After its DeltaWing experiment ended prematurely during Le Mans 2012 at the hands of an enthusiastically driven Toyota, Nissan has unfinished business with the world’s greatest endurance race. And this, the ZEOD Racecar, is Nissan’s revenge tactic. It’s the latest creation from the genius behind the DeltaWing, Ben Bowlby, so the shape may look familiar. But don’t judge a racecar by its paint job. The ZEOD shares not one part or panel with the DeltaWing, and under the carbon fibre, it’s radically different, because it’s got a lot more to prove than that it can go round corners.
ZEOD - which stands for Zero Emission On Demand - is what the Japanese company hopes will be the first car in history to repeatedly lap the 8.5-mile circuit under race conditions using nothing but recouped electricity. “It sounds like an incredibly easy thing to do,” says Bowlby, “but it’s got us on the ragged edge.”
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