Nissan LEAF Nismo RC debuts in Europe

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Nissan LEAF NISMO RC

Nissan LEAF Nismo RC proves that EVs might be exciting, beautiful and quick. Hopefully, the production models will be exciting as well.

Nissan has recently shown its new racing concept - the second-generation Nissan LEAF Nismo RC, unveiled in late 2018, for the first time in Europe - at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia, Spain.

The LEAF Nismo RC_02 is based on the second-generation Nissan LEAF, and just like the e-4ORCE LEAF prototypes, it is a testbed for the new dual-motor all-wheel-drive powertrain.

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With two 120 kW electric motors (one per axle) the LEAF Nismo RC_02 can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.4 seconds.

Nissan LEAF NISMO RC

Nissan LEAF NISMO RC

Nissan explains that in this special vehicle, 'E' in 'EV' stands for 'Exciting' - "amplifying the fun-to-drive aspect of electric mobility".

As of today, we have just a new gallery with the LEAF Nismo RC_02 at the track, but hopefully, soon we will get some new videos from test drives.

"Nissan's world-leading expertise in electric vehicles and top-class motorsport experience have seamlessly come together in the Nissan LEAF NISMO RC – an exhilarating showcase of the power, innovation and excitement of Nissan electric vehicle technology.

The all-wheel-drive LEAF NISMO RC boasts more than double the maximum power and torque output of its predecessor, which was based on the first-generation LEAF and revealed in 2011. Delivering 322hp and 640Nm of instantly available torque, the LEAF NISMO RC offers lightning-quick acceleration, achieving the 0-100km/h sprint in just 3.4 seconds.

The creation of the latest LEAF NISMO RC is not just for show; it acts as a testbed for future technological evolution and showcases the limitless potential of Nissan electric vehicles. It explores what can be achieved with an all-electric twin-motor and all-wheel-drive drivetrain, expressing Nissan's dedication to continually evolve and improve its EV models for drivers worldwide."

Michael Carcamo, Nissan Global Motorsport Director said:

"Nissan's experience as a pioneer in electric vehicles for the road, combined with NISMO's 60-plus years of motorsport innovation, led to the conception of a unique car," said

"For Nissan, the 'E' in 'EV' also stands for 'Exciting'. Putting this philosophy front and centre, we created the LEAF NISMO RC. It amplifies the fun-to-drive aspect of electric mobility, raising the thrills offered by EVs to a new level"

Nissan LEAF NISMO RC specs:

  • 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.4 seconds
  • battery capacity: undisclosed
  • dual motor all-wheel drive
  • system output: 322 bhp/240 kW (2x 120 kW) and 640 Nm of torque
  • curb weight: 1,220 kg