Nissan LEAF sets speed record.. in reverse

Nissan LEAF backing up

In brief: The Nissan LEAF is the world's fastest car - in reverse. Record set at Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Vehicle in the news

Make/Model: 2012 LEAF
Manufacturer: Nissan

The word

Nissan and stunt driver Terry Grant have taken the world speed record for driving a car over a mile (1.6 miles) in reverse, with an average rate of 55mph at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

The record was set by Grant on Friday, June 29th an then broken five times as he continued making attempts over the weekend. The final record was 1.6 miles in 1 minute 37.02 seconds at an average speed of 88.5km/h (55mph).

The LEAF, being all electric and having no gearing, is capable of going as fast in reverse as it does forward. Steering, of course, then becomes an issue, but under the expret guidance of professional stunt driver Terry Grant, an average of 55mph was achieved.

Grant has a history with Nissan, holding the record for fastest uphill climb on two wheels in the Nissan Juke - achieved last year.

And so ...

The LEAF record is part of Nissan's social media campaign The Big Turn On.

Photo credits: Nissan

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