Confident by what the LEAF has accomplished so far, including a couple of ‘Car of The Year’ awards, Nissan is sending it to Pikes Peak to take on the legendary hill climb challenge.
Since the car is going to compete in the production class for electric vehicles, it’ll be pretty much standard apart from the removal of some interior objects and the addition of a roll cage and other safety equipments. The power comes from the standard 80kW AC synchronous motor that generates 107 horsepower and 207 lb-ft of torque. So it’s not the most exciting way of getting up the hill, but it’s certainly the greenest!
Looks like Nissan is serious about its EV motorsport programs. A while ago we had the Nismo LEAF RC track car, and now this hill climber. The car will compete in the 89th Pikes Peak International Hill Climb with veteran Nissan off-road truck racing champion Chad Hord behind the wheel.
“This is another innovative way to showcase the fun-to-drive nature of the Nissan LEAF and highlight that 100 percent electric vehicles perform very well in demanding situations like the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb,” said Ron Stukenberg, senior manager, Marketing Communications, Motorsports. “The instant torque available from the electric motor makes the LEAF a fun car to drive and the abundance of corners on the hill climb will give Chad a chance to take advantage of that torque.”