Nissan Debuts New, More Powerful LEAF Nismo RC

NOV 30 2018 BY MARK KANE 27

Nissan LEAF NISMO RC is back with more power and torque

Nissan presents today in Tokyo an all-new LEAF NISMO RC racing car, which more than doubles the power and torque of its predecessor from 2011. The new version is based on the second-generation LEAF, which turns out to be way more attractive.

Public debut is scheduled for December 2, 2018 at the annual NISMO Festival at Fuji International Speedway, alongside Nissan’s Formula E race car.

Nissan equipped the new LEAF NISMO RC with two 120 kW electric motors (compared to 80 kW rear-wheel drive in the previous version). That gives it not only all-wheel drive but also far quicker acceleration – 0-100 km/h takes just 3.4 seconds (previously it was 6.85 seconds).

“With dual electric motors, all-wheel drive and an aggressive, restyled body shape, the purpose-built car demonstrates how Nissan’s electric vehicle technology can deliver exciting yet quiet, zero-emission power – a key component of the company’s Nissan Intelligent Mobility vision. The model is equipped with advanced battery technology and drivetrain components from the Nissan LEAF, the world’s best-selling electric car.”

There is no info about the battery pack capacity. We believe that the pack from a production Nissan LEAF (40 kWh) would be not enough to provide constant high power, so maybe Nissan decided to use the new battery (expected at 60 kWh), but didn’t want to disclose the number ahead of unveiling the LEAF e-Plus (currently postponed).

Nissan plans to build 6 LEAF NISMO RC and present them around the world – “so that fans can experience the power and excitement firsthand”.

Nissan LEAF NISMO RC specs:

  • 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.4 seconds
  • battery capacity: undisclosed
  • dual motor all-wheel drive
  • system output: 240 kW (2x 120 kW) and 640 Nm of torque
  • curb weight: 1,220 kg

“The pinnacle of electric power, now with all-wheel-drive

Powering the all-new Nissan LEAF NISMO RC are two electric motors at opposite ends of the chassis. The motors produce 240 kilowatts combined (120 kW each) and an astounding 640 Nm of instant torque to the wheels. They more than double the maximum power and the torque output of the previous LEAF NISMO RC, which was introduced in 2011. Drivetrain technology sourced from the new Nissan LEAF include the high-capacity lithium-ion battery and inverters.

A new all-wheel-drive system gives the LEAF NISMO RC its outstanding cornering prowess. Power is managed independently to each axle, instantly supplying torque to the tire with the most grip to let the car maneuver quickly and efficiently around the track. Similar to the previous model, chassis weight balance has been optimized by the midship location of the battery pack, with the electric motors and inverters ideally placed over the front and rear tires.

The LEAF NISMO RC features a multitude of lightweight components and a full carbon-fiber racing monocoque structure, allowing it to tip the scales at just 1,220 kilograms. The power-to-weight ratio results in an impressive performance of zero to 100 kph in just 3.4 seconds – 50% quicker than the previous model.

Race-ready styling

While the exterior of the all-new Nissan LEAF NISMO RC is spiritually based on the original LEAF NISMO RC, it sports a more aggressive exterior. A long hood and Nissan’s signature V-motion grille highlight the totally restyled front end. The distinctive silver-and-black paint scheme with NISMO red accents – similar to the Nissan Formula E car – make the LEAF NISMO RC seem like it’s in constant motion, even when sitting still at the starting line.

The car’s three-piece bodywork includes removable front and rear sections, fixed windows, LED headlights and tail lights, and an adjustable rear wing for ideal downforce on the tarmac. The model is slightly longer than its predecessor, with an overall length of 4,546 millimeters and a wheelbase that measures 2,750 millimeters. The Nissan LEAF NISMO RC sits wide and low to the ground, with its wind-cutting form measuring only 1,212 millimeters from roof to road – more than 300 millimeters less than the production Nissan LEAF.”

Executive Vice President Daniele Schillaci, Nissan’s global head of marketing, sales and electric vehicles said:

“The all-new LEAF NISMO RC shows how we’re setting our sights even higher when it comes to raw power and performance – making electric vehicles even more exciting for customers. It’s our most thrilling expression yet of the philosophy of Nissan Intelligent Mobility.”

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27 Comments on "Nissan Debuts New, More Powerful LEAF Nismo RC"

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Big Solar

Just what we need…

Clive

I don’t care much about your race car Nissan. If you cannot bring a better EV to market, you are just wasting our time… And more importantly, you are going to seriously lose the race.

