Blog: Dave LeggettNissan Leaf's reverse record

Dave Leggett | 29 June 2012

Coming through...

Coming through...

In theory, it goes just as fast backwards as it does forwards. How's this for bizarre...

At the Goodwood Festival of Speed (29 June - 1 July), the electric Nissan Leaf will attempt to complete the famous 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.

Nissan says that 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. 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'.

Professional stunt driver Terry Grant will attempt the 'Leaf Reverse Record'.

"The Leaf Reverse Record isn't going to be easy and will be very challenging," admitted Grant.

"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!"

Rather him than me...


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