Nissan has already showed us the 1.5-liter, three-cylinder engine 400 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, augmented by an electric motor, that sits in back of the ZEOD RC headed for the 24 Hours of Le Mans. At the ZEOD RC's other end is a carbon fiber crash structure that has to be tested against an immovable object, and Nissan has seen fit to show us that, too.

You know what to expect if you've seen a crash test before, but the really pointy nose on this car reminds us of a Faber Castell HB pencil being sent to its death. Better yet, it's in slow motion, and you can watch it below.



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      • 7 Months Ago
      Impressive, Now where are the "small overlap" frontal tests?
      Michael Harley
      • 7 Months Ago
      Does anyone know how the weight of the sled isn't counterproductive to this test? - Mike
        BipDBo
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Michael Harley
        This shell is missing a lot of stuf like wheels, engine, transaxle, fuel tank, etc. It's possible that the weight of the sled is equal to all those missing parts. I don't know, though, because that's a pretty thick, heavy looking aluminum plate.
        Hek!
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Michael Harley
        A heavy sled at a lower speed may have the same momentum as a lighter one at a higher speed. It's not 100% accurate, but it can give you a very good indication of the chassis performance in a high speed impact without accelerating it to 300+ km/h.
          BipDBo
          • 7 Months Ago
          @Hek!
          Dangit, accidentally down voted instead of upvoted, so +2. Don't know if that's the answer, but good theory. It needs a small tweak, though. You would want to match the total kinetic energy (0.5*m*v^2) rather than the momentum (m*v).
        Steve K
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Michael Harley
        The overall kinetic energy is precisely calculated.
      mbukukanyau
      • 7 Months Ago
      Did Nissan ever resolve issues on patents on this design with Small American company Highcroft Racing ?
        DeltaWingTech
        • 7 Months Ago
        @mbukukanyau
        No. DeltaWing Project 56, LLC, (DWP56) vs. Ben Bowlby, Darren Cox, Nissan Motor Co. Ltd., Nissan Motorsports International Co. Ltd., Nissan International S.A, and Nissan North America Inc. is still active. The plaintiffs very much hope to resolve this issue soon. You can read more at the DeltaWing Technologies Facebook page or follow on Twitter (facebook.com/deltawingtech and twitter.com/DeltaWingTech) and keep up with the company's news and efforts to bring its DeltaWing architecture and lightweight technologies to street legal cars.
          BipDBo
          • 7 Months Ago
          @DeltaWingTech
          I'm a fan of Nissan and a big fan of the ZEOD, but I was a fan of the Deltawing first. I loved it when I saw pictures of the first mockup and as a mechanical engineer with a knack for dynamics, I could instantly see why the design would work. From what I've of this intellectual rights squabble, it really seems to me that Nissan screwed you. As much as I like the ZEOD, and even some significant improvements they've made over the Deltawing, I hope that Nissan looses and hands the exclusive rights to that design back to you. Cheers.
      danfred311
      • 7 Months Ago
      Impressively smooth slow down and deadly cloud of carbon fiber. I wonder if a soft structure with styrofoam inside couldn't do the same. I mean you don't use a carbon fiber structure instead of an airbag. So if soft is better for people, why can't it be better for cars... And yes that crash test is a rather artificial scenario. When would that happen in a race? Wouldn't 45 degree tests on uneven barriers be more telling.
      edward.stallings
      • 7 Months Ago
      More like a ***** being smashed into a wall.
      Soul Shinobi
      • 7 Months Ago
      Awesome to watch, but there is no was something that shape will ever hit anything square on like that.
      april.pinger
      • 6 Months Ago
      Does anyone know what the velocity at time of impact is? I'd like to calculate the energy absorbed.
      United
      • 7 Months Ago
      Brings me to tears...
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