2011 Nissan Leaf Nismo RC Concept comes with a 100% zero emission powertrain with lithium-ion batteries, like those found in the mass of the first vehicle in the world market to affordable. Although this car has a shortage on the rear doors, rear seat, trunk, navigation, audio systems, and other facilities, there is still a semblance of sight. The car has a design like a racing car with a dazzling speed and performance. Indeed, this car is aimed at car racing competition, this vehicle has also make first debut in 2011 New York Auto Show on April 20 last, with the aim to bring new meaning to the “Green Racing. “
“Combining the talents of Nismo, Nissan’s world renowned motorsports group, and engineers behind some of the company’s Super GT and FIA GT1 race teams, the Nissan Leaf Nismo RC will serve as a rolling laboratory for the accelerated development of EV and aerodynamic systems, as well as a platform for the development of new green motorsports series,” said Carlos Tavares, chairman, Nissan Americas.
Nissan Nismo RC sheet was designed and built like a real racing machine, starting with full carbon monocoque. The three-piece body includes removable front and rear, fixed windows, LED headlights and tail lights and adjustable rear wing. Based on the unique exterior design of the Nissan Leaf production, two-door cars from Nissan Global Design Center in Japan made??. Special four-layer pearl white color complete with blue Nismo / Zero emission graphics, the exterior.
Dimensionally, the race car features a 3.9-inch shorter wheelbase, is 0.8 inches longer and 6.7 inches wider. The most dramatic difference is height, with the Nismo RC sitting more than a foot (13.8 inches) lower than the production Nissan Leaf. Ground clearance is limited to 2.4 inches, compared to 6.3 inches for the road going car. And, at 2,068 pounds, the race car weighs in at about 40 percent less than the production vehicle.
The layout of the Nissan Leaf Nismo RC is also markedly different from the production sedan, offering a mid-ship location for the battery pack, electric motor and inverter – with drive to the rear wheels versus the production Nissan Leaf’s front-wheel drive. The Nismo RC also utilizes a double-wishbone suspension design front and rear and driver-adjustable brake balance. It rides on 18-inch 6-spoke wheels and P225/40R18 Bridgestone racing tires.
Like the production Nissan Leaf, the Nismo RC is powered by a lithium-ion battery composed of 48 compact modules and a high-response 80kW AC synchronous motor that generates 107 horsepower and 207 lb-ft of torque. It can be charged up to 80 percent of its full capacity in 30 minutes using the quick charging port located inside the rear cowl. And unlike other competition vehicles, the Nissan Leaf Nismo RC has no tailpipe, no emission of CO2 or other greenhouse gases while being driven, and no exhaust sound.
In preliminary testing the Nissan Leaf Nismo RC produces 0 to 62 mph acceleration in 6.85 seconds and a top speed of 93 miles per hour. It is projected to have a running time of around 20 minutes under racing conditions.
“There’s a perception among some people that electric vehicles fall on the dull side of the automotive enthusiasm scale – which is certainly not the case with either the production Nissan Leaf or this electrifying Nissan Leaf Nismo RC,” added Tavares. “Nissan Leaf owners are fully embracing this new world of zero emission technology. We believe the same potential exists in the motorsports world as well, with Nissan proud to be first on the starting grid.”