Nissan Leaf Nismo RC to Appear at NY Auto Show

April 20, 2011 by  
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There are quite a few differences between the Nissan Leaf that the public are familiar with and the Nissan Leaf Nismo RC prototype. The changes had to be made to adapt the new Nissan for racing conditions, and the vehicle will be making its debut at the New York Auto Show 2011. It was designed by the motorsport group of Nissan, and it is hoped that this electric car will make a positive impact on the racing industry.

To begin with, the power of the vehicle is now directed to the back wheels by moving the inverter and lithium-ion battery pack. The synchronous (80k W) motor also has a very high response, allowing the Nissan Leaf Nismo RC to generate 207 lb-ft of torque and an amazing 107 horsepower. To racing enthusiasts, these statistics might not sound like much, but with the car’s battery being similar to a stock battery, they are able to get eighty percent charge from it. Of course the vehicle itself needed to be adjusted accordingly, increasing the length of the racing Nissan by 0.8 inches as well as dropping its height by 13.9 inches, giving it a ground clearance of 2.4 inches. Its wheelbase also had to be adjusted, and was made shorter by 3.9 inches. Its width was increased by 6.7 inches. In total, the racing edition of the Nissan Leaf now weighs 2 068 pounds and is able to reach speeds of sixty-two miles per hour in 6.85 seconds, and can reach a top speed of ninety-three miles per hour. When racing, it is expected to be able to maintain these speeds for at least twenty minutes.

The Nissan Leaf Nismo RC is the first step towards the vision that Nissan has for future racing, to create an industry that is still as exciting as it is today, but with no emissions. Chairman of Nissan Americas, Carlos Taveres, commented on the car’s appearance at the New York Auto Show, saying: “Combining the talents of NISMO, Nissan’s world renowned motorsports group, and engineers behind some of the company’s Super GT and FIA GT1 race teams, the Nissan LEAF NISMO RC will serve as a rolling laboratory for the accelerated development of EV and aerodynamic systems, as well as a platform for the development of new green motorsports series.”

Dallas Auto Show 2011

December 22, 2010 by  
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The 2011 Dallas Auto Show is the ideal event for automobile consumers to compare pricing and specs of cars from every major line. Visitors can explore over half a million square feet of space, filled with cars, SUVs and trucks. Check out eco-friendly services and products at the “Green” Exhibit Area, or enjoy shopping in the Allied Exhibit Area.

Date: 7 to 10 April 2011
Time: 10h00
Venue: Dallas Convention Center
City: Dallas
State: Texas
Country: United States of America

Chicago Auto Show 2011

December 21, 2010 by  
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2011 is the 103rd edition of North America’s largest auto show. The Media Preview will take place from 9 to 10 February 2011; the First Look For Charity on 10 February 2011; and the Public Show from 11 to 20 February 2011.

Exhibitions at the Chicago Auto Show will include domestic and imported trucks and passenger cars; SUVs; and concept and experimental concept cars, to the number of some 1,000 vehicles. Also on display will be various accessories and other auto-related exhibits. Amongst the cars on display will be a number of fascinating interactive displays, including driver obstacle courses, sweepstakes, racing simulators, demos, quizzes and much more.

Date: 9 to 20 February 2011
Time: 10h00
Venue: McCormick Place
City: Chicago
State: Illinois
Country: United States of America

North American International Auto Show 2011

December 21, 2010 by  
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The North American International Auto Show actually consists of four shows in one: The Press Preview (10 & 11 January 2011), the Industry Preview (12 & 13 January 2011), the Charity Preview (14 January 2011) and the Public Show (15 to 23 January 2011).

The Industry Preview is a great opportunity for professionals from some 1 000 companies to meet and interact. The Charity Preview is an exclusive, high profile event aimed to benefit a variety of children’s charities.

During the Public Show, visitors will be able to view over 500 vehicles, the latestest in technology and a number of new developments.

Date: 10 to 23 January 2011
Time: 09h00
Venue: Cobo Center
City: Detroit
State: Michigan
Country: United States of America

LA Auto Show 2010

November 4, 2010 by  
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The very first LA Auto Show was held in 1907, and even though its location changed since its inauguration, its popularity has grown rapidly. The Los Angeles Convention Centre is the ideal location for this popular event, as it offers 32 200 square meters of exhibition space which is filled with the latest vehicles that are on the market, vehicle debuts and concept cars. Concept cars on display this year will include Nissan, Mazda and Honda. Visitors can also expect to see debut vehicles from Porsche, Nissan, SAAB, BMW, Chevrolet and many more.

For more information, visit the Los Angeles Convention Centre website at

Date: 19 – 28 November 2010
Venue: Los Angeles Convention Centre
City: Los Angeles
Country: United States of America

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