Matthew Jones16 June 2011

Standard Leaf to compete in Pikes Peak

Nissan’s taking its EV to Pikes Peak. And no, it’s not the Nismo.

Pikes Peak hill climb has just got more ridiculous. And it's largely thanks to Nissan - it's entering an all-electric Leaf, driven by professional racer, Chad Hord. And no, it's not the funked-up Nismo hyper-Leaf we showed you in May.

It's using a bog-standard EV that's almost exactly as you'd find it in the showroom.

The Pikes Peak Leaf, which is entering into the electric class, has had a few minor additions (roll cage, bucket seats and harnesses) and subtractions (there's not much interior software left), but the motor's all factory.

It uses the production 48-module lithium-ion battery pack and 80kW AC synchronous motor, which makes 107bhp and 207 lb-ft of torque.

Despite the massive gulf in power between the Leaf and some of the more savage machinery entering this year, the EV does have a very slight advantage. Unlike normal internal combustion engines, the Leaf's electric motor won't suffer from power loss at the higher end of the 12.42-mile course - thinner air strangles an ordinary car's output.

Even then, we reckon it'll have a job beating the current (geddit) 10:04.06 up-the-hill record. We can't even see it getting close to the 13:17.575secs EV record set in 2010 by Japan's Ikuo Hanawa.

Still hungry for more EV action? Watch Jeremy, James and Richard have a go at building their own. 

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