The Nissan LEAF NISMO RC ? Racing Competition ? is based on the all-electric Nissan LEAF, and it makes its world debut at the 2011 New York International Auto Show on 20 April.
NISMO, Nissan’s motorsports group, is behind the Nissan LEAF NISMO RC. The car 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 new electric race vehicle is likely make a series of special demonstration appearances at various motorsport venues in 2011, with the company exploring pioneer zero emission competition spec series in future years.
The Nissan LEAF NISMO RC is designed and constructed as a real racing car. It has a full carbon fibre monocoque bodywork including removable front and rear sections, fixed windows, LED headlights and tail lights and driver-adjustable rear wing.
The NISMO RC is over a foot lower than the production Nissan LEAF, with ground clearance of just 2.4 inches, compared to 6.3 inches for the road car. The race car is also around 40 per cent lighter than the production vehicle.
The NISMO RC has its battery pack, electric motor and inverter located in the centre of the car, and it has rear-wheel drive rather than the front-wheel drive of the production Nissan LEAF.
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 207 lb-ft of torque. It can be charged up to 80 per cent of its full capacity in 30 minutes using the quick charging port. And unlike other competition vehicles, the NISMO RC has no tailpipe, no emission of CO2 or other greenhouse gases while being driven, and no exhaust sound.
In preliminary testing the NISMO RC produces 0 to 62 mph acceleration in 6.85 seconds and a top speed of 93 miles per hour. It is projected to have a running time of around 20 minutes under racing conditions.