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Unlike gasoline-fueled vehicles, in which reverse gear only allows low-speed maneuvers, the Nissan Leaf packs an electric powertrain that, theoretically*, enables it to be driven backwards until it hits its top speed. This means that the Leaf, believe it or not, can whiz along in reverse at speeds of up to 90 miles per hour. That's precisely why professional stunt driver, Terry Grant, will attempt to set a rather usual record from the drivers seat of a Leaf.

The record-setting attempt – up the famed Goodwood Hill – is set to take place on Fourth of July weekend at the 2011 Goodwood Festival of Speed. The goal is for the Leaf to become the fastest vehicle to be driven up the hill climb course – backwards.

If you're thinking that Nissan will wheel out its Leaf Nismo RC for this challenging hill climb, you'd be wrong. Apparently, the production Leaf is an almost-ready-made hill-climbing machine and can tackle most any incline in reverse.

*Before reversing down the tarmac to see if the Leaf hits 90 mph, make sure to read Nissan's disclaimer: In normal circumstances an electronic feature stops the Leaf from reversing quickly. The only modification that has been made to this Leaf is the removal of this feature.



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NISSAN TO SET NEW SPEED RECORD AT GOODWOOD FESTIVAL OF SPEED

LEAF to set EV record up Goodwood Hill - in reverse

Juke to be the fastest four wheeled vehicle on two-wheels

LEAF EV Racing Car - first ever dynamic UK display

Nissan has set its sights on claiming two records at the Goodwood Festival of Speed on 1-3 July - and it will be the LEAF and Juke that set them, rather than the flagship GT-R.

The Nissan LEAF, 2011 Car of the Year, will attempt to become the fastest car ever to be driven up the famous hill climb course - backwards.

Unlike petrol-powered cars, in which reverse gear allows only low speeds, the LEAF has an electric powertrain that, theoretically, enables it to be driven backwards as fast as it can go forwards. This means the car has a potential reverse top speed of 90mph.*

Nissan will also makes its first attempt at a two-wheeled record up the Goodwood Hill, with the Juke aiming to become the fastest four-wheeled machine to climb the entire course using just two wheels.

Professional stunt driver, Terry Grant, will be the man attempting to set the records in the LEAF and Juke by performing the stunts once every day he said:

"I've experienced Goodwood before but never attempted to set a new record. To have the chance to grab not only one but two records at the same event will hopefully provide everyone with a very entertaining spectacle."

NISSAN LEAF NISMO RC MAKES UK DEBUT

The Nissan LEAF NISMO RC - the "Racing Competition" version of the electric car will make its UK dynamic debut.

The car is a purpose-built prototype that wraps production LEAF components and technology in a carbon fibre body and has been designed to show that electric cars can be fast and exciting. Like the production Nissan LEAF, a lithium-ion battery composed of 48 compact modules powers the NISMO RC version and a high-response 80kW AC synchronous motor generates 107 horsepower and 207 lb-ft of torque.

GT1 GT-R CELEBRATES SUCCESS ON HILL CLIMB COURSE

In a more conventional demonstration run on the hill climb course, one of the Sumo Power GT team's GT1 race-winning Nissan GT-Rs..

Celebrating the second win in succession of the RAC tourist trophy at Silverstone in the FIA GT1 championship this year, the 600HP V8 car is visiting Goodwood for the first time. Behind the wheel will be Alex Buncombe, Nissan's FIA European GT4 Championship and GT Academy driver.

Meanwhile, the road going 2011 GT-R will also take part in non-competitive supercar run and is sure to be a star attraction in the Supercar Paddock.

The 2011 GT-R offers drivers 523bhp and improved handling and feedback compared to its already highly-rated predecessor.

Joining the flagship GT-R in the Supercar Paddock will be the Nissan 370Z GT Edition, which not only celebrates 40 years since the very first Z-badged car arrived in the UK, Nissan's GT racing success and the award winning GT Academy**.

This special edition features unique body colours, GT stripes, darkened 19 inch RAYS forged alloy wheels and a number of significant suspension and equipment changes.

NEW NISSAN STAND OFFERS VISITORS CHANCE TO WIN SILVERSTONE EXPERIENCES

There will be plenty for visitors to get involved with over Goodwood weekend, including the chance to try the road going Nissan LEAF for themselves as part of the Moving Motor Show on Thursday 30 June.

Meanwhile, throughout the Festival of Speed weekend itself, visitors will enjoy Nissan's exciting, interactive new stand display.

The wind tunnel-themed display features the ESFLOW concept car, an electric sports car for the future. You'll also be able to experience the new 100% electric Nissan LEAF in 3D and find out why the 2011 European Car of the Year is also going to be the car of tomorrow.

Anyone who thinks they can design their own car can put their skills to the test in the 'Innovation Lab'. Or, if racing cars is more desirable then enter the GT Academy qualifying competition and follow in the footsteps of Le Mans 24 Hours podium finisher, Lucas Ordonez with Sony PlayStation Gran Turismo 5 and at the same time win some amazing prizes.

Visitors will be also be able to get 'up close and personal' with the Nissan 370Z GT Edition, the 2011 GT-R, LEAF, Juke and Qashqai.

* In normal circumstances an electronic feature stops the LEAF from reversing quickly. The only modification that has been made to this LEAF is the removal of this feature.

** GT Academy recent won The Golden Lion Award at Cannes for 'Best Use of Branded Content'.

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