The all-new Nissan LEAF NISMO RC, an electric race car with more than double the maximum power and torque output of its predecessor, was unveiled on Friday in Tokyo.
The car, which was developed by Nissan’s racing arm NISMO, will officially debut on Dec. 2 at the annual NISMO Festival at Fuji International Speedway, appearing alongside Nissan’s new Formula E car.
“The all-new LEAF NISMO RC shows how we’re setting our sights even higher when it comes to raw power and performance – making electric vehicles even more exciting for customers,” said executive vice president Daniele Schillaci, Nissan’s global head of marketing, sales and electric vehicles.
“It’s our most thrilling expression yet of the philosophy of Nissan Intelligent Mobility.”
Nissan plans to build six of the cars to deploy around the world, although no racing plans have been announced.
It is powered by two electric motors at opposite ends of the chassis, each producing 120 kW, for a combined instant torque of 640 Nm, double the maximum power and the torque output of the previous-generation LEAF NISMO RC, which was introduced in 2011.
Drivetrain technology sourced from the new Nissan LEAF include the high-capacity lithium-ion battery and inverters.
A new all-wheel-drive system gives the LEAF NISMO RC its outstanding cornering prowess.
Power is managed independently to each axle, instantly supplying torque to the tire with the most grip to let the car maneuver quickly and efficiently around the track.
Similar to the previous model, chassis weight balance has been optimized by the midship location of the battery pack, with the electric motors and inverters ideally placed over the front and rear tires.
The LEAF NISMO RC features a multitude of lightweight components and a full carbon-fiber racing monocoque structure, allowing it to tip the scales at just 1220 kg.
The power-to-weight ratio results in an impressive performance of 0-62 mph in just 3.4 seconds – 50 percent quicker than the previous model.