It wasn't exactly NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon scaring the bejesus out of an unsuspecting car salesman in a Pepsi-sponsored prank, but the racetrack laps that our friends over at Translogic featured of the Nissan Leaf-based Nismo racer certainly look plenty fun, especially for the enthusiastic driver.
Besides the track time, Translogic interviewed Shoichi Miyatani, president of Nismo (short for Nissan Motorsports International Limited, in case you were interested) about the development of the all-electric, real-wheel drive car. About 1,200 pounds lighter than the production Leaf thanks to a carbon-fiber body, the low-slung car looks quite a bit sportier than the production Leaf. While the Nismo Leaf's powertrain and 93-mile-per-hour top speed are essentially the same as the production Leaf, acceleration is quite a bit quicker – 0-60 miles per hour comes in at under seven seconds – and the car is better balanced (near 50/50) for better control and improved "yippee-ness" around the track.
Nissan unveiled the Nismo as a concept car at the 2011 New York International Auto Show and we've had fun with it since then. Check out Translogic's six-minute video below and read Autoblog's Quick Spin here.