Nissan rolls out 'on-demand' electric race car

Nissan executives today unveiled the ZEOD RC, a Le Mans-class prototype that will rely in part on the same electric drive technology in the company's Leaf model. The new car builds on the work Nissan did last year with the Deltawing car. The company has brought on board full-time Ben Bowlby, the lead designer of that vehicle, as its director of motorsports innovation.

"The ZEOD RC program is designed to develop multiple technologies to evaluate how they could be used for a future LM P1 class return of Nissan at the Le Mans 24 Hour. There are multiple options we are investigating. A Zero Emission on Demand option where the driver can switch between electric and petrol-powered drive is a future direction for road cars, so that will be tested in addition to pure electric power and other new technologies that we still have under development."