. Four months have passed since then, totaling eight month of development, and now Nissan has revealed the final form at the headquarters of its Nismo racing division.

The updated Nissan ZEOD RC benefits from a more streamlined shape with optimized cooling and improved aerodynamics. Although billed as an electric vehicle and not a hybrid, the ZEOD RC pairs a 1.6-liter turbo four with a pair of electric motors. Its regenerative braking system is derived from the Leaf RC, and after 11 laps, it's said to be capable of taking another around the Circuit de la Sarthe under electric power alone, making it the first racecar capable of doing so. Nissan has further stated that it hopes the lessons it garners from this project will help in its development of a new LMP1 to challenge for overall victory at Le Mans in the near future.

The ZEOD RC will be on display at Fuji Speedway this weekend during the six-hour FIA World Endurance Championship race there, after which it will continue its development at the hands of former GT1 champion Michael Krumm and gamer-turned-racer Lucas Ordonez, who will be getting it ready for (and possibly drive it at) next year's 24 Hours of Le Mans. There it will compete – faster than most GTE sportscars, says Nissan – in the Garage 56 spot that once was awarded to the DeltaWing, which Nissan sponsored and to which the ZEOD RC looks conspicuously similar.

Head on down below for a pair of videos and the full press release, and check out the fresh batch of high-resolution images above for a closer look.





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Oct. 17, 2013
Nissan ZEOD RC Makes Public Debut in Japan This Weekend

- Ground-breaking electric prototype unveiled at NISMO headquarters
- Japanese fans the first to see finished racecar up close
- Zero Emissions on Demand racer at FIA World Endurance Championship round
- Michael Krumm joins test driver program

YOKOHAMA, Japan - After an intense eight months of development, design and construction, Nissan's revolutionary Nissan ZEOD RC electric racecar was unveiled today at the headquarters of Nissan's performance arm, NISMO, in Yokohama.

The Zero Emissions on Demand racer has gone from zero to ZEOD in a mere 33 weeks after Nissan Chairman and CEO Carlos Ghosn in February announced Nissan's goal of returning to the Le Mans 24 Hours next year with electric power in the same venue as today's announcement.

The ZEOD RC will race next year at Le Mans after being invited by the Automobile Club de l'Ouest to occupy the "Garage 56" entry for vehicles showcasing new and innovative technology.

Nissan is using the ZEOD RC as a test bed to develop new electric vehicle technologies for Nissan's planned future LM P1 program.

The initial prototype show car of the revolutionary electric racer was revealed at this year's Le Mans 24 Hours, but today's unveil at the NISMO headquarters showcased the dramatic evolution of the design featuring revamped styling, new cooling inlets and aerodynamic updates.

The Nissan ZEOD RC was unveiled by NISMO President Shoichi Miyatani, Nissan Global Motorsport Director Darren Cox, and Nissan Director of Motorsport Innovation Ben Bowlby.

"The ZEOD RC utilizes our technology gained through the development of the Nissan LEAF NISMO RC, the first EV racer based on the mass production zero emission vehicle," said Shoichi Miyatani.

"The LEAF RC's energy management and efficient energy recovery system that is suitable for racing are just examples. We believe these technologies serve as important steps for using EV for motor sports."

The Nissan ZEOD RC will become the first car to complete an entire race lap of the 8.5-mile Le Mans circuit on nothing but electric power. The car will reach speeds in excess of 300km/h (185 mph) and lap the famous French circuit faster than an LM GTE car.

The driver will be able to switch between electric power and a small lightweight turbocharged internal combustion engine. The car - which shares the same battery technology as the Nissan LEAF - will recharge the battery via regenerative braking.

Fans will get the chance to take a close look at the Nissan ZEOD RC in the Fuji paddock throughout the course of the FIA World Endurance Championship weekend.

"This weekend is an important milestone in the journey to Le Mans for the Nissan ZEOD RC," Darren Cox said.

"Our goal for the program is to draw back the curtain for the fans to see the innovative technology that Nissan is developing. We could not think of a better place than the Fuji round of the World Endurance Championship for the actual ZEOD RC to appear in public for the first time. We have interrupted our intense testing in the UK to fly the car to Japan for this display for the Japanese fans."

"Our thanks go to the Automobile Club de l'Ouest and the FIA WEC for not only inviting us to compete at Le Mans next year, but also for the opportunity to showcase the car here in Japan.

"We're going to let Michael Krumm take a look at the car for the first time, and he will join Lucas Ordóñez in a test driver role in helping develop the car. His experience in winning Super GT and FIA GT1 World Championships for Nissan will be a very valuable asset to the program. Michael is also a Nissan LEAF owner and a passionate believer in the future of electric vehicles for the road."

Nissan is renowned as a global leader in electric vehicles for the road - selling more than 80,000 Nissan LEAF since the start of sales in late 2010. The Nissan ZEOD RC is the first step on taking the lead in bringing electric vehicles to the racetrack.

