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04-17-2011, 09:58 AM
Nissan Leaf NISMO RC Race Car Revealed Ahead of NY Auto Show
By Colum Wood
April 17 2011
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Rumors had indicated that Nissan would unveil the next-generation Versa at the New York Auto Show this week, but no one saw this coming. Above is a lone image of what the Japanese automaker is calling the Leaf NISMO RC (Racing Competition). Yes, a Leaf race car!

Build by Nissanís NISMO racing division the car makes use of an electric drivetrain similar to the one found in the production Leaf with a 80 kW electric motor that produces 107-hp and 207 lb-ft of torque, enabling a 0-62 mph time of 6.85 seconds.

Nissan claims it can be recharged up to 80 percent in just 30 minutes and can run for 20 minutes at a time.

With styling cues similar to the Leaf, this car is dramatically different with a new coupe design and 18-inch wheels. Plus itís 6.7-inches wider, 0.8-inches longer and sports a 3.9-inch shorter wheelbase. Overall it sits over a foot (13.8-inches) lower than the Leaf production car.

Based on an entirely new platform made of carbon fiber, the NISMO RC weighs just 2,068 lbs Ė roughly 40 percent less than the road car.

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