04-10-2014, 01:20 AM #1
The next generation 2016 R36 Nissan GT-R will be a hybrid - What does this mean for tuning?
Andy Palmer, Nissan Vice President, stated that hybrid electric systems are inevitable for future vehicles and that includes the next generation R36 GT-R. He stated, “There is an inevitability about electrification of all cars in the future, and there is the very real prospect of enhancements coming from it on a sports car like the Nissan GT-R. The electric systems can fill in the gaps in the torque curve and offer genuine performance gains, as well as lowering emissions."
He is not wrong. Porsche and McLaren both have demonstrated high performance hybrids are not only possible there is a performance benefit from the instant torque of the electric motors.
What this means for tuning of the R36 is that it is going to get a bit more complex. The well known VR38DETT will be used again although revamped with more horsepower and who knows what the combined output will be with the electric motors.
Tuners are going to have to start playing with electric motors and gasoline motors while making sure it all works well together meaning a whole nother level of complexity.
The nice thing is performance cars are not going to be abandoned in the upcoming generations. They just will be forced to evolve.
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