Nissan just unveiled the world’s fastest electric race car – the ZEOD RC! The ZEOD RC uses the same lithium-ion battery technology as the Nissan Leaf, but it’s able to achieve speeds in excess of 186 mph. ZEOD RC, which stands for Zero Emission On Demand Racing Car, is slated to make its racing debut next year at the 2013 Le Mans 24 Hour.

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Nissan says that it will trial variants of new electric drive train technologies in the ZEOD RC as part of its intended future return to LM P1 competition to challenge for overall victory at the world’s most prestigious endurance race. The ZEOD RC will compete under the ACO’s “Garage 56” entry – an additional spot on the grid for vehicles that showcase new and innovative technology.

“Nissan has become a global leader in the development of zero emission automotive technology, and the Nissan ZEOD RC will allow us to further develop those capabilities using the toughest endurance race in the world as a mobile test bed to test the potential of our planned LM P1 power train,” said Andy Palmer, Executive Vice President and Executive Committee member at Nissan Motor Company Limited.

Although the technologies used in the ZEOD RC program are being tested in a race car, Nissan says that the technologies will eventually show up in future Nissan road cars.

+ Nissan