Motoring News Issue 3 February 2014

Motoring News £2 Issue 3 february 2014 NISSAN UNVEILS REVOLUTIONARY PETROL ENGINE TO COMPLEMENT ELECTRIC ZEOD RC POWERPLANT Nissan will not only break new ground with the unique electric power plant aboard the Nissan ZEOD RC at Le Mans this year, but the accompanying internal combus‐ tion engine is set to revolutionise standards of perfor‐ mance and efficiency. e Nissan ZEOD RC will become the first entry at Le Mans to complete a lap of the Circuit de la Sarthe under nothing but electric power in June. A single lap of each stint (a fuel “stint” lasts approximately one hour) will be electric powered, then the new Nissan DIG-T R 1.5 litre three-cylinder turbo engine will take over. e incredibly small engine weighs only 40 kilograms (88 pounds) but produces an astonishing 400hp. e base engine is only 500mm tall x 400mm long x 200mm wide (19.68” x 15.74” x 7.78”). While the en‐ gine is technically too heavy to take as carry-on luggage on a plane – it would easily fit inside the luggage guides seen at major airports around the world. Revving to 7,500rpm, the Nissan DIG-T R produces 380Nm of torque. At a ratio of 10 horsepower per kilo‐ gram the new engine actually has a better power-toweight ratio than the new engines to be used in the FIA Formula 1 World Championship this year.