The Nissan Leaf Nismo RC is the ‘race version’ of the normal Nissan Leaf. Besides some extra aerodynamic bodywork and a spoiler at the rear, those two cars are technically identical. Since it made its debut at the New York International Auto Show in 2011, it has ‘raced’ all over the world.
Nissan wants to show its leadership on zero emission cars and having a spectacular show car is one of the best ways of doing so. The Nismo RC has been made much lighter and therefore the top speed of 150 kilometres per hour can be reached much quicker. In race condition, the battery would last about 20 minutes. “If we would like to race for 30 or 40 minutes, we would include an additional battery in the car,” says Shoichi Miyatani, President of Nismo – the motorsports division of Nissan – in a video interview.
However, it is doubtful if we would see a racing series with the Nissan Leaf Nismo RC. The Nismo division is working on its next project: the Nissan ZEOD RC which has been unveiled recently. This car will run in next years 24 hours of Le Mans race under ‘Garage 56’, a special entry for innovative cars. However it should run 24 hours, this car features an ‘electric mode’ and reaches a top speed of over 300 km / h.
Nissan Leaf Nismo RC specifications:
107 hp 80 kW AC synchronous motor24 kWh lithium-ion battery
207 lb-ft torque
0-100 km/h in 6,8 seconds
50 kilometre per hour top speed