Zeod RC And The Little Engine That Could

September 10, 2014
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Zeod RC

Nissan has revealed the remarkably minute, puissant engine that has powered its ZEOD RC car, which has competed at the 24 Hours of Le Mans race in June.

Nissan Nismo President Shoichi Miyatani hold the powerful, lightweight engine that is powering its Zeod RC.

Nissan Nismo President Shoichi Miyatani hold the powerful, lightweight engine that will power its ZEOD RC.

To illustrate just how unwonted this engine is, Nissan showed it off in the arms of Shoichi Miyatani, president of Nismo, Nissan’s motorsports and performance division.

The DIG-T R 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine weighs just 88 pounds. It measures 19.68” x 15.74” x 7.78”, minute enough to fit in your carry-on bag.

Yet it cranks out 400 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. That’s more power per pound than the engines utilized in this year’s Formula 1 Championship, Nissan notes.

The engine won’t be doing all the work at Le Mans, however. On each set of laps, the ZEOD RC will run on pristine electric power for the first lap, then the DIG-T R will surmount. Thus the denomination, the Zero Emission On Demand Racing Car.

Those who don’t care about car racing should still be exhilarated about the incipient engine. The fixate on engendering as much power as possible from as diminutive weight as possible is great for developing incipient technologies that often trickle down to engenderment cars.

In a world of high gas prices and federal efficiency standards, a minute engine that cranks out this much power for the ZEOD RC would be a wondrous thing.

Here’s the ZEOD RC car:

Nissan ZEOD RC Le Mans

Nissan ZEOD RC Le Mans

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