Nissan ZEOD RC
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The Nissan ZEOD RC (Zero Emission On Demand Racing Car) is a hybrid electric racing car which competed in the 2014 24 Hours of Le Mans race.
The ZEOD RC is designed by Ben Bowlby, who previously designed the 2012 24 Hours of Le Mans-Garage 56 entry DeltaWing as an employee for DeltaWing Project 56 LLC, a consortium led by Don Panoz. He previously worked for DeltaWing LLC, a Chip Ganassi company created to develop a DeltaWing concept race car for IndyCar. Nissan provided an engine and received naming rights on the Garage 56 entry at the 2012 Le Mans race, as well as and other 2012 American Le Mans Series races
The ZEOD RC utilizes a hybrid electric drivetrain with lithium ion battery packs in a chassis similar in design to the DeltaWing. In a 22 June 2013 article at Autosport.com, Bowlby said: "This is a new car, but it uses the narrow track technology of the DeltaWing and that gives us great efficiency. It is something we understand and it is an efficient way of getting around Le Mans."
The Automobile Club de l'Ouest (ACO) announced during 2013 that Nissan Motor Company had been granted the Garage 56 entry for 2014. Nissan unveiled the car, known as the ZEOD RC, during the 2013 24 Hours of Le Mans weekend.
A lawsuit was filed on 22 November 2013 by the DeltaWing consortium (Don Panoz, Chip Ganassi) against the former designer of the DeltaWing, Ben Bowlby and former engine-supplier Nissan for "damages and injunctive relief arising out of theft of confidential and proprietary information, misappropriation of trade secrets, breach of contracts, unjust enrichment, fraud, and negligent misrepresentation."
At the 2014 24 Hours of Le Mans, the ZEOD RC's first race, the car had to retire during the race's early hours due to a gearbox failure. However it managed to achieve its goals of reaching a speed above 300 km/h and completing a lap at Circuit de la Sarthe (Le Mans) using electric power only.
The Nissan DIG-T R 1.5-liter three-cylinder turbo engine was announced to be used in the 2014 Le Mans race.
- DeltaWing, a racing car with similar body shape also designed by the same person.
- O'Leary, Jamie (21 June 2013). "Nissan unveils electric Le Mans Garage 56 car". Autosport.com. Haymarket Press. Retrieved 28 June 2013.
- "Panoz-led Delta Wing consortium files lawsuit against Ben Bowlby and Nissan". Racer. 30 November 2013.
- Nissan Unveils Revolutionary Engine to Complement Electric ZEOD RC Powerplant
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