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Nissan LEAF NISMO RC Races Against Altima V8 Supercar & GT-R in Australia

Wouldn’t you like to see which is quickest between the Nissan LEAF NISMO RC, Nissan’s V8 Altmia Supercar and the extreme GT-R? Visitors to Adelaide this weekend will be lucky enough to find out! This weekend’s Clipsal 500 race will feature the “Nissan Time Attack” where all three of the above mentioned cars will go head to head.

If you don’t already know about the LEAF NISMO RC, then you can read all about it here. Essentially, it is a NISMO tuned version of the all electric Nissan LEAF, but which shares very few components despite appearances. The NISMO version is built from a three piece carbon fibre design and is incredibly fast with the famed instant torque provided by it’s electric motors.

The appearance of the Nissan LEAF NISMO RC is a coup for the Clipsal 500 event in Adelaide, with the car having made only select appearances since its unveil at the New York Auto Show in 2011, lapping circuits such as Le Mans in France and Goodwood in the United Kingdom. The Clipsal 500 will be the first time the car has visited Australia.

LEAF NISMO RC alongside Nissan Altima V8 Supercar

Fans at the Clipsal 500 will see the Nissan LEAF NISMO RC on-track in the “Nissan Time Attack” on both Saturday and Sunday at the Adelaide Parklands street circuit, with the all-electric racer on-track against a Nissan Altima V8 Supercar and a Nissan GT-R road car.

Fresh from his drive of the Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 at the Bathurst 12 Hour two weeks ago, former V8 Supercars champion Rick Kelly will drive the Nissan LEAF NISMO RC in the “Nissan Time Attack,” joining the likes of former Formula 1 driver Johnny Herbert and former FIA GT1 World Champion Michael Krumm as drivers given the privilege of piloting the technologically-advanced racer. Rick commented:

“It’s going to be an honor to be the first person to drive the Nissan LEAF NISMO RC in Australia. It’s a crazy time at the moment, having come from Bathurst in the GT-R, then testing our Altima V8 Supercar, and now I’m going to get the chance to drive one of Nissan’s game changers.’ The LEAF NISMO RC is a pure racecar. It’s not going to sound like the racing cars we’ve all come to know, but the level of detail that NISMO has gone to in this car is amazing. I’m also excited by what the future holds in the automotive industry and it’s great to be a part of a manufacturer that is a leader in automotive innovation, and in particular electric-powered vehicles, and the LEAF RC is a perfect example of that. I think the Adelaide fans will be blown away by its speed and I’m really excited to get behind the wheel of it at the Clipsal 500.”

Former Nissan factory driver and television commentator Neil Crompton will share driving duties in the GT-R with young Adelaide racer, Samantha Zanotto (nee Reid).

The Nissan LEAF NISMO RC is the world’s first all-electric race car. Like the production-based Nissan LEAF on which it is based, the zero-emission LEAF NISMO RC is powered by electricity, stored in its revolutionary lithium-ion batteries. The long, up-sloping headlights are also pure LEAF, but that’s where the family resemblance ends.

Despite the fact that you’ll hardly hear this car glide by, the LEAF NISMO RC is a pure racecar, with its three-piece body manufactured from carbon fiber. The shape and silhouette of the car is low and wide, and the adjustable rear wing is designed to create significant downforce, keeping the car stable and glued to the track.

The LEAF NISMO RC adds to Nissan’s catalogue of electric energy-powered racecars, which includes the recently launched Nissan ZEOD RC – the car that will break new ground at the 24 Hours of Le Mans this year. The ZEOD RC’s power plant will include the unique combination of a 1.5-liter internal combustion engine that boasts 400 horsepower, despite only weighing 40 kilograms, alongside its electric powerplant.

The “Nissan Time Attack” supports the opening event of the 2014 V8 Supercars Championship at the Adelaide Parklands circuit, where the Nissan Motorsport four-car Altima team will do battle against its rivals in the manufacturer’s second season in V8 Supercars competition.

Source; Nissan