Nissan serious about electric car racing

Nissan have released details of its first pure electric racing car - the Leaf Nismo RC prototype.

Nissan have released details of its first pure electric racing car - the Leaf Nismo RC prototype.

It is a rear wheel drive racing prototype of Nissan’s electric family hatchback the Leaf and is set to bring new meaning to the term ‘racing green’.

The 100 per cent electric racing car has a purpose-built carbon-fibre racing shell and its powertrain is a zero emission advanced lithium-ion battery design.

In preliminary testing the NISMO RC produces 0 to 62 mph acceleration in 6.85 seconds and a top speed of 93 miles per hour. It is projected to have a running time of around 20 minutes under racing conditions.

Nissan is now looking at the racing world as a way to draw attention to the seemingly untapped potential of electric vehicles.

“The Nissan LEAF NISMO RC will serve as a rolling laboratory for the accelerated development of EV and aerodynamic systems, as well as a platform for the development of new green motorsports series,” said Carlos Tavares, chairman, Nissan Americas.

He added: “There’s a perception among some people that electric vehicles fall on the dull side of the automotive enthusiasm scale

The Leaf Nismo RC will make its world debut at the New York Motor Show on April 20.