Nissan has revealed the second-generation Leaf NISMO RC today in Tokyo. The new racer comes with double the power over its predecessor and it’s even faster.
The car has been developed by NISMO, and will officially debut on 2nd December 2018 at the annual NISMO Festival at Fuji International Speedway. Nissan will also reveal its new Formula-E racer at the same event.
The new Leaf NISMO RC comes with dual electric motors, all-wheel drive, and an aggressive body kit. The purpose-built car shows off Nissan's electric vehicle technology in an exciting and fun way. Nissan plans to build six LEAF NISMO RC’s for promotional purposes, indicating that there are no plans to sell this to customer race teams.
As mentioned above, the Leaf NISMO RC is powered by two motors which are placed on each axle. Combined, the motors produce 240kW (120kW each) and an impressive 640Nm of instant torque. That’s double the maximum power and the torque output of the previous LEAF NISMO RC. The high-capacity lithium-ion battery and inverters have been taken from the street-legal, second-generation Nissan Leaf.
The new Leaf NISMO RC has an AWD system for better cornering abilities. The car also has an optimised chassis meaning the weight balance is situated in the middle of the car making it more like a traditional mid-engine sportscar.
The Leaf NISMO RC is also light. It features a carbon fibre monocoque structure which keeps the overall weight down to 1220kg. This also means the car is quick. It’ll do 0-62mph in just 3.4 seconds, making it faster than the new Porsche 911 Carrera 4S. That makes the new racer 50% quicker than the previous model.
When it comes to the exterior, the second-generation Leaf NISMO RC is similar to the first-generation model but with a more aggressive exterior. The long bonnet and bumper fascia dominate the front of the car, giving it a wide stance. The paint scheme combines silver and black in a dual tone scheme, with red accents around the bottom half of the car.
The body is split into three pieces and features fixed windows, LED exterior lights and an adjustable rear wing which can be adjusted to suit the track conditions.
What do you think?
This may be a promotional vehicle to show off what Nissan can do with their battery tech but it does show a future of electric touring cars. Formula E is already exciting to watch so I imagine an electrified touring car series would be pretty cool
Drop a comment below with your thoughts about the new Leaf NISMO RC.