NISSAN has turned its electric Leaf into a race concept. The Leaf Nismo RC, revealed this week in New York, wraps a lithium-ion battery pack and 80kW electric motor in a lowered lightweight carbon-fibre body. Nissan says it hits 100km/h in 6.85seconds and has a top speed of 150km/h. It can recharge up to 80 per cent capacity in 30 minutes, and a race running time of about 20 minutes, which looks to make for some very short races or long pit stops. THE world’s most expensive car took centre stage as Aston Martin opened a dealership among one of the world’s poorest populations in India. The $2.2million limited-edition One-77 was the highlight of the showroom opening in Mumbai; the company’s global network totals 134 dealers in 42 countries. AMERICANS are avoiding Asian car brands because of the Pana earthquake and tsunami. Research firm TNS says that more than a quarter of US consumers surveyed are less inclined to buy an Asian car. It also found almost half thought the disaster would cause shortages and increase spare parts prices. About a third feared price rises for Japanese vehicles. When asked which brands would be most affected, 63 per cent put Toyota first, followed by Honda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, and Mazda. Surprisingly, one in five mentioned Korean brands Hyundai and Kia. A UK electrician faces the sack for placing a small palm cross on the dash of his company van. Bosses at the housing association in Yorkshire where Colin Atkinson has worked for 15 years asked him to remove the religious symbol because it could offend tenants. But the 64-year-old refused to comply with the demands and may be forced to attend a disciplinary hearing.