PHOTO CAPTION: Nismo President Shoichi Miyatani holds the ZEOD RC's DIG-T R 1.5 liter 3-cylinder turbo engine.

Nissan Reveals Revolutionary New Engine for ZEOD Le Mans Racer

New 3-cylinder, turbocharged engine that will co-power Nissans ZEOD hybrid electric Le Mans entry this year has a better power-to-weight ratio than the new engines to be used in Formula 1 this year.

Published: 28-Jan-2014

Nissan will not only break new ground with the unique electric powerplant aboard its Nissan ZEOD RC at Le Mans this year, but the accompanying internal combustion engine is "set to revolutionize standards of performance and efficiency," the company said in its official debut of the latter in London on Monday.

The Nissan ZEOD RC will become the first entry at Le Mans to complete a lap of the Circuit de la Sarthe under nothing but electric power in June. A single lap of each stint (a fuel “stint” lasts approximately one hour) will be electric powered, then the new Nissan DIG-T R 1.5 liter three-cylinder turbo engine will take over.

The incredibly small engine weighs only 40 kilograms (88 pounds) but produces an astonishing 400 horsepower. The base engine is only 500mm tall x 400mm long x 200mm wide (19.68” x 15.74” x 7.78”). While the engine is technically too heavy to take as carry-on luggage on a plane – it would easily fit inside the luggage guides seen at major airports around the world.


Nissan LEAF taxis station outside St. Paul's Cathedral in London.

In 18 months, Padraig Daly has put 55,000 km on his Nissan LEAF e-taxi as part of trial program between ESB and his employer, National Radio Cabs.

Oxford University's Robotcar uses Nissan LEAF electric car.

Rather than using GPS, Oxford's robotic Nissan LEAF electric car uses 3D lasers to learn the surroundings and take over driving if the driver desires.

A Nissan LEAF painted in NYC Yellow Cab colors.

Battery range has degraded by as much as half in some taxis, which is also impacting fast charging, turing a 15-minute operating into a 40 minute one, forcing drivers to sometimes refuse longer fare rides.


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