Whereas rumors abound that the subsequent technology of Nissan’s GT-R sports activities automotive, the R36, will characteristic some type of electrification, the automaker on Tuesday got here out with the announcement it’s creating an electrical GT-R, albeit a prototype primarily based on the R32 Skyline GT-R of the early Nineties.
Nissan stated the mission was born out of the will of an engineer who initially joined the automaker due to a eager for the GT-R, so as to add electrification know-how to the automotive.
“I wish to construct a extra thrilling automotive by including the most recent electrification know-how that I’m concerned with to my favourite automotive,” the engineer stated in an announcement.
The mission at the moment goes below the title of R32 EV, and Nissan is but to offer any particulars on the way it will go about changing the R32 GT-R to electrical energy.
Nissan Skyline GT-R R32
The R32 was the primary GT-R to characteristic the legendary 2.6-liter turbo-6 often called the RB26DETT. Because of twin turbochargers and a sturdy iron block, the engine may very well be tuned to reliably ship a lot larger numbers than its 276-hp ranking. Even that official ranking is extensively accepted as an understated determine, with Nissan solely quoting it because of a gentleman’s settlement between Japanese automakers on the time to restrict energy to the 276-hp determine. Whereas the engine is a big a part of the GT-R mythos, electrical motors are greater than able to delivering the kind of pleasure GT-R followers search.
It is doable Nissan may ultimately provide an EV conversion for the R32 GT-R and the automotive’s successors. Nissan’s Nismo division in recent times has been providing substitute components for traditional GT-Rs to assist hold the vehicles on the street. The corporate even provides a full restoration service that entails stripping the automotive right down to its naked physique shell. An EV conversion package may very well be one thing else Nismo provides sooner or later. Different automakers have already explored this path, together with Ford, Mini, and Volkswagen.