Nissan is ready for another edition of the Le Mans 24 Hours and will mark the race debut of its Nissan ZEOD RC, the company’s electric racing car.
The 2014 Le Mans 24 Hours is being held this coming weekend, June 14 and 15.
Nissan explained the ACO’s Garage 56 program has provided Nissan with an opportunity to push the limits.
“Garage 56 is unique in motor racing where the organizers have allowed manufacturers or private entrants to come and do something completely different,” said NISMO Global Head of Brand, Marketing & Sales, Darren Cox. “Once again, the ACO should be applauded for that but I’ve got to tell you that it is a huge task. The car is full of innovation, from the three cylinder 400 BHP DIG-T R engine to the fact it is the first mirror-less race car of the modern era. ZEOD is a big task but it has been a crucial stepping-stone towards our LM P1 project. What we learn here provides a huge data bank for our engineers as they develop the new Nissan GT-R LM NISMO. Innovation is about pushing the boundaries and innovation sometimes hurts. Most of the time Nissan gets it right, whether it be the Leaf, GT-R, the Qashqai, or the Juke – lots of examples of us doing things for the first time and being innovative. This is another one; one day we’re going to bite off more than we can chew, let’s just hope it’s not on Saturday or Sunday of this week!”
Driver Satoshi Motoyama has arrived at Le Mans from Japan after a weekend where Nissan dominated the podium at the Autopolis round of Super GT.
“It is the fourth time for me to drive at Le Mans and I’m very happy to be able to come back here with the new challenge of Nissan ZEOD RC,” said Motoyama. “It is going to take an incredible effort from my teammates and everyone on the team to achieve our targets of recording the first ever lap of Le Mans under electric power. It is great to come here after having such a strong result in Super GT. I hope to have more great results with not only Super GT but also with the ZEOD RC this weekend.”
As in previous years Nissan’s NISMO.TV will broadcast live throughout the race, giving unique behind-the-scenes access to Nissan at Le Mans. NISMO.TV will broadcast live from the Le Mans Village throughout the race. Onboard cameras will beam live pictures from Nissan ZEOD RC and the No.35 Ligier Nissan for the duration of the race.
New for 2014 is NISMO Cam. Nissan believes this will be a big hit with fans online and with the global audience in excess of 40 million TV viewers but we’ll all have to wait for the race to start to see what NISMO Cam is all about.