Nissan has confirmed that it will give a public on-track debut to its new ZEOD RC model during the Japanese round of the FIA World Endurance Championship.

The car, which will run as the Garage 56 entry at Le Mans next year, will be in action on all three days of the event at Fuji and will run in purely electric mode.

Long time Nissan driver Michael Krumm will be the man charged with driving the car during its demonstration runs.

"I'm totally thrilled at the opportunity to drive the Nissan ZEOD RC at Fuji," he said. "Last year's WEC round at Fuji was a great success and I am sure this year will be even bigger. Giving the fans in Japan the chance to see the Nissan ZEOD RC run for the first time will be fantastic.

"It is certainly going to be a very unique experience to go that fast with electric power - especially since Fuji's main straight is nearly a mile long. Fuji Speedway is such an historic venue - it's actually pretty fitting that the ZEOD RC will have its first public runs here because this car certainly has the opportunity to change motorsport history.

"We're only doing a demonstration run but I'm really looking forward to seeing what kind of top speed we'll see on the straight."

Prior to the Fuji appearance, the ZEOD RC will start its test and development programme in the UK with Lucas Ordonez behind the wheel, with further running in Europe then scheduled following the Japanese outing.

"One of our goals with the Nissan ZEOD RC is to draw back the curtain for fans so they can see what goes on behind the scenes in the development of such a unique race car," Nissan's Global Motorsport Director, Darren Cox said. "As part of that philosophy, we thought it would be quite fitting that rather than just test behind closed doors, we give the fans the chance to see the car in action.

"To be able to do that at such a great venue like Fuji Speedway only 90 minutes away from the home of Nismo in Yokohama was too good to pass up.

"We'll be on track with many of the cars from the WEC at Le Mans next year so our demonstration runs will also give us some initial comparison data as well."


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