It didn’t beat anything in a traditional run up the hill, but the Nissan Leaf managed to take a new record at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this weekend by driving the fastest measured mile in reverse.
Stunt driver Terry Grant pulled it off at an average 55 mph, running the distance in one minute and 37.02 seconds. Grant initially made the run a full 26 seconds slower and still setting the record.
“I had a great car at my disposal,” Grant said. “With direct drive from the electric motor to its wheels, the Nissan Leaf can, in theory, go as fast backwards as it can forwards There were times I wasn’t sure I was coming or going. However, thanks to the Leaf’s low centre of gravity – the batteries are an integral part of the car’s floor – the car is extremely stable, no matter which direction it’s travelling.”
Last year Grant also set a record at Goodwood by driving a Juke up the course on two wheels. Aside from setting the “in-reverse” record, Nissan also ran a GT-R and a Leaf Nismo RC.