The Nissan ZEOD RC racing prototype will take part in the 2014 Le Mans 24 Hours this weekend. What makes it different compared to other prototypes, is its unconventional design. Based on the DeltaWing concept which was first showcased at the 2013 edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the Nissan ZEOD RC uses a hybrid powertrain and extremely efficient aerodynamics to give it the edge over the rest of the field.
The first thing you notice is the narrow front end that is designed to slip through air by creating minimal drag. The 1.5-liter turbocharged petrol engine sits behind the driver and puts out 400 horsepower and that’s before you factor in the twin-electric motors that complete the hybrid setup.
It is not just the engine, but the Nissan ZEOD RC is also unique when it comes to aerodynamics. The car hasn’t got a large spoiler or guide plans to generate downforce. Instead, it relies on the air passing under the body and the DeltaWing shape itself. It is also equipped with a Formula 1-style DRS or drag reduction system. Unlike in Formula 1, the driver of the Nissan ZEOD RC is free to use it anywhere along the iconic, 13.26 km long Circuit de la Sarthe.
2014 Nissan ZEOD RC Le Mans racer:
Source: Racer via Youtube