With direct drive from the electric motor to its wheels, the Nissan LEAF going backwards should be able to hit the same top speed it manages going forwards. With its batteries located under the floor of the car, it has a low center of gravity making the car very stable at high speeds with little body roll under cornering. And with fewer moving parts than a conventional car, there's less likelihood of any mechanical issues.
Professional stunt driver Terry Grant will attempt the LEAF Reverse Record. Grant thrilled the crowds at the 2011 Festival of Speed by driving a Nissan JUKE up the hillclimb course on two wheels.