Nissan ZEOD: all you need to know
Inspired by DeltaWing, powered by battery: take a poke around Nissan's revolutionary Le Mans coupe
Posted: 11 Jun 2014
Even so, Le Mans is famed for being a test bed for new car technologies: windscreen wipers, disc brakes and turbocharging are all graduates from the race that have later made their way onto road cars. And Andy Palmer, Nissan's executive vice president, believes the same is true for the ZEOD's tech.
"The easiest thing to apply to the road is the lack of mirrors. But Zero Emission On Demand could be applied in passenger vehicles, giving drivers the option to change from petrol/diesel power to electric power. This means when you came into the Congestion Charge Zone in London, you'd switch the powertrain so you wouldn't have to pay the charge."
But, more interestingly, Palmer admits there may be something in that arrowhead shape for road cars. "DeltaWing proved the concept worked, and ZEOD asks whether staggering the front and rear wheels - which provides faster turn in, reduces understeer and gives you more downforce - is relevant for the road. And we're currently looking at it from a conceptual point of view, which would make for a beautiful sports car."