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.
Most Popular Stories
- Fed Committee Optimistic About Growth Prospects
- How ESPN Became a $50B Sports Empire
- Fight Against Teacher Tenure Gains Momentum
- Challenger Raises Bar on Muscle Cars
- Pot's Legal in WA -- But You Should Probably Ask Your Boss
- President Obama Relishes Roadshow, but Agenda Still Stuck
- Small Businesses Could Get Paid Faster
- Stevie Fielder Changes Tune on Thad Cochran Vote-buying Story
- California Chambers Head for the O.C.
- Reynolds, Lorillard in Merger Talks