The Nissan ZEOD RC will become the first entry at the Le Mans 24 Hours to complete a lap of the Circuit de la Sarthe fully-electric. The revolutionary hybrid racer, as it also contains a 1,5 litre three-cylinder turbo engine in case the car runs out of juice, has passed the compulsory FIA crash test.
The small sized engine weighs only 40 kilograms (88 pounds) and produces 400 horsepower. The base engine is only 500mm tall x 400mm long x 200mm wide (19.68″ x 15.74″ x 7.78″). While the engine is technically too heavy it would suit in hand luggage. Revving to 7,500rpm, the Nissan DIG-T R produces 380Nm of torque and has a ratio of 10 horsepower per kilogramme.
This car will occupy “Garage 56” at this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours and will be piloted by three-time Japanese Super GT champion Satoshi Motoyama and Nissan GT Academy winners Lucas Ordóñez and Wolfgang Reip.