Nissan says that in theory, the Nissan LEAF ‘goes just as fast backwards as it does forwards.’ To prove that, Nissan will us the Goodwood Festival of Speed occasion in an attempt to complete the famous 1.16 mile hill climb course as fast as possible in reverse.
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“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,” Nissan said in a statement. “With its batteries located under the floor of the car, it has a low centre of gravity making the car very stable at speed with little body roll under cornering. And with fewer moving parts than a conventional car, there’s less likelihood of mechanical issues thwarting the attempt.”
Piloting the Nissan LEAF in reverse will be stunt driver Terry Grant.
“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.”
– By: Omar Rana