It's official: Japanese automaker Nissan has set a new Guinness World Record with its Nissan LEAF. And, though the vehicle set a speed record, it wasn't the standard speed record that you might assume. In fact, the LEAF created a new speed record traveling backwards down a famous hillclimb in the U.K.
Terry Grant, the professional stunt driver who set the record, explained before the event that the task wouldn't be simple to achieve. He states, "The LEAF Reverse Record isn't going to be easy and will be very challenging. I'd prefer to do it on a nice straight and level strip of tarmac rather than on Lord March's drive. The hill not only climbs, but is also full of twists, turns and obstacles. It's a hugely technical test of speed and concentration. But despite the risks, the strength and integrity of Nissan LEAF's design gives me confidence. Whatever happens, I know I'm going to finish the weekend with a serious crick in my neck!"1
The LEAF set a 55 mph record for traveling backwards at the recent U.K. Goodwood Festival of Speed. Last year, Nissan set another interesting record when the company drove a Nissan Juke up the same hillclimb on two wheels. The Nissan LEAF Nismo RC also raced against the clock recently to set the global record for electric vehicles.
Nissan is certainly on top of its record-setting! For more information about the brand and impressive new Nissan vehicles, be sure to stay tuned here with Coon Rapids Nissan, conveniently located at 3300 129th Avenue NW Coon Rapids, MN 55448.