• Jul 5, 2011
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Unlike most conventional vehicles, in which Reverse gear only allows low-speed maneuvers, the Nissan Leaf, if slightly modified, can be driven backwards at speeds of up to 90 miles per hour. That's why the Leaf, piloted by professional stunt driver Terry Grant, was the vehicle chosen to attempt a record-setting reverse hill climb at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this past weekend.

Unfortunately, Goodwood officials halted Nissan's attempt, saying that lack of testing prior to the event made it too risky. A Nissan spokesman commented on the situation:
We still want to break records with the Leaf. The fact it can travel at speeds up to 90 mph backwards is too good an opportunity not to exploit. The car does have to be modified for this to be possible though, so there are safety issues we need to overcome first.
The record-setting attempt – right up the famed Goodwood Hill – was to take place over this past Fourth of July weekend. The goal was for the Leaf to set the bar as the fastest vehicle to be driven up the hill climb course in Reverse.

Strangely, Goodwood officials don't see two-wheeling a Nissan Juke up the hill as excessively dangerous and allowed driver Terry Grant to attempt that.



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      rollingrock11
      • 1 Day Ago
      Dumbest stunt ever. Who's the idiot who thought this one up? My respect for Nissan just went down a couple notches.
        carboy55
        • 1 Day Ago
        @rollingrock11
        If that's all it takes you don't think much of any brand. Good luck.
      Drakkon
      • 1 Day Ago
      a more fascinating stunt would have been to start at the top of the hill with a dead battery and SEE HOW MUCH CHARGE YOU CAN GAIN GOING DOWN!! Come on, come on, all the kids would want to see that! No wait. That would be boring. Kind of like a Juke going up on two wheels.
      Naturenut99
      • 1 Day Ago
      "Strangely, Goodwood officials don't see two-wheeling a Nissan Juke up the hill as excessively dangerous and allowed driver Terry Grant to attempt that" I think that statement says it all. Someone didnt want to be shown up by the Leaf, or doesnt like the Leaf or EV's. No way would they let a vehicle go up or down hill on only 2 of 4 wheels, yet not let a car go in reverse up that same hill on all 4. Maybe if he was doing on only 2 wheels they would have let him? :)
        Rotation
        • 1 Day Ago
        @Naturenut99
        Nonsense. They said lack of testing. If the guy drove the Juke up the hill on two wheels safely once, then they are reassured it can be done safely. Nissan should have practiced driving the car up backwards and shown the car isn't going to go off into the haybales and the people behind them.
      2 Wheeled Menace
      • 1 Day Ago
      They couldn't find a mother with 'eyes in the back of her head' for the stunt, unfortunately.
      adam512
      • 1 Day Ago
      He does know that one minor twitch in his steering at that speed backwards is probably gonna end up with his head in his ass. Its not very wise!
      tmstreet
      • 1 Day Ago
      Let me the first to say how dumb this whole stunt is.
      hevace
      • 1 Day Ago
      Now that I know the Nissan Leaf will go 90 in reverse, I totally want one!