The new Leaf Nismo RC will make its debut at the upcoming Nismo Festival at the Fuji Speedway on December 2, where professional drivers will run it at full tilt around the circuit. Drivetrain technology sourced from the new Nissan LEAF include the high-capacity lithium-ion battery and inverters.
Powering the Nismo RC is a pair of electric motors which, when combined, produce 240kW of power and 640Nm of torque, sent to all four wheels through an all-wheel drive system with torque vectoring. It's longer than the previous Nismo RC, but is almost a foot shorter than the production Leaf. The battery pack is low in the center of the vehicle, while the electric motors and inverters have been located above the front and rear wheels. With carbon-fiber body panels and other lightweight components, Nissan says the auto weighs roughly 2,700 pounds-about 700 fewer than the road vehicle. That helps the Leaf NISMO RC to launch from zero to 60 miles per hour in a claimed 3.4 seconds, making it 50 percent quicker than its predecessor.
It has a long hood and Nissan's signature V-motion grille highlight the totally restyled front end.
Nissan will build six of these things to display and demonstrate around the world, at Formula E races and so-on, so jeep an eye out.
The vehicle is also finished in a distinctive silver-and-black paint scheme with NISMO red accents - similar to the Nissan Formula E auto. The Nissan LEAF NISMO RC sits wide and low to the ground, with its wind-cutting form measuring only 1,212 millimeters from roof to road-more than 300 millimeters less than the production Nissan LEAF.
The car's three-piece bodywork includes removable front and rear sections, fixed windows, LED headlights and tail lights, and an adjustable rear wing for ideal downforce on the tarmac.