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Nissan ZEOD RC will get 395bhp 3-cylinder engine for Le Mans

Nissan ZEOD RC will get 395bhp 3-cylinder engine for Le Mans

Nissan has revealed the very first technical information on its new three-cylinder 1.5-litre engine that produces area of the powertrain of their radical ZEOD RC hybrid race vehicle because of compete in the 24 Hrs of Le Mans in June.

The ZEOD RC, which aims to get the very first vehicle to accomplish a complete lap from the Le Mans circuit only using electrical power, utilizes a new three-cylinder, 1.5-litre turbocharged engine. The 40kg powerplant offers the racer with 395bhp and 280lb foot of torque, and can propel the ZEOD RC to the 185mph top speed. The engine includes a rev limit of 7500rpm, and runs via a five-speed paddle-shift transmission.

Nissan has harvested the regenerative braking mechanism in the Nissan Leaf to assist power the ZEOD RC’s motor unit. The organization states that to be able to develop enough energy to accomplish just one lap from the 8.47-mile Circuit en Sarthe, the racer must first complete 11 laps on gas power alone.

In that time, the vehicle will generate enough electricity to fill its battery by harvesting energy from normal braking, as a result it can then develop a lap on electrical power alone.

The ZEOD RC was revealed in October, with Nissan announcing it might occupy the ‘Garage 56’ entry for vehicles showcasing new technology only at that year’s race. Nissan is intending to use data collected in the vehicle to assist develop its very own planned entry into LMP1 endurance racing.

Even though the vehicle may be the spiritual successor towards the Deltawing racer of this past year, Nissan has stressed that “every last nut and secure” around the ZEOD RC is totally new.

A 3-seat sports vehicle concept in line with the Deltawing’s proportions, dubbed BladeGlider, has lately been confirmed for production by Nissan product chief Andy Palmer.


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