Leaf reverses into record books
REVERSING INTO THE RECORD BOOKS: Stunt driver Terry Grant earns himself another entry into the record books by reversing a Nissan Leaf along a 1.6km course in just 1m 37.02s.
Nissan's electric Leaf entered the record books by setting the fastest time over a 1.6km sprint...in reverse. Check out video clip of this unique achievement.
Nissan's electric Leaf has set a new record for the fastest car over a measured mile (1.6km) in reverse.
Driven by professional stunt driver Terry Grant, the LEAF raced backwards up the famous Goodwood hillclimb course at the June 2012 Festival of Speed, covering the distance in 1m 37.02s at an average speed of 88km/h.
THE BIG TURN ON
Having set the record on June 29, Grant went on to smash his time, shaving an incredible 26 seconds off his attempt.
He commented: “I had a great car at my disposal – with direct drive from the electric motor to its wheels, the Nissan Leaf can, in theory, go as fast backwards as it can forwards. There were times I wasn’t sure I was coming or going.
"However, thanks to the Leaf’s low centre of gravity, the batteries are an integral part of the car’s floor, the car is extremely stable, no matter which direction it’s travelling.
“The only complaint I have is slight neck ache from constantly looking over my shoulder!”
Grant set a world record at the 2011 festival by driving a Nissan Juke up the hill on two wheels,
The Leaf Reverse Record is part of Nissan’s ambitious social media-driven campaign, "The Big Turn On", which aims to spread the EV message across Europe using social media channels.
The campaign achieved its goal of one million consumers switching to electric driving on June 21, 15 days ahead of the original target.
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The race-tuned LEAF NISMO RC raced against the clock and set a hill record for electric vehicles. The EV racecar was driven by current FIA GT1 world champion Michael Krumm.
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