Nissan has Nismo-fied the Leaf and it looks great

Introduced at the 2018 Nismo Festival
by Tom Harrison | Dec 2, 2018

Nissan promises us the new Leaf Nismo RC shares a few parts with the ordinary, road-going Leaf. The lithium-ion battery and power inverters, for example, it says are exactly the same components it uses in the standard car. But we suspect that’s where the part-sharing ends because, well, just look at this thing… 

A follow up to the Leaf Nismo RC of 2011, which also borrowed tech from the normal Leaf, this new one is a graphic illustration of how far EV tech has come in the last seven years. 

Like the 2011 car, it’s an exercise in seeing how far Nissan can push its commercially-available tech, which means it’s still not and was never going to be the quickest EV in the world. 

Two electric motors, one on each axle, give variable all-wheel drive, a combined 322hp and 639Nm. That’s more than twice as much power and torque as the old Leaf RC. So 0-100kph takes half as long—just 3.4 seconds. Not bad. 

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