Track-honed Leaf can do 0-62mph in 3.4 seconds and will be used for demonstration runs at events worldwide
James Attwood, digital editor
30 November 2018

Nissan has revealed a new Leaf Nismo RC electric race car concept, which produces 322bhp and 472lb ft of torque.

The new machine is the second race-tuned Leaf produced by the firm’s Nismo racing arm. With dual electric motors and all-wheel drive, it is capable of achieving 0-62mph in 3.4 seconds, twice as fast as its predecessor from 2011. Six examples of the car will be built to perform demonstration runs at various events, including Formula E race weekends.

Nissan executive vice-president Daniele Schillaci said the Leaf “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.”

The drivetrain system from the race Leaf is based on the road version, featuring lithium-ion batteries and inverters, while the all-wheel drive can send power independently to each axle. The use of a carbonfibre monocoque and lightweight components means that the car weighs 1220kg.

The bodywork of the car has also been reworked, extending the length of the race version to 4546mm, with a 2750mm wheelbase. It has a ground clearance of 1212mm, a 300mm reduction from the road version.

Nissan revealed the Leaf Nismo RC at the same time as the official launch of its new Formula E team, with the Japanese firm having taken over the e.dams squad formerly campaigned by alliance partner Renault. British racer Oliver Rowland will join Sebastien Buemi in the team for the 2018/19 season of the all-electric championship, which starts in Saudi Arabia on December 15.

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30 November 2018

Good for off roading with 1212mm ground clearance! Reduced by 300mm from standard car -wow.

30 November 2018
More like 12mm!

30 November 2018

Joking aside, this is a great publicity machine for electric cars, pity there is nothing for it to race against...

30 November 2018

Come on Nissan, stop messing about and rool out the 60kW Leaf already....

1 December 2018

No interest.

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