NISSAN ZEOD TARGETS ALL-ELECTRIC LE MANS LAP
Nissan is confident that its ZEOD RC racer
will hit all of its objectives at the 24 Hours
of Le Mans, including the first all-electric lap
of the 8.47-mile Circuit de la Sarthe.
Following its first prolonged test at
France’s Paul Ricard track in April, the
ZEOD is on target to complete a full
racing lap purely on energy retrieved
from its hybrid system, hitting 185mph
on the Mulsanne Straight in the process.
The ZEOD races in the June 14-15
enduro as the “Garage 56” entry, a spot
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France bode well for its all-new C7.R making it eight.
reserved for cars showcasing innovative
technologies. Its electric motor and energy
retrieval system is supplemented by a
turbocharged, direct-injection gasoline
engine, which develops 400hp.
Powered by the conventional engine,
Nissan believes the ZEOD will lap slightly
quicker than an LMP2 prototype – around
3m40s – with a lap under four minutes the
target in its all-electric guise.
Lucas Ordonez, Wolfgang Reip and
Satoshi Motoyama will drive at Le Mans.
Toyota made it two wins from two
2014 starts for its TS040 at the
Six Hours of Spa-Francorchamps.
Post-Le Mans, Nissan
has hinted that the next
challenge for its ZEOD
RC could be an attempt
on the all-electric
world land speed
record, which currently
stands at 205.139mph.
Heading to Le Mans, TS040 has a 100 percent 2014 WEC win record
Toyota heads to the 24 Hours of Le Mans
as the pre-race favorite, following an
unbeaten start for its TS040 HYBRID in
the FIA World Endurance Championship.
Toyota trio Anthony Davidson, Nicolas
Lapierre and Sebastien Buemi led a
TS040 1-2 at the Silverstone opener, and
followed it up with a win in the Six Hours
of Spa-Francorchamps, the final guide to
form before Le Mans itself.
TOYOTA SENDS A MESSAGE
The Toyota, which combines a gasoline,
normally-aspirated, 3.7-liter V8 engine with
front- and rear-axle energy retrieval systems,
puts out 1,000hp, while using 25 percent
less fuel than its TS030 predecessor.
Opposition for the TS040 in the fight
for the overall win comes from 12-time
winner Audi and LMP1 newcomer Porsche.
Porsche’s 919, which augments a
gasoline, 2-liter turbo V4 with a single-axle
ERS and an exhaust-driven heat energy
system, put a marker down with a podium
at Silverstone and pole at Spa, but heads to
Le Mans unsure of its form over 24 hours.
Meanwhile, Audi’s diesel-hybrid R18
e-tron quattro has a best finish of second at
Spa, but its legendary reliability could be its
ace against the flying Toyotas at Le Mans.
l Turn to page 82 for nine-time winner
Tom Kristensen’s keys to Le Mans.
The ZEOD RC’s electric motor and
energy-retrieval system are augmented
by a 1.5-liter, 3-cylinder turbo engine.
Porsche team leader
Mark Webber (ABOVE)
will race at Le Mans
for the first time
since 1999, when he
non-started after his
Mercedes GT1 flipped
twice on the Mulsanne
Straight during practice
and the race warm-up.
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