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Nissan Reveals Race Car Version of Leaf

April 18, 2011

Brent Snavely

Nissan today revealed photos of a racing version of its Nissan Leaf electric car and plans to show the car to the public this week at the New York Auto Show.

The 2-door prototype, called the Nissan LEAF NISMO RC, was created by Nissan's Global Design Center in Japan and NISMO, Nissan's motorsports group.

The race car features a 3.9-inch shorter wheelbase and is 13.8 inches lower than the production Nissan LEAF, leaving just 2.4 inches for ground clearance. It also weighs 2,068 pounds, or about 40% less than the production vehicle.

Nissan said the NISMO RC can go from 0 to 62 m.p.h. in 6.85 seconds and has a top speed of 93 m.p.h. It is projected to have a running time of around 20 minutes under racing conditions

After the New York Auto Show, Nissan said the new electric race vehicle will likely make a series of special demonstration appearances at motorsports venues in 2011. Nissan also said it wants to explore zero emission competition races in future years.

Source: Copyright (c) 2011, Detroit Free Press

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