RE: New 320hp Leaf RC for NISMO Festival

RE: New 320hp Leaf RC for NISMO Festival

Monday 20th January

Nissan Leaf NISMO RC arrives in Europe

All-electric 322hp racing car debuts at Circuit Ricardo Tormo



Despite the general lack of enthusiasm towards electric motorsport in these parts, Nissan's Leaf RC does offer several reasons to feel optimistic. For starters, it weighs just 1,220kg, a snip for an EV and far more enticing than the two-tonne kerb weights offered by the current generation of electric hypercars. Its dual motor set-up also delivers 320hp and 472lb ft of torque for a 0-62mph sprint of just 3.4 seconds, which is quick by almost any standard.

What's more, Nissan claims that the all-wheel drive racer is not just for show, but "acts as a testbed for future technological evolution and ... explores what can be achieved with an all-electric twin-motor and all-wheel-drive drivetrain, expressing Nissan's dedication to continually evolve and improve its EV models for drivers worldwide." Given that the company has sold 450,000 Leafs over the past decade, that feedback ought to benefit a large portion of the EV-buying public and, hopefully, lead to more exciting road cars in future.

Having been unveiled at Fuji's NISMO Festival late last year, the Leaf RC has now landed on European shores for the first time. Seen here at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Spain, it is said to "showcase of the power, innovation and excitement of Nissan electric vehicle technology." Power and innovation certainly dominate the segment, but if Nissan really does intend on generating that all-important excitement around EVs, then it's certainly off to an appropriately fast start.







ORIGINAL STORY - 30.11.18

For fans of Japanese fast cars, the NISMO festival is an early Christmas present every single year. The Nissan faithful descend on Fuji for a day of motorsport celebration like no other - various Skylines, Zeds and Silvias are trotted out for the adoring fans, their road cars just as droolworthy as those on track. The festival is on again this weekend, but the focus is a little different in 2018...

It's the electric cars. Of course. Yep, we know, another Z-Tune GT-R would be much more up PH's street, but there's no denying the increasing importance of the electric automobile - both for road and track. So alongside its new Formula E car, Nissan will also reveal this new Leaf RC to the NISMO festival.

The Leaf RC is a familiar nameplate, the first car having first been seen in 2011. This one is far more serious though, boasting considerably more power and performance. Now powered by a pair of 120kW (160hp) motors, the Leaf RC is said to be capable of 0-62mph in just 3.4 seconds.


That's a 50 per cent improvement on before, most likely helped by 472lb ft and a relatively lithe kerbweight of 1,220kg. With a motor at each end, the Leaf is all-wheel drive, Nissan promising that the car will "manoeuvre quickly and efficiently around the track", its balance aided by the batteries plonked low in the middle.

Despite the name and the claims of drivetrain technology sourced from the road car, this RC is very far from a production machine - a carbon monocoque and a vehicle height a foot less than normal see to that. Still, there are hints of more performance focus coming to Nissan production EVs: "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 Daniele Schillaci, whose Nissan global head of marketing and sales for EVs. If the past is anything to go by, transferring some race tech to road cars is a sure fire way of getting buyers onboard, especially if it involves additional power.

Six Leaf RCs will be made, "so that fans can experience the power and excitement firsthand", as well as making appearances at Formula E races across the world. So EV racing fans will have even more to be excited by in the coming months - for fans of more conventional motorsport, it might be best to stick with the old Super GT videos for a while.


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sidesauce

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1,189 posts

170 months

Friday 30th November 2018
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320bhp, 472lb ft, 0-62mph in 3.4 seconds and 1,220kg??

That's actually pretty good! How, and if, that could translate to an actual road car remains to be seen as I expect it's fully stripped out inside but still...

untakenname

2,723 posts

144 months

Friday 30th November 2018
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They should put this into production, it looks pretty good and is more appealing than the majority of pure EV cars.

Midgster

405 posts

186 months

Friday 30th November 2018
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What a transformation from the standard car



not seen such an awful looking standard car transformed so much since this...



Bless the Lord for wide arches and rear spoilers!

austinsmirk

3,774 posts

75 months

Friday 30th November 2018
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looks better than my wife's leaf !

ArmouredBiscuit

1,120 posts

186 months

Friday 30th November 2018
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untakenname said:
They should put this into production, it looks pretty good and is more appealing than the majority of pure EV cars.
This ^^^

Granted, it wouldn't look exactly like the racer, but you could get reasonably close and I suspect they'd shift plenty.

996TT02

3,012 posts

92 months

Friday 30th November 2018
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Midgster said:
What a transformation from the standard car

There is no "transformation". It has as much in common with a true Leaf as funny cars do with the roadgoing ones they very superficially resemble. I.e. just the latter - nothing other than a superficial resemblance.

DanielSan

14,740 posts

119 months

Friday 30th November 2018
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They've rebodied the old Leaf RC then I'm guessing?

redroadster

1,076 posts

184 months

Friday 30th November 2018
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Turn it into next gtr just add engine to back up electric cordless power lol

964Cup

788 posts

189 months

Friday 30th November 2018
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I wonder how much battery capacity it's got? 6Kg per kWh, including coolant systems etc. I wonder if they could get the car without batteries down to the 600kg level? That could mean 100kWh in package about half the weight of a Model S with the same capacity. It's got about half the power, too, so in a low-drag configuration the range could be quite impressive.

Plug Life

978 posts

43 months

Friday 30th November 2018
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Midgster said:
not seen such an awful looking standard car transformed so much since this...

Transformed into even more awful looking... vomit

tr3a

233 posts

179 months

Saturday 1st December 2018
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ArmouredBiscuit said:
...you could get reasonably close and I suspect they'd shift plenty.
Nissan, like every other EV maker, are battery constrained and already shift every Leaf they can build. It's also a relatively low margin product, so they really don't want to shift a lot more. It would be cannibalising their main source of income: high margin cars with old, paid-for dinosaur juice burning tech. Besides, Nissan et al have learned that once people have driven an EV for a while, even a pedestrian one like the Leaf, >85% won't ever go back to a brm-brmm car. Don't want that to happen too quickly.

Francis85

176 posts

20 months

Saturday 1st December 2018
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Omg, they are missing the chance to call it Leaf NIMMO!

Moulder

1,251 posts

164 months

Saturday 1st December 2018
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Midgster said:
What a transformation from the standard car

Nissan Intelligent Motability?

borat52

204 posts

160 months

Saturday 1st December 2018
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id love to see something like a 100 mile range electric sports car, made as light as possible with the potential to add an optional extra battery pack (100 + miles) when you need more range.

I understand it would be heavy but surely they could come up with something to load the battery with like a jack and the battery would then slide into place.

loveice

529 posts

199 months

Monday 20th January
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The low weight mentioned here could because of the fact that it’s a racing car which doesn’t need a huge battery pack to achieve 400+ mile range nowadays most top range electric cars (hypercar or not) are required to have. And we all know the heavy weight associated with electric cars are because of the weight of their battery packs.

In terms of its look, well this is a pure racing car which might have certain elements of the road car it pretends to be based on. But the relationship between these modern racing cars to their road cars are totally different from the old Group B or touring cars to their road versions. These are purposely built racing cars.

Roundm

112 posts

70 months

Tuesday 21st January
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Midgster said:
What a transformation from the standard car



not seen such an awful looking standard car transformed so much since this...



Bless the Lord for wide arches and rear spoilers!
love it - now if a leaf looked like that I might be interested.... and if it sounded like a 6R4 in the forests then I would forma queue for one!