Nissan will fit a tiny 1.5 liter, turbocharged three-cylinder motor into its ZEOD RC racecar for this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race in June.
The ZEOD RC will be the first car to do an entire lap of the Circuit de la Sarthe under electric power only. For one lap of each of the 1 hour stints between fuel stops, the ZEOD RC will run solely under electric power, after that the tiny 1.5 liter motor will kick in.
The extremely small motor weighs only 88 pounds, allowing Nismo boss Shoichi Miyatani, pictured above, to pose with it in his hands with ease. Despite its small size, it produces 400 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque, giving it a better power to weight ratio than a Formula 1 engine.
The ZEOD RC will fill Garage 56 at this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans. Garage 56 is reserved for an additional entry which showcases new and ground breaking technology never before seen at Le Mans. Nissan says the engine, as well as the ZEOD RC, will undergo an extensive test program prior to its official debut at classic french endurance race on June 14.