• Apr 22nd 2011 at 6:02PM
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Nissan Leaf NISMO RC – Click above to watch video after the jump

The name on the back panel, just under the massive adjustable rear wing, says Nissan Leaf. The powertrain is an 100 percent zero emission advanced lithium-ion battery design, just like the one found on the world's first affordable mass market electric vehicle. There is a discernible family resemblance in the body, too, but that is where the similarities between the production Nissan Leaf and the Nissan Leaf NISMO RC end. The NISMO RC Leaf is missing rear doors, rear seat, trunk, audio system, navigation, carpeting or other amenities, for example. As indicted by the "RC" – which stands for Racing Competition – this new electric vehicle, which made its world debut at the 2011 New York Auto Show, is purpose-built to bring new meaning to the term "Racing Green." At the show, we just got to see the car on the stand, but you can hit the jump to catch the Nissan Leaf NISMO RC in action. Hat tip to Stephen!

[Source: You Tube, Integrity Exports]


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      Peter
      • 4 Years Ago
      Pretty, prettier than the Leaf for sure, not sure what it is good for (except for PR obviously)
      Michael Walsh
      • 4 Years Ago
      Cool vid. But a fail for only being CGI.
      HVH20
      • 4 Years Ago
      Anyone else realize the video is just a collection of shots done in Grand Turismo?
        Edge
        • 4 Years Ago
        @HVH20
        GT was the first thing that came to my mind when I watching that, but that car is in GT? I guess Polyphony might allow that as a downloadable option.
          • 4 Years Ago
          @Edge
          Not necessarily. I haven't seen it in there yet. But that doesn't mean that Nissan or Polyphony Digital hasn't mucked around with it yet. After all, Nissan did a boatload of testing for the 2010 GT-R in GT5 before either one was released.
        Ian Bruce 伊恩·布鲁斯
        @HVH20
        That's a thought. Grand Turismo runs on a PS3... a PS3 runs on electricity... ergo, all the other vehicles in Grand Turismo are electrics too.
      Dan Frederiksen
      • 4 Years Ago
      shame they didn't put two motors in it so it could actually deliver on the looks. and 4wd for 'free'. and push the two motors a little harder while they are at it so it could best a tesla, maybe even push a veyron. since it's a concept car it doesn't matter if the batteries are strained beyond commercial viability. it just needs to last a few runs on the quarter mile : )
        Timo
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Dan Frederiksen
        I wonder what kind of beast you could create with double-model S engine (300kW each) and something like A123 batteries to power them (to make continuous 600kW possible). Heavy regen possible with front-wheels having engine as well, so more than 20minute racing should be quite possible. I believe that when/if Tesla makes sport version of Model S it will be a real beast compared to pretty much anything we have seen this far.
          Timo
          • 4 Years Ago
          @Timo
          Nice Imprezza, however they got out max about 100kW each motor. Tesla Model S motor way more powerful, while not any bigger. Just one of those Model S motors is more powerful than two of those used in that Subaru. If that won a race, then Model S -based racecar would be pretty guaranteed winner, if all it takes is power.
          • 4 Years Ago
          @Timo
          Yeah, someone did that about 8 years ago with a Subaru Imprezza: http://proev.com/MDetail3.htm It took them about 4 more years before completing the project enough to win SCCA circuit races. They even have full video of a race they won in Moroso in their last race report. This was the first EV to win a sanctioned race against gassers in over 100 years. Coincidentally, the same guy who led this project also wrote a report on how (among other things) the weight penalty of the battery made the drag penalty of a rear wing detrimental. The Leaf RC has a significantly smaller battery than the Imprezza though, and this may make a difference, however the drag penalty still exists and may still be detrimental.
      Timo
      • 4 Years Ago
      With CGI the only way they can make those snail-pace cars look fast. There is no news here.
      • 4 Years Ago
      cool vid but what's the point? nissan is making a racing ev?
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