Nissan has recently introduced the race tuned version of its world famous Leaf electric hatchback, which has been created by the company’s racing wing – Nismo. Named as the Nissan Leaf Nismo RC, the racing EV concept has been unveiled equipped with dual electric motors that can churn out a max power output of 326.5 hp along with a peak torque of 640 Nm. The Nissan Leaf Nismo RC also comes with paired with all-wheel drive system, and has the capability of reaching the speed level of 100kph from a standstill position in just a matter of 3.4 seconds. This 0-100kph sprinting capability is twice as fast as compared to its 2011 precursor.
The Nissan Leaf Nismo RC won’t be produced in large numbers, nor will it be available for sale to consumers. It has been created only to showcase Nissan’s racing tech capabilities and to participate as a demonstrative model in various racing events around the world. The Japanese automaker will be building only 6 units of the new Nissan Leaf Nismo RC for demonstration runs at different events, which of course also includes Formula E race weekends.
While speaking on the newly unveiled Nissan Leaf Nismo RC, the executive vice president at Nissan, Daniele Schillaci said that the car showcases how the company is setting its goal even higher when it comes to brute power and performance, which will make electric vehicles even more appealing and fun for the buyers.
The race version of Leaf gets the drivetrain system based on the road version of the car. Thus, the Nissan Leaf Nismo RC comes fitted with lithium-ion battery packs and inverters, while the all-wheel drive system is capable of sending power independently to each axle of the car.
The Japanese car maker has worked to slash down weight of the Leaf e-hatch in its Nissan RC form, and for this a carbonfibre monocoque chassis has been used along with the usage of other lightweight components. The end result is that the Nissan Leaf Nismo RC weighs just 1,220 kg.
Nismo has also done extensive modifications to the bodywork of the Leaf, including the entention of the length of the car. The Nismo RC race version thus gets a length of 4,546 mm, while its wheelbase measures 2,750 mm. On the other hand, for added sportiness and for aerodynamic reasons, the race version’s height has been reduced a good 300 mm as compared to the road version at 1,212 mm. The Leaf Nismo RC also gets a racier exterior look with a handful of cosmetic changes and the usage of decals and added sporty styling elements.
Nissan has introduced the new Leaf Nismo RC alongside the official launch of the company’s new Formula E team. Nissan has officially taken over the e.dams squad which was previously under Nissan’s French partner Renault. Nissan’s new Formula E team has been joined by British racer Oliver Rowland who will partner Sebastien Buemi in the racing team for the new season of the all-electric racing championship that will kick-start in Saudi Arabia on 15th of December 2018.