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2018 Nissan Leaf Nismo RC in one fast electric ride

Nissan's new Leaf Nismo RC gets way more power and all-wheel drive to torch racetracks.

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Jon Wong
Jon Wong was a reviews editor for CNET Cars. He test drove and wrote about new cars and oversaw coverage of automotive accessories and garage gear. In his spare time, he enjoys track days, caring for his fleet of old Japanese cars and searching for the next one to add to his garage.
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Following the arrival of the new Leaf road car, Nissan is rolling out a new version of its purpose-built Leaf Nismo RC race car. 

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The new Leaf Nismo RC gains all-wheel drive thanks to having an electric motor on both the front and rear axle. The original Leaf Nismo RC only featured a single motor. 

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Nissan says the Leaf Nismo RC is capable of hitting 62 mph in just 3.4 seconds.

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Previously, the Leaf Nismo RC only packed 107 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque. The two motors in the new car combine for roughly 322 horses and 472 pound-feet of torque. 

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The Leaf Nismo RC's lithium-ion battery pack is mounted in the middle of the car. 

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Dimensionally, the new Leaf Nismo RC is slightly longer than its predecessor remaining instantly recognizable as a Nissan with the company's hallmark V-motion grille up front.     

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Out back, an adjustable rear wing lets engineers tinker with downforce needs depending on track requirements. 

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Like the previous car, the new car is a carbon fiber monocoque chassis. 

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Nissan says the new Leaf Nismo RC tips the scales at around 2,690-pounds. 

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Nissan will build six examples of the new Leaf Nismo RC. 

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