Nissan unveiled its latest electric car, the Zero Emission On Demand Racing Car(ZEOD RC) at the public area of the Circuit de la Sarthe and claims it to be the fastest electric race car with speeds that can reach 300km/h. The Nissan ZEOD RC design team is headed by Ben Bowlby, who previously worked on the Nissan DeltaWing program last year and is now the newly appointed Director of Motorsport for Nissan.
"Nissan has become a global leader in the development of zero emission automotive technology and the Nissan ZEOD RC will allow us to further develop those capabilities using the toughest endurance race in the world as a mobile test bed to test the potential of our planned LM P1 power train," said Andy Palmer, Executive Vice President and Executive Committee member at Nissan Motor Company Limited.
The ZEOD RC is scheduled to make its race debut at the 24 Hours of Le Mans next year as part of its intentions to return to LMP1 competition. The Nissan ZEOD RC will be competing under ACO's 'Garage 56' entry, an spot on the grid for vehicles that showcase new and innovative technology.
"The Nissan ZEOD RC is a natural progression that follows on from the development of the Nissan Leaf road car and the Leaf RC race car prototype. The technologies developed through the ZEOD RC program will form part of future innovations for Nissan road cars.
While current battery technology does not provide the energy storage capacity to race a solely electric Le Mans prototype, Nissan ZEOD RC designer Ben Bowlby believes the development of the car will be an important step in the 'electrification' of the racecars of the future. Nissan's design team also focused heavily on the car's packaging and aerodynamic efficiency to maximize its performance and energy efficiency.
"Developing a car like this provides an incredibly challenging test bed for what could be highly-effective options for road cars of the future. Throughout the next twelve months we will be testing multiple drive train options in an extensive test program," Bowlby said.