Nissan Motor Company’s President and CEO, Carlos Ghosn, announced this week that the Japanese automaker would enter an electric race car in the 2014 running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans event. Ghosn pointed out that the Nissan entry will, “… act as a high-speed test bed in the harshest of environments for both our road car and race car electric vehicle technology.”
Nissan is not the only game in town when it comes to the super-charged world of electric racing. The Drayson 850 horsepower electric Formula E race car recently did live testing at the Rockingham track in the UK. In the short clip below, which begins with a highly informative chat with Lord Drayson himself, we see the B12/69 Hyper EV doing some test runs on the circuit. For anyone who ever doubted that electric cars possessed the power to compete at the top levels of the sport, this film clip will silence those claims. The point about wireless charging is the most astounding of all, because if the process becomes efficient enough, then the race cars would not even have to leave the track to replenish batteries. As EV racing fans are fond of saying, “This is the future of the sport.”
Nissan Motorsports suffered a setback in the 2012 Le Mans event when its car was forced off the track in a disappointing conclusion to its racing season. How Nissan will supply electric power for a race car over a 24-hour period is anyone’s guess, as it has not been done before. Some speculate that the team will use wireless charging or a modified battery-swapping system.
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For racing enthusiasts, Nissan has created a separate site for Nissan Motorsports, which includes a complete list of upcoming races, a direct link Nissan’s official You Tube channel, and a fascinating look at the history of Nissan Motorsports.