Nissan: Lucas Ordóñez to race Nissan ZEOD RC first electric lap at Le Mans 2014

Nissan: Lucas Ordóñez to race Nissan ZEOD RC first electric lap at Le Mans 2014

London, England, Thursday, 6th February, 2013: Two-time Le Mans 24 Hours LM P2 podium finisher and inaugural Nissan PlayStation GT Academy winner Lucas Ordóñez has been confirmed as the first race driver for Nissan’s revolutionary ZEOD RC prototype.

The Nissan ZEOD RC will become the first car to complete an entire 13.6-kilometer (8.5 mile) lap of Le Mans on nothing but electrical power when it competes in this year’s Le Mans 24 hours.

The car will combine electric motors with an incredible 1.5 liter, 3-cylinder turbo engine which produces 400 horsepower, yet weights only 40kg (88 pounds).

The car will occupy the Automobile Club de l’Ouest’s “Garage 56” at this year’s Le Mans – a spot reserved for new and innovative technologies not previously seen in the French endurance classic.

For each tank of fuel used at Le Mans, the ZEOD RC will complete an additional lap on pure electric power. While operating under petrol power, the car’s battery will be recharged by regenerative braking – recycling the heat generated by the carbon brakes to produce electricity.

The development project is being used by Nissan as part of its planned assault on the LM P1 class of the Le Mans 24 Hours and the FIA World Endurance Championship in 2015.

Ordóñez won the inaugural Nissan PlayStation GT Academy competition in 2008 and made his Le Mans 24 Hours debut in 2011. In three attempts at the famous French enduro he has twice finished on the LM P2 podium. He also took championship wins in the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup in LM P2 in 2011 and last year’s Blancpain Endurance Series.

Most recently he took a class victory along with four new GT Academy graduates at the Dubai 24 Hours. Ordóñez was previously confirmed as the test driver for the ZEOD RC project but has now been promoted into a race seat.

“Since becoming our first GT Academy winner, Lucas has demonstrated his speed and talent in a wide variety of Nissan machinery – LM P2, GT3 , GT4, Super GT and even V8 Supercar – that versatility was a key part of the decision to place him as the inaugural race driver locked in for the Nissan ZEOD RC,” Nissan Global Motorsport Director, Darren Cox said.

“The ZEOD RC is such a unique and different car. Anybody who drives the car is going to have to adapt to an entirely different experience. Our three drivers for Le Mans will have to be versatile and eager to learn.

“It will be very different but they will have the opportunity to be a part of something very special in what will not only be an extremely important project for Nissan, but for the automotive industry as a whole.”

"Our ratio of power per kilo is just incredible. It's even better than a Formula 1 car.

Lucas Ordóñez Q&A 

Q: WHAT WILL IT BE LIKE TO DRIVE THE ZEOD RC AT LE MANS?

A: “I’m really looking forward to it. It’s a very challenging project for Nissan and for me as a racing driver, to have the first opportunity to drive an electric car at Le Mans at more than 300km/h. I can’t wait to begin testing and get in the car at Le Mans and do those special laps under electric power.”

Q: HOW INTERESTING DO YOU FIND THE DEVELOPMENT PROCESS FOR A CAR LIKE THIS?

A: “The development process is really complex. Nobody has done something this technologically challenging with electric vehicles before. Completing an entire lap of Le Mans on nothing but electric power is an incredible groundbreaking challenge.

“I’ve been in the workshop back in the UK with all of the ZEOD engineers and mechanics. You can feel how much effort they’re putting on this project. It will huge for Nissan. It’s very complicated to put a petrol engine and electrical motors into the same car and be able to switch between the two. The 400 horsepower petrol engine that weighs only 40 kg is incredibly small – I can bring the petrol engine to Le Mans in my bag as carry-on luggage!

“Our ratio of power per kilo is just incredible. It’s even better than a Formula 1 car.

