The Nissan LEAF will attempt the famous hill climb at Goodwood and try to set a new Guinness World record, fastest time over a distance of one mile in reverse.
Nissan believe the direct drive from its motor to the wheels will allow the LEAF to achieve the same speed in reverse as it does going forward, this along with a low centre of gravity courtesy of the battery placement under the floor, should make it possible for the LEAF to pull it off.
The LEAF will be driven by stunt driver Terry Grant who thrilled the crowds at the 2011 Festival of Speed by driving a Nissan JUKE up the hillclimb course on two wheels.
It’s a hugely technical test of speed and concentration. But despite the risks, the strength and integrity of Nissan LEAF’s design gives me confidence. Whatever happens, I know I’m going to finish the weekend with a serious crick in my neck!
Nissan’s attempt is part of their on going social campaign, The Big Turn On, which is educating people across Europe about the ease of use and benefits of using EV’s everyday.
Also appearing at Goodwood is the race-prepared Nissan LEAF NISMO RC which will be trying to set a hill record for electric vehicles, driven by 2011 FIA GT1 Championship winning driver, Michael Krumm.
For more see @NissanLEAF on Twitter or see the website at http://www.the-big-turn-on.co.uk/
By Simon Manley