Has Nissan Made the Fastest Electric Car in the World?

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Has Nissan Made the Fastest Electric Car in the World?

High performance electrical car may seem like a bit of a misnomer, but Nissan’s racing division, NISMO, is undaunted by the prospect. Nissan is out to prove that racing will help keep improving electrical car technology into the future. Racing, and especially the endurance racing that Nissan prefers to support by backing both official factory and technologically assisted privateer teams, creates tremendously complicated demands upon the NISMO engineers.

The challenges in creating a viable electrical racing car for the Le Mans Series racing are daunting.

It is well known that the biggest performance limitation in electrical or hybrid system cars is their battery technology. Nickel-Cadmium batteries, such as those used in the Toyota Prius, are very heavy. Lithium-ion batteries weigh a lot less, and are used in all of Nissan’s electric vehicles.

NISMO began their electrical racing car efforts by turning to the Leaf. They chose to see what could be done with what they already had. By giving the Leaf’s drive train a new carbon fibre chassis, NISMO took the 48 L-ion battery modules and 80kW AC motor, producing the same 107 hp and 207 ft.-lbs. of torque, and made the car weigh half as much. The resulting Leaf RC makes 0-60 in 6.5 seconds and its top speed reaches 93 mph to avoid heat build up issues in the motor and batteries. Unfortunately the range on the RC took an enormous hit.

Instead of miles, the range is measured in minutes: Twenty in the hands of a professional racer, forty in the hands of an amateur.

Enter The ZEOD

Though the Leaf is the world’s most successful all electric passenger vehicle . it has its limitations as a racing car. However, as mentioned in our July post, Nissan’s Return to Racing . the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile governs the World Endurance Challenge (WEC), and the WEC has reserved an extra slot on the starting grid of next season’s 24 Hours at Le Mans race for the Nissan ZEOD. This car is a Garage 56 entrant, think Area 51, an experimental entrant showcasing green technologies.

Just as the LEAF RC is derived from the Leaf, the ZEOD, which stands for Zero Emissions On Demand”, is a successor to the Nissan Delta Wing, a different WEC experimental racer that was powered by a heavily modified 300 horsepower 1.6L gasoline engine like the one used in the Juke. The ZEOD is rumored to be using a more radical engine design for this clean sheet project.

As you might discern from the name, the ZEOD is not a pure electrical racer. The current state of battery technology doesn’t allow for a very long range for a race car being driven hard. Instead, the ZEOD is intended to explore the limits of what is possible for the other components of a hybrid drive train for that day when electrical storage technology catches up.

For instance, the targeted top speed for the electrical part of the drive train is 186 mph. If the target is met, the ZEOD will prove to be the fastest electric car in the world!

Though the official specifications have not been announced as the ZEOD is still under development, if NISMO can successfully combine the best aspects of the successful LEAF RC and mixed bag Delta Wing racing cars, we think it will have a sure success on its hands.

If you can’t wait for the future of electrical cars to arrive, why not give us a call here at Stadium Nissan and test drive a Leaf today? We’ll even charge it for free !


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