December 1, 2022


Born to perform

This Nissan Sunny Truck packs a Leaf’s electric powertrain

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Nissan will have maybe a person of the coolest motor vehicles at the impending 2022 SEMA clearly show in Las Vegas.

The automaker will present a 1987 Datsun Sunny Truck whose first powertrain has been swapped out for the electric powered set up from a modern Nissan Leaf. Ford had a equivalent principle based mostly on a 1978 F-100 pickup at the 2021 SEMA display, and Chevy had one based on a C-10 pickup at 2019’s show.

The electric powertrain from the Leaf is composed of a single motor rated at 147 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque. Which is about 2 times the power and a few situations the torque of the Sunny Truck’s original 4-cylinder.

The build also attributes the Leaf’s typical 40-kwh battery, which in the light-weight Sunny Truck could likely provide a lot more assortment than the 149 miles of the Leaf. Nissan has not offered an estimate.

1987 Datsun Sunny Truck with Nissan Leaf powertrain

1987 Datsun Sunny Truck with Nissan Leaf powertrain

Nissan in no way sold the Sunny Truck in the U.S. This 1 was sourced from Japan, therefore the ideal-hand-push configuration.

The truck belongs to Tommy Pike, proprietor of South Carolina-based Tommy Pike Customs, and he and his workshop crew taken care of the conversion. He paired the electric powered motor with a handbook transmission, a move that needed a tailor made bellhousing adapter. He also put in a custom driveshaft and a customized aluminum box for the battery.

Nissan fans of a specified age will promptly identify the colour mix Pike applied to his pickup. It really is impressed by the livery employed on Baja racers fielded by Brock Racing Enterprises in the late ’60s and early ’70s.

This year’s SEMA show is scheduled for Nov. 1-4. Nissan will also use the exhibit to existing its new Z GT4 race carĀ and a Z with Nismo extras.

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