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Dreaming Of A Nissan Leaf With Double The Range? Well…

Do you wish your Nissan Leaf electric car had more range? Nissan has a solution, sort of.

The Japanese car maker’s Barcelona Technical Centre built a prototype Leaf with a 48-kilowatt-hour battery pack for a new type of motorsport called ECOseries, according to a report on InsideEVs.

Unlike most racing series, the goal of ECOseries is to achieve maximum efficiency and fuel economy–not fast lap times.

The series is open any type of road-legal vehicle, and features both track and rally events. Each event is split into two disciplines.

Efficiency rewards the fastest car that uses less than a predetermined amount of energy, while regularity rewards drivers who come closest to matching a preset lap or stage time.

The latter discipline is similar to the regularity time-trial rallies that are already a popular form of amateur motorsport in some countries.

Nissan entered three Leafs in the series. The third car had its 24-kWh lithium-ion battery pack doubled in size for one event, to better compete with a Mercedes-Benz A-Class E-Cell, which boasts a 36-kWh pack designed by Tesla Motors.

The Mercedes won that event, and it’s unclear what plans–if any–Nissan has for its experimental 48-kWh prototype.

Nissan’s interest in electric car racing is hardly in doubt, though.


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