“It’s a big challenge but that is the type of challenging project that Nissan thrives on – they don’t choose the easy path.”

Q: WHAT IT’S GOING TO BE LIKE TO TRAVEL DOWN THE MULSANNE AT 300 KM/H WITH NO ENGINE NOISE?

A: “It’s going to unique and strange. I’m used to driving down the Mulsanne Straight between the trees at more than 300 km/h but with a lot of noise from the Nissan LMP2 engine. This time it’s going to be silent. It’s going to be exciting and something different. Obviously I can’t wait to feel that for the first time. It will be such a unique experience.”

Q: HOW BIG OF A TECHNICAL CHALLENGE IS IT TO DO A FULL 13.6 KILOMETERS ON JUST ELECTRICITY?

A: “It’s a huge technical development. The ZEOD guys have been working really hard to bring this to fruition. If you ask the electrical staff, the batteries and the electric motors make it a very complicated project.

“It’s the beginning of something big and the start of the electrical era in motor racing and a great learning platform for future electric road cars. Nissan wants to be the first to do this kind of big challenge. It’s going to be a tough development process but the engineers and team are very professional. “Everyone will be amazed at what Nissan can do in terms of electrical power.”

Q: WILL IT BE A BIG LEARNING EXPERIENCE WITH ALL OF THE DIFFERENT CONTROLS IN THE COCKPIT?

A: “It’s interesting. For me as a racing driver obviously there’s going to be new buttons for me in the steering wheel, such as the switch to transform from petrol power to electrical power. At the moment, we are in the learning process but we’ll soon start with proper testing and we will learn all about that and show all of the fans how the ZEOD RC works and cool it is to drive.”

Q: HOW EXCITED ARE YOU TO BE SELECTED AS THE FIRST RACE DRIVER FOR SUCH A SIGNIFICANT PROGRAM?

A: “For me, it’s a big responsibility. To be one of the drivers for the ZEOD RC, the first electric car that will go over 300k/h at Le Mans, it’s going to be a big challenge for me. But I like to work that way. I know all of the big bosses and important people of motorsport will be watching this project and I feel really lucky and proud to be a part of it. Hopefully we can succeed together at Le Mans.

“Six years ago I won GT Academy. I was a normal student. It’s crazy to think how far I’ve come in six years. I’m now going to drive the most revolutionary and challenging car seen at Le Mans in many years.

“I’d never expected to be in the Le Mans 24 Hours and now I’ve done it three times with two podiums and a pole position. I now feel like a professional racing driver and ready for this new challenge. I’m ready to succeed with electric power as well.”

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6 hrs ago

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Gutierrez is an absolute jerk and shouldn't be allowed to participate! He should go to a fair in Mexico and drive bumper cars...

The thing about Gutiérrez is to consult with his psychologist, that the damages are not activated does not mean that you drive without respect, you cannot put the car where it does not fit, fantastic boot race, it was not the best circuit to debut in a virtual race and if He is not caught in the accident, he would have been in the top 3, I hope he dared to participate again, Lecler very clean.

This is terrible to watch...you wouldn't think there are professional drivers involved 👎.

No damage is bullshit. Grow up.

Can’t run this with damage on, just takes away the spectacle and not very interesting to watch when crashing into each other like this

Gutierrez should play E roulette tonight. He hit everything else in Monaco, odds are he will hit his number or color as well

Turning damage off was a big mistake. Just became intentional wall riding for most. It somewhat disconnects risk and reward.

That It!!! All the F1 Pilots (when they're driving For Real) still think they're in virtual cars which can bounce off of everything without damage!

So many people complaining, don't watch if it's so repulsive to you.

Some shocking driving there. And people wonder why very few take it seriously. Crank damage up to 100% and let's see them

Honestly would rather they played Mario kart. It’s way more fun than this.

Some drivers should participate in demolition derby!!

Hey F1. You should have a night race at Monte Carlo and just add lights. I think it would be pretty cool.

