Video: Top Gear Drives The Nissan Zeod RC
By most accounts, the Nissan Zeod RC is one of the oddest-looking race cars we’ve seen. If anything, it looks like the kind of car that belongs at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah than it does in Le Mans. Yet there it was, racing around the famous race track on its way to setting the electric speed record at Le Mans. A car with such a unique background is deserved of the attention it gets, so much so that Top Gear actually brought the car to its own track to run a few laps around it.
No, Jeremy Clarkson didn’t drive it. Neither did James May or Richard Hammond for that matter. The Zeod RC was actually driven by Top Gear Magazine Motoring Editor Ollie Marriage, who himself has a background in auto racing.
That’s probably a big reason why Nissan gave him permission to drive the Zeod at full throttle, which is far easier said than done for neophyte race-car drivers like us. But Marriage was able to control the Zeod RC enough to post a picturesque lap. It’s definitely worthy of the three minutes you’re going to spend watching the video.
The Nissan Zeod RC is powered by a 1.5-liter, turbocharged engine that produces 400 horsepower and combined with a pair of electric motors that helps put the total output to an impressive 750 horsepower.