Nissan has announced that it will unveil a racing version of its all-electric LEAF called the NISMO RC at the New York Auto Show on April 20.
The NISMO version will feature a carbon fiber body, rear-wheel drive, a shorter wheel base and will sit about a foot lower than the standard LEAF. It weighs in at 2,068 pounds - about 40 percent less than the standard version.
The car will be able to go from 0 to 62 in 6.85 seconds and have a max speed of 93 mph. The battery pack (the same configuration as the production LEAF) will be able to provide about 20 minutes running time under racing conditions.
Designed by the same group that has made Super GT and FIA GT1 cars for the company, the LEAF NISMO RC will be a rolling lab for motorsport EVs and aerodynamic systems.
After its debut, the car will make demo appearances at various races through the end of the year.
written by Brian Hanaford, April 18, 2011
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