Nissan Leaf Nismo RC debuted at the Geneva Motor Show 2012 is a race car a battery-powered, completely changing the image of carbon-free vehicles . The words “Nissan LEAF” under huge spoiler on the back is clear, from what car we have. His drive used the same set made up of highly efficient Battery Lithium-ion battery and electric motor, which is used in the world’s first mass-produced electric car, which is modelNissan LEAF. Despite the differences, such as the lack of rear doors, rear seat and trunk, audio system and navigation and floor coverings, there is no doubt about the close relationship of “civilian” Nissan LEAF. But that’s where the similarities end between the serial and the Nissan Leaf Nismo RC.
Bearing the initials RC Car Racing Competition signifying been designed to give new meaning to the term ‘ecology in racing’.Sold in Europe from 2011 Nissan LEAF is a global leader in zero emission vehicles. To draw attention to the opportunities provided by the drive Nissan decided to check it also in sports competition.
The Nissan Leaf Nismo RC uses the experience – a reputable company responsible for motor sport in the group of Nissan – and engineers working on the GT-R pursuers in the Super GT and FIA GT1 World Championship. LEAF Nismo RC is a platform for development of “green” sports car and “riding laboratory” that allows the study of technical solutions and wind for electric vehicles. real race car in the Nissan Leaf Nismo RC chassis uses a monocoque carbon drag, and therefore the construction of a typical racing . Three-piece body allows the removal of the front and rear sections. Side windows are devoid opener. The front and rear lights used LEDs. Developed a two-door version of the racing Nissan Global Design Center based on standard chassis, Nissan LEAF. The white paint was placed a blue logo Nismo / Zero Emission.
Chassis Nissan Leaf Nismo RC is 20 mm longer and 170 mm wider than the usual Nissan LEAF, while the wheelbase has been shortened by 99 mm. The biggest difference in size relates to the amount of: RC is about 350 mm lower than the normal leaf. Clearance Nissan in electric standard is 160 mm. The Nismo RC was reduced to 60 mm. LEAF is a race about 40% lighter.
In the middle of the Nissan Leaf Nismo RC also very different from the original. The battery, motor and inverter placed near the center of the vehicle and the drive was moved from the front to the rear axle. The front and rear suspension uses double wishbones, and the driver can adjust the brake force distribution. Adhesion provide P225/40R18 Bridgestone racing tires.
Like the standard Nissan Leaf Nismo RC is powered by a compact lithium-ion battery consisting of 48 units. Synchronous AC motor produces 80 kW and maximum torque of 280 Nm. Using a rapid charger that plugs into the socket in the tailgate Nissan Leaf Nismo RC can be charged up to 80% in 30 minutes. Unlike other racing cars Nissan LEAF Nismo RC has no tailpipe and no noise nor emit CO2 and other emissions while driving.
In tests Nismo Nissan LEAF RC propelled itself to 150 km / h and accelerates from 0 to 100 km / h in 6.85 seconds. It is estimated that a fully charged battery Nissan Leaf Nismo RC will allow him to race for 20 minutes driving.
In June 2011 Nissan Leaf Nismo RC started in RC Circuit de la Sarthe preceding 24-hour race of Le Mans in France and ran demonstration laps over a distance of 13.6 km. A month later scored mountain race in England at the Goodwood Festival of Speed - one of the biggest sports car events in the world. The last show of Nissan’s electric car race took place on Autodromie in Dubai, where the car was presented group of international journalists.