Friday, Nov 30 05:24pm
AUTHOR: Simon Chapman

Nissan NISMO RC gets new leaf on life

Nissan has revealed the second-generation all-wheel drive zero-emission LEAF NISMO RC.


The Nissan LEAF NISMO RC (presumably standing for race car) was revealed in Tokyo. It will officially make it’s public on-track debut at the annual NISMO Festival at Fuji Speedway alongside the new Nissan Formula E counterpart. 


The new version of the all-electric LEAF race car has more than double the maximum power and torque output of its predecessor first revealed in 2011.




The motors produce 240 kilowatts combined (120kW each) and an astounding 640Nm of torque. The LEAF can accelerate from 0-100kph in 3.4 seconds, 50 per cent quicker than the 2011-spec racer.


The second iteration of the LEAF race car has more aggressive aerodynamic styling and is equipped with advanced battery technology and drivetrain components from the road-going Nissan LEAF, the world’s best-selling electric car.


Six LEAF race cars will be built and shown off at ‘major motor shows’ around the world, and one will tour the circus of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship with Nissan.




Power is managed independently to each axle, instantly supplying torque to the tire with the most grip to let the car maneuver quickly and efficiently around the track.  


Similar to the previous model, chassis weight balance has been optimised by the midship 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


It’s unknown whether the new LEAF will make its way down to New Zealand shores, but the last generation car did manage to make it to Rod Millen’s Leadfoot Festival a few years ago.