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Nissan Leaf Race Car? Thank you, NISMO.

Postby AZhitman » Sun Apr 17, 2011 9:54 pm

The name on the back panel, just under the massive adjustable rear wing, says Nissan LEAF.

The powertrain is an 100% zero emission advanced Lithium-ion battery design, just like that found on the world's first affordable mass market electric vehicle.

And despite its lack of rear doors, rear seat, trunk, audio system, navigation, carpeting and other amenities, there is a discernable family resemblance. But that is where the similarities between the production Nissan LEAF and the Nissan LEAF NISMO RC end. As indicted by the "RC" -- for Racing Competition -- this new electric vehicle, which makes its world debut at the 2011 New York International Auto Show on April 20th, is purpose-built to bring new meaning to the term "Racing Green."

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Nissan and NISMO released pictures of the Nissan Leaf race car, and plans to show the car to the public this week at the New York Auto Show.

The 2-door prototype, called the Nissan LEAF NISMO RC, was created by Nissan’s Global Design Center in Japan and NISMO, Nissan’s motorsports group.

The race car features a 3.9-inch shorter wheelbase and is 13.8 inches lower than the production Nissan LEAF, leaving just 2.4 inches for ground clearance. It also weighs 2,068 pounds, or about 40% less than the production vehicle.

Nissan said the NISMO RC can go from 0 to 62 m.p.h. in 6.85 seconds and has a top speed of 93 m.p.h. It is projected to have a running time of around 20 minutes under racing conditions

After the New York Auto Show, Nissan said the new electric race vehicle will likely make a series of special demonstration appearances at motorsports venues in 2011. Nissan also said it wants to explore zero emission competition races in future years.


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Postby nissangirl74 » Sun Apr 17, 2011 9:57 pm

That is amazing! Who's going to the Auto Show???

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Postby MaximA32 » Sun Apr 17, 2011 9:59 pm

They're going to need to work on the battery life if they want to do any extended racing with it. I could see some Time Attack going on. The pit crew would be a tire changer and a guy with an extension cord.

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Re: Nissan Leaf Race Car? Thank you, NISMO.

Postby DMan II-40 » Sun Apr 17, 2011 10:13 pm

MaximA32 wrote:They're going to need to work on the battery life if they want to do any extended racing with it. I could see some Time Attack going on. The pit crew would be a tire changer and a guy with an extension cord.
Was just thinking about that because 20 minutes seems short. They could rig up something for a speedy battery change probably. And just save the empty cells the be recharged for the next race.

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Postby MaximA32 » Sun Apr 17, 2011 10:15 pm

If you read through it, it's going to be set up for demos exclusively for the time being.

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Postby kenno470 » Mon Apr 18, 2011 12:54 am

Pikes Peak. Perfect.

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Postby themadscientist » Mon Apr 18, 2011 4:18 am

It takes to the fat bodywork well. I could see them playing around with swappable batteries for endurance races. The pit stop would be like a refuel for a gas race car, just pull and swap packs.


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