Nissan's New Electric Race Car Looks Super Sinister

The Leaf Nismo RC comes with torque-vectoring all-wheel drive, 472 pound feet of instant torque, and a weight figure of just 2690 lbs.

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Paul Ryan

Race cars always look how designers and engineers would have preferred to see their road-going creations, and the one "based on" the current Nissan Leaf is no exception. Mind you, the Leaf Nismo RC is actually built around a full carbon-fiber monocoque instead of "the world's best selling electric car."

The RC is powered by a pair of electric motors, one on each axle. Combined, these produce 322 horsepower and 472 pound feet of instantly available torque, which is distributed between the wheels individually, on demand. The RC uses the lithium-ion batteries and inverters from the road-going Leaf, with the packs located in the middle of the carbon chassis to give it perfect weight balance. And with its weight pushed down to 2689 lbs., this powertrain can propel this EV to sixty in 3.4 seconds. That's still very quick.

The Nismo RC's lightweight bodywork consists of three pieces, with removable front and rear sections, fixed windows, and an adjustable rear wing. At almost fifteen feet with a 108.2-inch wheelbase, the new car is slightly longer than Nissan's previous electric race car. And with its roof being just 47.7-inches off the ground, it's also sufficiently low.

The Nissan Leaf Nismo RC will debut on December 2. at the NISMO Festival at the Fuji Speedway circuit, looking as sinister as an EV can get.

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