2016 Nissan GT-R To Employ Formula 1 Hybrid Tech


2016-nissan-gtrNissan’s patent application for the “Hybrid-R” brand has led to speculation that a new sub-brand of performance hybrids could be coming from the Japanese automaker. With the rumor that the Williams Formula 1 engineering team team has been tapped to provide the hybrid drivetrain for the 2016 Nissan GT-R, it seems like performance hybrids from Nissan are inevitable.

Williams Advanced Engineering has already provided the hybrid drivetrains for both Porsche and Audi, including the Le Mans-winning R18 Quattro etron. Williams will partner with Nissan’s own performance division, NISMO, to develop next-generation performance street cars with hybrid power. What ever happened to that all-electric Nissan Leaf racing series, by the way?

If true, it means that the 2016 Nissan GT-R will probably be either a plug-in hybrid, or utilize some kind of energy-recapturing device (either a flywheel or supercapacitor) to provide a temporary power boost. The next GT-R hybrid could also use electric motors to drive either the front or rear wheels, maintaining all-wheel drive while allowing for limited electric-only driving. That would help boost the fuel economy ratings of Godzilla, though Toyota and Mitsubishi may have similar machinations.

The next Nissan GT-R has some big shoes to fill, and a hybrid drivetrain could provide the best all-around performance of any other setup. But what kind of hybrid will the 2016 GT-R be?

Source: CarSales.com.au

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  • UncleB

    Now that the gateway to U.S. warring and plundering lesser countries for their oil has been closed at Syria by the Russian/Chinese/Iranian/ U.N. collusion, Will American seek non-fossil fuel solutions to transportation problems, even swapping out fuel intensive jet flights for electric bullet trains/

    • topkill

      ” Russian/Chinese/Iranian/ U.N. collusion” You forgot the boyscouts, aliens and unicorns. Besides being a bigoted asshole, now that you throw in the UN into the collusion mix, I know you’re also a moron. The UN couldn’t find their ass with both hands and a head start and anyone who gives them credit for being able to run a “conspiracy” should not be allowed to use anything sharper than a crayon.

      I would greatly appreciate it if you would never say the words America or Americans again. You’ve got some kind of sexual hangup on slamming anything America that it makes you completely detestable.

      The sad part is that America TRULY needs to get off oil and get our heads out of our ass about our policy in the middle east. We end up in wars we have NO business in whatsoever…and it doesn’t even help us! We get our kids killed over there, we kill civilians over there and everyone hates us for it. Why do we think terrorists target us??? Duh.

      But I get so tired of UncleB slamming America in strange and inventive ways that it’s hard to even agree with you when you have a valid point.

      • UncleB

        “Had the $4 Trillions+ spent on Iraq, been spent even only on conventional Solar/Thermal development of South Western U.S.A. – Today, Americans would receive a huge ROI ( “Return On Investment”) in cheap electricity, in place of horrendous tax rates to service
        unpardonable war debt to China. Americans would be gainfully working, using this renewable, perpetual, eternal, clean, radiation free, radioactive waste free, domestic, electricity source – to compete in world markets with well priced products, to irrigate dry lands, to heat and cool homes, and much less foreign oil would have be imported, fewer “Parasite Nations” supported. This is the lost
        “opportunity cost” for having Saddam’s scrotum on the Bushes mantlepiece? Shiite eh!”
        P.S., (Oil, gas, wells do go dry, not really sourced from an eternal pipe up
        &Allah’s-ass, as some believe – But, the Sun never stops shining, Wind blows forever)
        P.S. I love America and Americans enough to pull on your ear hard enough to get your attention. I do it to get messages across. I could list all the good you fine folks do – but to what end? My intentions are from the heart, to make you aware of the few points you may have missed in your progress, and to help you see the daylight at the end of the tunnel. Canada is by no means a “perfect” nation either and I attack when I see wrong here too! America, you are great and you can so do even better, and I challenge you to do so in competitive and good spirit.

  • Drivesolo

    What would make Godzilla more terrifying? Godzilla w/ KERS!! Nissan won’t quit pumping the GT-R w/ techno might until they get it doing 0-60 in 2 seconds flat. I’m wondering if they do decide to go w/ a performance hybrid system, will they drop the turbo?

    It’s crazy how Nissan has gotten so involved in F1 so quickly; Renault engines make up nearly half the field, Infiniti is the title sponsor for RBR, Vettel is their “performance directory”, and now involvement w/ William on the GT-R.

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