Nissan LEAF NISMO RC EV takes to the track

By Editors on May 24, 2011 11:23 AM

A new video of the Nissan Nismo RC shows the electric-powered GT car at speed and outlines the direction the automaker intends to pursue in making emissions-free "green racing" a far more familiar part of the world motorsport scene.  Although no specific plans have yet been revealed, Manaki Iwamoto of the automaker's International Motorsports Planning Department confirms that this slick mid-engine/rear-drive EV racer that uses all of the standard powertrain elements from the production Nissan LEAF will be circuit bound in the not-too-distant future -- either in a single series spec format or against other similar battery-powered challengers. Iwamoto foresees their lack of noise and exhaust as opening new possibilities for indoor events, as well as for races in large cities or at night under the lights. For the moment, general shakedown runs and the suspension fine-tuning process continues with promising results.