Nissan Leaf Nismo RC – Click above to watch video after the jump

Nissan has yet to figure out exactly where the company will campaign its new Leaf RC racer, but that hasn't stopped the engineers behind the Japanese automaker's Nismo effort from getting the machine out on track for a little shake-down action.

With its sexy carbon fiber bodywork, three-door layout and silent electric drivetrain, the car looks plenty sinister in its element. And while the vehicle's new skin is both longer and wider than the street-going Leaf, the race car uses the same drivetrain as what's whirring around on public streets right now, though it's worth noting that everything has been shifted closer to the passenger cell to improve weight balance.

Nissan says that ideally, the company would eventually like to replace traditional ICE racing with EVs and that it would also like to branch out into other forms of motorsports that have never been explored. Those include city races where typical race cars are too loud to compete and indoor events where a zero-emission vehicle could truly shine. Hit the jump to check out the video for yourself.

[Source: YouTube]



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      2 Wheeled Menace
      • 4 Years Ago
      Drool. I'd love one of these. I wonder if the original car will end up commonly modded for more power by younger folks one day. Modifying an electric car for more power is not difficult, should be interesting to see how it plays out. If i only had the cash.
        Marcopolo
        • 4 Years Ago
        @2 Wheeled Menace
        I think EV hot-rods and street mods, from production EV's are not only possible but inevitable! There is already a very active EV conversion, drag racing fraternity.
          2 Wheeled Menace
          • 4 Years Ago
          @Marcopolo
          Totally, dude. A lot of the hot rodding action i see is all about 2 wheels because it's cheap and available as a starter project. Good way to learn the ropes. Once the used EVs trickle down into the public's hands; give it a few years; we're gonna see cars like this hot rodded like crazy since an entire generation had been practicing on their ebikes/emotorcycles/etc.
      Marcopolo
      • 4 Years Ago
      The noise level of EV racing as opposed to ICE is a very interesting point. This would certainly remove a great deal of objections to inner city races, especially the otherwise excellent inner suburban lakeside track used in the Melbourne, Australia, stage of the Formula 1 circuit.
      LiteNRG1
      • 3 Years Ago
      Awesome stuff nissan.
      Ernie Dunbar
      • 4 Years Ago
      "the race car uses the same drivetrain as what's whirring around on public streets right now" That makes total sense. Because if you were going to hyper-modify a Camaro for racing, you would totally leave the drivetrain alone and just do some aero and body/chassis mods. Here's a thought. Just for a start, put a bigger battery in it and a controller than can put out more than 1000 amps at 300+v. Then you might be able to compete on the track.
        2 Wheeled Menace
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Ernie Dunbar
        No kidding. I don't know exactly what they're going for. All i know is that i want one ;) It is incredibly easy to add more volts or amps on most 3 phase brushless controllers. I think they just didn't want to engineer another battery pack + BMS for the job. More amps and a taller gear ratio for the front wheel drive differential could have been easily done however. Sometimes it is as easy as just adding a dab of solder to the controller's shunt. Those two things would have increased the top speed and added more torque. Oh well.
        ELECTRIC4ME
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Ernie Dunbar
        It's pretty obvious to me what they're trying to do here: promote the publicly available Leaf with a production based race car. There will be plenty of time to hyper modify and/or replace the drivetrain in the future, but for now this seems like a good move to me.
      Timo
      • 3 Years Ago
      It is a good looking snail. A bit faster than electric engine aided bicycle. Too low top speed, too slow acceleration, too short range to do serious racing. Bad engineering, good styling. Standard ugly Leaf should look something like that. I believe sales would jump way high with that styling.
      Dan Frederiksen
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm guessing the battery can handle more power. they would just need more powerful motor/controller. and they really should have. the image of the leaf cannot be salvaged, it's heavy slow and ugly and they shouldn't try. much better to improve the image of nissan so the leaf is a little cool by association. they could easily do a 3.5second car. a 7 second car is just not impressive at all. they need to make an EV that will devastate the GT-R. make the petrol heads think. they don't do it on their own.
        2 Wheeled Menace
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Dan Frederiksen
        Li-mn is not famous for it's discharge rating. Usually 4C-10C. 24kWh battery, 80kW motor. After controller loss, peak amps produces a 3-3.25C load. Yeah, there's some hot rodding potential here. Put a glob of solder on the controller's shunt ya Nismo sissies.. :)