The Electrifying Nissan 2016 GT-R
I have has a special place in my heart for the Skylines and the super GT-R badge AWD monsters that lurked in countries other than the U.S.A. but when we received the R35 I was smitten with joy like a big eyed creepy middle aged sailor moon action figure. Nissan and Renault had been producing mediocre cars and they all left something to be desired whether it be styling or performance but mainly both. I love Nissan and my family has owned several Datsun or Nissan vehicles over the years so I usually reserve a more positive outlook that most when they introduce a new vehicle but I think everyone was taken back by the shear performance and handling characteristics that the GT-R would produce. It was a cornucopia of engineering prowess and the vehicles were proof in the pudding. As the Bugatti Veyron set the benchmark for all street legal cars for the decade so did the GT-R for everything in or around the $100k range. But now the GT-R has been studied and backwardly engineered and now everyone is gunning for it and so Nissan being the bright folks they are, are trying to stay a step ahead of the game and with the 2016 GT-R they are going to surprise us again.
Yes fellow motorhead friends it seems that Nissan and the F1 Renault engineers are getting to make love to metal and then electrify it with 1.21 Giga Watts. The R36 GT-R is in testing with a KERS (kinetic energy recovery system) for the front wheels as they handle most of the braking action and they will also lose their mechanical power. Yes the FWD portion of the GT-R will be done with dual electric motors that fit as close to the wheel as possible and as they deliver 30-40% of the overall torque they also provide torque vectoring so that there is more power being used on the outside corning as it has to deal with more surface to travel as well as holds more mass from the G-forces exerted. The inner cornering wheel can even brake independently therefore causing the vehicle to dart into a corner swifter than ever before. For the rear wheels they will also be pushed by the power through a torque vectoring rear differential connected to a now 3.0L V6 TT pushing out 445hp due to the impressive direct-injection, variable valve timing, pair of twin scroll turbos. The smaller engine will offer less horsepower than the previous generation engine but with the combination of the KERS 160hp you get a grand total of 605hp and 620 ft-lbs of torque!!! Fuel economy (who cares) will be up to 28mpg on the highway with a 90 mile range of electricity if one where so inclined making this car have the ability to drive in zero emission areas and with a bigger tax discount in various countries. You got to love great engineering.
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