Yes, you have read the title correctly. The first future rendition of the one of the most legendary cars in history is bound to be hybrid.
And we are not surprised. Enough time has passed for the hybrid technology to change its reputation from the timid Prius to respectable supercars such as the McLaren P1 and Porsche 918 Spyder Hybrid. Even Ferrari has tried this with their mild hybrid LaFerrari. Moreover, the LeMans hosts loads of hybrid beasts, so we know they are more than capable, especially having in mind the well-known constant torque delivery of electric motors.
Ok, so the hybrid GT-R is no surprise. Let’s see what guys from Nissan have in store for us.
In terms of design, the next generation GT-R R36 is said to be influenced by the CONCEPT 2020. The mentioned car is not widely known mostly due to the fact that it was a part of the Gran Turismo 6 game. Well, after virtual reality received physical embodiment, it was not too much to expect that the design solutions and various other technologies would reach our roads in the future.
Moreover, Nissan is set to compete with the best of hybrids in the next 24 Hours of Le Mans, so they are bound to get loads of real-life experience with hybrids. The current model has 542 HP and it reaches 62 mph in just 2.8 seconds, but, as always, it is expected that the new model will up the levels of performance. The electric motor will add more power and ease up on the fuel consumption and emissions, but it will also increase torque meaning that we might expect the engineers from Nissan to offer a new transmission as well in order to deal with the massive twisting force.
In terms of looks, the R36 GT-R will be far more radical than the current model. It will be more aggressive, with sharper edges, huge diffuser and air intakes and instantly recognizable front – it looks like no other car. Great work by the designers.
The best thing is yet to come. Hybrid cars, especially top notch ones, are very expensive (with the 918 dangerously approaching seven-figure amount, for example), but Nissan’s philosophy is to offer competitive performance at a reasonable price. watch video below
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