Nissan Leaf sets reverse record at Goodwood [videos]

The Nissan Leaf electric vehicle has set the record for fastest car traveling in reverse at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this past weekend.

The odd yet intriguing task was performed by professional stunt driver Terry Grant who steered the Leaf backwards up the famous Goodwood hillclimb course covering a distance of over a mile (1.6 km) in 1m 37.02s at an average speed of 55 mph (88.5 km/h).

Having set the record on Friday, the opening day of the Festival, Terry went on to smash his time on Saturday and Sunday, shaving an amazing 26 seconds off Friday's time.

Terry, who set a world record at last year's festival by driving a Nissan Juke up the hill on two wheels says, "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. There were times I wasn't sure I was coming or going. However, thanks to the LEAF's low center of gravity - the batteries are an integral part of the car's floor - the car is extremely stable, no matter which direction it's travelling.

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

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