Give Nissan some credit, here: the company is proudly publicizing coming in second.

The Japanese automaker entered a souped-up Nissan Leaf in an all-electric-vehicle race at Japan's Sportsland Sugo earlier this month, with hopes of knocking off proverbial favorite Tesla in the 50-kilometer race.

The Nissan Leaf Nismo RC was customized with a groovy, sleeker body as well as having its motor shifter around to make the car rear-wheel drive. The battery pack was moved to the middle for better handling. Additionally, Nissan added more crumple zones and automatic electric-power shut-down capabilities the event that the car got munched.

The good news as that the car didn't. The bad news is that it finished second to a Tesla Roadster.

"Tesla's speed on the straights was much more impressive than we anticipated," driver Tsugio Matsuda said (in translation). The racer did look like he enjoyed the challenge, though, as you can see in Nissan's six-minute video below.



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      Ryan
      • 2 Years Ago
      So when is Nissan going to be selling that model?
      Baldur Norddahl
      • 2 Years Ago
      They actually beat a Tesla Roadster in that race. True, the #1 was a roadster. But Nissan got in as #2 in front of the other roadster that made it as #3. I find it quite surprising that it is even possible to tune a Leaf to be able to compete with a Roadster.
      bluepongo1
      • 2 Years Ago
      They changed everything to Tesla configuration... and lost on their home turf... to the car they were trying to reverse engineer...EPIC FAIL.
        Ele Truk
        • 2 Years Ago
        @bluepongo1
        Well, they didn't make it a two seater roadster, so... no they didn't.
          Ele Truk
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Ele Truk
          Well lets see, they didn't change the battery pack, they didn't change the motor or the controller. They didn't change the body frame. They moved the motor from the front to the back, so this makes it "everything to Tesla configuration" how?
          bluepongo1
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Ele Truk
          Previous to the Tesla there were no electric vehicles with the battery pack mounted behind the driver and in front of the motor= Tesla configuration.(I don't know if you are a troll or just ignorant) If you think you can change a front drive car to a rear drive car with out changing the frame I'm not going to waste any more time on you.Take a long look at the car in the photo and then Google Nissan Leaf. (hint: the production leaf is a glorified golf cart.)
          bluepongo1
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Ele Truk
          They purpose built an unstreet-worthy track car and lost to a production street vehicle...does that clarify things for you? Do you think the number of seats and lack of storage changes the outcome of the race?
        Rob Mahrt
        • 2 Years Ago
        @bluepongo1
        I down rated you when I met to up rate you... NOOOO
          bluepongo1
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Rob Mahrt
          Don't worry about it, down votes are the tears of butt hurt trolls; they make me stronger.
      Nate
      • 2 Years Ago
      According to an engineer at the ReFuel Race 2012, the Tesla Model S is expected to be faster around a track (Laguna Seca in this case) than the Roadster.
      amtoro
      • 2 Years Ago
      Does anybody at ABG proof-reads the articles before being published? "having its motor shifter around" "electric-power shut-down capabilities the event that the car got munched" "The good news as that the car didn't."
      EZEE
      • 2 Years Ago
      Blck Power!
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