One of the support races for the Clipsal 500 V8 Supercar race in Australia was a Nissan showcase in the form of a time attack challenge: at the starting line were the Nissan Leaf Nismo RC, a GT-R and an Altima V8 Supercar. The 80-kilowatt Leaf Nismo RC was given a seven-second head start on the 545-horsepower GT-R and a 26-second lead on the 600-hp Altima V8 Supercar in hopes that it could get around the 3.21-kilometer course first.

Nissan's not afraid to burn the Leaf Nismo RC's rubber at the track, recently letting video series Translogic hit the kerbs, and it's put it up against some competition, having raced a Tesla Roadster - and lost. The odds were a bit better this time, but it wasn't the finish the hosts expected. Now a race commentator, the driver in the GT-R, Neil Crompton, finished on the podium of the Toohey's 1000 race in an R32 GT-R in 1992.

You can watch the hard-fought time attack in the video below. Skip ahead to 3:43 if you just want the action, but Crompton's recap of every driver interview ever is worth a watch at 2:41.



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      Smoking_dude
      • 9 Months Ago
      Nisssan should really consider making a street version of the nismo. Imagine it with a 48kwh+ battery and the ability to take a 100kw chademo charge.
        futurecars
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Smoking_dude
        they do have a 48 kwh battery leaf but only for racing purpose.
      IBx27
      • 9 Months Ago
      Reminds me of the episode of Pinks where a Civic asked for 20 lengths versus a fox body Mustang. 26 second delay on the V8?
      NY EVO X MR GUY
      • 9 Months Ago
      Gtr is always nice. I liked the leaf racer, but, that V8 Altima is friggin animal.
      Ziv
      • 9 Months Ago
      Give the Volt SS the same lead and see how long it takes a CTS-V to catch it! Oh, that is right, there is no Volt SS... Never mind. GM fail.
        mitytitywhitey
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Ziv
        Yes, and the lack of a Volt SS is really hurting GM's ability to put on promotional stunts.
          Ziv
          • 9 Months Ago
          @mitytitywhitey
          mity, my point is that if GM had built a Volt SS they would have hit a new market and it would have been good press for the Volt. Cadillac built the sport wagon not because they needed the press but because it was simply a fun concept and it didn't cost that much to design and build since it was so close to the sedan. If GM had built Volt variants they would be selling a lot more Voltec vehicles than they are now. And one way to get people interested in Volt variants is to play with concepts like Nissan is playing here.
        paulwesterberg
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Ziv
        Cadillac ELR?
      Cruising
      • 9 Months Ago
      I want to see a GT-R and Leaf mashup in real life, like this one: http://www.carscoops.com/2014/02/nissan-nismo-unit-wants-you-to-mash-up.html?m=1
      redssstew
      • 9 Months Ago
      I dont know which is more quiet, the GTR or the Leaf
      Griffen W
      • 9 Months Ago
      To me the Leaf is one of the most horrendously looking cars on any market, I'm pretty shocked it actually looks pretty good as a race car.
      AdamsH
      • 9 Months Ago
      Was it just me or did it seem that the GTR driver wasn't trying as hard as the Altima driver? It seemed that the Altima was being driven flat out by someone who had their foot welded to the floor... The GTR just seemed to be taking its time.
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