News on the R36

1 year ago

Autocar got an exclusive interview at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, the design chief said that the next GT-R won’t just be based on the Italian-designed GT-R50 – thank God says the GTROC – that’s present at the hill climb. It will be a different car & has to “be its own special car.” He also said that it has to keep a visual identity that’s different from the cars from its class. So in short, it will be unique.

Nissan design chief Alfonso Albaisa confirmed that the company is pegged to push this further, even poised to make the next-generation GT-R to be the “fastest super sports car in the world.”

With that the Nissan 2020 Vision Concept – that many ignorant media seem to think is the next R36! – won’t be too far-fetched to become the basis of its design. It’s strong, aggressive cues would fit the superlative claim. But don’t get your hopes up too high as Nissan design chief Albasia has said that he’s constantly reviewing the sketches for the next-generation GT-R.

He & his team aren’t doing “serious work” yet until the engine & the new platform have been finalized.

Albasia also pointed out that the challenge as of now is with the engineers :

Once the engineers are done with the technical specifications, that’s when their work will begin.”

Albasia added that electrification may be part of the new powertrain, but it’s not yet confirmed. At this point though there is strong conviction that the GT-R’s future dominance on the race track is secure, whether electrified or not.