"The Nissan ZEOD RC will utilize technology never before seen at Le Mans and will provide a very unique experience for the fans," Ben Bowlby said.

"To see the car go down the Mulsanne Straight at 300km/h in virtual silence will be very unique. Developing the battery technology to incorporate this into a Le Mans prototype is an enormous challenge, but the lessons learned will not only be very beneficial for the future LMP1 program, but also we can use this information to assist in the development of future versions of the Nissan LEAF and other electric vehicles for the road."

Fans at Fuji Speedway this weekend will also see Nissan power in action in the LMP2 class of the FIA World Endurance Championship. The NISMO-tuned Nissan VK45DE V8 engine has dominated the season so far, taking pole position and victory at every round. With eight Nissan-powered LM P2 cars racing at Fuji the Japanese fans have a good chance of celebrating another win for Nissan.


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        Dave D
        • 1 Year Ago
        OK, now THAT is funny! Please tell me I'm not the only one who got the Zod reference here???
      LW
      • 1 Year Ago
      you provide a mfg with the whole details of your car so they can stuff a sentra engine in it, don't be surprised that they take that blueprint and make their own car with it.
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      Cruising
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looks like a regular LMP car that had it's side fenders shaved off the cabin pushed back a bit and different wing setup and front wheels brought closer in. It's a prototype car alright just not in the typical configuration we are use to seeing.
        Azazel
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Cruising
        "Looks like a regular LMP car that had it's side fenders shaved off the cabin pushed back a bit and different wing setup and front wheels brought closer in." In other words, it doesn't look like an LMP car at all.
        LW
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Cruising
        if it looks like a regular LMP car, then it would not need a special exception so that it can race with them.
        Rotation
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Cruising
        It looks like the DeltaWing to me. And it'll crash out the same way (unless it breaks first), by running into something from the side, and the shape will cause the car to turn toward the obstacle and drive right into it. For the DeltaWing it was a wall. It' might be another car this time.
          Dave D
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Rotation
          Your "douchery" knows no bounds LOL You do realize that this is the internet age and anyone can google your screwy statements and know that you're either lying or stupid? The Deltawing was involved in two accidents and both times it was other cars which hit it. Once it was a simple wreck and once it flipped.
      Nate Han
      • 1 Year Ago
      Kind of looks like Michael Keaton's Batmobile
      ezbakelovin
      • 1 Year Ago
      GODDAMIT I loved how ambitious Nissan is about motorsports.
      Rotation
      • 1 Year Ago
      Not an EV. It doesn't even have a plug. It's a hybrid. All its energy comes from fuel poured into the tank.
        chanonissan
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Rotation
        you need to get your facts straight it is not a total EV,but it is a plug in EV, that is going to run on electrical power for 8 miles at 187 MPH, it is a plug in hybrid system, the system is due for a PHEV qashqai in 2015, that will emit a 40g of CO2, that will used this small pot and motors.
          Rotation
          • 1 Year Ago
          @chanonissan
          As mentioned in the article, it has to go several laps on fuel before it can do an electric lap. This is because it is just burning extra fuel to store energy in the battery for one silent lap. "after 11 laps, it's said to be capable of taking another around the Circuit de la Sarthe under electric power alone, making it the first racecar capable of doing so" Even if the car starts off the race charged, it will not be doing any significant charging from anything other than fuel (gasoline) during the race. It'll pull in, add fuel, and take off repeatedly. Just like any other car on the track. It's a hybrid, not a PHEV.
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      itsme38269
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is pretty boring, we've already seen hybrid racecars. Shoulda been full electric.
        chanonissan
        • 1 Year Ago
        @itsme38269
        No what you have seen is KERS system in race cars that give instant burst of power for a few seconds (williams system in Audi), this is not a KERS system, it is a PHEV system, it uses battery to power motor for 8 miles at 187 MPH, before the engine kick in..
          Dave D
          • 1 Year Ago
          @chanonissan
          No Aaron, what he said was true. I don't know about his other posts, but this is a PHEV with a true series configuration. The ICE does nothing but charge the batteries and has no direct connection with the wheels and when the gas runs out, it can still do a full speed lap on the batteries alone at Le Mans to come back into the pits and refuel.
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      TrippulG3
      • 1 Year Ago
      I like that Nissan are pushing development of this and trying new things, but I seriously hope this is not an accurate depiction of what future cars will look like...that is one seriously unattractive vehicle.
        Dave D
        • 1 Year Ago
        @TrippulG3
        You just don't appreciate driving a phallic symbol LOL
      HydraulicDragon
      • 1 Year Ago
      This looks much cooler than the first Delta Wing.
        HydraulicDragon
        • 1 Year Ago
        @HydraulicDragon
        I think Panoz is sueing because they're jealous that Nissan took their designer and had him make them a car that not only looks better, but appears to be more aerodynamic. With Nissans motorsports push this race car could be huge.
      Lewis Adams
      • 1 Year Ago
      They are just trying to copy DELTA WING!!!!
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