The Nissan Leaf has entered the record books by becoming the fastest car to cover one mile (roughly 1.6km) in reverse.
Driven by professional stunt driver Terry Grant, the Leaf raced backward up the hill-climb course at last weekend's Goodwood Festival of Speed, covering the distance in 1 minute, 37.02 seconds at an average speed of 55mph (over 88kph).
Although Grant first set the record on Friday on the opening day of the Festival with a time of 2 minutes, 3.25 seconds, he went on to break his time on Saturday and Sunday and shaved 26 seconds off Friday's time.
"I had a great car at my disposal," said Grant. "With direct drive from the electric motor to its wheels, the Nissan Leaf can, in theory, go as fast backward as it can forward. There were times I wasn't sure I was coming or going.†However, thanks to the Leaf's low center of gravity, the batteries are an integral part of the car’s floor--the car is extremely stable, no matter which direction it’s traveling."
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