A few years ago, a concept car called the Nissan Leaf Nismo RC was unleashed upon the world, built using stock parts from the then-brand-new production Nissan Leaf.
People thought it was interesting, but it wasn’t taken all that seriously. An electric race car? Cool story, they said, but the internal combustion engine will live forever.
Today, attitudes have changed. Reducing carbon emissions is seen more broadly as a very real concern. There’s a global all-electric open-wheel racing series, a new Nissan Leaf that’s one among a selection of properly livable fully electric daily driving cars, and here we are staring down the tailpipes – wait, sorry, the enormous rear diffuser that’s taken the place of tailpipes – of a second-generation Nissan Leaf Nismo RC that looks ready to take on the world.