The hundreds of hours of televised motor-sport every year, the near mandatory inclusion of a car chase in action films & TV shows and the plethora of racing related video games available in app stores and in shops are testament to how much we love the sights and sounds of a stylish car zapping its way through the scenery.
From Formula 1 to Knight Rider, through to the Need for Speed games franchise, the roar of a precision crafted engine has provided the soundtrack to many a world of excitement and adventure.
And for many car fans, the purr of an engine has long been one of the measures of a manufacturer’s engineering skill and know-how.
But now Nissan, one of the world’s biggest names in car making, is measuring itself against a new metric: the quietness of its cars, rapidly becoming the new must-have feature for responsible motorists.
The Nissan Leaf is one of the world’s most successful and popular 100% electric vehicles with models made on three separate continents, including the firm’s factory in Sunderland, and sold in more than 35 countries.
To show off the quietness of the Leaf’s engine, Nissan arranged a special night-time rally through Europe’s quietest town and challenged its four-strong team of drivers to complete a 5km circuit without disturbing any of the residents.
Despite a couple of accidental bumps not a single person – or chicken – was woken while the cars showed off the Leaf’s superior handling.
To see how they did it watch the video below or visit experiencenissanleaf.com
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