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Nissan Leaf backs into the record books as fastest car in reverse

by Drew Johnson

The Nissan Leaf has set a rather unusual speed record.

The Nissan Leaf may have a top speed stranded in the double-digits, but that doesn't mean the car isn't capable of setting a world speed record. Over the weekend the electric hatchback set a new world record for the fastest car over a measured mile in reverse.

As part of its "˜The Big Turn On' social media marketing campaign, Nissan sent professional stunt driver Terry Grant up the Goodwood hillclimb course backwards in a Nissan Leaf in order to claim its place in the history books. Grant broke the record on his first backwards run on Friday, but the stunt driver managed to shave an amazing 26 seconds off his initial record by the end of the festival on Sunday.

Grant's best time up the mile-long course was 1m 37.02s, good enough for an average speed of 55mph.

"I had a great car at my disposal - with direct drive from the electric motor to its wheels, the Nissan LEAF can, in theory, go as fast backwards as it can forwards," Grant said. "There were times I wasn't sure I was coming or going."

He added: "The only complaint I have is slight neck ache from constantly looking over my shoulder!"

The off-the-wall record isn't the first for Grant. Last year he piloted a Nissan Juke up the hillclimb course on two-wheels.

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