Nissan has unveiled a brand new three-cylinder, 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine which will be used in the ZEOD RC.
The compact engine weighs just 40kg and packs an impressive 400 hp (395bhp), that’s more power per kilo than a Formula 1 engine.
The engine will be used in the Nissan ZEOD RC at Le Mans this year together with a unique electric power plant.
The Nissan ZEOD RC will become the first entry at Le Mans to complete a lap of the Circuit de la Sarthe in purely EV mode, then the new Nissan DIG-T R 1.5 litre three-cylinder turbo engine will take over.
The base engine is only 500mm tall x 400mm long x 200mm wide and would easily fit inside the luggage guides seen at major airports around the world, though obviously at 40kg it would be too heavy to take on board.
The engine revs to 7,500rpm and produces 380Nm of torque.
The Nissan ZEOD RC will occupy “Garage 56” at this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours, an additional entry reserved by the Automobile Club de l‘Ouest for new and ground-breaking technologies never previously seen at the classic French endurance event.
With this new engine, Nissan will become the first major manufacturer to use a three-cylinder engine in major international motorsport.
The Nissan ZEOD RC has still lot of testing ahead, before making its race debut at this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours on June 14-15.