Nissan have begun the very first stages of designing the next generation all-new GT-R. The first hurdle they face is to decide how much electrification the car should get in the powertrain to ensure that it becomes the worlds fastest super sports car.
Talking at the Goodwood festival of speed, Nissan design boss Alfonso Albaisa said that the next gen GT-R fill not be following on the GT-R50 that made its international debut this month. The car will be its own ‘special car’ and retain a unique visual identity.
Albaisa admitted that he is constantly reviewing sketches for the car, but can’t make any serious decisions until the matter of the new powertrain has been finalised.
“The challenge is on the engineer, to be honest,” he said. “We will do our jobs when the time comes to make the car something really special. But we’re not even close to that yet.”
This info would suggest that Nissan are still in the very early stages of development with the new GT-R, hopefully we can expect to see something before the next decade!
Albaisa said “Whether we go to a lot of electrification or none at all, we can achieve a lot power wise,” he said. “But we are definitely making a new ‘platform’ and our goal is clear: GT-R has to be the quickest car of its kind. It has to ‘own’ the track. And it has to play the advanced technology game; but that doesn’t mean it has to be electric.”
“We simply have to reflect people’s dreams; and I think people dream that the next GT-R will be the hottest super sports car in the world,” said Albaisa.
He said that the next car would have a muscular character like the R35 in order to retain the GT-R “beast”, adding: “It’s an animal; it has to be imposing and excessive. Not in terms of its wings, but rather its visual mass, its presence and its audacity.
“It doesn’t care what every other supercar in the world is doing; it simply says: ‘I’m a GT-R, I’m a brick, catch me.’ It’s the world’s fastest brick, really. And when I review sketches for the new car, I say that a lot: “Less wing, more brick.'”