NISMO LEAF RC ELECTRIFIES SIMOLA HILLCLIMB
Nissan, which was crowned King of the Hill for both production and modified saloon cars at the 2017 Jaguar Simola Hillclimb, has entered three category-defining vehicles for this year’s competition, including a first generation battery electric Nismo Leaf RC race car. This is the first time in South African history that an allelectric vehicle is entered in a Motorsport SA sanctioned event. The Nismo Leaf RC is powered by a standard 80 kW LEAF electric motor, but the entire drivetrain has been moved to the back of the vehicle to power the rear wheels. The whole car was hand-built from aircraft-grade aluminium and carbon fibre, and weighs in at just 930 kg. It features a roll cage, fully adjustable brakes and suspension as well as semi-slick racing tyres. Nissan indicated that their racing team would work closely with MSA safety marshals and medics to train them on responding to electric propulsion systems. While there is no risk of a petrol fire in case of an accident, the 390-volt battery system could pose a risk and requires a unique set of safety precautions. latter providing range of up to 300 km. Recharging the 300 kWh battery pack will take up to two hours on a DC fast charger, and up to ten hours on a standard AC charger. The first trucks in the Volvo FL electric range are now entering regular operation with customers in Gothenburg, the home of Volvo Trucks.