We’ve all seen footage of police departments deploying “spike strips” to take out the tires of fleeing criminals. However, traditional strips have a few drawbacks: An officer has to manually throw them in front of the car, which not only puts the officer in danger, it also allows the driver to potentially avoid the strips. And any pursuing police vehicle also has to drive around the strips, or else someone has to quickly (and manually) retract them.
This summer the Nissan ZEOD RC will become the first entry at Le Mans 24-hour race to run a one-hour lap of the Circuit de la Sarthe using nothing but electrical power. Equally impressive, though, is the new Nissan DIG-T R 1.5 liter turbo engine that will kick in once the electrical-only portion of the run is completed.