The Nissan leaf was first shown to the public in December of 2010. For those of you who are not “in tune” with the environmental movement, the Nissan Leaf is a zero-emission vehicle, ok, electric car, with a 100 mile range and an electric motor system which generates 107 horsepower and 207 ft-lb of torque. Utilizing a fast-charge system the Leaf can be replenished to 80% of its full capacity within 30 minutes. Quite a feat. From a performance perspective the Leaf unofficially does 0-60 in 7 seconds and tops out at 94mph. Not too shabby for an all-electric vehicle that some liken to a catfish.
Since release the Leaf has received quite a few awards including the 2011 World Car of the Year, Top Safety Pick 2011 from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Top-10 green cars from Kelley Blue books, Wards 2010 Best Engines’ award, and the Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Award, among others. So, the Leaf is eco-friendly, environmentally safe, has a decent range for city driving, charges quickly, and is being acknowledged by “the industry”. That’s good and all but what does this have to do with racing and record breaking?
Nissan is investing quite an effort to garner a positive image for their little electric car. Part of this effort has been to run the Leaf, and variants of the Leaf, in multiple road racing events around the world. The Leaf has been outfitted with racing tires, roll cages, and even aggressive body kits in its quest to be seen as something more as a simple city eco-warrior.
Unleash the Beast: The NISMO RC
Leaf NISMO RC takes on Le Mans
Leaf at Pikes Peak Hill climb
Goodwood Festival of Speed
Nissan has claimed they want to set more records and really show what their little electric car can do. So far, so good.
Article by: Matthew Moody