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Nissan Reveal Electric Racing Car For 2014 Le Mans 24hr Race

posted 21 Jun 2013, 08:52 by Mpelembe Admin   [ updated 21 Jun 2013, 08:53 ]

"Fastest electric car" is the Nissan constructor's claim.

TEDDINGTON, ENGLAND, UK (JUNE 2013) (CRUCIAL SERVICES) -  Japanese car-maker Nissan has unveiled what it describes as the world's fastest electric racing car.

A prototype of the ZEOD RC was revealed to fans on Friday (June 21) during preparations for this weekend's Le Mans 24-hour endurance race in France. Nissan plan to race the car for the first time at the Le Mans race in 2014.

The ZEOD RC, standing for Zero Emission On Demand Racing Car, has been allocated a "Garage 56" entry at Le Mans, denoting a vehicle showcasing new and innovative technology.

Nissan claims the ZEOD RC will reach speeds in excess of 300km per hour, and chief designer Ben Bowlby is hoping the car will achieve the first-ever lap of the LeMans circuit on electric power alone.

The car is still in development. While current battery technology does not provide the energy storage capacity to race an all-electric prototype at Le Mans, designers are trialling a variety of hybrid and other drivetrain technologies.

Bowlby was the designer behind the Deltawing project, taken up by Nissan for the 2013 Le Mans and dropped earlier this year. Bowlby stayed to become head of motorsport innovation with Nissan, and the ZEOD RC has a similar configuration to the Delta-wing with close-together front wheels and wide spacing of the rear wheels.

Nissan is expecting the technologies developed through the ZEOD RC programme to feed into innovations for Nissan road cars, and will be developing the new racing car in the public gaze with regular internet video updates.