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For the next edition of Pikes Peak, a violent Nissan Leaf will appear to aim for the clouds.
America’s famous Pikes Peak hill climb is electrifying. Many teams, private or official, head to Colorado to put their emissions-free trackers to the test. Amid the battery-powered missiles, a Nissan Leaf will be entered this year.
The compact electric is the fruit of the Japanese team Samurai Speed, a regular in competition since 1991. After participation with Nissan Sunny GTI-R 350 Z or even a rare Tommy Kaira ZZ, the team is back with a Nissan Leaf e+.
Original mechanics for this Nissan Leaf e+
Unlike previous versions, Samurai Speed has particularly focused on the aerodynamics of its track rider, offering it a traditional package and straight out of a Time Attack race. XXL crumb tray, side deflectors, gigantic spoiler and prominent diffuser… Everything is there to stay nailed on the asphalt.
However, no mechanical information has been released. But this Nissan Leaf e + seems to retain its original specificities. It would therefore rely on its 217 hp front engine and its 62 kWh battery. Not enough to allow him to climb on the highest step of the podium. But she would be no less interesting among the others.
Let’s remember in passing that the ultimate record for the climb (on the asphalt, this is important) belongs to an electric car: the Volkswagen ID.R slammed a time of 7’57”148, almost 16 seconds better than Sebastien Loeb’s Peugeot 208 T16.