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In mid-May, the Nissan Leaf Nismo RC took to the track for a shakedown. Come late next week, the electric racer will return for more on-track action.

Nissan has just announced that the Leaf Nismo RC will hit the tarmac during the "Le Mans vers le futur," a demonstration event that will take place prior to the 79th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The Nissan Leaf Nismo RC will hit the track for two demonstration runs; the first on Thursday, June 9 and the second on Saturday, June 11.
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NISSAN LEAF™ NISMO RC Set for Demonstration Runs at Le Mans

YOKOHAMA, Japan (June 3, 2011) - Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. and Nissan Motorsports International Co., Ltd. today announced that Nissan will demonstrate the NISSAN LEAF™ NISMO RC at LE MANS VERS LE FUTUR, a support event for the 79th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, which takes place June 11-12.

NISSAN LEAF NISMO RC

The NISSAN LEAF™ NISMO RC is a purpose-built racecar based on the Nissan LEAF, the first all-electric production vehicle in the world. The NISSAN LEAF™ NISMO RC, the first-ever zero emission racing spec production vehicle, was unveiled at the 2011 New York International Auto Show in April and garnered considerable consumer attention throughout the show.

Two demonstration runs by the NISSAN LEAF™ NISMO RC are scheduled: - the first at 21:15 on Thursday, June 9th and the second at 12:10 on Saturday, June 11th local time.

The 24 Hours of Le Mans is the world's most renowned endurance race and is held on the Circuit de la Sarthe, near the town of Le Mans, 200 kilometers west of Paris. It is considered the toughest endurance event in the world and for many car manufacturers, doing battle at Le Mans is considered a badge of honor.

This year Nissan/NISMO-powered LMP2 cars will participate in the race. Lucas Ordonez, winner of the first GT Academy, will drive the Signatech Nissan, one of the LMP2 cars.

Nissan Zero Emission Website
http://www.nissan-zeroemission.com


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      Chris Timberlake
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why couldn't they build something as cool as this for the market?
      throwback
      • 3 Years Ago
      I assume it can make it a full lap at "race" speed.
      zamafir
      • 3 Years Ago
      Pity they can't just run it during the race, I'd love to see all the ridiculously fast LMP and GT cars have to deal with something sporting Golf levels of performance... though I guess it wouldn't be out there all that long. I admire what nissan is doing with EVs, and what they're doing here even if it's a faux effort, pity battery tech still has so far to come for a venue like this
        carboy55
        • 3 Years Ago
        @zamafir
        Wow, what a hard ass. Every new technology can't just dive head first into the pool. This demonstration event is a positive thing and it is being advertised honestly as a trial balloon for show. Lighten up ...if that's possible. And start playing the pan flute again.
          carboy55
          • 3 Years Ago
          @carboy55
          Yes, it is being a hard ass. Thanks for asking.
          zamafir
          • 3 Years Ago
          @carboy55
          being a fan of lemans and this car and genuinely sad battery tech hasn't reached the point where it can compete realistically is being a hard ass? roah-kay.
        William
        • 3 Years Ago
        @zamafir
        Cars with combustion engines have been developed for more than 80 years. you cant compare that with electric cars
      Jeremy Pennini
      • 3 Years Ago
      So they are going to run it until the battery dies?
      Terry Jonnathan
      • 3 Years Ago
      Liked your blog very much.Also know a car dealer named Windsor Motors offering best possible prices for Nissan Leaf - All Electric, Zero Emission car in Dublin,Ireland.Get more info on http://www.windsor.ie/
      Dennis Baskov
      • 3 Years Ago
      When is it gonna hit the dealers?!
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