REXtoCheckMate

Nope. This stresses the electric components and the motor.
This is high performance testing.
Nissan Needs to Do This.

Clive

This is done for PR, not for stress testing.

Nissan will go down really fast if they don’t get their sh*t together stat.

Just ask Mary @ GM what her new plan is?

If you stay ready, you don’t have to get ready!

Mike

Jeez Nissan, please bring out the new battery, thermal management, maybe dual motor, before everyone jumps ship. This is ridiculous. Coming from a 2 LEAF owner and previously huge LEAF advocate.

Clive

Agreed

I am also a 2 time Leaf 🍃 owner, and I am no doubt jumping ship.

Prsnep

They’ve already publicly stated their 2019 60-kwh Leaf will have thermal management.

Ron

I missed the public statement. I’ve only heard lots of speculation on both sides of the question. In their public statement, did they mention whether it will be air circulation? Fluid circulation? Refrigerated fluid/refrigerant?

Clive

I know but I don’t really care anymore.

To little to late.

John Doe

YES! Now we’re talking. That’s how it should have lookt to begin with.They wouls have needed a truckload of “EV buyer repellent” to scare of the customers.

bro1999

Of course this car will never make it to mass production, as only 6 examples are slated to be made. Joe Schmoe won’t ever been driving this thing on the streets.

John Doe

Only 6? Management needs a beating.

Clive

First they need to fire their current CEO.

He’s a yes man, not a leader.

Yves Laurin

good luck to buy this one, they plan to build 6 of them!

Brian

Make that a street-legal sports coupe and take my money!

Texas Leaf

I can easily see this as a production model to compete with the AWD Model 3. This car would go a long ways towards attracting younger, sports minded buyers. I’m glad to see Nissan continue to push its own envelope.

Mike

Well I don’t fit the “younger crowd” demographic, but this would also be a totally cool mid-life crisis car (just paint it red and sign me up).

Cars like this demonstrate the lack of vision by management at the legacy automakers. They can/could have built a car that would have gone toe-to-toe with the M3, but they diddled around building a handful of prototypes and race cars to show what they could have done.

To redeem themselves Nissan needs to get the 60 kWh Leaf out and they better have improved the drive train efficiency.

Clive

Bingo Mike ‼️

Do Not Read Between The Lines

No. Given the low volume.

Just think development.
AWD.
Performance.

James

That is one freaking awesome lookin’ car!

Nissan outdid themselves. These should be a racing series unto themselves.

The 2 door coupe fastback design could be the production electric equivelant to a Civic Coupe. Such a great looking car in my opinion…and so fast!

James

Ironic twist dept., race cars have minimalist interiors stripped down to the main essentials to save weight and provide easy access to components.

In that, Nissan’s purpose-built racing car has a dashboard that looks like my Model 3!

James

Racing improves the breed. This has always been a mantra for gas cars, and it remains true for EVs as well.

EVs need heat management, high energy density, suspensions, brakes and tires that can handle EV’s inherent heavy weights.

What better way to maximize EV technology than the pressure cooker of racing?

Clive

I agree, but they are not racing anything, just showing off.

It’s currently about how many they’ve sold in this ever changing market.

REXtoCheckMate

Sexy Car. Now Produce.

ab

All Nissan has to do is put in TMS, CCS charging, and offer the 40 kwh for $30k, and the 60 kwh version for $35k, and they will have hit the sweet spot of EVs in 2018.

Clive

They cannot sell it that low they have to pay their battery partner first…💰

Empire State

I like that they’re doing this, I like it a lot. This is not a production-intent car, nor even a mule toward that effort. It’s not even a race car at this point. The criticisms and the likes regarding this as a potential street EV are largely misplaced or at least very premature.
For those Nissan fans out there who haven’t just fallen off the turnip truck, would this not be a cool instigation of a “Project 251?”
They need to learn some things and develop some tech outside of the process of designing a product for sale. The Leaf has been a landmark car and it has established Nissan as a producer of EVs in ways that competitors haven’t achieved. That some parts of the Leaf can be used this way bears witness to Nissan’s EV “chops.” How many production VW parts went into their PR machine on the dirt hill? Maybe the Leaf inverters receive some improvements after this project, maybe the inverters have some new components optimized for some higher output motors, or maybe they’ll discover 500 things that DON’T work before the next EV needs higher output solutions.