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Nissan Leaf Sets Speed Record – in Reverse

And another one going forward.

by on Jul.03, 2012

Stunt driver Terry Grant prepares for his record run in the Nissan Leaf.

Fifty-five miles an hour doesn’t sound like much these days, yet it was enough to land the Nissan Leaf a spot in the record books – the little battery-electric vehicle setting a record for driving in reverse.

But you could say that the maker did well both coming and going — setting a second record in a more conventional driving mode, as well, during the annual Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Professional stunt driver Terry Grant beat his own previous record on Sunday launching backwards up Goodwood Hill averaging a cool 55 mph.

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“There were times I wasn’t sure I was coming or going. However, thanks to the LEAF’s low center of gravity – the batteries are an integral part of the car’s floor – the car is extremely stable, no matter which direction it’s traveling. The only complaint I have is slight neck ache from constantly looking over my shoulder,” said Grant, who recorded an earlier record at Goodwood driving a Nissan Juke up the hill on two wheels last year.


First Look: Nissan Juke NISMO

Power to the people.

by on Nov.30, 2011

Nissan will put the Juke on NISMO-brand steroids.

The Nissan Juke has proven wildly popular, selling more than 232,000 copies in its brief time on the market.  Now, bets the number two Japanese maker, it could build up demand by pumping up performance.

The Nissan Juke NISMO will be the most mainstream model yet to wear the maker’s performance badge, said CEO Carlos Ghosn during a Tokyo Motor Show preview, calling the compact crossover, “a logical platform to take NISMO…in a mainstream product range.”

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Brazilian-born Ghosn didn’t have much more to say about the Nissan Juke NISMO Concept, though a press release fills in a few blanks about the prototype, which starts off with a lower, wider and decidedly more aggressive look than the more mainstream crossover.