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.
“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.