A common gripe about EV’s is the sound, or lack thereof. It might not sound like a Boss 302 V8, but after watching this in-car video of the Nissan Leaf NISMO RC, I could enjoy that high-speed buzzing.
The Nissan Leaf NISMO RC using the same all-electric drivetrain as the road going Leaf, but in a body built for racing. With 107 horsepower and 207 ft-lbs of torque on tap, it’s not exactly setting any power records…but it is 40% lighter than the production Leaf, and the heavy battery pack has been relocated to the middle of the car for better weight distribution. We’ve already seen footage of the NISMO RC Leaf in action, but not yet from inside the car.
The result is a race car that certainly seems capable of handling the track at Sodegaura Forest in Japan, as this in-car video shows. But for many racing fans, the sound of the race cars is a big part of the draw. So how does the NISMO RC Leaf sound? Not too shabby, if you ask me. It could be the video, but the Leaf sounds remarkably like a jet engine to me. As an added bonus for the drivers are also better able to hear their spotters, as well as hear the competition coming up on them. That will be helpful this weekend, as Nissan will return to the famed 24 Hours of Le Mons with three entries, as well as bringing the NISMO RC Leaf to the track to play with the big boys. This comes on the heels of the announcement that a stock Nissan Leaf will also be entered into the Pikes Peak Race to the Clouds.
Watch the video and let me know what you think; is this how the future of automotive racing will sound? Or does the NISMO RC Leaf sound just plain old whimpy?
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.