While most gas-electric drivetrains are being designed for consumer use, Nissan is applying those concepts to a more unexpected area: auto racing. When Nissan sends its funky-looking ZEOD RC sports car to this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans race – the longest-running endurance sports car race in the world – the vehicle will be powered by a rather unusual engine.
Called the DIG-T R, this 1.5-liter three-cylinder turbo engine is small and light enough for a person to hold … but it’s still able to generate an impressive 400 horsepower. Nissan is hoping that the ZEOD RC’s gas-electric hybrid drivetrain will help it save time by not having to refuel as often as gas-powered cars.
Let’s take a closer look at some of the engine’s impressive specs:
- DIG-T R is approximately 20 inches tall and seven inches wide and weighs just 88 pounds.
- With the DIG-T R drivetrain, the Nissan ZEOD RC will be able hit 186 mph, making it the fastest electric race car when its debuts at Le Mans this summer.
- By generating 400 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque at just 88 pounds, DIG-T R has a better power-to-weight ratio than any of the V6 engines used in Formula 1.