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Trevor Collett | Oct, 18 2013 | 0 Comments

Nissan has unveiled the electric-powered racer it hopes can make history at next year's 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Based on the Deltawing race car, the new ZEOD (Zero Emissions On Demand) RC went from an idea to reality in just 33 weeks, and follows the unveiling of an initial prototype at this year’s Le Mans event.

The ZEOD RC will use both an electric engine and a small turbocharged petrol engine, with the driver being able to switch between the two power plants.

Nissan’s existing Leaf Nismo RC has given the team valuable EV racing experience, with the energy management and energy recovery systems used in the Leaf set to charge-up the ZEOD RC as well.

When it takes to the track, the ZEOD RC will be the first car to complete a lap of the famous French circuit using nothing but electric power, yet will still be capable of speeds beyond 300km/h.

At the unveiling of the ZEOD RC at Nissan’s Nismo performance-arm base in Yokohama, Nissan Global Motorsport Director Darren Cox said the car would give Nissan the opportunity to showcase its EV technology to the world.

Mr Cox also announced that the car would be displayed to the public for the first time in the Fuji paddock during the 2013 FIA World Endurance Championship weekend.

"This is an important milestone in the journey to Le Mans for the Nissan ZEOD RC," Mr Cox said.

"Our goal for the program is to draw back the curtain for the fans to see the innovative technology that Nissan is developing. We have interrupted our intense testing in the UK to fly the car to Japan for this display for the Japanese fans."

The Nissan ZEOD RC is set to appear at the 2014 Le Mans 24-Hour after being invited by the organisers to occupy the "Garage 56" entry for vehicles showcasing new and innovative technology.

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