According to Nissan the Nissan LEAF electric vehicle can go as fast backwards as it does forwards. While most of us would probably never think of testing that claim, Nissan is set to prove it at the upcoming Goodwood Festival of Speed. The Nissan LEAF piloted by professional stunt driver Terry Grant, will attempt to complete the 1.16-mile Goodwood hillclimb course as fast as possible, but in reverse, setting a new Guinness World Record for the fastest time over a distance of one mile in reverse.
With direct drive from the electric motor to its wheels, the Nissan LEAF going backwards should be able to hit the same top speed it manages going forwards. The attempt is part of Nissan’s ambitious social media-driven campaign, The Big Turn On, which is spreading the EV message across Europe. The campaign aims to prove that as well as being environmentally friendly, the Nissan LEAF is safe, economical to run, practical, and fun to drive.
“The LEAF Reverse Record isn’t going to be easy and will be very challenging,” admitted Terry. “I’d prefer to do it on a nice straight and level strip of tarmac rather than on Lord March’s drive. The hill not only climbs, but is also full of twists, turns and obstacles. “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!”
Last year at the 2011 Festival of Speed Terry Grant drove a Nissan JUKE up the hillclimb course on two wheels.
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