Here we have about an eight minute video of the NISMO LEAF RC on the track at Sodegaura Forest Raceway in Japan. Nissan is continuing with developmental work of this all new racing platform. While many readers may wonder why we are so interested in the racing capabilities of an electric LEAF, it is only because that many of the innovations that we take for granted on our day-to-day rides that we currently drive exist due to experimentation, analysis and safety concerns discovered in race cars of the past. Modern day safety features such as seat belts and anti-lock braking systems are a direct result of racing development. Anti-skid technology is also a development of past racing programs. But in addition to safety, items of special interest to electric vehicle (EV) owners will be any innovations that move us in the direction of greater range – be they derived from weight savings or technical improvements. Hopefully, both.
In the video, there is significant discussion by Nissan technical engineers with a contribution also from the NISMO LEAF test driver. Enjoy.
PS: Almost forgot… don’t forget to check out the different sets of wheels that they are running with dry or wet tires. The gold wheels are double spoke (14 spoke) while the black wheels are slim six spoke wheels. Maybe some ideas for your own LEAF when you decide to go with some lighter wheels.