The all-electric Nissan LEAF will appear at this year's Goodwood Festival of Speed to set a new World Record for the fastest time over one mile in reverse.
Posted on 26.06.2012
The LEAF will take the challenge on Goodwood's famed hillclimb course, which runs for 1.16 miles. With direct drive from the electric motor to its wheels, it should be able to hit the same top speed going backwards as it manages going forwards.
A further boon to the LEAF's record attempt is the location of its batteries under the floor of the car, giving it a low centre of gravity aiding cornering and high speed stability. 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 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 hillclimb record for electric vehicles. It will be driven by 2011 FIA GT1 Championship winning driver, Michael Krumm.