Nissan to return to Le Mans with electric racer


Nissan to return to Le Mans with all-electric racer

Nissan may not be occupying the coveted prototypes-only 'Garage 56' at Le Mans this year but that didn't stop them from unveiling their cutting-edge intentions for 2014.

The groundbreaking and not-so snappily titled ZEOD RC will be the world's fastest electric racing car when it competes in next year's Le Mans 24 Hour race, reaching speeds of nearly 190mph.

The ZEOD RC (Zero Emission On Demand Racing Car) has been under the watchful eye of Ben Bowlby who previously worked on the Nissan DeltaWing that ran but unfortunately crashed out of the 2012 Le Mans race.

Similarities to the DeltaWing don't just stop at the engineering minds behind it, as most will recognise the striking exterior design that features axles of differing lengths at the front and the rear and Batmobile-esque body shape.

Spokesman Andy Palmer said: "We are global leaders in the sale of all-electric cars and we're eagerly awaiting the opportunity to showcase the lessons learned with battery technology in the world's oldest, toughest and most high-profile endurance race."

Nissan is already leading the way with battery technology after launching the zero emissions Leaf and a racing version of the same electric city car.

The technologies developed through the ZEOD RC program will form part of future innovations for Nissan road cars.

"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," Nissan's Director of Motorsport Innovation Ben Bowlby said.

Take a look at the electrifying machine in the gallery below

Nissan ZEOD RC

Nissan ZEOD RC