Lucas Ordonez says Nissan is facing "a huge challenge" to try and complete the Le Mans 24 Hours with the ZEOD RC.

The garage 56 entry - from the same designer as the DeltaWing - is aiming to complete a lap of each fuel stint entirely under electric power, while the rest of the time it will be powered by a 1.5-litre three-cylinder turbo engine. Speaking exclusively to in Le Mans, Ordonez said the team was trying to set achievable targets and was prioritising the fully electric lap as finishing the race itself would prove very tough.

"We know it's a huge challenge this one," Ordonez said. "We are focusing on completing a full electric lap first and then we will see what happens in the 24 hours. We wish to complete the race but we know that it's a huge challenge.

"The technology that this car has, nobody has it and has made it work before. So we will try our best. We know it's really, really difficult. We don't want to give high expectations on finishing the race but for sure our target is to complete that full electric lap."

And Ordonez admitted he was enjoying the complexity of working with the car due to the level of forward-thinking technology that is involved.

"It's an amazing challenge and an amazing project to work for. Just to see how far the team is going in terms of technology, working really hard to bring the car in to garage 56 it's already a success.

"Obviously for me as a racing driver it's just beautiful to work in a different way. Before I was focused on going fast and on working with engineers just to get the best performance from the car but this time it's all about engineering, development, everything is new.

"Every day developing the car we found something new that nobody had found before so it was really great to learn about all this kind of stuff like electric motors, batteries; technology that we're going to use in the future."

Reflecting on the personal challenge of driving the car, Ordonez explained he was having to adapt his driving style and facing a much busier time in the cockpit.

"Obviously there is a different shape to the car, the weight distribution is different - 80% of the weight is at the rear and 20% at the front - so that makes it that the driver has to find the best driving style for it.

"It's a bit different than a normal car, the downforce works in a different way, those vortex generators on the sides of the car make huge downforce for the car but obviously you have to get used to them and the turn-in point. The tiny and narrow tyres at the front make the contact patch of the tyre very small, so you have to really take care with the steering input.

"Apart from that we use the DRS system. It's new for me at the Le Mans 24 Hours; normally I'm in LMP2 with no DRS and less technology so you just drive flat-out. Here you have to really work with the engineers in direct contact over the radio to manage all the systems and the DRS and all that kind of stuff."



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