Nissan Leaf Nismo RC (2011) first official pictures

By Mark Hamilton
First Official Pictures
18 April 2011 11:09

This is the new Leaf Nismo RC, a competition concept using the Leaf's EV drivetrain which will debut at the 2011 New York motor show.

Nissan Leaf Nismo RC: is it radio-controlled? It looks like an R/C racer...

It's not a mini model racer, despite having a composite body, battery pack and electric motor – the RC stands for Racing Competition. Nismo (Nissan's motorsports arm) and Nissan's Global Design Centre in Japan have treated the Leaf to a full carbonfibre monocoque chassis and body panels. The front and rear sections lift off to reveal the bespoke suspension components and give access to the EV drive system. That huge rear wing is driver-adjustable from the cockpit.