Electric Nissan LEAF Attempts World Speed Record... In Reverse

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And Not in a Straight Line Either...

One of the benefits of a direct drive electric motor is that, in theory, you can go as fast in reverse as you can moving forward. That's the theory... And we're about to see it in practice. In a stunt to promote the all-electric LEAF, Nissan has hired professional driver Terry Grant to attempt a new world record in reverse on the 1.16-mile Goodwood hillclimb course at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

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“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!”

Here's Nissan's promo video for the attempt:

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