Last year, Nissan put the racing world on notice with the debut of the DeltaWing, a whole new take on a racecar setup. It has been met with mixed results, but many welcome this unique aproach to racing design Before that, Nissan had unveiled the LEAF, a fully electric plug-in car. What do you get when you combine those concepts? The ZEOD RC, and it is a 186-mph electrified monster.
Unveiled today by Nissan, the ZEOD RC it is said to be the “world’s fastest electric racing car.” It looks the part, but looks alone do not break records. Leading up to this weekend’s running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Nissan announced that this electric racer will compete in the 2014 running of the iconic endurance race, occupying the Garage 56 space, reserved for experimental vehicles. That #56 spot was previously occupied by the Nissan DeltaWing, the design from which the ZEOD RC borrows heavily. The livery on the car says “Zero Emission On Demand” which means that it may not be a dedicated electric car, but have part-time electric-only capabilities.
As stated earlier today by Craig Fitzgerald, what makes the 24 Hours of Le Mans so great is the connection to real-world developments in road cars. The innovations that led to such a capable electric racecar will certainly pay dividends for Nissan in their electric consumer vehicles. As car designer Louis Coatalen once said, “racing improves the breed.” As it pertains to electric vehicles, the ZEOD RC certainly does.