Η Nissan έδωσε την πρώτη φωτογραφία του αγωνιστικού Leaf το οποίο θα το παρουσιάσει στην έκθεση της Νέας Υόρκης. Το Nissan Leaf NISMO RC δεν μοιάζει και τόσο με την έκδοση παραγωγής, αφού το μόνο κοινό που έχουν είναι το όνομα και ο ηλεκτροκινητήρας του. Όλα τα άλλα είναι εντελώς νέα.

Οι αλλαγές ξεκινούν εξωτερικά. Το αυτοκίνητο δεν διαθέτει πίσω πόρτες ενώ φορά νέο φαρδύ bodykit, Στο εσωτερικό όλα τα περιττά πράγματα, όπως οι μοκέτες, ο κλιματισμός, το navigation και το ραδιόφωνο έχουν αφαιρεθεί για χάρη του βάρους, με την μπαταρία να έχει τοποθετηθεί στο κέντρο για καλύτερη κατανομή βάρους. Το Nissan Leaf NISMO RC είναι κατά 40% ελαφρύτερο από την έκδοση παραγωγής, ζυγίζει μόλις 938 κιλά, χάρη στην εκτενή χρήση carbon. Το αγωνιστικό διαθέτει κοντύτερο μεταξόνιο κατά 10 cm, ενώ έχει μεγαλώνει σε μήκος κατά 2 cm, σε φάρδος κατά 17 cm και έχει χαμηλώσει κατά ολόκληρα 35 cm σε σχέση με την έκδοση παραγωγής.

Το Leaf NISMO RC φορά μια αεροτομή που ρυθμίζεται από τον οδηγό καθώς και LED φωτιστικά σώματα. Μηχανικά φορά τον ίδιο ηλεκτροκινητήρα 80 kW (107 ίππων) με 280 Nm ροπής ικανά ώστε να κάνει τα 0-100 χλμ/ώρα σε 6.85 δευτερόλεπτα με τελική ταχύτητα 150 χλμ/ώρα. Η Nissan αναφέρει ότι το αυτοκίνητο θα χρησιμοποιηθεί αρχικά μόνο σε επιδείξεις. Ωστόσο οι Ιάπωνες εξετάζουν το ενδεχόμενο να δημιουργήσει μια σειρά αγώνων με αυτοκίνητα μηδενικών εκπομπών στο μέλλον. Οι αγώνες της σειράς αυτής θα έχουνε διάρκεια μόλις 20 λεπτών ενώ στη συνέχεια τα αυτοκίνητα θα επαναφορτίζονται για 30 λεπτά μέσω ταχυφορτιστών, αποκτώντας πάλι το 80% της αυτονομίας τους.

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Nissan LEAF™ NISMO RC (Racing Competition) Takes Zero Emission Strategy to a New Dimension – the Race Track

– Purpose-Built Prototype Wraps Production Nissan LEAF Components and Technology in a Dramatic Ready-To-Go-Racing Carbon Fiber Body –

The name on the back panel, just under the massive adjustable rear wing, says Nissan LEAF™. The powertrain is an 100% zero emission advanced Lithium-ion battery design, just like that found on the world’s first affordable mass market electric vehicle. And despite its lack of rear doors, rear seat, trunk, audio system, navigation, carpeting and other amenities, there is a discernable family resemblance. But that is where the similarities between the production Nissan LEAF and the Nissan LEAF NISMO RC end. As indicted by the “RC” – for Racing Competition – this new electric vehicle, which makes its world debut at the 2011 New York International Auto Show, is purpose-built to bring new meaning to the term “Racing Green.”

Already a world leader in zero emission production vehicles with the late 2010 launch of the Nissan LEAF passenger vehicle in the United States, Europe and Japan, Nissan is now looking the racing world as a way to draw attention to the seemingly untapped potential of electric vehicles.

“Combining the talents of NISMO, Nissan’s world renowned motorsports group, and engineers behind some of the company’s Super GT and FIA GT1 race teams, the Nissan LEAF NISMO RC will serve as a rolling laboratory for the accelerated development of EV and aerodynamic systems, as well as a platform for the development of new green motorsports series,” said Carlos Tavares, chairman, Nissan Americas, speaking at the New York International Auto Show.

The new electric race vehicle will likely make a series of special demonstration appearances at various motorsports venues in 2011, with the company exploring pioneer zero emission competition spec series in future years.

A Serious Racing Machine The Nissan LEAF NISMO RC is designed and constructed as a real racing machine, starting with full carbon fiber monoceque bodywork. The three-piece bodywork includes removable front and rear sections, fixed windows, LED headlights and taillights and driver-adjustable rear wing. Building on the unique exterior styling of the production Nissan LEAF, the 2-door race version was created by Nissan Global Design Center in Japan. Special 4-coat Pearl White paint with blue NISMO/Zero Emission graphics completes the exterior.

Dimensionally, the race car features a 3.9-inch shorter wheelbase, is 0.8 inches longer and 6.7 inches wider. The most dramatic difference is height, with the NISMO RC sitting more than a foot (13.8 inches) lower than the production Nissan LEAF. Ground clearance is limited to 2.4 inches, compared to 6.3 inches for the road going car. And, at 2,068 pounds, the race car weighs in at about 40 percent less than the production vehicle.

The layout of the NISMO RC is also markedly different from the production sedan, offering a mid-ship location for the battery pack, electric motor and inverter – with drive to the rear wheels versus the production Nissan LEAF’s front-wheel drive. The NISMO RC also utilizes a double-wishbone suspension design front and rear and driver-adjustable brake balance. It rides on 18-inch 6-spoke wheels and P225/40R18 BRIDGESTONE racing tires

Like the production Nissan LEAF, the NISMO RC is powered by a lithium-ion battery composed of 48 compact modules and a high-response 80kW AC synchronous motor that generates 107 horsepower and 207 lb-ft of torque. It can be charged up to 80 percent of its full capacity in 30 minutes using the quick charging port located inside the rear cowl. And unlike other competition vehicles, the NISMO RC has no tailpipe, no emission of CO2 or other greenhouse gases while being driven, and no exhaust sound.

In preliminary testing the NISMO RC produces 0 to 62 mph acceleration in 6.85 seconds and a top speed of 93 miles per hour. It is projected to have a running time of around 20 minutes under racing conditions.

“There’s a perception among some people that electric vehicles fall on the dull side of the automotive enthusiasm scale – which is certainly not the case with either the production Nissan LEAF or this electrifying Nissan LEAF NISMO RC,” added Tavares. “Nissan LEAF owners are fully embracing this new world of zero emission technology. We believe the same potential exists in the motorsports world as well, with Nissan proud to be first on the starting grid.”

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    xaxa! γαμ@τω το τηλεκατηυθηνωμενο! :P