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Inside the engine of the Nissan ZEOD RC

Inside the engine of the Nissan ZEOD RC image

Text: Eric Tipan / Photos: Nissan | posted May 22, 2014 07:23

It is a 1.5L three-cylinder engine complemented by two electric motors.

Nissan’s revolutionary new prototype the ZEOD RC (Zero Emission On Demand Racing Car) will be entering the 2014 24 Hours of Le Mans with very lofty goals.

It wants to ‘complete the first all-electric lap of famous 8.5-mile circuit – running in virtual silence down the Mulsanne straight.’

This amazing feat will depend on the performance of the diminutive 40-kg. 1.5L three-cylinder engine that puts out a total of 400HP courtesy of two 110kW electric motors.

Its thousands of parts, brand new technology, design, engineering and construction are on display ‘down to the smallest nut and bolt’ in a unique image just released by Nissan.

"Our philosophy at Nissan is to really let fans get a behind-the-scenes look as to what it takes to develop the unique technology in the Nissan ZEOD RC.  We know it was going to be a very big challenge. We're pushing battery technology to whole new levels. At Nissan we had a lot of data to refer to from our leadership role in electric vehicles for the road, but it has been a very intense development process.

"We've discovered why nobody has attempted this in the past. It has certainly presented plenty of technical challenges but that is why we undertake projects like this. Motorsport compresses the development cycles dramatically; we're learning new things on a daily basis," said Darren Cox, Global Head of Brand, Marketing & Sales, NISMO.

The Nissan ZEOD R’s target is to complete a lap of Le Mans on battery power and clock-in faster than a GT LM category Le Mans entry.

"What we're trying to achieve is actually quite remarkable. Taking a Le Mans prototype around the full 8.5-mile circuit at Le Mans on nothing but electric power is one thing, but doing it with a top speed of more than 300km/h and completing a lap faster than a GT car is incredible,’ added Cox.