Nissan is to set a new milestone which will be remembered by driving the first lap of the 13,6 kilometres long Circuit de la Sarthe fully electric. Arrived in Le Mans today, the Nissan ZEOD RC is ready for that challenge. After having completed ‘large sections‘ of the circuit on electric mode during a test day, the innovative vehicle will be this years’ showcase of ACO’s Garage 56 programme in the Le Mans 24 hours race.
“Garage 56 is unique in motor racing where the organisers have allowed manufacturers or private entrants to come and do something completely different,” said NISMO Global Head of Brand, Marketing & Sales, Darren Cox. “Once again, the ACO should be applauded for that but I’ve got to tell you that it is a huge task. The car is full of innovation, from the three cylinder 400 BHP DIG-T R engine to the fact it is the first mirror-less race car of the modern era. ZEOD is a big task but it has been a crucial stepping-stone towards our LM P1 project. What we learn here provides a huge data bank for our engineers as they develop the new Nissan GT-R LM NISMO.”
Satoshi Motoyama has arrived at Le Mans from Japan after a great weekend where Nissan dominated the podium at the Autopolis round of Super GT.
“It is the fourth time for me to drive at Le Mans and I’m very happy to be able to come back here with the new challenge of Nissan ZEOD RC,” he said. “It is going to take an incredible effort from my teammates and everyone on the team to achieve our targets of recording the first ever lap of Le Mans under electric power. It is great to come here after having such a strong result in Super GT. I hope to have more great results with not only Super GT but also with the ZEOD RC this weekend.”
The Le Mans 24 hours race starts on Saturday 14 June, 15:00 hours (CET).