Nissan officially unveils its Garage 56 contender for Le Mans 24 Hours

Nissan has officially unveiled its Garage 56 contender for the 2014 Le Mans 24 Hours, the ZEOD RC

Nissan officially unveils its Garage 56 contender for Le Mans 24 Hours

Designed by Ben Bowlby, the creator of the radical DeltaWing, the ZEOD RC will be the first car to race at La Sarthe that is capable of running a full lap purely on electric power.

The car was launched at Nissan's Nismo headquarters in Japan, and features numerous changes to the concept car that Nissan displayed at this year's Le Mans event.

However, its intended track debut at Fuji this weekend has been delayed although it will be on display in the paddock.

"This weekend is an important milestone in the journey to Le Mans for the Nissan ZEOD RC," said Nissan's head of global motorsport Darren Cox.

"Our goal for the programme is to draw back the curtain for the fans to see the innovative technology that Nissan is developing.

"We could not think of a better place than the Fuji round of the World Endurance Championship for the actual ZEOD RC to appear in public for the first time.

"We have interrupted our intense testing in the UK to fly the car to Japan for this display for the Japanese fans."

Drivers of the ZEOD will be able to switch between full electric power and a small-capacity turbo-charged engine.

During next year's Le Mans, the opening lap of each stint will be completed with only electric motivation before hybrid power is engaged for the remainder of the run.

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