Nissan selling track-ready 370Z NISMO RC

October 27th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

It’s not only Ferrari and Porsche that can offer keen customers highly-priced race-spec versions of their performance production models. Nissan wants a piece of the pie and has just released a new 370Z NISMO RC that is now available for customer orders.

Based on the street-legal 370Z, the NISMO RC has been taken to the extreme with major weight-saving measures dropping off all luxuries. The result is a car that’s around 180kg lighter and tips the scales at just 1,339kg.

The Nissan 370Z NISMO RC also features NISMO race exhaust, NISMO tuned ECM, high capacity NISMO clutch, flywheel, engine oil, transmission and differential coolers and a Recaro racing seat with 6-point racing harness. A Sparco racing steering wheel and a carbon fibre control stack are also part of the RC package.

The 3.7-litre V6 motor has been tweaked to produce slightly more than the stock unit at 264kW of power and 373Nm of torque. Continue reading “Nissan selling track-ready 370Z NISMO RC” »

Nissan Leaf Nismo RC gets first track workout (+video)

May 18th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

The Nissan Leaf Nismo RC electric race car is one of the first genuine race-spec electric cars ever constructed. So what? Well this special Leaf is providing a sneak peak into the likely future of motorsports, and is proof that there will come a time when motorsport fans talk about volts, amps, and kilowatt-hours instead of horsepower and fuel capacity.

Nissan still hasn’t worked out exactly where it will campaign its electric racer but that hasn’t stopped its development as evidenced by a recent shakedown. Following its official debut at the recent 2011 New York Auto Show, the Leaf Nismo RC has become a rolling laboratory for the accelerated development of electric cars and aerodynamic systems. It is also the first serious platform for the development of new green motorsports series and is giving Nissan a head start in this area.

The Nismo RC is all stealth with its carbon fibre bodywork, three door body and silent electric powertrain. It’s longer and wider than the production model Leaf but uses a relocated version of the same drivetrain as the street-going model.

The video below shows the electric race car’s first public shakedown test at Sodegaura Forest Raceway in Japan. Check out the clip below. Continue reading “Nissan Leaf Nismo RC gets first track workout (+video)” »

The Future of motorsport? Nismo RC electric race car

April 29th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

Electric cars haven’t really made their way into motorsport circles just yet but that doesn’t mean there’s not parties already pushing for full EV racing classes. Some are even going so far as to suggest that the technology could be used in F1 first and then filter down to lesser motosport divisions later. Western Springs speedway would certainly get much less noise complaints if it was electric-powered cars lapping the dirt oval. But before all that, the first step would be to organise the first fully electric racing class and Nissan have taken the first steps towards it.

Nissan have recently unveiled its Leaf Nismo RC (Racing Competition) concept at the New York Auto Show. The prototype racing hatchback has lost a couple of doors from the production model and nearly four inches out of its wheelbase, but it’s wider and longer with a minimal ground clearance of just 2.4 inches.

The dedicated racer also gets a full carbon fibre monocoque bodywork with removable front and rear sections, fixed windows, LED headlights and taillights and a driver-adjustable rear wing. Nissan says the racing special weighs just 938kg – around 40 percent lighter than the production Leaf. Continue reading “The Future of motorsport? Nismo RC electric race car” »

Peugeot RC concept to be named at Paris could see production

August 21st, 2008 by Darren Cottingham

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The ‘RC¦’ whose full name will be revealed at the Paris Motor Show, is a hybrid concept car created by Peugeot’s stylists and engineers.

It is a ‘GT’ coupe which provides the missing link between the RC and concept cars revealed in 2002 and the 908 RC, one of the stars of the 2006 Paris Motor Show. It’s a working laboratory of many future ideas and brings together numerous stylistic, engineering and technological ideas all in a single vehicle.

The ‘RC¦’ is also an accessible and versatile car, with four doors, four seats and highly innovative hybrid architecture.

Its aim: a very high level of efficiency both in terms of performance (with its potential maximum power output of 313 bhp) and minimal impact on the environment (CO2 emissions of 109 g/km in the combined cycle or ZERO in electric mode).

It is an exciting, eco-efficient vehicle which has all the characteristics that also ensure great driving enjoyment; a synthesis of ideas which demonstrates that respect for the environment and driving pleasure can be compatible.