Nissan Leaf to set a new speed record at Goodwood… in reverse….

Article by Christian Andrei, on June 22, 2011

Nissan is aiming to claim two records at the Goodwood Festival of Speed with its LEAF and Juke models, instead of its GT-R flagship unit. The Nissan LEAF, which has been awarded as the 2011 Car of the Year, will attempt to be the fastest vehicle ever to be driven – backwards -- up the famous hill course.

Unlike petrol-powered vehicles, in which the reverse gear only allows low speeds, the company’s LEAF utilizes an electric powertrain that allows the vehicle to be driven in reverse to as quickly as it can go forwards.

Specifically, the vehicle has the capability to obtain reverse top speed of 90mph. On the other hand, the company will attempt to obtain the record of the fastest four-wheeled vehicle to climb the entire hilly course with only two wheels. The company will be using the Juke.

Terry Grant, a professional stunt driver, will be the man to attempt to obtain the records in the LEAF and Juke by performing the stunts once each day. He said that he has experienced Goodwood in the past but he has never attempted to set a new record.

He added that to have the opportunity to claim not one but two records at the same event will “hopefully” give a very entertaining spectacle for everyone at the event that will be held from July 1 to 3.

The new Nissan Leaf features a frontal end marked by an upright V-shaped design as well as by up-slanting LED (light-emitting diode) headlights. These headlights come with a blue internal reflective design that signifies the car’s special status. Aside from that, these headlights were designed to split and route airflow away from the door mirrors to lower wind noise and drag. Since these headlights are made of LED, their electric consumption is just 10 percent of that of conventional lamps, helping the new Nissan Leaf achieve its world-class range autonomy.

The interior of the Nissan Leaf is specified with bright trim colors for a delightful yet stylish environment. Its "blue earth" color theme – taking cue from the Aqua Globe body color of the first Nissan Leaf model – is emphasized inside the car through its blue dashboard highlights and instrument illumination.

Amazingly, the new Nissan Leaf is specified with an exclusive advanced IT system that is linked to a global data center to provide support, information, and entertainment any time of the day. Its dash-mounted monitor could show the EV’s remaining power (reachable area) and even a few charging stations located nearby. Moreover, this IT system allows drivers to use their mobile phones for turning on air-conditioning and setting charging functions, even when EV is powered down.

Drivers could also pre-program an on-board remote-controlled timer to recharge batteries. Tooru ABE, Chief Product Specialist, called the IT system in the new Nissan Leaf as a critical advantage, as it helps the EV become a partner for the driver and an enhancement for the passengers, on top of helping create a zero-emission community. While Nissan considers the Leaf as a vital first step in pioneering a new era of zero-emission mobility, the Japanese carmaker well-recognizes that internal-combustion engine (ICE) technologies will still have an important role to play in global transportation in the next few decades.

This is why the Japanese carmaker is employing a holistic approach to implement its zero-emission vision, thereby offering the riding and driving public with a wide range of eco-friendly technologies. In fact, while the Nissan Leaf could be the only vehicle that many consumers would want to have, it could also be an ideal second car that family members could use for their daily commute. Even with this holistic approach, Nissan’s ultimate goal remains to be zero emissions.

It has committed itself to continuous innovation in eco-friendly technologies that do not only increase a vehicle’s efficiency but also lower its emissions. It is focused on its endless pursuit that has allowed Nissan to offer technologies like CVT, HEV, Clean Diesel and Idle Stop, and to continue its research and investment in FCV technology.

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