After an intense eight months of development, design and construction, Nissan's revolutionary Nissan ZEOD RC electric race car has been revealed.
The Zero Emissions on Demand racer has gone from zero to ZEOD in a mere 33 weeks after Nissan Chairman and CEO Carlos Ghosn announced in February Nissan's goal of returning to the Le Mans 24 Hours next year with electric power.
The ZEOD RC will race next year at Le Mans after being invited by the Automobile Club de l'Ouest to occupy the 'Garage 56' entry for vehicles showcasing new and innovative technology.
Nissan is using the ZEOD RC as a test bed to develop new electric vehicle technologies for Nissan's planned future LM P1 programme.
The initial prototype show car of the revolutionary electric racer was revealed at this year's Le Mans 24 Hours, but the unveil at the Nismo headquarters showcased the dramatic evolution of the design. It features revamped styling, new cooling inlets and aerodynamic updates.
"The ZEOD RC utilises our technology gained through the development of the Nissan LEAF Nismo RC, the first EV racer based on the mass production zero emission vehicle," Nissan's Shoichi Miyatani said.
The Nissan ZEOD RC will become the first car to complete an entire race lap of the 8.5-mile Le Mans circuit on nothing but electric power. The car will reach speeds in excess of 300km/h (185mph) and lap the famous French circuit faster than an LM GTE car.
The driver will be able to switch between electric power and a small lightweight turbocharged internal combustion engine.
The car – which shares the same battery technology as the Nissan LEAF – will recharge the battery via regenerative braking.