Nissan ZEOD RC Hits Over 300 KPH at Le Mans

Nissan’s hybrid ZEOD RC Le Mans prototype racer set a couple of bittersweet landmarks yesterday in completing one lap of the Le Mans 24 Hours in all-electric mode, topping 300 kph, but broke after 23 minutes and did not finish.

In qualifying, driver Satoshi Motoyama crossed over 300 kph (186 mph) on the Mulsanne Straight, and in limited terms, the experimental vehicle established minor history, thus giving some cause for celebration, if not also disappointment.

The ZEOD (Zero Emissions On Demand) is propelled by a dual powertrain consisting of an amazingly potent 1.5-liter three-cylinder weighing 40 kilograms and pushing 400 horsepower, and two 110-kw electric motors.

The car had something go awry in its gearbox (transmission), and did not go farther than 5 laps thus ending Nissan’s hope to complete this year’s race.