Estaben strategy for yesterday race if anyone doesn't let me pass I will do whatever it takes to gain his position. I will set them spinning ☠️☠️

I feels like watching mini4WD series using barrier to turn lol Fun to watch, in not F1-serious like

2020 Monaco Virtual GP Nobody: All the drivers: SEND IT IN EVERY CORNER

Oh this virtual thing is just lost. Loss of value in material, society and spirit. But who would compare?..

Esteban Gutierrez driving was just shameful. I realize it's a video game... but even for a video game his driving was stupid.

No damage is just horrible, full of punts and wallriding

Action? Come on guys, activate damages, they are real drivers!

“He wants to play bumper car or something” - everyone to Gutierrez - 2020

Obviously there's not enough damage from aggressive driving

Would love to see this race with damage on 😈

F1 needs a no damage mode 😂

If they had damage on, only Russell would have finished the race 😀

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9 hrs ago

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Gutierrez ruined the race outcome. I expect that kinda bumper cars from nascar. I’d why I quit that series. Altho it sounds like it pleased some folks. Well, there’s always the real thing, and bikes. flat track, moto, and. Enduro’s. Something for everybody. Hope the next one is cleaner.

I would loooooove to get relevant F1 news without fantasy races and fluff. Is there a F1 page just for that? I realize everyone is struggling to stay relevant but fantasy racing is not what I signed up for.

Another Ferrari driver who can't handle being passed

Turn on damages. What a mess it look like kids driving today ...

Funny how even f1 drivers soon stoop to the level of gt sport daily racers when the damage is always off...

More exiting than real F1.. says enough!

Honestly wish they would just turn damage back on. Like I get it there’s noobs being brought on that aren’t even drivers but cmon it kinda kills this thing just watching them drive like they’re playing Mario Kart.

I honestly fear what will happen when the younger f1 drivers get behind the wheel again.

Why has F1 not adopted Esports to carry the season until the real racing can continue? Would be alot more interesting to see all the grid in equal cars. Even if it's not exactly the real thing.

Enough of this. Bring back the real deal

It looks fake and it is...multiple collisions, no damage, no nothing. It’s just not interesting.

Glad they made titanium front wings and sidepods.

Wow this definitely splits option, better than no racing in mine though.

This might be interesting if they turned on damage. W/O it it's just BS bumper cars, ignoring track limits and a useless thing to watch.

Do people look at this crap really only stockcar racing

Never seen such racing in Monaco.

The fact these guys race with no damage is sad.

formula one or destruction derby?? aahh, no damages...its formula one!! gutierrez 🤣🤣🤦🤦

turn damage on so we can really have fun watching drivers survive monaco.

Is that Blackpool GP coz they drive like they were on the Dodgems?!

Just imagine racing like that in real life. Awesome.

He went through where Max couldn't get past Hamilton last season

😮👏🏻 Good luck

I think they should have had damage on

Turn on the damage

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9 hrs ago

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Not watched this rubbish. They need to do a kind of battle royale style event where everyone has damage on, except kyviat and the last person to be torpedoed wins.

Bad luck for Charles on that point. Two years ago breaks failure and now this😂

Why are some people so angry on this thread because wheels didn't fly off a virtual car? Lockdown really hitting hard 😂

No damage... It's just a laugh that you need the settings for 5 year olds...

Honestly what Esteban today did was dirty... unacceptable, was watching Marcel Kiefer's stream and he was raging and swearing!

Just get to real racing already. This virtual racing wore out a month ago. NASCAR has started and IndyCar starts June 6th.

These clips only remind me how barren my life is without F1 lol. I can't find any enthusiasm for these Mario Kart races.

😐 c'mon now...turn on damage and get all the F1 drivers involved. Have your "celebrity" races elsewhere. ½points for virtual races and add them to whatever is earned when the actual season resumes.

Can we get a full contact death match mode with weapons please? Please!

