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We’re well aware that the last Nissan you ever thought would see the track as a full-blown race car would be the all-electric Leaf, but you have to admit, the Nismo RC Leaf is one bad-ass looking piece of electric machinery. Even though Nissan has built their racing heritage on their 350Z/370Z and GT-R platform, there’s no doubting automotive manufacturers wish to push the limits in proving that hybrid and all-electric technology are viable forms of real world performance.
Nissan is no exception, teaming up with Nismo to see what the Leaf can potentially do as a race chassis while still powered by the same electric drivetrain we’re seeing on the streets now. The Nismo RC Leaf features a full carbon fiber body and three-door layout, streamlining the aerodynamics while making it a sleek-looking race car. And with any other race car out there, this Leaf receives a full widebody treatment while the drivetrain was relocated in order to improve weight balance.
The Leaf took to Sodegaura Forest Raceway for some shakedown testing and we’re loving how it looks out on the track. It’ll be interesting to see how EVs can shape the world of motorsports with zero-emissions and all.
Check out the video after the break.
If any of you out there still do not want to accept that electric and hybrid vehicles are a thing of the future, we think you should sit down and seek out some counseling. Otherwise you’re just not going to be prepared for what’s going to happen to the automotive industry in the next decade. The Nissan Leaf has already produced a ton of buzz worldwide, and it looks like Nissan isn’t letting off their go-green-happy gas pedal by announcing that their newest electric car concept will be shown off at the Paris Auto Show on September 30th, 2010.
Naturally there aren’t many details about the concept other than that it’ll be called the Townpod (which sounds really cool!) and Nissan states “it combines eye-catching design with a spacious and practical interior,”while, “it heralds a new-era of flexible, stylish vehicles that will bring electric-vehicle mobility to the masses.”
We’re just hoping that by “eye-catching design” Nissan means it’s pleasant to the eyes, and not the sort of oddly styled vehicles the brand has rolled out as of late (cough, Juke, cough). But given this teaser image of the headlight, we’re expecting a futuristic-looking concept that is going to help usher in the next generation of vehicles.
AutoGuide will bring you full coverage of the Paris Auto Show starting September 30th
See the official press release after the jump: