Many legendary and exclusive fast cars will feature during the Goodwood Festival of Speed this weekend. Among the drivers are various Formula 1 stars like Sebastian Vettel and Jenson Button but also stunt driver Terry Grant is present. He will race an ordinary Nissan Leaf during the 1,16 mile hill climb. Exciting? Yes, because he will complete it in full reverse…
In theory, the electric Leaf goes just as fast backwards as it does forwards and Grant will prove it. “The Leaf Reverse Record isn’t going to be easy and will be very challenging,” admitted Terry. “I’d prefer to do it on a nice straight and level strip of tarmac rather than on Lord March’s drive. The hill not only climbs, but is also full of twists, turns and obstacles.
“It’s a hugely technical test of speed and concentration. But despite the risks, the strength and integrity of Nissan Leaf’s design gives me confidence. Whatever happens, I know I’m going to finish the weekend with a serious crick in my neck!”
One of the other Nissan stars of the FoS weekend will be the dramatic race-prepared Nissan LEAF NISMO RC. It will be racing against the clock, to set a hill record for electric vehicles. It will be driven by 2011 FIA GT1 Championship winning driver, Michael Krumm, who wowed the huge crowd at this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours from behind the wheel of the startling Nissan DeltaWing endurance racing car.