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LEAF NISMO RC: EV THE NISMO WAY What
happens when you bring together the accessible performance philosophy
of Nismo with the world's first affordable mass market electric vehicle?
The answer is the Nissan LEAF Nismo RC, a bespoke track-ready carbon
fibre prototype with a 100% zero-emission lithium-ion powertrain. Stripped
of its rear doors, back seat, boot, audio system, sat-nav, carpets and
other comfort and convenience features, there is an obvious family
resemblance to the LEAF production car. RC stands for Racing Competition
and this special LEAF has been created as a showcase for the potential
of environmentally aware vehicles in series motorsport. The
car made its world debut at the 2011 New York Motor Show. Carlos
Tavares, Chairman of Nissan Americas, told media and VIP guests:
"Combining the talents of Nismo... and engineers behind some of the
company's Super GT and FIA GT1 race teams, 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." The
Nissan LEAF Nismo RC has been designed and constructed as a real racing
machine, starting with its full carbon fibre monocoque bodywork. The
three-piece shell includes removable front and rear sections, fixed
windows, LED headlights and rear lights and a driver-adjustable rear
wing. It's
20mm longer than a standard LEAF and 1,700mm wider. The overall height
is 350mm lower, and ground clearance is restricted to just 60mm. At
938kg it weighs in at approximately 40 per cent less than the production
vehicle. The
layout of the Nismo RC is also markedly different, with a mid-mounted
location for the battery pack, electric motor and inverter. Drive goes
to the rear wheels rather than the front. The
Nismo RC also features a double-wishbone suspension design front and
rear and driver-adjustable brake balance. It rides on 18-inch 6-spoke
wheels and P225/40R18 Bridgestone racing tyres. Like
the production Nissan LEAF, the Nismo RC is powered by a lithium-ion
battery composed of 48 compact modules and a high-response 80kW AC
synchronous motor that generates 107 horsepower and 280Nm of torque. It
can be charged up to 80 per cent of its full capacity in 30 minutes
using the CHAdeMO quick charging port located inside the rear
cowl. Unlike other competition vehicles, the Nismo RC has no exhaust
pipe, no exhaust note and no exhaust emissions. The
car can hit 62mph in 6.8 seconds and has a top speed of 93mph. It has a
running time of around 20 minutes under racing conditions. Ever
since its premiere the car has been drawing crowds with special
demonstration appearances at various motorsports venues around the
globe. They include at the Le Mans 24-Hour Race, France, and the UK's
Goodwood Festival of Speed, where it was the first electric racing car
to ever complete a timed run up the iconic event's famous Hill Climb.
 
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