The Nissan ZEOD RC has recorded the highest speed by an electric vehicle at Le Mans with driver Satoshi Motoyama reaching 300 km/h (186.4 mph) on the Mulsanne Straight in qualifying for the Le Mans 24 Hours.
Motoyama reached the speed on his electric run, achieving one the key goals of the unique prototype which features a dual electric/internal combustion engine powertrain featuring a pair of 110 kW electric motors along with a 40 kg, 400 horsepower 1.5-liter three-cylinder turbo engine. The ZEOD (zero emissions on demand) permits the driver to switch back and forth between the two power sources.
|Nissan ZEOD RC at Le Mans. Click to enlarge.|
The Nissan team revealed data from the record-breaking lap showing the internal combustion engines revs at zero, yet the car topping 300 km/h.
Motoyama achieved the target on his first run in the car after he missed out on driving on Wednesday night to a gearbox issue in the first session and a series of session-stopping red flags during the night.
The Nissan ZEOD RC competes at Le Mans this week in “Garage 56”—an additional entry for vehicles showcasing new and innovative technology.
The team’s next goal is to complete an entire lap of Le Mans under race conditions using nothing but electric power.