Nissan reveals Leaf Nismo RC race vehicle that won't actually race

Nissan's Leaf Nismo RC will debut at the annual Nismo Festival at Fuji International Speedway

Nissan's Leaf Nismo RC will debut at the annual Nismo Festival at Fuji International Speedway

The model is equipped with advanced battery technology and drivetrain components from the Nissan LEAF.

"It's our most thrilling expression yet of the philosophy of Nissan Intelligent Mobility".

Nissan will build six of these things to display and demonstrate around the world, at Formula E races and so-on, so jeep an eye out.

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For the previous generation of the LeafEV, Nissan created the Nissan Leaf Nismo RC race vehicle to showcase what it could do with electric performance. The lithium-ion battery and power inverters, for example, it says are exactly the same components it uses in the standard vehicle. It's longer than the previous Nismo RC, but is almost a foot shorter than the production Leaf.

A new all-wheel-drive system gives the LEAF NISMO RC its outstanding cornering prowess.

Some drivetrain technology from the Leaf road auto has made its way into the RC, including the batteries positioned in the middle of the vehicle for optimum weight distribution and the inverters that sit with the motors to the front and rear. Once again called the Leaf Nismo RC, the latest concept, unveiled in Japan on Friday, packs more than double the power and torque of its predecessor.

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Each motor drives front and rear axles making it effectively all-wheel-drive in comparison and it can accelerate from zero to 100 kmph in just about 3.4 seconds - about 3.45 seconds quicker than the previous model. Power is managed independently to each axle, instantly supplying torque to the tire with the most grip to let the auto maneuver quickly and efficiently around the track.

On the outside, the Leaf Nismo RC sports a unique version of Nissan's V-motion grill, an adjustable rear wing and a two-tone silver and black paint scheme with signature red highlights.

Three sections make up the body, with the front and rear sections removable.

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The dramatic design is thanks to the resized proportions, being over 300 mm lower than the production Leaf at just 1,212 mm tall.

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