Nissan promises a hybrid for Le Mans

Posted on Friday, 10 May 2013 , 21:05:06 byTheodora

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Nissan promises a hybrid for Le Mans

Hybrid cars are gaining more and more room in the auto field, especially since lately everybody seems to be keen on the environment friendly products. HEVs offer an innovative, efficient and affordable option in our 21st century. After years of ‘on the road’ testing, gas electric hybrid cars have become a practical choice for consumers. Every respectable brand tries to come up with a HEV, even though it is just for the trend’s sake. One of these brands Is Nissan, company which set as a goal creating a hybrid race car to compete in the 2014 competition 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Nissan’s hybrid is expected to be a powerful competitor for the recently introduced Audi R18 e-Tron Quattro, which is the only one of this type to run in Le Mans. The operating principle of the R18 e-Tron Quattro is represented by a kinetic energy recovery braking system on the front axle which delivers electricity into a flywheel accumulator before being delivered back down to the electric motors on the front wheels. Energy from the accumulator can only be used under acceleration above 120 km/h (74 mph).

Nissan gave the job of designing the hybrid to Ben Bowlby, an expert from DeltaWing, which is an experimental racecar project. The vehicle promises to run only on electricity for short periods of time. The final details about the drive train are not certain yet. But what is certain is that the Japanese company has to say present in the electric technology zone and this will be done in DeltaWing style.

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