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Nissan LEAF reverses into record books

The all-electric Nissan LEAF has set a new world record - becoming the fastest car ever over a measured mile in reverse.

Driven by professional stunt driver Terry Grant, the Nissan LEAF raced backwards up the Goodwood hillclimb course at the weekend's Festival of Speed, covering the distance in 1m 37.02s at an average speed of 55 mph.

Having set the record on Friday, Grant went racing again on Saturday and Sunday, shaving a whopping 26 seconds off his earlier time.

"I had a great car at my disposal," said Grant, "...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 car is extremely stable, no matter which direction it's travelling."

The LEAF Reverse Record attempt formed part of Nissan's pan-European social media-driven campaign, 'The Big Turn On'- which was aimed at getting one million consumers switched onto electric driving in 100 days - a target which was achieved on the 21st June, 15 days ahead of schedule.

Posted on 03.07.2012
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