Published on June 30th, 2013 | by James Ayre12
Nissan Leaf Gets Performance Boost (In Japan)
The details are still a little thin, but some improvements from Nissan’s motorsports adventures are looking to help boost the performance of the Nissan Leaf. For starters, the improvements are just being made for Nissan Leaf customers in Japan. More details:
The world’s best-selling all-electric vehicle — the Nissan Leaf — is now getting a significant overhaul in Japan. The introduction of the Nismo Performance Package there will improve the aerodynamics, driving performance, and the energy efficiency of the EV. The performance upgrades are the result of technology built up in Nissan’s Nismo motorsports division.
Nissan’s new Nismo Performance Package (NPP) will consist of several different modules which will improve various aspects of the vehicle. AutoBlogGreen has specifics:
The visual and aero changes include lightweight LMX6 aluminum wheels for around $450 each, as well as an add-on rear spoiler, front and rear bumpers and side skirts in the Aero Package (about $5,500 in fiberglass or $7,700 in wet carbon fiber). In addition, the $1,100 sports suspension kit incorporates reworked dampers and springs to improve handling while delivering a ride height that’s lower by 30 millimeters. The most interesting change, though, is the Sports Reset feature for roughly $1,400 US, which tunes the vehicle control module to both improve the driving characteristics that make it ‘possible to enjoy sports driving more’ and increase range.
The press release from Nismo doesn’t offer specifics with regard to the improved mileage, but it seems likely that if it’s being mentioned that it’s a notable improvement. No news yet on whether or not the Nismo Performance Package will be made available in the US or Europe.