ZEOD RC sets records, but fails overall in Le Mans 24 Hours
After just 23 laps, the Nissan ZEOD RC was pulled from the race at Le Mans and garaged, dashing any hopes of a historic finish. Despite that, though, those twenty-three laps were legendary thanks to three world records set by the car during it's short run at Le Mans.
Nissan says that despite the failure to finish, the ZEOD RC test case was clearly a success and the technology will move forward. They will re-enter the Le Mans 24 Hours in 2015 with the car to continue its progress.
Meanwhile, the event that pulled the car from the race after just a few laps was quite mundane. A transmission failure, causing the gearbox to stop shifting correctly, ended the ZEOD's run. Yep, a simple mechanical failure having little to do with the advanced electrical and other technologies involved in the car's design. "How lame is that?" was the response heard from many upon release of the news.