This past weekend Nissan set out to break a Guinness World Record for taking the Goodwood Festival of Speed course in reverse. Stunt driver Terry Grant, driving the electric powered Nissan Leaf, pulled it off. He drove at an average speed of 55 mph, while taking the track in only one minute and 37.02 seconds. Grant initially made the run a full 26 seconds slower and still setting the record.
“I had a great car at my disposal,” Grant said. “With direct drive from the electric motor to its wheels, the Nissan Leaf can, in theory, go as fast backwards as it can forwards There were times I wasn’t sure I was coming or going. However, thanks to the Leaf’s low centre of gravity – the batteries are an integral part of the car’s floor – the car is extremely stable, no matter which direction it’s travelling.”
Last year Grant also set a record at Goodwood Festival of Speed 2011 by driving a Juke up the course on two wheels. Aside from setting the “in-reverse” record, Nissan also ran a GT-R and a Leaf Nismo RC.
For more information on the Nissan Leaf, contact your local Nissan dealership, but lets leave the record breaking to the professionals. 😉