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Nissan has taken the wraps off its brand new three-cylinder, 1.5-liter turbocharged gasoline engine which will be used in the ZEOD RC.

An updated ZEOD RC was shown by Nissan back in October 2013 and now the Japanese automaker has disclosed more information about the conventional engine. It will be an all-new 1.5-liter 3-cylinder turbo gasoline engine called "DIG-T R" which produces a whopping 400 bhp (298 kW) and a peak torque of 380 Nm (280 lb-ft) and revs up to 7,500 rpm.

The motor tips the scales at just 40 kg (88 lbs) and according to Nissan offers more power per kg (10 hp / kg) than a Formula 1 engine. Aside from being very lightweight, the engine is also quite compact as it's just 400mm long, 200mm wide and 500mm tall.

Over the next four months Nissan will test the ZEOD RC so that it will be ready in time for Le Mans 24 Hours (June 14-15).

Gallery: Nissan shows off 400 bhp 3-cylinder 1.5-liter turbo engine for its ZEOD RC racer

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