You have overdone it with the "virtual" grand Prixs.I am a gamer and a FORMULA 1 fan myself but just the marketing exaggeration and promotion of all these tends to become boring, at least for those who spend a lot of time with pure Formula 1 things.Even the the E-league was better organized...

The whole race Esteban Gutierrez was driving dirty. What a disrespectful racer. He knocked out Alex too.

If they're going to play a game with ridiculous physics and no damage, why don't they just play Call of Duty. That's about as close to real war as this F1 game is to car racing.

I would buy the game if i wanted to watch computer games.. trash to look at.

Alright, it's funny if everyone agrees to go full Mario Kart mode. Not if a couple decides to torpedoe everyone while the rest is actually trying ro race. Either implement some set of rules or just switch to Mario Kart for this series. It was funny, now it's just ridiculous.

What no damage. That the whole point of f1

Leclerc and Monaco is just not a good combination.

What a load of sh*te this is honest. May as well watch them all playing mario cart. Utterly pointless.

Get a grip ya whining bastards! Yes, there's a bit of overzealous driving...so what! It's a bit of fun and at least a little entertainment for us while there's no real F1.

Here for all the ItS nOt ReAlIsTiC comments. No kidding, it's a video game.

The handling on the Codemasters games will always be rubbish, far from realistic, useless.

it was the worst virtual gp please turn on damage

What kind of racing is this without damage and how does it even manage to get much of viewership?

Is there no damage mode in this game? I remember F1 2001 had like 20,000 settings and full damage mode.

Someone appears to have driven through Leclercs car, ghostlike, as if made of ectoplasm...

Les mecs ils jouent sans les dégâts...trop la honte serieux quand nous on jouent en réel

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What an emotional race. Amazing.

Refunds???????

Dominik Leder

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Fatima Benard segundo 35 cuando voy conduciendo y me envías un mensaje

Ricardo Blokzijl Nathalie Blokzijl, dat weekendje gaat jammer genoeg dit jaar niet door

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Optimistic in 2018 to enjoying my soft pizza from bridgestone with mayonaise in the beach at sunset with coffee and gain cardio of my dogs just to funny 😆😆✌️

Gotta love that guy! 🤣 what if your cat finds out about that dog mishap?? 🙈 Also: pineapple on pizza is THE BEST! I’m sorry but it’s true 😝

At least during the lockdown, him and his boyfriend Uccio have has plenty of time to makeup a brand new list of excuses for when tossi gets his ass handed to him again !!

Looking forward to racing again . You look really good , relaxed & happy. You will always be No 1 . ❤ One kiss x

Always smiling our Vale !! and of course optimistic. I love him 🥰. I hope to see you soon on the track. 😉

Ahhhh - I got all of these right (except the mayonnaise on pizza but that’s definitely more acceptable than pineapple 🤢). Always makes me smile 😊 x

Valentino looks like he needs that beard filling makeup pen that’s all the target on FB

My Boy, and no pineapple, I'm allergic. XX

A character of a Champion💖VR46💨..

Like the longer hair, not the beard... You can shave, you don't need the barber for that....

Only you were allowed to switch the tyres from Michelin to Bridgestone.. What a shame!

Maybe they should do this for all the riders????

FFS!! Enough of the fan-boy shite MotoGP!! 🤬 Let's see something about other riders. You have 82 others to choose from!

One thing is for real...he certainly can't grow a beard!

Mayonnaise on a pizza? In Italy? It must be an Uccio thing, there's no other explanation... 🤣🤣🤣

Pizza with mayonnaise??????

Hahahaha "forbidden." #pineappledoesnotbelongonpizza

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rossi: mayo pizza cooks: WHAT A GENIUS he must be 200+ iq

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I love this guy...

Hello mester Rossi we miss you, Go go go

Ah Vale!.. la pizza con la maionese proprio non si può sentire!!!!😱😱😱😱😱

Go put some beard

Legend. Forza

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