Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Nissan Says Future GT-R Supercars Will Go Hybrid; It's All About That Torque

Sports car manufacturers may not be too concerned about fuel economy or environmental issues, but they do like the torque that comes with electrification, which is why vehicles like the Porsche 918 Spyder, the McLaren F1 and BMW’s i8 have all or partial electrical assist.
Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. (TYO:7201) has joined the fray, saying future versions of its GT-R sports car will have a hybrid powertrain to boost performance — and, yeah, also offer lower emissions than its current 3.8 liter V8 GT-R that churns out 542 horsepower and meets 60 mph in 2.9 seconds.
Here’s what Andy Palmer told Britain’s Autocar last week:
“There is an 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 … 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 hybridization on the next generation of car.”