posted 5 years ago

Nissan Leaf attempts Reverse Speed Record

The Nissan Leaf will attempt to become the fastest car ever to be driven up Goodwood Hill backwards at the Goodwood Festival of Speed on 1-3 July.

The Nissan Leaf will attempt to become the fastest car ever to be driven up Goodwood Hill backwards at the Goodwood Festival of Speed on 1-3 July. Professional stunt driver, Terry Grant, will be the man attempting to set the record in the Nissan Leaf.

Unlike petrol-powered cars, in which reverse gear allows only low speeds, the Nissan Leaf has an electric powertrain that, theoretically, enables it to be driven backwards as fast as it can go forwards. This means the car has a potential reverse top speed of 90mph.

The Nissan Leaf was recently awarded Car of the Year 2011. It has been designed from the start to be a purely electric-powered model and in this sense it is truly revolutionary, marking a turning point for the car industry. The electric motor is powered by a Nissan-developed laminated lithium-ion battery with an output of more than 90kW. The car has a range of more than 100 miles. It is equipped with features such as regenerative braking, air conditioning, satellite navigation, parking camera and advanced on-board IT and telematics systems.