• Jun 17th 2011 at 6:02PM
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Nissan Leaf Nismo RC at Le Mans – Click to watch video after the jump

Sit back, relax and enjoy the blissful whine emanating from its spinning electric motor.

What we have here is a sitcom-length video of the battery-powered Nissan Leaf Nismo RC lapping the famed Circuit de la Sarthe prior to the running of the 2011 24 Hours of Le Mans. Behind the wheel is none other than Nissan's number two in command, Carlos Tavares.

Recorded on June 11th during the "Le Mans vers le futur" – a demonstration event designed to showcase some potential vehicles of the future – the on-board cam puts you in the middle of the on-track action. It's 22-plus minutes of electrifying driving... literally. So, hit the jump to find out what it's like to drive electrified.

[Source: YouTube via Jalopnik]


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      goodoldgorr
      • 4 Years Ago
      Nice video.
      letstakeawalk
      • 4 Years Ago
      Great looking safety car!
      Ernie Dunbar
      • 4 Years Ago
      Of course it's much quieter. This is the same drivetrain, they've just taken out all the insulation and basically, the interior. There's not even a right-hand seat. This is done to make the car as light as possible. I like how they call this a "Demonstration event". It's more like a parade, really. And they're going about as fast. But then, there's still lots of preparation going on for the real race the next day, so lots of track vehicles.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Love it. Sounds a little like the old TV series Batmobile.
      Neil Blanchard
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think the whine comes mostly from the reduction gearbox? Neil
        Neil Blanchard
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Neil Blanchard
        The ERA is out there, too!
        Dave R
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Neil Blanchard
        Not sure exactly, but the production Nissan LEAF has a very similar whine, just much quieter.
      • 4 Years Ago
      No mirror ?
        letstakeawalk
        • 4 Years Ago
        There are wing mirrors on the side. There isn't a rear window (it appears to be a decal that *looks* like a window), so an interior mirror would be useless.
      Noz
      • 4 Years Ago
      Man that's so thrilling!
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