Nissan Coaxes 400hp from 88-pound, 3-cylinder Turbo Engine for Hybrid Racecar
January 28, 2014 10:17 AM
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Engine will power the ZEOD RC hybrid race car
When it comes to racing cars, lighter is always better as long as the components can survive the stresses of racing. In keeping with the “lighter is better” mantra, Nissan has unveiled one of the smallest engines that has ever been used on the racetrack. The new 1.5-liter, 3-cylinder engine will be used to power Nissan’s entry into the 24 Hours of Le Mans this year.
The tiny engine, which is called the DIG-T R, weighs only 88 pounds and uses a turbocharger to develop an impressive 400 hp and 280 pound-feet of torque. The engine produces 4.5 hp per pound giving it a better power to weight ration than the new turbo 1.6L V6 engines that will be used in F1 this year.
The little engine will be used to help power the Nissan ZEOD RC racecar. The drivetrain in the racing car will be able to switch between electric and gas power during the race, with the battery packs charged by regenerative braking.
The engine will be mated to a 5-speed gearbox, which will manage power from both the electric and gas engines.
"Our engine team has done a truly remarkable job with the internal combustion engine," said Darren Cox, Nissan's Global Motorsport Director. "We knew the electric component of the Nissan ZEOD RC was certainly going to turn heads at Le Mans, but our combined zero emission on demand electric/petrol powerplant is quite a stunning piece of engineering.”
According to Nissan, for every hour driven the car will be able to complete a single lap on battery power alone.
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RE: Pikers ... only 400 HP
1/28/2014 9:03:32 PM
Didn't they run on methanol back then? Makes a huge difference vs. gasoline.
RE: Pikers ... only 400 HP
1/29/2014 11:18:11 AM
Not really. Methanol use was partially because of safety. If on fire it could be put with water, versus gasoline where water just spreads your fire around.
Alcohol can make more power compared to motor fuel from higher peak cylinder pressures, but the same can be said of 114 octane gas. Google Sunoco race gas and you'll see lots of blends that exceed alcohol at better stoic ratios.
Oxygen enriched fuels like nitrous shouldn't be compared since you talking about other processes at that point.
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