The all-new Nissan LEAF NISMO RC is an electric race car with more than double the maximum power and torque output of its predecessor.
With dual electric motors, all-wheel drive and a restyled body shape, the purpose-built car aims to demonstrate how Nissan’s electric vehicle technology can deliver exciting yet quiet, zero-emission power.
The LEAF NISMO RC features battery technology and drivetrain components from the Nissan LEAF, the world’s best-selling electric car.
Nissan plans to build six all-new LEAF NISMO RC vehicles to deploy around the world.
Powering the all-new Nissan LEAF NISMO RC are two electric motors at opposite ends of the chassis. The motors produce 240 kilowatts combined (120 kW each) and 640 Nm of instant torque to the wheels. They more than double the maximum power and the torque output of the previous LEAF NISMO RC, which was introduced in 2011. Drivetrain technology sourced from the new Nissan LEAF includes the high-capacity lithium-ion battery and inverters.
The LEAF NISMO RC has a new all-wheel-drive system. Power is managed independently to each axle, instantly supplying torque to the tyre with the most grip.
Similar to the previous model, chassis weight balance has been optimised by the central location of the battery pack, with the electric motors and inverters placed over the front and rear tyres.
The LEAF NISMO RC features a multitude of lightweight components and a full carbon-fibre racing monocoque structure, allowing it to tip the scales at just 1,220 kilograms. The power-to-weight ratio results in performance of 0-62mph in just 3.4 seconds – 50% quicker than the previous model.
The car’s three-piece bodywork includes removable front and rear sections, fixed windows, LED headlights and tail lights, and an adjustable rear wing. The model is slightly longer than its predecessor, with an overall length of 4,546 millimetres and a wheelbase that measures 2,750 millimetres. The Nissan LEAF NISMO RC measures only 1,212 millimetres from roof to road – more than 300 millimetres less than the production Nissan LEAF.
The all-new Nissan LEAF NISMO RC will be on display at Formula E races and major shows and events around the world.