Nissan's new 400-hp/3-cylinder race engine could see street duty
Nissan has just released details on the new gasoline engine that will be fitted to its revolutionary electric-powered ZEOD RC racing car due to compete in the 24 Hours of Le Mans this June. As we reported earlier, the radically styled Nissan ZEOD RC was designed to be the first entrant ever to run a full lap of the 8.47-mile Circuit de le Sarthe at race pace in pure EV mode. However, it will rely on this super-light, super-compact and super-efficient turbocharged 1.5-liter/3-cylinder gasoline engine backed by a 5-speed paddle-shifted manual transaxle to keep it fully up to speed during the remaining laps of each one-hour racing stint. "Nissan will become the first major manufacturer to use a 3-cylinder engine in major international motorsport. We're aiming to maintain our position as industry leaders in focusing on downsizing," notes Darren Cox, Nissan's Global Motorsport Director.