Stunt driver Terry Grant will be performing a stunt at Goodwood Festival this week in a bid to set a new Guinness World Record. He will be performing the same stunt that was attempted last year at Goodwood, driving the Nissan Leaf in reverse gear. Grant will be competing in a 1.16 mile hill climb in reverse and that is what makes this feat stand out and once satisfactorily completed stand to gain mention in the Guinness Book of World Records.
This is one remarkable feature of the Nissan LEAF. It is capable of similar speeds in a forward motion as it is in a reverse mode. The electric powertrain can be driven in reverse by switching off the electronic speed limiter. Nissan LEAF is in for some difficult times ahead as it tackles the literal uphill task of climbing a hill which has a number of winding paths, steep bends and other impediments in its path.
This record breaking feat is part of Nissan’s The Big Turn On social media campaign which is undertaken to prove that the Nissan LEAF is capable, sturdy, practical and safe besides being environmentally friendly at the same time.
Read the press release below for detailed information.
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NISSAN LEAF TO REVERSE INTO THE RECORD BOOKS
World record attempt planned for Goodwood Festival of Speed
Nissan LEAF to set Guinness World Speed Record in reverse
Record underlines car’s simple yet robust technology
Part of huge Nissan presence at the Festival
Nissan LEAF NISMO RC to set FoS hill record for EVs
Rolle, Switzerland (25 June 2012) – In theory, it goes just as fast backwards as it does forwards. And now comes the proof.
At the Goodwood Festival of Speed (29 June – 1 July), the 100% electric Nissan LEAF will attempt to complete the famous 1.16-mile Goodwood hillclimb course as fast as possible… but in reverse, setting a new Guinness World Record for the fastest time over a distance of one mile in reverse.
With direct drive from the electric motor to its wheels, the Nissan LEAF going backwards should be able to hit the same top speed it manages going forwards. With its batteries located under the floor of the car, it has a low centre of gravity making the car very stable at speed with little body roll under cornering. And with fewer moving parts than a conventional car, there’s less likelihood of mechanical issues thwarting the attempt.
The attempt is part of Nissan’s ambitious social media-driven campaign, The Big Turn On, which is spreading the EV message across Europe. The campaign aims to prove that as well as being environmentally friendly, the Nissan LEAF is safe, economical to run, practical, and fun to drive.
Professional stunt driver Terry Grant will attempt the LEAF Reverse Record. Terry thrilled the crowds at the 2011 Festival of Speed by driving a Nissan JUKE up the hillclimb course on two wheels.
“The LEAF Reverse Record isn’t going to be easy and will be very challenging,” admitted Terry. “I’d prefer to do it on a nice straight and level strip of tarmac rather than on Lord March’s drive. The hill not only climbs, but is also full of twists, turns and obstacles.
“It’s a hugely technical test of speed and concentration. But despite the risks, the strength and integrity of Nissan LEAF’s design gives me confidence. Whatever happens, I know I’m going to finish the weekend with a serious crick in my neck!”
One of the other Nissan stars of the FoS weekend will be the dramatic race-prepared Nissan LEAF NISMO RC. It will be racing against the clock, to set a hill record for electric vehicles. It will be driven by 2011 FIA GT1 Championship winning driver, Michael Krumm, who wowed the huge crowd at this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours from behind the wheel of the startling Nissan DeltaWing endurance racing car.
To learn more about Nissan’s Electric Vehicles, please visit: http://www.nissan-zeroemission.com/
About the Nissan LEAF:
The Nissan LEAF was the first mass produced EV winning the European, World and Japanese car of the year 2011. More than 32,000 units have been sold globally since its introduction in December 2010, making Nissan LEAF the world’s biggest selling electric vehicle. The AC motor develops 80 kW of power and 280 Nm of torque, enough for a maximum speed of 145 km/h. The electric motor is powered by a Nissan-developed laminated lithium-ion battery with an output of more than 90 kW. Recharging from empty to 100% takes eight hours with a normal charger and just 30 minutes from empty to 80% using a quick charger in optimal conditions. Nissan LEAF has been awarded five stars in the tough Euro NCAP tests, making it one of the safest cars on the road. Nissan LEAF comes fully equipped with air conditioning, satellite navigation, rear-view parking camera. European production of the Nissan LEAF will start at Sunderland in early 2013.
About Nissan in the UK
Nissan Sunderland Plant manufactures the Nissan Qashqai, the Nissan Note and the Nissan Juke and will manufacture the 100% electric Nissan LEAF from 2013
Production of lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles begins this year
Total plant volume since 1986 stands at more than 6.4 million units with 80 per cent of production exported to 97 markets worldwide
Total investment made and announced since then is £3.3 billion
480,485 units were produced at Sunderland plant in 2011
Sunderland Plant currently employs 5,400 people
Nissan’s European Design Centre is located in Paddington, London and employs around 50 people
Nissan’s European Technical Centre is based in Cranfield, Bedfordshire and employs around 500 people
About Nissan in Europe
Nissan has one of the most comprehensive European presences of any overseas manufacturer, employing more than 14,500 staff across locally-based design, research & development, manufacturing, logistics and sales & marketing operations. Last year Nissan plants in the UK, Spain and Russia produced 677,000 vehicles including mini-MPVs, award-winning crossovers, SUVs and commercial vehicles. Nissan now offers 24 diverse and innovative products for sale in Europe today, and is positioned to become the number one Asian brand in Europe.
Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Japan’s second-largest automotive company, is headquartered in Yokohama, Japan, and is part of the Renault-Nissan Alliance. Operating with more than 248,000 employees globally, Nissan provided customers with more than 4.1 million vehicles in 2010, generating revenue of 8.77 trillion yen ($102.37 billion US). With a strong commitment to developing exciting and innovative products for all, Nissan delivers a comprehensive range of 64 models under the Nissan and Infiniti brands. A pioneer in zero-emission mobility, Nissan made history with the introduction of the Nissan LEAF, the first affordable, mass-market, pure-electric vehicle and winner of numerous international accolades, including the prestigious 2011-2012 Car of the Year Japan, 2012 RJC Car of the Year, 2011 European Car of the Year, and 2011 World Car of the Year awards. For more information on our products, services and commitment to sustainable mobility, visit our website at http://www.nissan-global.com/EN/.
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