Nissan has launched the new, revolutionary engine that will power the equally revolutionary ZEOD RC that will become the first entry at Le Mans to complete a lap of the Circuit de la Sarthe under nothing but electric power this June.
It’s an incredibly small engine—88 pounds, 19.68” tall x 15.74” long x 7.78” wide. You could fit in inside your luggage before you get on the plane. But it packs the power you would expect from a much larger engine, producing 380 Nm of torque at up to 7,500 RPM. That’s a ratio of 10 horsepower per kilogram, which is even better than the new engines that’ll be used in Formula 1 cars this year after the new regulations.
“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 powerplant is quite a stunning piece of engineering,” said Darren Cox, Nissan’s Global Motorsport Director. “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.”
Seen in Nissan road cars of the future, eh? Now that’s definitely what we like to here. We look forward to seeing those future road cars—and you, dear reader—at the Cronic Nissan dealership.
Nissan is proud to have the most popular electric vehicle (EV) on the roads today—not just here in the United State, where the LEAF sold over 22,000 units last year, but across the entire world—and they have the statistics to back the claim up. As of now, the Nissan LEAF has sold more than 100,000 units across the world.
Nissan tracked down the owners of both the 99,999 and 100,000 Nissan LEAFs, and both of them had glowing reviews for their new EV. The owner of the 100,000 LEAF, Dr. Brett Garner, a dentist residing in the UK, had this to say: “The Nissan LEAF is perfect for everyday commuting, and there is no problem with charging it. It is ideal for the family as it is quiet and not tiring even on longer journeys, because there is no vibration. Above all, it is a fun to drive car!”
Don’t just take Garner’s word for it, though. Come by Cronic Nissan and check out why the LEAF has so quickly become the best and most popular electric vehicle worldwide.
With increased sales and several debuts hinting at the automaker’s productive future, Nissan started the year on a positive note. On a more personal note, so did Nissan Motor Corporation’s Chief Planning Officer and Executive Vice President, Andy Palmer. He was named to the Queen’s New Year Honors List.
Adding Companion to The Order of St. Michael and St. George (CMG) to his list of titles, Palmer was distinguished by the Queen for his role in making the United Kingdom an influential automotive manufacturing base.
Palmer is responsible for bringing many important projects to the U.K. and orchestrating several of Nissan’s long-term partnerships with organizations like Williams Advanced Engineering and Infiniti Red Bull Racing.
His new title is bestowed upon non-military individuals who perform “extraordinary or important” works in a foreign country.
Of the honor, Palmer said, “This award is a genuine surprise and I am humbled, honored and extremely delighted to receive it. I would like to thank all the people of Nissan that have helped me achieve this.”
Here at Cronic Nissan, we are proud to be on the same team as influential men and women like Palmer. And, hey, we wouldn’t mind a shout-out from the Queen either.
Nissan has teamed up with the Muscle Milk Pickett Racing team in an attempt to return to its glory days of racing. Between 1988 and 1991 alone, Nissan dominated the American sports car racing scene by winning four consecutive driver’s championships, three manufacturer’s titles, and 33 IMSA races.
Today, Nissan seeks to repeat that success with Muscle Milk Pickett Racing, a team that already has a lot of experience under its belt with back-to-back Le Mans Series championship victories. Their first race with Nissan will be at the inaugural TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, but we’re especially looking forward to Alex Brundle’s performance at the Rolex 24 Daytona.
The young British driver has already proven his mettle in the Nissan P2 World Endurance Championship and is certainly aiming to follow in the footsteps of his father Martin Brundle, who won the American round-the-clock endurance classic 26 years ago.
All that being said, if Nissan road cars are more of your thing, come check us out at Cronic Nissan. We’ve got exactly your thing.
Nissan knows how to kick off the new year the right way—with a teaser announcing that the new Sport Sedan Concept will make its debut in Detroit at the 2014 North American International Auto Show later this January. We’ve only been able to just glimpse the concept so far, but on January 13 the veil will finally be lifted and we’ll get our first full look at the dazzling new concept.
The Sport Sedan Concept, as we can confirm here at Cronic Nissan, does prefigure an eventual production model, widely rumored to be the 2015 Maxima. The released teaser image reveals a car with a similar profile—especially the front end styling—to the current Maxima while also showcasing Nissan’s “new energetic design direction.”
The 2014 NIAIS will also feature the North American premieres of the IDx Freeflow and IDx NISMO, futuristic compact vehicle concepts that took previously took the Tokyo Motor Show by storm.
With all this excitement—the promise of a new, sporty Nissan sedan and a flashy glimpse at the future of compact cars—slated just for January, it looks to be a very full and exciting year for Nissan!