The results are in… And the record is broken!

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. 😉


Nissan Leaf will attempt to take world speed record. . . in reverse.

At the upcoming Goodwood Festival of Speed at the Goodwood House, West Sussex, England, Nissan will take a chance at the reverse world speed record, in not the GT-R, not the Altima, but the Nissan Leaf.

Because Electric Vehicles like the Leaf power their wheels directly from their electric motors, therefore, in theory the EVs should be able to move just as fast in reverse as they do moving forward. To test the idea, Nissan is bringing the Leaf to Goodwood where its stunt driver Terry Grant (who drove the Nissan Juke on two wheels up the hill at Goodwood last year) will attempt to drive the entire course backwards.

The Goodwood circuit is known for its considerable amount of twists, turns, peaks, and dips and will pose a great deal of danger to the one mile distance that the record will travel.  So much that this is not Nissan’s first time considering the idea. Last year the idea was scrapped after deeming it too risky, but this year Terry Grant and the Nissan Leaf will go through with the Guinness World Record breaking attempt.


Nissan LEAF Gaining Momentum

Electric Vehicles (EVs) are becoming more of a common sight worldwide. Nissan has already sold 28,000 LEAFs worldwide, and there are so many Nissan LEAF owners in the California area that they have started their own club.

In our neck of the woods, here in West Virginia, the 2012 Nissan LEAF is still fresh in our minds. Lewis Nissan took delivery of one of the first Nissan LEAFs just a last month. But so far, the LEAF has received some great attention from our communities. Maybe this time next year, West Virginia will have their own LEAF club? 🙂

We Have the Fully Electric Nissan LEAF

We are very excited to be the first dealership in West Virginia to offer the exciting Nissan LEAF to our customers.

The Nissan LEAF is a 100% pure electric vehicle (EV), which can travel up to 100 miles on a single charge. The LEAF has already been awarded several accolades for its performance engine, environmentally-friendly features, and overall safety.

According to a recent study by Nissan and the EPA, “The Nissan LEAF™ has been tested under the EPA Urban Dynamometer Driving Schedule, a laboratory test commonly called the LA4 test cycle, which represents city driving conditions. Top speed is 56.7 mph and average speed is 19.59 mph. Ambient temperature can vary from 68 – 86 degrees. Climate control is off. The Nissan LEAF™ easily achieved 100 miles.”

Currently, there are four charging stations in Beckley and three at The Greenbrier resort, but with the increasing popularity of EVs and high gas prices, West Virginia could see up to 100 additional chargers throughout the state at fast food and hotel locations within the next three years.

Get into Lewis Nissan today to test drive the new 2012 Nissan LEAF and see for yourself the power of electric vehicles.

Visit our website at or call us at 304-255-1555 for more information and to schedule a test drive today.