Nissan Leaf Nismo RC Stretches Road Going EV Tech

Nissan is attempting to stretch the EV envelope that little bit further with the unveiling of its new race car the Nissan Leaf Nismo RC.

Boasting more than double the maximum power and torque output of its predecessor, the car will make its official debut at the annual Nismo Festival at Fuji International Speedway, appearing alongside Nissan’s new Formula E electric race car.

The new car employs dual electric motors, all-wheel drive and a restyled body shape, and is equipped with the same battery technology and drivetrain components from the Nissan Leaf, the world’s best-selling electric car. Its motors claim to produce 240 kilowatts combined and 640 Nm of torque through a new all-wheel drive intelligent system. A light-weighting exercise see the Leaf Nismo RC featuring a full carbon-fiber racing monocoque structure, allowing it to tip the scales at just 1,220 kilograms. The power-to-weight ratio results in an impressive performance of zero to 100 kph (0-62mph) in just 3.4 seconds – 50% quicker than the previous model.

Nissan plans to build six of these cars to deploy around the world for consumer demonstrations. Nissan’s global head of marketing, sales and electric vehicles, executive vice-president Daniele Schillaci, said: “The all-new Leaf Nismo RC shows how we’re setting our sights even higher when it comes to raw power and performance – making electric vehicles even more exciting for customers. It’s our most thrilling expression yet of the philosophy of Nissan Intelligent Mobility.”

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in London. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_




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