After Nissan's recent announcement that it would enter the Le Mans 24 hour motor race in 2015 if it is allowed to build a car outside of the rules that everyone else must abide by, it appears that they have also turned their sights on The Tour de France Bicycle race.
A spokesperson for the sporting division of the company announced:
"Yes, we are looking at entering a Tour de France bicycle team. The Tour de France is the most gruelling sporting event in the world and we plan to use the same technology as we have in the Nissan "Leaf" car to give our team the edge over our competition; we intend to enter electric bicycles into the event. Of course the rules don't allow this, but we have to be allowed to be the bad boys of the sport; we simply won't enter if we have to conform".
The spokesperson continues:
"The plan is that the team car will carry a whole set of spare batteries onboard so that the team members will be able to swap batteries during each stage, much as the normal competitors take on food as they ride. During the race we're aiming to establish an all new record for the ascent of Mont Ventoux, and of course to win the final sprint on the Champs Elysees".
Team members for the new Nissan Pro Cycling team are currently unannounced.
Cycling's governing body, the UCI, declined to provide a comment.