More adventures for the Nissan Leaf, this time going up a hill. In this case, no less than Pikes Peak – the Leaf is set to challenge convention further this June 26 when it competes in the 89th version of the international hill climb, with veteran Nissan off-road truck racing champion Chad Hord at the wheel.

The Leaf is set to compete in the Production Class for electric vehicles and, other than the removal of some interior parts like seats and carpets to make room for safety equipment (such as a roll cage, racing seats and safety harnesses), the Pikes Peak Leaf will be very close to the way it left the factory.

The car will be powered by, like every Leaf, a lithium-ion battery composed of 48 compact modules and a high-response 80kW AC synchronous motor offering 107 hp and 280 Nm of torque. Undoubtedly, the Pikes Peak car will certainly be dressed up for the occasion, but will it look anything like the purpose-built Leaf Nismo RC race car (pictured above), which is set to do two demo runs at the Le Mans Vers Le Futur support event at this weekend’s 24 Hours of Le Mans, one wonders.