I won’t lie, there’s something special about the guttural roar of a big V8 engine. That’s doesn’t stop me from getting excited about EV racing, and the Nissan Leaf NISMO RC race car is set to lead the pack.
I’m going to keep this short and sweet, because there’s an eight-minute video with subtitles ahead that you’ll want to watch. The gist of it though is that the all-electric NISMO RC is designed to highlight the advantages of the Leaf as a car, but in a racing format. While it features some carbon fiber bodywork and a two-door layout, the mechanicals are all stock Leaf underneath. So this isn’t exactly a rocketship, but it is a start.
Nissan is exploring starting an all-electric racing series, using a car based on the Leaf, and I am behind that 100%. And honestly, I’d love to see a two-door Leaf based on the NISMO RC racer. I think the swept-back two-door style looks great on this racing Leaf. It will also be interesting to see what some of the other advantages (like easier radio communication) and disadvantages (frequent battery charging/swapping) will develop as electric car racing evolves. Also, it looks a lot better in black than blue methinks.
But enough of my blathering; watch the video for some on-track action of this hot rod EV.
Source: Nissan via Autoblog
Chris DeMorro is a writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to HEMIs. You can read about his slow descent into madness at Sublime Burnout or follow his non-nonsensical ramblings on Twitter @harshcougar.