We got our first tantalising look via a teaser image and now Nissan has lifted the veil that was virtual from a digital notion that delivers the first official hints to Nissan’s next-generation GT-R.
It was created in collaboration with Gran Turismo developer Polyphony Digital, the 2020 Vision GT theory will be available to download ‘drive’ from July via the GT6 driving simulator.
But in addition it provides the first visual hints for the next-generation R36 GT-R super-coupe, that could emerge when late 2015 – nine years after the existing R35 version’s international release.
“This is a look at what a high performance supercar from Nissan may look like in the future,” said the Japanese brand of the 2 2 virtual supercar, which features a radical new aerodynamic body.
The company says the virtual concept began life as “a dream job for Nissan designers who were given free rein to create their dream supercar for his or her own Gran Turismo fantasy garage.
“As an outcome, NISSAN CONCEPT 2020 Vision Gran Turismo gives hints about how a supercar of the future might appear.
“But as a specialist in automotive design in three-dimensions, Nissan considers that the real-world is ready for the NISSAN CONCEPT 2020 Vision Gran Turismo. Watch this space…”
While the new GTR is not likely to look exactly like the crazy theory when it appears in the second half of the decade, Nissan has already signaled it’s going to take a radical new course by utilizing hybrid power to be faster, swifter and more fuel efficient.
Nissan will enter the 2015 World Endurance Championship with a topflight LMP1 program to take on Audi, Porsche and Toyota, using the NISMO GT-R as its basis.
But to be eligible for the outright LMP1 class, it must be hybrid-powered and will most likely employment technology pioneered in 2013 by the controversial ZEOD RC (Zero Emission On Demand Racing Competition), the wild wing contour of which is outlawed by class regulations.
“The three manufacturers in LMP1 have brought three different forms of technology and we will bring a fourth,” said NISMO’s worldwide head of brand, advertising and sales, Darren Cox at Le Mans on the weekend.
“This is the place where future road technologies are proven.”
At Le Mans, the ZEOD RC exceeded 300km/h on electric power down the Mulsanne straight and finished a whole lap of the 13.629kilometer circuit running only on battery power.
Powered by a 1.5-litre triple-cylinder turbo-petrol engine and two electric motors, the ZEOD is a forerunner to a staggered-track production sports car previewed by the BladeRunner, which will create a four-car Nissan sports car line up additionally including a showroom variant of the compact IDx coupe and next year’s new 370Z.
Yet, Nissan’s next GTR, which will continue to be Nissan’s sports main, is anticipated to be powered by a hybridised version of the existing model’s 404kW/628Nm dual-turbo 3.8-litre V6 co-developed by NISMO and nine times Formula Once constructor’s champ Williams.
It’s considered Williams Hybrid Power (WHP), which created the electromechanical composite flywheel system now used by Audi and Porsche racers, will use the state-of-the-art technology to enhance the new GTR’s power output to just as much as 600kW.
Combined with specialised substances and aero parts previewed by the GTR NISMO, the next ‘Godzilla’ will weigh significantly less (1740kg), spelling improved better racetrack times, a higher top speed and fuel consumption, quicker acceleration.
The current 441kW/650Nm GT R NISMO lowers the R35′s claimed 0-100km/h acceleration time to about 2.5 seconds and set a new Nurburgring lap time of just 7:08.679 – 30 seconds better than the 2007 GT-R (7:38) and just 11 seconds slower than Porsche’s 918 Spyder plugin hybrid vehicle (6:57).
Nissan says that makes the NISMO GTR the quickest ‘quantity production car’ to lap the Nurburgring, since the 918 is a limited edition version is McLaren’s upcoming P1 GTR, which also has the target of a sub-seven-minute Nurburgring lap.
So the next GTR has big shoes to fill.