Nissan LEAF NISMO RC takes to the track

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Nissan just unveiled a racing version of the Leaf electric car at the New York Auto Show. The Nissan Leaf NISMO RC (Racing Competition) uses similar electric components as the production Leaf, but built on different platform.

The Nissan Leaf NISMO RC is pretty much a race car. It has no doors, carpet, stereo system or anything of that nature. As a matter of fact, the only thing that is similar to the Nissan Leaf pedestrian car is the zero emission advanced Lithium-ion battery design.

Since much of the amenities have been gutted out, the NISMO RC electric race car is about 40 percent lighter than the production Leaf.  In addition, it is built on a carbon fiber monocoque platform to reduce weight down to just about 2,068 pounds.

Dimensionally, the NISMO RC boasts a 3.9-inch shorter wheelbase, with 0.8 inches longer and 6.7 inches wider. The most significant difference is the height, which sits more than a foot lower than the production Nissan LEAF, and resulting in a ground clearance of 2.4 inches.

As we mentioned, the NISMO RC is powered by a lithium-ion battery and a 80kW synchronous motor that produces 107 horsepower and 207 lb-ft of torque. The battery can be charged up to 80 percent of its full capacity in 30 minutes using the quick charging port located at the rear.

Initial tests revealed that the NISMO RC can accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in 6.9 seconds and a top speed of 93 miles per hour. Under racing condition, it is expected to have about 20 minutes of electric juice around the track.

Nissan says the NISMO RC will be used for demonstration purposes only for now.