Last year at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the Nissan DeltaWing provided an unconventional take on the traditional racecar shape. Nissan’s newest racecar prototype, the ZEOD RC, looks like a coupe version of the DeltaWing and is powered by an all-electric drivetrain. The 186mph ZEOD RC, which stands for Zero Emission On Demand Racing Car, will first race at the 2014 24 Hours of Le Mans under a special “Garage 56” entry category reserved for vehicles with new and innovative technology.
The DeltaWing’s fighter-plane-like shape made its racing debut at last year’s Le Mans but was sadly forced to retire after 75 laps due to an accident. Nissan hopes that the technology developed in the ZEOD RC will eventually be a part of the brand’s intended return to Le Mans P1 competition to challenge for overall victory. The ZEOD RC uses the same battery technology found in Nissan’s Leaf electric road car, although Nissan does admit that current battery technology does not provide enough energy storage to race a fully-electric Le Mans prototype. Instead, Nissan will use the next year to test possible drivetrains in the ZEOD RC as the Garage 56 category is intended as a test bed for future competition use.
Designer Ben Bowlby, who also designed the DeltaWing, said the car will hopefully be a step towards the electrification of racecars in the future. For now, check out photos of the ZEOD RC below.