Nissan has taken the technology honed by its Formula E program and stuffed it into its latest Leaf race car, giving it more than double the power and torque of its predecessor.
Looking almost nothing like a standard Leaf, the racing version developed by Nissan’s racing arm, NISMO, is built totally for the track.
Two electric motors now power all four wheels and deliver a combined 240 kilowatts of power (roughly equivalent to 320 horsepower) and 640 nm of torque.
The lightweight chassis only weighs 1,220 kg, which helps the Leaf RC reach 100 km/h from zero in just 3.4 seconds; Nissan says that’s 50 per cent quicker than the previous model, which was introduced in 2011.
The body has been lowered 300 mm from the street version to give it a more aggressive look and improve aerodynamics. It now sits at just 1,212 mm from the roof to the road.
Three sections make up the body, with the front and rear sections removable. A massive wing sits at the back for improved downforce.
The Nissan Leaf Nismo RC will be officially debuted at the annual NISMO festival at Fuji International Speedway on December 2nd, where it will be driven to the limit by professional racing drivers for fans to watch.
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