The Nissan ZEOD RC experimental Le Mans 24 Hours racer will make its public track debut in next month’s Japanese round of the World Endurance Championship at Fuji.
The car that will take the “Garage 56” entry reserved for experimental machinery at Le Mans next year will be demonstrated on all three days of the WEC event in Japan on Oct. 18-20.
The ZEOD, which stands for zero emissions on demand, will run in electric-only form at Fuji after initial tests in that specification later this month.
“One of our goals with the ZEOD RC is to draw back the curtain for fans so they can see what goes on behind the scenes in the development of such a unique racecar,” Nissan global motorsport boss Darren Cox said. “As part of that philosophy, we thought it would be fitting that, rather than just test behind closed doors, we gave the fans the chance to see the car in action.
“To be able to do that at such a great venue like Fuji Speedway, only 90 minutes away from the home of NISMO [Nissan’s motorsport arm and a partner in the development of the ZEOD] in Yokohama, was too good to pass up.”
Driving the car at Fuji will be long-time Nissan driver Michael Krumm, who was part of the driver line-up in the Japanese manufacturer’s DeltaWing racer at Le Mans last year. Inaugural Nissan Academy winner Lucas Ordonez has been nominated as test driver for the ZEOD and will undertake the first runs this month.
The internal-combustion motor that will form part of the ZEOD’s powertrain is not due to run in the car until January.