Whereas rumors abound that the following technology of Nissan’s GT-R sports activities automotive, the R36, will function 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 Nineteen Nineties.
Nissan stated the challenge was born out of the need of an engineer who initially joined the automaker due to a eager for the GT-R, so as to add electrification expertise to the automotive.
“I wish to construct a extra thrilling automotive by including the most recent electrification expertise that I’m concerned with to my favourite automotive,” the engineer stated in an announcement.
The challenge presently goes beneath the title of R32 EV, and Nissan is but to supply 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 function the legendary 2.6-liter turbo-6 often known as the RB26DETT. Because of twin turbochargers and a sturdy iron block, the engine might be tuned to reliably ship a lot greater numbers than its 276-hp ranking. Even that official ranking is broadly accepted as an understated determine, with Nissan solely quoting it as a result of a gentleman’s settlement between Japanese automakers on the time to restrict energy to the 276-hp determine. Whereas the engine is a large 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 finally supply an EV conversion for the R32 GT-R and the automotive’s successors. Nissan’s Nismo division in recent times has been providing alternative components for traditional GT-Rs to assist maintain the automobiles on the street. The corporate even affords a full restoration service that entails stripping the automotive right down to its naked physique shell. An EV conversion equipment might be one thing else Nismo affords sooner or later. Different automakers have already explored this path, together with Ford, Mini, and Volkswagen.