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.