Nissan LEAF To Attempt Guinness World Speed Record In Reverse

In theory, it goes just as fast backwards as it does forwards. And now comes the proof.

At the Goodwood Festival of Speed (June 29 – July 1), the Nissan LEAF will attempt to complete the famous 1.16-mile Goodwood hill climb course as fast as possible … but in reverse, setting a new Guinness World Record for the fastest time over a distance of one mile in reverse.

With direct drive from the electric motor to its wheels, the Nissan LEAF going backwards should be able to hit the same top speed it manages going forwards. With its batteries located under the floor of the car, it has a low center of gravity making the car very stable at speed with little body roll under cornering. And with fewer moving parts than a conventional car, there’s less likelihood of mechanical issues thwarting the attempt.

The attempt is part of Nissan’s ambitious social media-driven campaign, The Big Turn On, which is spreading the EV message across Europe. The campaign aims to prove that as well as being environmentally friendly, the Nissan LEAF is safe, economical to run, practical, and fun to drive.

Professional stunt driver Terry Grant will attempt the LEAF Reverse Record. Terry thrilled the crowds at the 2011 Festival of Speed by driving a Nissan JUKE up the hill climb course on two wheels.

“The LEAF Reverse Record isn’t going to be easy and will be very challenging,” admitted Terry. “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.”


  • Bernie

    This record is false. Many Corvettes and Ferraris have gone faster in reverse.
    I imagine that a Tesla could do it quicker.
    The current record is held by a Saab 96 with a 2-cycle engine.
    You can push that Saab backwards, pop the clutch in a forward gear and the motor runs backwards. You could also roll forward, and start it by popping the clutch in reverse gear.
    You then have 4 reverse gears, and can go full speed backwards, likely 90+ mph.
    Verification of this info is found at CarTalk, see Puzzler archives.

    The record does not really matter, but notice how several news outlets fell for this BS, when it should look questionable to an automobile writer, and it can be checked.

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