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LEAF Gets Liftoff

Posted: April 19th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: electric car | Tags: , | Comments Off on LEAF Gets Liftoff

Nissan has called on its motorsport division NISMO to help give its all-electric LEAF some serious street cred. The result is the new LEAF NISMO RC, and despite the fact it’s unlikely to be banging panels on the racetrack in the near future, Nissan says it’s been designed and constructed as a real race machine. By cutting the weight and giving it a new aerodynamic body the NISMO RC makes 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 6.85 seconds on its way to a top speed of 150 km/h (93 mph).

Although it shares moniker and sports the same the same lithium-ion battery powertrain as the LEAF, that’s pretty much where the similarities between the two vehicles end, with the NISMO RC doing away with the rear doors, rear seat, trunk, audio system, navigation, carpeting and other creature comforts found in its mass-produced cousin. Read the full article »»»»