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The Nissan Electric ZEOD RC Engine is not your grandmothers go to the supermarket hybrid car. Especially not the one that will run in the Le Mans 24 hour race this year. Imagine an engine that has more horsepower per kilogram than a Formula One race car that can fit in a suitcase and be put in the overhead compartment on a commercial airline. Then consider the same engine has an electric component for that no emission alternative while driving.
The Nissan Electric ZEOD RC (Zero Emission on Demand Racing Car) will be running out of garage 56 in the 2014 race at Le Mans. This latest entry by the Nissan Corporation will be the first car ever to run a full lap of the Circuit de la Sarthe powered completely by an electric engine. At Le Mans a full lap or fuel stint lasts approximately one hour. After the inaugural electric powered lap the car will then switch to the DIG-T R 1.5-liter three-cylinder turbo engine to complete the rest of the race.
According to NissanNews.com this incredible engine is small enough to be carried and yes, will fit in an overhead compartment. At just 20 inches tall and 16 inches long (19.68" x 15.74" x 7.78") the engine weighs in at a whopping 88 lbs. Despite the diminutive stature of the engine the power output is in a class by itself.
Roaring around the track the car will be revving up to 7,500 rpm and produce 380 Nm of torque. This works out to a ratio of 10 horsepower per kilogram which is more than the ratio that will be used by the cars running in n the FIA Formula 1 World Championship this year. Those in attendance will also be able to experience the unimaginable speed of the electric engine as it flashes by at 300 km/h (186 mph) on the Mulsanne Straight portion of the stint.
What you may ask does all this talk about the Electric ZEOD RC race car made by Nissan have to do with you? Other than the fact it is just plain exciting to hear about new innovations that can increase speed and decrease weight, the running of this car at Le Mans is a way to further test the abilities and capabilities of this newly designed motor. Most all new innovations for passenger cars have come from testing on race cars like this one in conditions much more extreme than those found on the highways and byways of you part of the country.Once the testing has been performed and the bugs worked out Nissan will introduce this engine in a slightly modified form at your local Nissan dealer. Will the engine be able to scoot you down the highway at 186 mph? Not likely. However, the power generated by a modified version will be more than enough to make entering the highway and passing other cars much easier than hybrid cars on the road now. A side effect of the light weight and incredible power will be less fuel consumption when you need to use that component of the engine.
The 2014 Race at Le Mans will be a ground breaking event for hybrid vehicles and present the world a new view of the innovations that are coming out of the Nissan laboratories. Be looking for the Nissan Electric ZEOD RC zooming down the Mulsanne Straight at mind boggling hybrid car speeds.
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