Hybrid technologies in motoring have always obtained the negative stereotype for making cars duller. Recently sports car makers have indulged themselves into hybrid tech and the results have been nothing short of staggering. Hypercars like Ferrari LaFerrari, McLaren P1 and Porsche 918 Sypder have proven that you can have both mileage and massive speed at the same time, while still being sure that the polar bears will have their homes intact in the coming years.
So now it appears that another supercar has joined the hybrid bandwagon and it’s none other than the mighty Nissan GT-R. After rumors on the grapevine speculating that the next generation GT-R would be a possible hybrid, Nissan has indeed confirmed that the next generation GT-R will be driven by a hybrid powertrain, using electrification to boost performance while lowering emissions. It may follow the paths of the new hypercars from Porsche and Ferrari should this be done right.
Nissan Sales and Marketing boss, Andy Palmer, has told a UK journalist that “There is inevitability about electrification of all cars in the future, and there is the very real prospect of enhancements coming from this and ending up on a sports car like the Nissan GT-R”. He added “The electric systems can fill in the gaps in the torque curve and offer genuine performance gains, as well as lowering emissions. It’s win-win, and I’d expect to see some form of hybridisation on the next generation of car.”
Picture Godzilla ferociously attacking an industrial area in Kyoto, but has tripped over the power lines and fallen into some electronics factory, followed by minutes of electrocution, the monster arises and has unintentionally upgraded itself to “Mechazilla”, where it is still able to perform electrifying devastating attacks and perhaps exhale some lower CO2 breath from its nose. The metaphor may sum up the new GTR which is stated to be launched in the coming years.