The unveiling took place at Nissan Crossing in the city’s Ginza district. The car, which was developed by Nissan’s racing arm, Nismo, with its race technology know-how, recently debuted at the annual Nismo Festival at Fuji International Speedway, appearing alongside Nissan’s new Formula E electric race car.

With dual electric motors, all-wheel drive and an aggressive, restyled body shape, the purpose-built car demonstrates how Nissan’s electric vehicle technology can deliver exciting yet quiet, zero-emission power — a key component of the company’s Nissan Intelligent Mobility vision. The model is equipped with advanced battery technology and drivetrain components from the Nissan Leaf, the world’s best-selling electric car.

“The all-new Leaf Nismo RC shows how we’re setting our sights even higher when it comes to raw power and performance — making electric vehicles even more exciting for customers,” said Executive Vice President Daniele Schillaci, Nissan’s global head of marketing, sales and electric vehicles. “It’s our most thrilling expression yet of the philosophy of Nissan Intelligent Mobility.”

Nissan plans to build six all-new Leaf Nismo RC vehicles to deploy around the world, so that fans can experience the power and excitement firsthand. Powering the car are two electric motors at opposite ends of the chassis that produce 640Nm of instant torque to all four wheels. It features a multitude of lightweight components and a full carbon-fibre racing monocoque structure, allowing it to tip the scales at just 1,220kg. It can hit zero to 100kph in just 3.4 seconds — 50 per cent quicker than the previous model.