Video: First Driving Impressions Of Nissan ZEOD RC

News I By John Beltz Snyder I October 21, 2013
While the car enjoyed its public debut in Japan, Driver Michael Krumm took the Nissan ZEOD RC (Zero Emissions On Demand Racing Car) hybrid Le Mans prototype out onto the track at the six-hour World Endurance Championship race at Fuji Speedway. Then he gave some of his impressions on camera after the drive.
While he didn’t get the car up to racing speeds, Krumm said he could “feel a great response from the car,” and that the steering was comfortably direct.
Just sitting in the Le Mans-style cockpit was an experience. "It’s like being in a different world,” Krumm said. “As soon as I sat in the cockpit, it was brand new. Even the buttons are completely different from a conventional race car.”
He explained that the ZEOD RC has a full racing gearbox, with a button for neutral, and paddles for shifting, yet it still feels different thanks to the electric powertrain.
See the Nissan ZEOD RC in action in the video below, or scroll past it for more details in the press release.

OYAMA-CHO, Japan – The Nissan ZEOD RC made its debut run at Fuji Speedway on Friday with former GT1 Champion Michael Krumm at the wheel, moving from design board to the track in only seven months.
The ZEOD is on display during the six-hour FIA World Endurance Championship in Japan at Fuji this weekend.
"It’s like being in a different world. As soon as I sat in the cockpit, it was brand new. Even the buttons are completely different from a conventional race car," Krumm said.
"I have driven the LEAF NISMO RC before, but it was great to be in a full Le Mans-spec cockpit."
Former GT Academy winner Lucas Ordonez will also work with Nissan in preparing the ZEOD RC for its "Garage 56″participation at next year’s race at 24 Hours of Le Mans.
"It was great fun. This was a low-speed demonstration, but I could feel a great response from the car," Krumm said.
"Normally, electric vehicles don’t have a transmission, but this car has a full racing gearbox connected to the motor. The gearbox is the same as a normal racing car. It has an electric powertrain that gives you a very new feeling. It was really fun."

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