Madly brilliant Nissan ZEOD RC gets public shakedown at Fuji (video)

Nissan’s environmental 2014 Le Mans crusader got its first public shakedown at the Fuji Speedway last weekend. This is the resulting footage along with some thoughts from the man behind the wheel, Michael Krumm.

We covered the ZEOD RC in a little more detail when it was revealed in full last week and it’s already clear that the car will be radically different from any other car to take part in the Le Mans 24 Hours before. The ultimate goal for the team is a zero emissions, race pace lap of the Circuit de la Sarthe.

“It’s like being in a different world. As soon as I sat in the cockpit, it was brand new. Even the buttons are completely different from a conventional race car,” said driver and former GT1 champion Krumm.

“Normally, electric vehicles don’t have a transmission, but this car has a full racing gearbox connected to the motor. The gearbox is the same as a normal racing car. It has an electric powertrain that gives you a very new feeling. It was really fun.”

Don’t be surprised if the surprisingly small Nissan ZEOD RC cultivates a mammoth cult following among race fans and the wider public.