Last weekend, Nissan’s electrified race car ZEOD RC completed its first 24 laps of Circuit de la Sarthe with GT Academy winner Wolfgang Reip and two-time Le Mans P2 winner Tommy Erdos at the wheel.
Nissan said the car was delayed with two technical issues: a broken fuel pump and a broken exhaust. But the test was successful and Nissan stated it was an important step in the development of the car that aims to complete an entire lap of Le Mans on pure electric power.
“Today has been a very important step in the development of the car and what we have achieved is actually quite remarkable,” said NISMO’s Global Head of Brand, Marketing & Sales, Darren Cox. “We knew we were tackling a huge challenge with the goal of building a car that could complete an entire 8.5 mile lap of Le Mans on nothing but electric power. We have certainly discovered why nobody has tackled it previously. We completed large sections of the circuit today on EV power and learned a great deal. Today was about testing the systems and ensuring the transition from electric to internal combustion power was seamless. Testing at other venues is extremely valuable but there is no substitute to running here at Le Mans. We ran with the test car today and we’ll continue to test with the actual race car all week back in the UK before heading back for the race.”
Nissan explained the ZEOD RC team will continue testing in the UK this week with the actual race car, which will replace the test machine that was used at Le Mans.
Super GT regulars Satoshi Motoyama and Lucas Ordóñez will return from Japan to join Reip at the wheel for the race.
The 82nd running of the Le Mans 24 Hours endurance race will be held June 14 and 15.
While Nissan dubs this as the first running of the ZEOD RC at Le Mans, an earlier version of the car, named DeltaWing, was raced last year, including Nissan as one of the many partners in the venture.