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Nissan’s high-tech race car looks like it belongs on Cyrano de Bergerac and it’s also really, really fast.
The ZEOD RC broke a record yesterday by reaching 300 KMH (186.4 MPH) on the Mulsanne Straight while qualifying to run in the 24 Hours of Le Mans this weekend. As you might already know the unconventional race car that looks almost exactly like the Deltawing race car that Nissan was previously tied in with uses a powertain that can run on gasoline or electric power individually as selected by the driver. A 1.5-liter three-cylinder turbocharged gasoline engine offers up to 400 hp.
Satoshi Motoyama piloted the car through its record-breaking lap and is one of three drivers to take turns qualifying in the car, which will compete in the “Garage 56″ category showcasing new technology this weekend.