Nissan Exec Says He’d “Love To” Build A Pure Electric Nissan GT-R

OCT 18 2015 BY MARK KANE 16

NISSAN CONCEPT 2020 Vision Gran Turismo emerged from styling study among Nissan's global pool of young designers.

NISSAN CONCEPT 2020 Vision Gran Turismo emerged from styling study among Nissan’s global pool of young designers.

Nissan’s European EV Director Gareth Dunsmore revealed to TopGear that he would love to see a performance electric car.

Whether the Japanese company will introduce a plug-in Godzilla is unknown at this time, but the Nissan GT-R sure would be perfect material for electrification, including some design style from 2020 Vision Gran Turismo.

Gareth Dunsmore told TG:

“The rate of change over the last five years has been phenomenal. We can’t build an electric GT-R today. But do I want to? I’d love to. Will we be able to do that in the future? I can’t see a technical reason why we wouldn’t be able to implement electric vehicle technology in something like a performance vehicle.”

“It would be a phenomenal place to go,” he said of an electrified GT-R. “But we’d need to do these things with credibility, take our expertise and know-how and make sure if we go to that step, it’s world beating, as the GT-R is today. It needs to be a world beater.”

Nissan already experimented with racing plug-ins, so the automaker has experience in the area of high-performance electric cars.:

Nismo LEAF Nismo RC

Nismo LEAF Nismo RC

ZEOD RC At LeMans

ZEOD RC At LeMans

Source: TopGear

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16 Comments on "Nissan Exec Says He’d “Love To” Build A Pure Electric Nissan GT-R"

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Would be nice if the next LEAF had dual motors. I love driving my LEAF, but right now it is only satisfyingly quick from 0-30mph.

That’s the beauty of electric cars. Going AWD is a “radical” change to an ICE car, but for an electric car, add a motor, update the computers, and you’re done. Tesla did it; there’s no reason other EV manufacturers can’t.

Tesla planned ahead and made it look easy. For example: The Model S had space already allocated for a future dual motor configuration, with mounts designed into the subframe. This would be harder to do in other vehicles that didn’t pre-provision for it, and retrofitted solutions tend to be inelegant at best. On the hardware side, you need two motors that can report their various physical states to a special controller special-built to handle this. On the software side, you have to write threaded code that takes traction data, dual motor states, accelerometer input, brake input, aceleration pedal input, etc., then solve for torque ripple for a range of conditions to reduce harmonic buildup and smooth speed ramping, create modes for sleeping either motor for 0-torque states (Torque Sleep so you don’t waste power), trigger wake states as per current torque or traction demands, etc., etc. Going dual motor is more involved than just sticking another one into a vehicle and plugging it in. But again, Tesla has a brilliant brain trust of dedicated folks working on solving these problems: issues they’ve been R&Ding for years. BTW, firmware 7.0 seems to now support Torque Sleep for single motor Teslas. This… Read more »

Strangely, you skip the main advantage of going AWD for BEV.
You gain traction, but you gain efficiency by allowing maximum recovery on all four wheels, evenly spreading wear on the four tire and having different power curve for front and rear wheels assembly allowing an optimal usage of energy.

Nothing strange. The response was focused on the issues of properly implementing a modern dual motor drivetrain, as being more than just tossing in a second motor, plugging it in and calling it a day.

The advantages of proper Electronic Dual Motor AWD speak for themselves…

Aaron- Good point.

My hunch says that adding a second motor is relatively inexpensive, too.

I’d bet that, in ten years, most new EVs will have AWD (or suffer a competitive disadvantage).

In addition to gaining superior traction, they can enhance efficiency by using different gear ratios at each axle, so it’s also like getting a two-speed transmission.

Aaron +1, Anon -1

Volvo did almost exactly what you propose on the V60, and I bet it was cheap. They adapted an ICE vehicle by adding electric drive to rear wheels, making it an AWD where the ICE and motor drive different axles.

Nissan: just build it. Don’t let the bean counters strangle the innovation and excitement for your products…

Still waiting to see the EsFlow in production…

http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1055631_nissan-esflow-electric-sportscar-concept-10-facts-you-didnt-know

Come on Nissan build a 2018 RWD sports coupe call it the Silvia (S16), price it under $35k and it will sell. I will be your first customer!

It dosnt need crazy power, just enough to have fun. My 1988 200sx(silvia S12) barely had 100hp and was a blast to drive. My current 1989 240SX(silvia s13) has 140hp and it’s just right for a daily driver/corner carver. I don’t want a cuv EV…

Auto makers also “love to” make wholly impractical concept cars, and they love to get attention for their company by talking, with a straight face, about putting them into production.

What auto makers say they’d “love to” do, and what they actually do, are quite often rather different things.

Totally agree,

So many times there are concepts, even really good ones – but never make it to the show room floor.

Then there are the glossy journalistic free advertising fly grabbing gloss concepts – sadly this appears to be one of them.
Do wish Nissan would get serious by providing a Tesla S competitor.
The more EV’s the more progress !

Exactly…they have the parts to work with. Just ask for volunteers at Nissan to Frankenstein some of their cool vehicles into electric concepts. Xterra, GTR, Maxima…etc.
Pretty sure concept vehicles can be superglued together to make it to auto shows.

PR vapor to stay in the news?

Pretty much, plus the approaching Tokyo
auto-show.

I’d love to have Nissan build ANY EV with decent fast charger. I run into more issues with Leaf and their stupid “no charge to take up fast charge spot while slow charging” program than any other. It’s like they’re encouraging Leaf owners to block fast charge use to kill EV.

http://sparkev.blogspot.com/2015/05/vs-nissan-leaf-quick-charge.html

And I’d love to build a car powered entirely by happy thoughts. It would be cool if it were powered by pixie dust too, but let’s be honest, that stuff is hard to come by.