Published: Sun, December 02, 2018
Money | By Ralph Mccoy

Nissan reveals Leaf Nismo RC race auto that won't actually race

Nissan reveals Leaf Nismo RC race auto that won't actually race

Looking nearly nothing like a standard Leaf, the racing version developed by Nissan's racing arm, NISMO, is built totally for the track.

The goal built race auto signifies Nissan's advancement in electric technology while delivering "exciting yet quiet" power, which is a key mantra in the Nissan Intelligent Mobility vision.

At the annual Nismo Festival at Fuji International Speedway on December 2, the Leaf Nismo RC racer will debut alongside the Formula E racecar that now in its most advanced generation yet. They more than double the maximum power and the torque output of the previous LEAF NISMO RC, which was introduced in 2011. Sharing the drivetrain components and battery technology from Leaf makes it even more special, as the latter is the best-selling EV in the world.

While the exterior of the all-new Nissan LEAF NISMO RC is spiritually based on the original LEAF NISMO RC, it sports a more aggressive exterior. The lithium-ion battery and power inverters, for example, it says are exactly the same components it uses in the standard vehicle.

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Revealed in Tokyo this week, the new Leaf NISMO RC uses two electric motors to power all four wheels. That helps the Leaf NISMO RC to launch from zero to 60 miles per hour in a claimed 3.4 seconds, making it 50 percent quicker than its predecessor. The car's three-piece body includes removable front and rear sections, fixed windows, LED headlights and tail lights, and an adjustable rear wing.

It has a long hood and Nissan's signature V-motion grille highlight the totally restyled front end.

Nissan plans to build six all-new LEAF NISMO RC vehicles to deploy around the world so that fans can experience the power and excitement firsthand.

The RC has been given a silver and black paint job, with red accenting, measures 4,546 mm (178.9 in) long and crouches low at 1,212 mm (47.7 in) from roof to tarmac. Sitting at the front and rear of the vehicle are a pair of 120 kW (161 hp) electric motors, which combine to churn out a total output of 240 kW (322 hp) and a titanic 640 Nm of torque.

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