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Nissan LEAF to reverse into record books

The Nissan LEAF electric car (pictured) has already been something of a record breaker, having scooped both the European Car of the Year and World Car of the Year titles in 2011 – however, now it aims to show that even when it’s going backwards, it’s going forwards.

That’s because the Nissan LEAF will attempt to complete the famous Goodwood hill-climb course at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in the fastest time possible – but in reverse.Nissan LEAF Reverse

Its aim is to shatter the Guinness World Record for the fastest time travelling over one mile in reverse.

It is believed that with the drive coming from the electric motor in its wheels, the Nissan LEAF is capable of achieving the same speeds going backwards as it does going forwards and with its batteries located under the floor of the car, its low centre of gravity should make it very stable with little body roll under cornering. It also has fewer moving parts than a conventional car, which should help it avoid any mechanical issues.

The record-breaking attempt will be part of Nissan’s Big Turn On campaign, which aims to spread the message of electric vehicles across Europe by proving that they are not only environmentally friendly, but also safe, economical, practical and fun.

Terry Grant, a professional stunt driver, will attempt the LEAF record and he believes it will prove a real challenge.

“The LEAF Reverse Record isn't going to be easy and will be very challenging,” he said. “I’d prefer to do it on a nice straight and level strip of tarmac rather than on Lord March’s drive. The hill not only climbs, but is also full of twists, turns and obstacles.

“It’s a hugely technical test of speed and concentration. But despite the risks, the strength and integrity of Nissan LEAF’s design gives me confidence. Whatever happens, I know I’m going to finish the weekend with a serious crick in my neck!”

The Goodwood Festival of Speed takes place this weekend – June 29-July 1.

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Paul Lucas

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