Although almost entirely stock, Nissan’s compact electric car has achieved a time of 14 minutes and 33 seconds, in fact it had only received a roll cage, racing bucket seats and tires adapted for the race.
Thanks to the advantage of electric propulsion compared to internal combustion engines at high altitudes, the Leaf even managed to beat several tuned gasoline vehicles: the race starts at 2865 meters to finish at 4300 meters...
An internal combustion engine needs air to function and is penalized in this type of race, the more the car climbs and the thinner the air gets, an internal combustion engine can lose about 30% of its power, while the all electric Leaf does not suffer this problem.
Chad Hord after the race said:
“The LEAF was great fun to drive up the mountain. With the instant torque from the electric motor we were able to jump out of the many slow corners and the performance was very consistent from the bottom to the top”