Nissan unveils smallest 400 hp engine

Nissan unveils smallest 400 hp engine

Nissan ZEOD RC
One Japanese automaker seems to have concentrated on a bit more than just shrinking the engine size when building their race-car’s new engine.

Nissan has unveiled a 1.5-litre three-cylinder turbocharged engine which can fit in a suitcase and weighs only about 40 kg, but cranks out an insane 400 hp and 380 Nm of torque, while revving up to 7,500 rpm.

Nissan 3 cylinder engine

The new engine is slated to power the Nissan ZEOD RC hybrid racecar at the Le Mans this year. Nissan claims that the engine has better power-to-weight ratio than even the latest Formula 1 racecar engines.

It is probably too early to expect the new engine showing up in any upcoming street-legal car from Nissan, but maybe that day isn’t far away.

What do you think?



  1. Wow, 1.5L and 400HP/380Nm !! but at 7500RPM.. wondering how efficient this tiny beast is…

    Maybe Maxima Nismo : a rear-driven 400HP full size sedan…

  2. with that much hp out of that small engine prolly means change of engine after every 20000kms

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