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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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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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