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New zealand: electric race car

As far as racecars go, Nissan’s all-electric Nismo Leaf RC isn’t all that different from your run-of-the-mill petrol machine.

Getting inside the cabin requires mild contortion, the carbon fibre bucket seats and driving position are naturally low slung, and the ground-hugging profile translates to a fairly unrelenting ride over bumps.

But the sacrifices in comfort are worth making.

Fairfax Media recently sampled the pure-electric racer during Nissan’s global 360 event in Southern California, on a tight slalom circuit which took about 40 seconds to navigate.

The RC’s grunt comes courtesy of an 80kW/280Nm electric motor, which draws power from a 48-module lithium-ion battery. Drive is channelled through a single-speed transmission to the rear wheels, while weight is kept to a bare-bones 940kg.


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