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NISMO Leaf Race Car Set for First Ever Demo at Le Mans 24hr

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. and Nissan Motorsports International Co., Ltd. today announced that the first ever public demonstration of the Nissan LEAF NISMO RC will be at LE MANS VERS LE FUTUR. This is a support event for the 79th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, which takes place June 11-12.

The Nissan LEAF NISMO RC is a purpose-built race car based on the Nissan LEAF, the first all-electric production vehicle in the world. The Nissan LEAF NISMO RC, the first-ever zero emission racing spec production vehicle, was unveiled at the 2011 New York International Auto Show in April and garnered considerable consumer attention throughout the show.

Two demonstration runs by the Nissan LEAF NISMO RC are scheduled: – the first at 21:15 on Thursday, June 9th and the second at 12:10 on Saturday, June 11th local time.

The 24 Hours of Le Mans is the world’s most renowned endurance race and is held on the Circuit de la Sarthe, near the town of Le Mans, 200 kilometers west of Paris. It is considered the toughest endurance event in the world and for many car manufacturers, doing battle at Le Mans is considered a badge of honor.

This year Nissan/NISMO-powered LMP2 cars will participate in the race.  Lucas Ordonez, winner of the first GT Academy, will drive the Signatech Nissan, one of the LMP2 cars.

Nissan Leaf NISMO-RC Electric Race Car
Nissan Leaf NISMO-RC Electric Race Car

Source; Nissan