There's more than one way to set a record at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Just ask Nissan. The automaker took to the hill climb this year with its electric Leaf and actually managed to capture a spot in the record books with a unique stunt.

Terry Grant jumped behind the wheel of the EV for a sprint up the course... in reverse. Surprisingly enough, Grant kept the battery-powered hatchback pointed in the correct direction, and even managed to snag an impressive time of just 1 minute and 57 seconds from the start line to the checkered flag.

Of course, the Leaf required a little bit of modification in order to pull off the feat. Engineers removed the reverse speed limiter, allowing the vehicle to theoretically travel as fast in reverse as it does going forward. Looks like fun, but something tells us it couldn't hold a candle to the Lincoln Town Car that showed up in the Car and Driver backwards lap competition. Check out a few videos of the run below.







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      Ducman69
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'd be more impressed if it were half-way decent going forward.
      Hazdaz
      • 2 Years Ago
      I have nothing against the Leaf, and in fact would like to see more EVs on the market, but this test really proves nothing. This is on par with that stupid commercial from Hyundai with the arrow versus the Gen-coupe.
      BC
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why?......
      alpambuena
      • 2 Years Ago
      big whoop.......obama has been doing the same thing for over three years.....
      Elvis
      • 2 Years Ago
      great at driving backwards, just like their sales!
      dave1marine
      • 2 Years Ago
      Backwards or forwards, these death traps should come with a human size spatula to scrape the occupants off the grill of full size vehicles
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      k_m94
      • 2 Years Ago
      This test proves: While this electric car is mind numbingly slow, it is theoretically possible to achieve the same speed in reverse, which is pretty fast compared to other cars in reverse. Of course, the Leaf you buy is reverse limited to something more plebian, and removing the limiter would void warranty anyway.
      dachbackworld
      • 2 Years Ago
      Look how smart the driver is, he knows how easy it is to die if he crashes it forward, so he chooses to drive it backwords for more cusion after the crash. Problem is wondering is the pain in his neck from looking backwards or whiplash?
      richardthefed
      • 2 Years Ago
      I gotta tell you whenever I see these little "Smartcars",the first thing I do is laugh my ass off. I mean are they serious.I actually HATE the idiots who drive these roller skates on wheels.The "Green" folks are some of the most annoying people in the world...I mean the people who drive these DEATH traps are more concerned with keeping the earth clean,and pure,and have the whole world all Pretty and Wonderfull.They trade their safety for getting better gas mileage...Give me a break huh
      Juli
      • 2 Years Ago
      I was wondering how long it would be before some dumbass brought politics up. Didn't take long, did it ? Funny how all the Obama haters supported Bush.
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