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Nissan ZEOD RC claims 300 km/h electric speed record at Le Mans

•, By Scott Collie

ZEOD, which stands for Zero Emissions on Demand, uses two 110 kW electric motors coupled with a 400 hp, 1.5-liter three-cylinder turbocharged engine weighing just 40 kilograms. The driver can swap between the petrol and electric motors from the car's cabin.

Because of its unique design and powertrain, the ZEOD is racing out of Le Mans' famous Garage 56, which is reserved for cars that showcase innovative technology.With Satoshi Motoyama at the wheel in his first session during race week, the car reached the 300 km/h during qualifying while running on electric power only.

"I drove ZEOD at Le Mans for the first time and instantly we were able to reach our target to run at more than 300km/h with electric power only," said Motoyama. "I was so surprised with the speed and power of electricity and it felt great.

As well as breaking the electric record for top speed, Nissan is aiming to be the first team to complete a full 8.5 mile lap of Circuit de la Sarthe under pure electric power.

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