Besides the track time, Translogic interviewed Shoichi Miyatani, president of Nismo (short for Nissan Motorsports International Limited, in case you were interested) about the development of the all-electric, real-wheel drive car. About 1,200 pounds lighter than the production Leaf thanks to a carbon-fiber body, the low-slung car looks quite a bit sportier than the production Leaf. While the Nismo Leaf's powertrain and 93-mile-per-hour top speed are essentially the same as the production Leaf, acceleration is quite a bit quicker – 0-60 miles per hour comes in at under seven seconds – and the car is better balanced (near 50/50) for better control and improved "yippee-ness" around the track.
Nissan unveiled the Nismo as a concept car at the 2011 New York International Auto Show and we've had fun with it since then. Check out Translogic's six-minute video below and read Autoblog's Quick Spin here.