Construction is almost finished on the groundbreaking Nissan ZEOD RC (Zero Emission On Demand Racing Car) chassis that is pegged to ‘electrify Le Mans’ next year.
Working around the clock in the to ensure the ZEOD RC is ready for its British track debut planned for early September, Nissan engineers in the UK have been finishing the car’s carbonfibre tub and fitting the twin electric engines that will initially power the car.
But while the initial shakedown laps are to be conducted under full electric power, Nissan says is will be testing a number of electrified drivetrains ahead of the 2014 24 Hours of Le Mans.
“Just developing a single powertrain option in only twelve months would be a mammoth task, but we’re looking to carefully examine a number of options to ascertain which will be best suited for Le Mans,” Nissan Global Motorsport director Darren Cox said.
Twenty-eight year-old Spaniard Lucas Ordonez was recently announced as the official test and development driver for the program at this month’s Nissan 360 global media event in California.
The Spanish driver was the inaugural Nissan Playstation GT Academy winner and this year recently posted a third place class finish at the Spa-Francorchamps 24-hour.
Nissan’s target of competing at next year’s Le Mans 24 Hour race isn’t the only challenge facing the Japanese manufacturer.
Nissan also want a crack at the FIA land speed record for electric vehicles under 1000kg – a record set earlier this year by Lord Drayson from Drayson Racing’s, in a Lola B12 69/EV that hit a top speed of 328.6km/h at a racetrack at RSAF Elvington in Yorkshire.
“While we’re aiming to reach 300km/h under electric power at Le Mans, the Nissan ZEOD RC certainly has the capability to go faster than that in a land speed record configuration situation,” Nissan director of motorsport innovation Ben Bowlby said.