Last weekend, during the Nissan Micra Cup races, the LEAF NISMO RC was on the track at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park for the first time in Canada.
The Nissan LEAF NISMO RC was unveiled last November at the Tokyo Motor Show and was seen in action for the first time during the NISMO Festival. Since then, NISMO built 6 of these and one of them is here, in Canada.
The car is here to be the official pace car of the 2019 Nissan Micra Cup Series for its 5th season, which started last weekend at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Ontario (CTMP).
“As the pioneer of the world’s first mass-market electric vehicle, we at Nissan are thrilled to present a vehicle that has the potential to steer towards a new era of motorsport,” says Steve Milette, president of Nissan Canada Inc. “The Nissan LEAF NISMO RC is a paragon of zero-emission leadership and Nissan Intelligent Mobility. It has unbelievable power, which is sourced directly from the technology of the Nissan LEAF on the roads today. I am thrilled that motorsport fans will get to see this power in action on the race track as it leads the convoy of Micra Cup race cars this weekend.”
At the track, we had the chance to get a tour of the LEAF NISMO RC by the people at Nissan Canada where they explained key things on the fully electric race car.
As its name indicates, the Nissan LEAF NISMO RC is based on the LEAF. Two motors of 161 hp each powers the car for a total output of 322 hp and 472 pound-feet of instant torque. Its full carbon fibre racing monocoque structure keeps the weight at just 1220 kilos. The LEAF NISMO RC sprints from a standstill to 100 km/h in 3,4 seconds.
Inside, since the car is based on Japanese specs, the steering wheel is on the right side. The latter features an LCD as well as paddles on the back side which are used to change to one of the four engine power modes.
If you want to see it on the track or just take a close look at it in the paddocks, the Nissan LEAF NISMO RC will be at a couple other 2019 Micra Cup Series races this summer. Here’s where you can see it:
- Circuit Trois-Rivières: August 9-11
- Canadian Tire Motorsport Park: August 23-25
Meanwhile, you can enjoy our complete gallery of the electric race car below.