Speaking about their superlight engine, Nissan says it has a better power to weight ratio, compared to that of F1 engines this season. Called DIG-T R 1.5L, this new Nissan turbo’ed engine has a power to weight ratio of 10 hp to 1 kg. Highlighting it’s size, which stands at 500mm tall x 400mm long x 200mm wide, Nissan says, “it could easily fit inside the luggage guides seen at major airports around the world.”
The Nissan race car which will have this engine, Nissan ZEOD RC Hybrid, also has a electric unit. Both, electric and petrol unit transmit power via a 5 speed gearbox. The car will be seen in action at the Circuit de la Sarthe later this June. This will make Nissan’s entry as the first at Le Mans to complete a lap on pure electric.
After that, Nissan ZEOD RC Hybrid racing model will head to this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours, where it will occupy Garage 26. Nissan’s race car, as per Automobile Club de l‘Ouest, gets to participate under “new and ground-breaking technologies never previously seen at the classic French endurance event”.
“We knew the electric component of the Nissan ZEOD RC was certainly going to turn heads at Le Mans but our combined zero emission on-demand electric/petrol power plant is quite a stunning piece of engineering,” commented said Darren Cox, Nissan’s Global Motorsport Director.
“Nissan will become the first major manufacturer to use a three-cylinder engine in major international motorsport. We’re aiming to maintain our position as industry leaders in focusing on downsizing. Lessons learned from the development of the engine will be seen in Nissan road cars of the future,” he added.