Deciding to conquer hearts, Nissan has come up with a new and improved Leaf Nismo that is basically an eco friendly ride, but with highly equipped interiors and of course an aggressive look.
The Nissan Leaf Nismo RC is designed and constructed as a real racing machine, starting with its full carbon fiber monocoque bodywork. The three-piece bodywork includes removable front and rear sections, fixed windows, LED headlights and taillights and adjustable rear wing.
Building on the unique exterior styling of the production Nissan Leaf, the 2-door race version was created by Nissan Global Design Center in Japan. A special 4-coat Pearl White paint with blue Nismo/Zero Emission graphics completes the exterior.
Dimensionally, the race car features a 3.9-inch shorter wheelbase that is 0.8 inches longer and 6.7 inches wider than the ordinary model. The most dramatic difference is in the height as the Nismo RC is more than a foot (i.e. 13.8 inches) lower than the Nissan Leaf. Ground clearance is limited to 2.4 inches, compared to 6.3 inches for the road going car.
And, at 2,068 pounds, the race car weighs in at about 40 percent less than the production vehicle. Unfortunately Nismo has left the Leaf’s 80kW (107 bhp / 109 PS) electric drive train alone.
But they are quick to point out the instant supply of full torque (280Nm / 207 lb-ft), acceleration time of 0-100kph in less than 7 seconds and a top speed of 145 kph (90 mph) are quite appreciable.