Nissan Leaf to Break World Record Driving in Reverse at 2012 Goodwood Festival of Speed image

Nissan will try to set a new Guinness World Record at the 2012 Goodwood Festival of Speed with its…Nissan Leaf.

Yes, you heard it well. It’s not the GT-R, it’s not other Nissan racing car, it’s the LEAF that will attempt to break the record driving in reverse the Goodwood hillclimb course, 1.16 miles. This plan is part of Nissan’s Big Turn On campaign, aimed at promoting electric vehicle in Europe.

Through this campaign Nissan will show that the Leaf is economical, practical and fin to drive. The one driving the car will be Terry Grant, a professional stunt driver, who will try to break the record. He also took part at the 2011 Festival of Speed when he thrilled the crowd by driving a Nissan Juke model up the hillclimb course on two wheels.

Since Nissan Leaf ‘s direct drive sends power from the electric engine to each wheel, means that the car is able to reach backwards the same speed as the one moving forward. But the model has another card up its sleeve: the fact that the batteries are placed exactly under the floor.

“The LEAF Reverse Record isn’t going to be easy and will be very challenging. 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,” said Terry Grant.

  • Hank

    What is the current record?