Death, taxes and will-they-won’t-they R36 GT-R reports. Something like that, anyway. Well, there’s more evidence a new GT-R is finally coming, and it could look quite a lot like that bonkers Hyper Force concept we saw last year. Hold your Godzillas though, it’s not coming anytime soon.
Speaking with Autocar, Giovanny Arroba, Nissan programme design director Giovanny Arroba and one of the brains behind the Hyper Force, said it could make production eventually, stating: “The shapes, proportion and stance aren’t based on pure fantasy. It’s quite daring but a tangible dream to achieve by the end of the decade”. Granted, he added “the dream is still lucid”, so don’t take this as 100 per cent confirmation it’s happening.
Though its mad design may be the obvious stumbling block to the Hyper Force going directly into production, it's very possible the underlying tech could. There’s no six-cylinder under the bonnet unlike the RB26 or VR38 found in R-series GT-Rs of the past, rather a dual-motor setup good for 1,341bhp.
Nissan says the all-wheel-drive system in the Hyper Force uses an advanced version of the ‘e-4ORCE’ tech found in its Ariya SUV with the promise of ‘enhanced cornering and exceptional handling on circuits and winding roads’.
The R35 was far from lightweight, coming in around the 1,750kg mark depending on spec, so it’d be fair to assume an electric follow-up would only see that surge. Nissan has aimed to mitigate that by producing the bodywork, including that extreme aero kit, out of carbon fibre - though no weight figures have been published.
Speaking of aero, Nismo has been called in to throw the book of defying physics at the Hyper Force. Within the extended front bumper is a two-tiered structure to produce downforce and keep everything cool, plus the canards and gigantic rear wing are active elements. There’s a dual-level diffuser at the back as well.
Nissan has called upon Gran Turismo creators Polyphony Digital for some help inside the car - just as they did the R35 GT-R’s infotainment system. You’re fed a huge amount of info through the steering wheel and surrounding screens, including real-time tyre data and lap timer smack in the centre in the showcased ‘R’ mode. Nissan says there’s a ‘GT’ mode (we see what they did there) as well, with the surrounding colours and info fed to you changing to suit.
It’s all pretty cutting-edge, then, but not without a few nods to GT-Rs of the past. There’s a roofline very reminiscent of the R35 and the usual circular quad-taillights, plus the real nerds among us will spot the decal down the side is in the same location and colour as used on the Skyline R30 2000 Turbo RS-X.