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Unveiled at the New York Auto Show the Nissan Leaf NISMO RC is an electric race car concept based loosely on the world’s first mass-produced EV. Sitting over a foot lower and using a chassis made of carbon fiber, there wouldn’t at first seem to be much similar between the two vehicles – although the headlights and taillights do share some of the same design cues.
Build by Nissan’s NISMO racing division the car does, however, make use of an electric drivetrain similar to the one found in the production Leaf with a 80 kW electric motor that produces 107-hp and 207 lb-ft of torque, enabling a 0-62 mph time of 6.85 seconds due to a curb weight of just over 2,000 lbs. Nissan claims it can be recharged up to 80 percent in just 30 minutes and can run for 20 minutes at a time.
More than just a shiny auto show token, the car looks race ready and Nissan claims it is considering setting up a NISMO RC spec racing series to prove just how serious it is about electric car cars.