Nissan’s Take on the Electric Racer Future

The New York International Autoshow is in town, and amidst all the new American muscle cars and exotics you’ll find the newv starlight electric racer concept from Nissan.

Nissan Leaf Nismo RC Concept was the most notable eco-friendly car of the show. First off, it is starkly different on the outside compared to original electric hatchback as the whole thing only weighs 2,068 pounds, a 40% reduction from the standard Leaf. Meanwhile, Nissan and Nismo (a name typically associated with the GT-R) churned out a body fit for racing, widening the bonnet by 6.7 inches and lowering to 2.4 inches of ground clearance.

But that’s enough ogling over the body--this car’s 107 horsepower, 80-kilowatt AC electric power train can supposedly run under race conditions for 20 minutes and quick charge (to 80% capacity) in 30. While it’s no 125 mph Tesla, the Nismo RC can pull 0-60 mph in 6.85 seconds and has a 93-mph top speed, which is pretty good considering what it started as.

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