The 2014 Le Mans 24 Hours Garage 56 entry, the Nissan ZEOD RC, has hit the fastest ever speed for an electric vehicle at the Circuit de La Sarthe, with Satoshi Motoyama hitting 300kp/h down the Mulsanne straight.
Motoyama, who drives alongside Lucas Ordonez and Wolfgang Reip, reached one of the projects main targets during his first run in the car after missing his run on Wednesday due to a gear box issue with the Zero Emissions on Demand car, which features a dual electric/internal combustion engine powertrain featuring a pair of 110kW electric motors along with a 40 kg, 400 horsepower 1.5 litre three-cylinder turbo engine.
“I drove ZEOD at Le Mans for the first time and instantly we were able to reach our target to run at more than 300km/h with electric power only,” Motoyama said.
“I was so surprised with the speed and power of electricity and it felt great. In yesterday’s session we had some trouble with the gearbox in the first session then we had a heap of red flag periods and I didn’t get the chance to get into the car.
“But the guys on the team did a great job to fix the car and I and I was able to get started tonight right at the green flag tonight.
“Our first target of the top speed of 300 km/h with electric power is done and I think that was a really good first step.”
The team, who qualified 27th for the race on a 3:50.185, will move into the race with their main aim, a full electric lap of Le Mans, now in sight.
To watch the milestone, click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LI3fQ_3HuUQ