Nissan's revolutionary ZEOD RC prototype notched up another landmark for itself during qualifying for the Le Mans 24 Hours as the car completed its first significant mileage of the week.

Following a first day beset by technical issues, day two of qualifying began ominously with more problems before Wolfgang Reip, Lucas Ordonez and Satoshi Motoyama began to lap more consistently as night fell, managing a total of 30 laps.

Setting a best time of 3m 50.185secs - around six seconds slower than the last LMP2 car - qualifying was also significant in that the ZEOD RC became the first car to reach 300km/h on battery power alone down the Mulsanne straight.

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A prelude to what Nissan hopes will see the car complete an entire lap of the circuit on solely battery power, Motoyama was surprised how easily the speed came.

"I drove ZEOD at Le Mans for the first time and instantly we were able to reach our target to run at more than 300km/h with electric power only," Motoyama said.

"I was so surprised with the speed and power of electricity and it felt great. In yesterday's session we had some trouble with the gearbox in the first session then we had a heap of red flag periods and I didn't get the chance to get into the car.

"But the guys on the team did a great job to fix the car and I and I was able to get started tonight right at the green flag tonight.

"Our first target of the top speed of 300 km/h with electric power is done and I think that was a really good first step."