All gold medal winners from U.K.'s team will get a gold-wrapped Leaf.
About four years ago, Nissan teamed up with Usain Bolt for a one-off GT-R featuring a gold exterior which was auctioned for $193,191 to support the Usain Bolt Foundation. Now, Nissan has decided to apply a similar finish to its all-electric Leaf hatchback and give the car to Olympic gymnast Max Whitlock as a reward for securing gold on the floor and pommel horse last Saturday during Rio 2016.
He will receive the keys to the Leaf wrapped in ‘brilliant bright gold’ upon his return in United Kingdom from the games. Nissan mentions all athletes from the Nissan Team GB and ParalympicsGB teams returning home from the Olympic Games in Brazil with a gold medal are going to get an identical gold Leaf, but only one car per athlete.
Nissan has to prepare a significant amount of gold wrap taking into account U.K. already has a total of 16 gold medals, securing second place in the standings after U.S. which has 26 gold medals so far, and ahead of China with 15 medals.
Winning a gold medal at the Olympic Games is an amazing achievement in its own right, but a brand new zero-emissions car makes the victory taste that much sweeter and gives the athletes extra motivation.