Nissan Leaf: reverse record

Nissan Leaf: reverse record
3 Jul, 2012 11:33am

The Nissan Leaf sets a new record for the fastest car over a mile in reverse, at the Goodwood Festival of Speed

The all-electric Nissan Leaf has set a new world record, as the fastest car to cover a mile in reverse.

The feat was completed by stunt driver Terry Grant on the hillclimb course at the Goodwood Festival of Speed last weekend.

Originally setting a time on Friday, he completed several runs over the weekend, eventually breaking the record five times over. He completed the mile in 1’37.02, at an average speed of 55mph.

Due to the direct drive mechanism from the Leaf’s 108bhp electric motor, the Nissan has the theoretic capability to go as fast backwards as it can forwards.

The record attempt was part of a social media campaign, called ‘The Big Turn On’, which aimed to bring electric driving to one million consumers in just 100 days. This target was reached 15 days ahead of schedule.