Nissan’s eye-catching arrow-shaped ZEOD RC saw both the highs and lows of endurance racing during the 2014 24 Hours of Le Mans this past June. While the team met its goals of both hitting 300 km/h (186 mph) along the Mulsanne Strait and completing a lap of the eight-mile circuit on electric power alone, the effort lasted less than half an hour once the race started.
Amazingly, Nissan said it was neither the heavily boosted 400-horsepower turbocharged three-cylinder nor the pair of 110-kw electric motors that failed, simply the traditional transmission that broke.
While there’s no word on continuing the program as yet, Top Gear Magazine did manage to get organize a test drive of the ZEOD RC around its famous track.
The two videos, the first with Top Gear writer Ollie Marriage’s thoughts and feedback, and the second just a driver’s POV of the lap itself, can be found below.