Rewind to 2013, Ford came up with the game-changing 998cc turbrocharged 3-cylinder engine and started the trend of downsizing, without having to compromise on performance. The range of EcoBoost engine raised eyebrows and 4 years later seem to be the way forward for Ford. A year later, in 2014, Nissan introduced the 1.5-liter, 3-cylinder turbo engine to be used in their Le Mans car - ZEOD RC ( Zero Emission On Demand Race Car).Quite the name. Here's a picture of this Le Mans beauty.
The reason for this post to come in at this time is because a couple of days back, a picture of Mr. Shoichi Miyatanih (President, Nismo) holding this feather-weight powerhouse broke the internet.
Here are some numbers for this engine - Layout : 3-Cylinder, Turbo Petrol Power : 400 bhp Torque : 380 Nm Weight : 40 kgs (88 pounds) These figures are similar to the E39 M5's 5.0L V8! Engineers at Nismo claim that this engine is more refined and boasts of better power-weight than the current F1 enignes. At 10hp per kg, it is quite a remarkable achievement. The ZEOD RC ran this engine along with a hybrid motor. Nissan was successful to make the ZEOD RC, the first car to be the first Le Mans-spec car to complete a full lap of the Le Mans (8.5 miles) circuit on only electric power.
360 degree view of the engine.
Nissan claims that this engine is so versatile that it can fit in your luggage and be carried around for travelling, although im not too sure why anyone would do that. The gearbox used in the Le Mans car is the traditional part of this powertrain package. Both the 1.5-liter, 40 kilogram, 400 horsepower, three-cylinder engine and the pair of 110kW 40,000 rpm electric motors run through the shared 5-speed gearbox. Some pictures of the ZEOD RC :
Notice the oddly-placed headlamps
Here's a video which will tell you about how this engine was developed
CorsaVeloce Makes me think- 'What kind of sorcery is this?!?!' The engine is a gem for sure, but I don't understand how the cornering dynamics of the ZEOD, especially considering the fact that it looks like a four wheeled car designed to look like a three wheeled one.
The reason for this post to come in at this time is because a couple of days back, a picture of Mr. Shoichi Miyatanih (President, Nismo) holding this feather-weight powerhouse broke the internet. [ATTACH=CONFIG]n9295[/ATTACH]
They shouldn't have retouched this image so much - people would obviously shout "!$%&! PHOTOSHOP !$%&!'
Nissan claims that this engine is so versatile that it can fit in your luggage and be carried around for travelling, although i'm not too sure why anyone would do that.
Maybe they want to put that engine in their old Jazz, like Speedzilla
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