The all-new Nissan LEAF NISMO RC, an electric race car with more than double the maximum power and torque output of its predecessor, was unveiled in Tokyo last week.
The unveiling took place at Nissan Crossing in the city’s Ginza district. The car, which was developed by Nissan’s racing arm, NISMO, will officially debut at the annual NISMO Festival at Fuji International Speedway, appearing alongside Nissan’s new Formula E electric race car.
“The all-new LEAF NISMO RC shows how we’re setting our sights even higher when it comes to raw power and performance – making electric vehicles even more exciting for customers,” said Executive Vice President Daniele Schillaci, Nissan’s global head of marketing, sales and electric vehicles. “It’s our most thrilling expression yet of the philosophy of Nissan Intelligent Mobility.”
A new all-wheel-drive system gives the LEAF NISMO RC its outstanding cornering ability. Power is managed independently to each axle, instantly supplying torque to the tire with the most grip to let the car move quickly and efficiently around the track. Similar to the previous model, chassis weight balance has been optimised by the mid-ship location of the battery pack, with the electric motors and inverters ideally placed over the front and rear tires.
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 an impressive performance of zero to 100 kph (0-62mph) in only 3.4 seconds – 50% quicker than the previous model.