Nissan Announces New Engine for ZEOD RC

By | January 27, 2014
Nissan has been making great strides this year at Le Mans with the ZEOD RC thanks to a unique electric power plant, but now the automaker has plans to add a new engine to break the standards of performance and efficiency. To help build this new engine, Nissan has partnered with Total Lubricants to see the new engine come to fruition. The automaker has announced that not only will the ZEOD RC be the first Le Mans entry to complete a lap at the Circuit de la Sarthe using only electric power in June, but that it will now feature the new Nissan DIG-T R 1.5-liter three-cylinder turbo engine. Although it may be small, this new engine produces 400 horsepower and weighs only 88 pounds. "Our engine team has done a truly remarkable job with the internal combustion engine. We knew the electric component of the Nissan ZEOD RC was certainly going to turn heads at Le Mans but our combined zero emission on-demand electric/petrol power plant is quite a stunning piece of engineering," said Darren Coz, Nissan's Global Motorsport Director, in a recent statement.
If 400 horsepower from a three-cylinder engine isn't amazing enough, when looking at the power-to-weight ratio of this new engine, it offers more power than the new engines that are to be used in the FIA Formula 1 World Championship this year. Look for the new Nissan ZEOD RC at "Garage 56" during this year's 24 Hours of Le Mans. Source: Nissan