Laura K. Cowan

Unmodified Nissan LEAF Enters Pike's Peak Hill Climb Race

by , 04/26/11

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That an electric car would enter the grueling Pike’s Peak Hill Climb race is not in itself surprising: last year’s champion was Ikuo Hanawa’s custom-built EV Sports Concept HER-02 from Japan. That a completely stock, unmodified, 110-horsepower Nissan LEAF would attempt to compete is news, however.

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To be piloted by professional racer Chad Hord, the LEAF will race competitors up a 12.42-mile course with 156 turns, starting at an altitude of 9,390 feet and ending at the mountain’s 14,110 summit. Can the LEAF compete in the nearly 100-year-old grueling race? We will find out June 26 when Pike’s Peak kicks off above Colorado Springs. Check out the video above of last year’s champion piloting the steep course.

Via AutoBlog Green

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