By on June 27, 2011

“And it goes like [human excrement],” said a freshly minted Nissan spokesperson who requested anonymity on account of him having been on the job for only two weeks. The “it” was Nissan’s latest racecar. It needed a special announcement, because it entered the hall with utmost stealth. None of the usual straight pipe roar.  The Nissan Nismo racer is silent power.

The unheard-of racecar’s full name is “Nissan Leaf Nismo RC”. It is based on a Leaf. Currently, only four of the car exist.

“Even you can drive it,” said the Japanese project director who shall remain nameless, to a female executive of the Renault-Nissan Alliance. “Because it has no transmission, hahaha!”

Then she hit him.

It is a racer in search of a race. As much as I tried to needle the project director (who was rubbing his arm) about an EV race series, he kept grinning and said he had never heard of a race.  Come on, Tesla against the Leaf Nismo, wouldn’t that be a hoot?

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7 Comments on “Nissan’s Electric Racer: Where Is The Race?...”


  • avatar
    redliner

    If they ditch the rear wing they have a unique looking racer they could sell. I’m not saying it’s pretty, but I do like the look.

  • avatar
    stuki

    If nothing else, there are definitely a two race series; with one ending at treasury departments around the world, and the other at the bank accounts of he well indoctrinated’s who voted the treasury guys into power i the first place.

  • avatar
    SVX pearlie

    Assuming they do this “race”, what sort of race would it be? 24 hours of Le Mans, with 2 hours running and 22 hours charging?

    • 0 avatar
      th009

      Swap the battery packs, no? That will take longer than conventional refueling, but maybe it could be fast enough.

      And Le Mans 24H is indeed opening its to alternative technologies …

      • 0 avatar
        Crabspirits

        Longer? It might even be faster if you designed it to drop out the bottom of the car with quick connects. An EV class running alongside everything else would be intriguing for sure. You never know, they may start overtaking most ICE-equipped vehicles if they can stay out there long enough.

      • 0 avatar
        th009

        @Crabspirits, dropping out from the bottom would be problematic as that would require lifting the car quite high in order to do the swap, making tire and driver changes more difficult. Remove/insert from the side (or rear?) is probably more practical.

  • avatar
    monomille

    That moves right along and without all of the exhaust noise you can sense other inputs like tire scrub, etc. The key to racing is my driving versus your driving in “competitive” cars. Competitive driving is just as much fun whether its karts or nitro dragsters. A formula series for these cars could be just as exciting to do and watch as any other. A shorter format like sprint car racing has always been more exciting for me to watch than 400 to 600 mile races.


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