Nissan LEAF Wins At Pikes Peak

June 28, 2011 at 10:10 am

The 100 percent electric Nissan LEAF scored a good win at Electric Production Class of 2011 Pike Peak Hill Climb challenge.

The LEAF completed the run with a time of 14 minutes 33 seconds for the 12.42 mile run, which is not bad for a 90 mph electric car that was factory stock apart from the tires and some mandatory safety equipments. The overall winner of this year’s Pukes Peak challenge was Monster Tajima and his 900 hp monster Suzuki who managed a time of 9 minutes 51 seconds. So the LEAF can hold his head up high.

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The race is run on a 12.42 mile course with 156 turns that begins at 9,390 feet and finishes at the 14,110 foot summit of Pikes Peak. As the drivers climb toward the summit, the thin air slows reflexes and saps muscle strength. The thin air also robs internal combustion engines of up to 30% of their power at the summit but the LEAF’s electric motor is not impacted by the thin air. It produces the same amount of power at the start and the summit

“The LEAF was great fun to drive up the mountain” said Hord. “With the instant torque from the electric motor we were able to jump out of the many slow corners and the performance was very consistent from the bottom to the top since the electric motor wasn’t affected by the high altitude near the summit like the gasoline powered cars.”