At the recent Japan Mobility Show, Nissan showcased its vision for the next-generation high-performance electric car. This concept, speculated to be a revolutionary change, raised anticipation and curiosity about the electric supercar. What details have emerged about this groundbreaking vehicle, and when can enthusiasts expect to see it on the roads?
Beneath the visionary concept of the GT-R lies the Hyper Force. This electric coupe, crafted with a carbon fiber body, boasts over 1,300 horsepower through its all-wheel-drive system, the e-4orce. Nissan has not clarified the number of motors contributing to the power, but it’s reported to source its energy from solid-state batteries. Speaking with the product chief, Ivan Espinoza, Top Gear discovered that the production version of the future GT-R may have to wait until solid-state batteries hit the market.
Nissan revealed plans for a factory to produce initial versions of solid-state batteries in 2024, with mass production expected to commence by 2029. If the plans stay on track, the theoretical readiness of the new Nissan R36 GT-R could be anticipated by the end of the decade.
Nissan’s Sporting Legacy
The car’s existence is not in question; the debate centers around its timing. Ivan Espinoza emphasizes that Nissan aims to maintain a lineup of sports cars in the future. However, such vehicles require a stable energy source. “With increased energy density, we will get far better batteries that will improve aerodynamics and overall vehicle behavior while maintaining the 2+2 layout,” Espinoza stated.
Similar philosophies have surfaced among other automobile manufacturers, with two distinct viewpoints. One group intends to introduce products with existing technology while others await the advent of a new battery type. Manufacturers such as Lotus, Pininfarina, Rimac, and General Motors with their upcoming fully electric Corvette belong to the former group. The latter category includes Bugatti, Ferrari, Lamborghini, McLaren, and Porsche with their electric 911.
Nissan’s agenda surpasses the rejuvenation of its vehicle lineup. The vision for the future involves the creation of two GT-R models, catering to a friendly everyday car and a track-focused special exclusively designed for closed circuits.