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Nissan Leaf Nismo RC: TRANSLOGIC 139

The Nissan Leaf electric car is notable for many things, but performance isn't one of them. So how is it possible that Nissan's motorsports division could make an electric race car from the same components as the production Leaf? We take to the track in the Nissan Leaf Nismo RC to find out.



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      pappa71
      • 1 Year Ago
      ".....There's tons of carbon fiber"...funny, I thought it was a very lightweight material. ;)
      • 1 Year Ago
      je suis français, ex pilote sur Datsun "nissan" en rallyes du Championnat du Monde, je suis un fan des japonaises (auto !), c'est une véritable révolution que cette auto !
      skykng13
      • 1 Year Ago
      me either
      • 1 Year Ago
      I was expecting something better that the Tesla Model A... this is not even close /c=
        thankgodikauai
        • 1 Year Ago
        teslas are garbage so are nissans
          monsieurboo
          • 1 Year Ago
          @thankgodikauai
          Kaua`i is so tiny, it'd actually be a good car for it. Like I said, paint 'um green and da bugga goin' look jalak one bufo, da island mascot.
      drknee
      • 1 Year Ago
      You have to be kidding...the Teslas are way faster and better looking with a 240 mile range. Nissan is not even close.
      justgigging
      • 1 Year Ago
      Leaf has come up in the world..1st used to hide your pecker a shelter and a butt wipe.. so a few minutes of ride time... it's still a butt wipe
      • 1 Year Ago
      *than
      hmadden
      • 1 Year Ago
      Pure electric cars can be fast. But they just don't have much range. That has been the fatal flaw in electric cars for a hundred years. The energy storage density of all current batteries just doesn't approach that of a fuel like gasoline or diesel. Hydrogen powered fuel cell technology gives you the performance of an electric motor with nearly the energy density and speed of refueling of gasoline/diesel. As well as a completely recyclable fuel. Actually, any internal combustion engine can be converted to run on hydrogen. Hydrogen has its own storage problems, which have been addressed and solved. Unfortunately, the infrastructure to produce and distribute hydrogen just isn't there currently.
        starkmaddness
        • 1 Year Ago
        @hmadden
        The Tesla has a 250+ mile range. You are correct, batteries don't have nearly the energy density of gasoline, but you left out one important detail. Internal combustion engines are about 20% efficient, while electric motors are about 90% efficient. That means gasoline needs 4.5x the energy to go the same distance. Electric motors also have much more efficient drive trains, have regenerative breaking, far less additional component, and are much lighter. The main thing holding back electric cars is cost. Batteries are still expensive. Tesla got around this by assembling their own packs, but large companies want to buy them pre-made. As a transition, they should make electric driven cars with an smaller ICE as a range extending generator, which allows the ICE to be far more efficient.
      mrlovahman
      • 1 Year Ago
      Can I put some amps and subs in it and still last for the daily run?
        cmcclarty
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mrlovahman
        Turn the bass up on that and watch the battery blow lol.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Electric cars are the future. I have a Hybrid and I am looking forward to full eectric
        • 1 Year Ago
        Electric cars get charged by power plants that use... wait for it..... wait for it...... fossil fuels.
          Mark
          • 1 Year Ago
          True, but they produce that energy much more efficiently than using straight fossil fuels in a traditional engine. Electric motors are also more efficient at generating torque.
          PepsiManKolt
          • 1 Year Ago
          I agree with you Vicky. Mark you are also correct about the efficiency of energy production but one thing a lot of people overlooks is that those batteries have to come from somewhere. A traditional engine doesn't need the special batteries that a hybrid or electric car does nor does it need the quantity. Consider how much extra fossil fuels are burned ever day in the production of a Hybrid battery; mining, refining, producing and testing.
          Darrell Hay
          • 1 Year Ago
          Not necessarily. In my area power is hydroelectric.
          Dean
          • 1 Year Ago
          Even if the grid is powered by the dirtiest, most carbon intensive input (coal), EV's still are cleaner than the majority of ICE powered vehicles on the road. This is due to the far superior efficiencies of an electric motor...Don't believe it? Read up: http://www.ucsusa.org/assets/documents/clean_vehicles/electric-car-global-warming-emissions-report.pdf
      robertthefishguy
      • 1 Year Ago
      I am wondering why there isn't some sort of charging system, like an alternator, to keep the car moving?
        imlaughlin
        • 1 Year Ago
        @robertthefishguy
        Because there's no such thing as perpetual motion?
          imlaughlin
          • 1 Year Ago
          @imlaughlin
          ... but other electrics/hybreds do capture braking energy.
        PepsiManKolt
        • 1 Year Ago
        @robertthefishguy
        I have been thinking the same question. The problem with a traditional alternator is that it runs off of the kinetics of the motor. If you add a motor that collects energy it would put more resistance on the electric motor then you would gain. It may last a tiny bit longer but it would limit your hp and torque. I have a theory of another solution but I am still trying to work it out with a Physics PhD.
        tlmrbs
        • 1 Year Ago
        @robertthefishguy
        Thats what a Hybrid is
      gomobile
      • 1 Year Ago
      I dont get it. The Leaf is ugly. THis RC car body is not. Why not make this design instead?
        • 1 Year Ago
        @gomobile
        That's what I've saying all along. With the exception of the Tesla, these hybrids and electric car are so unappealing. Tesla sells because it's a sexy sports car. No one wants to pay all of that money to ride around in what looks like a soup can.
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