It’s already a heavy car, but Nissan might be taking the hybrid plunge with its GT-R supercar killer in the future.
The next generation of GT-R was already confirmed, although it isn’t likely to reach the market until between 2017 and 2018 because the car’s chief engineer Kazutoshi Mizuno’s health-related leave of absence. But with tightening fuel consumption regulations in the U.S., the new GT-R will have to take significant steps to decrease its gas consumption. If the latest reports are to be believed, that could mean a hybridized GT-R.
Of course, integrating a hybrid drivetrain won’t be won’t be a simple task. The GT-R is already a heavy car and adding a hybrid system will only make that a bigger problem. With a curb weight of 3829 lbs, the car is chunky enough as it is. Motor Trend reports that the hybrid system is one of two possible options for the car.
The other could be a “turbo compressor and generator setup” which is still in the testing phase and could function to assist the current powertrain. The car would also need to use a start/stop system and cylinder deactivation to improve its mileage.
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If turning the GT-R into a hybrid proves to be the best option, it would mean Nissan’s engineers finding other clever ways to cut weight.
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[Source: Motor Trend]