wants to set a speed record, you'd expect it to use the mighty GT-R
to get there. Or maybe one of its myriad racing cars – it does, after all, power the bulk of the LMP2
racers on the grid at Le Mans
, not to mention the experimental DeltaWing
. But the Leaf
? Sure, maybe for emissions-free motoring, but not for speed.
Yet it's the Leaf in which Nissan will attempt to set a new Guinness World Record at the upcoming Goodwood Festival of Speed
. And not the Nismo RC
version, either, though that will be on hand for the festival as well. No, Nissan
will attempt a world record in a bone-stock electric Leaf... in reverse.
Because EVs like the Leaf power their wheels directly from their electric motors, they should – in theory at least – be able to drive just as fast in reverse as they do moving forward. To test that theory, Nissan is brining the Leaf to Goodwood where its stunt driver Terry Grant (the same guy who drove a Juke
on two wheels up the hill at the event last year) will attempt to drive the entire course backwards.
In the process, Nissan hopes that Grant and the Leaf will set a new record for the fastest time over a distance of one mile (1.6 km) in reverse. And considering the twist, turns, peaks and dips of the Goodwood circuit, that likely won't prove too easy. But we sure look forward to seeing how it turns out. Read more in the press release below
Hit the jump
for our gallery of the Leaf racing in reverse.