Nissan is set to unveil a racing variant of the Lead electric car this week at the New York Auto Show. Although the Leaf NISMO RC prototype uses many components from the Leaf, it has very little in common with what you can currently get at your Nissan dealer.
The Leaf NISMO RC prototype uses the same lithium-ion battery design as the production Leaf and although it's missing rear doors, a rear seat and a trunk, there is still a family resemblance between the two models.
"Combining the talents of NISMO, Nissan's world renowned motorsports group, and engineers behind some of the company's Super GT and FIA GT1 race teams, the Nissan LEAF NISMO RC 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," said Carlos Tavares, chairman, Nissan Americas, speaking at the New York International Auto Show.
The Leaf NISMO RC features a full carbon fiber monocoque body. The three-piece body has removable front and rear sections, fixed windows, LED headlights and taillights and driver-adjustable rear wing. It has a 3.9-inch shorter wheelbase, is 0.8 inches longer and 6.7 inches wider than the regular Leaf. It only rides 2.4 inches above the ground compared to 6.3 inches for the Leaf and at 2,068 pounds, it's 40 percent lighter. The exterior is painted in a 4-coat Pearl White paint with blue NISMO/Zero Emission graphics.
The Leaf NISMO RC is powered by a 80kW electric motor that puts out 107 horsepower and 207 lb-ft. of torque. It only takes 30 minutes to charge it up to 80 percent using the quick charging port located inside the rear cowl. It reaches 0-62 mph in 6.85 seconds and has a top speed of 93 mph.