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Nissan Leaf Sets Goodwood Record...In Reverse

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On: Fri, Jul 6, 2012 at 12:53PM | By: Chris Weiss

Nissan Leaf Sets Goodwood Record...In Reverse

If there's one car that you could safely say would not set a record at the "Festival of Speed," it would be a small electric car like the Nissan Leaf. Or so we thought. The Leaf set an interesting record at this year's Goodwood Festival of Speed.

During this past weekend's Goodwood festivities, stunt driver Terry Grant powered the Nissan Leaf to a Goodwood record...multiple times. While the Nissan Leaf was ill-equipped to compete with the suped-up sports coupes and supercars in most categories, it took its own direction - fastest time over the course of a mile, in reverse.

Grant tackled the famous Hillclimb course with the transmission set to 'R' and set the record on Friday with a 1 minute 37.02 second run and a 55-mph average speed. He then broke the record several times during the course of the weekend, culminating in a run of around 1 minute 11 seconds.

Grant said of the feat: "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 center of gravity - the batteries are an integral part of the car's floor - the car is extremely stable, no matter which direction it's traveling. The only complaint I have is slight neck ache from constantly looking over my shoulder!"

In addition to the unique Leaf record, Nissan also had a number of other vehicles in the event. The Leaf Nismo RC race car set a record (going forwards) for electric vehicles, and the Juke R and several GT-R's also took part in events.


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