This past Saturday was the Le Mans race in Le Mans, France. Before the beginning of the event, Nissan unveiled the Zero Emissions On-Demand Racing Car (ZEOD RC), which is the world’s fastest electric car. Nissan was able to enter the 186 mile-per-hour electric car next year at the 24-hour Le Mans race. The ZEOD RC has the same lithium-ion batteries that are in the Nissan Leaf electric car.
Nissan is going to test a variety of types and combinations of electric motors and gas engines in the ZEOD RC before entering the vehicle at Le Mans next year. Nissan is entering the race next year with the “Garage 56” classification. The Garage 56 classification is reserved for one innovative vehicle every year.
Nissan executive vice president Andy Palmer said that the VEOD RC has a zero-emission and on-demand option that will allow the driver to switch between electric and petrol-powered drive.
This year’s classification 56 was the GreenGT LMP-H2. The LMP-H2 uses a hydrogen fuel cell to run electric motors within a Le Mans Prototype style body. However, GreenGT withdrew their entry three weeks before the race due to a lack of time to complete the fine-tuning process of the hydrogen fuel cell system.