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Nissan LEAF(TM) NISMO RC (Racing Competition) Takes Zero Emission Strategy to a New Dimension – the Race Track

April 18, 2011

FRANKLIN, Tennessee, April 18, 2011 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ –

– Purpose-Built Prototype Wraps Production Nissan LEAF Components and
Technology in a Dramatic Ready-To-Go-Racing Carbon Fiber Body

The name on the back panel, just under the massive adjustable rear wing,
says Nissan LEAF(TM). The powertrain is an 100% zero emission advanced
Lithium-ion battery design, just like that found on the world’s first
affordable mass market electric vehicle. And despite its lack of rear doors,
rear seat, trunk, audio system, navigation, carpeting and other amenities,
there is a discernable family resemblance. But that is where the similarities
between the production Nissan LEAF and the Nissan LEAF NISMO RC end. As
indicted by the “RC” – for Racing Competition – this new electric vehicle,
which makes its world debut at the 2011 New York International Auto Show on
April 20th, is purpose-built to bring new meaning to the term “Racing Green.”

Already a world leader in zero emission production vehicles with the late
2010 launch of the Nissan LEAF passenger vehicle in the United States, Europe
and Japan, Nissan is now looking at the racing world as a way to draw
attention to the seemingly untapped potential of electric vehicles.

“Combining the talents of NISMO, Nissan’s world renowned motorsports
group, and engineers behind some of the company’s Super GT and FIA GT1 race
teams, the Nissan LEAF NISMO RC will serve as a rolling laboratory for the
accelerated development of EV and aerodynamic systems, as well as a platform
for the development of new green motorsports series,” said Carlos Tavares,
chairman, Nissan Americas, speaking at the New York International Auto Show.

The new electric race vehicle will likely make a series of special
demonstration appearances at various motorsports venues in 2011, with the
company exploring pioneer zero emission competition spec series in future
years.

    For the full press release and photo, go to:

http://www.nissannews.com/newsrelease.do?id=2400&mid=

    Contacts:

    Mia Nielsen
    Tel: +33-1-72-67-66-44
    E-mail: mnielsen@nissan-europe.com

    Francois Crisias
    Tel: +33-1-72-67-67-61
    E-mail: fcrisias@nissan-europe.com

SOURCE Nissan Europe


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