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  • Nov 1st 2011 at 6:59PM
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Electric cars and the act of hooning wouldn't ostensibly be something you'd think would go well together. But then that's what they said about EVs and racing. With the Leaf NISMO RC, Nissan is setting out to prove those assumptions wrong.

The company brought its electric racer to the Motorsports Japan Festival at Odaiba in Tokyo, where a trio of drivers got their chance to slide the Leaf RC around a giant parking lot to entertain the assembled masses. And while the results may not be up to Ken Block standards of Gymkhana, it is fun to watch them try.

Follow the jump to watch the footage. (If you don't speak Japanese, by the way, you can skip the last couple of minutes, because that's all interviews with the drivers in their native tongue.)



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      adrive7
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow, that car does not like being sideways. "Oh noes! I've lost grip! Time to spin."
      Chris M
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's like watching RC cars - but full sized! It really scoots!
      EVSUPERHERO
      • 3 Years Ago
      It is not right. It either spins to fast or to slow. It lacks the drag of a heavy drive train of a ICE, this is needed to regulate the speed of the spin, some how they need to imitate the drag of a heavy drive train to make it a good drifter. Kinetic energy is maintained easier with a less efficient heavy drive train.
        adrive7
        • 3 Years Ago
        @EVSUPERHERO
        An exponential throttle setup might make drifting a bit easier.
        Dave R
        • 3 Years Ago
        @EVSUPERHERO
        Heavy drive train isn't necessary to drift - just have a look at all the lightweight electric RC drift cars out there. The NISMO RC simply isn't set up to drift - needs more power (or at least some less grippy tires) - a heavy duty hand brake and a suspension setup geared for drifting.
      Timo
      • 3 Years Ago
      That looked like bad case of bad grip, not someone spinning on purpose. No drifting, no long slides sideways, just lose grip and spin.
      Dan Frederiksen
      • 3 Years Ago
      too slow Nissan. it needs to be quicker than a gtr