Nissan names Lucas Ordonez as first ZEOD Le Mans 24 Hours driver
|Thursday, February 6th 2014, 09:28 GMT|
Inaugural Nissan GT Academy winner Lucas Ordonez has been named as the first race driver of the Japanese manufacturer's ZEOD RC experimental Le Mans 24 Hours car.
Ordonez, who has twice finished on the LMP2 podium in his three Le Mans campaigns, moves up from his role as official test driver for the car that will fill the 'Garage 56' grid spot reserved for machinery with green credentials.
Nissan global motorsport boss Darren Cox, the architect of the ZEOD programme, said: "Since becoming our first GT Academy winner, Lucas has demonstrated his speed and talent in a wide variety of Nissan machinery - LMP2, GT3 , GT4, Super GT and even V8 Supercar.
"That versatility was a key part of the decision to place him as the inaugural race driver locked in for the Nissan ZEOD RC."
Ordonez, 28, added: "I know all of the big bosses and important people of motorsport will be watching this project, and I feel really lucky and proud to be a part of it. Hopefully we can succeed together at Le Mans."
ZEOD stands for zero emissions on demand and the target for the car, which ran for the first time with its full petrol-electric powerplant late last month, is to undertake a lap of the 8.47-mile Circuit de la Sarthe at Le Mans on battery power only.
The aim is to run at racing speeds on the last lap of each stint using energy recuperated from the car's rear-axle hybrid system over the previous laps.
NISSAN'S ORDONEZ/ZEOD ANNOUNCEMENT VIDEO