Last year, Nissan was ready to challenge the world record for the fastest ever reverse mile. At the last minute, safety officials cancelled the attempt after claiming a lack of adequate testing made the attempt too risky. This week at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, Nissan gets their second change.
British stunt driver Terry Grant, known for his parallel parking stunts, will be driving a specially prepared Nissan Leaf. The stock Leaf has software to prevent it from being driven too quickly in reverse. Nissan has prepared the stunt Leaf with special software without the restrictions to enable him to theoretically drive the Leaf’s top speed of 93 mph while in reverse.
The 1.16 mile track isn’t without challenges – it has 9 turns along it’s length, and will have thousands of people along it watching the attempt.