Over the past few weeks, Nissan has previewed various Hyper concept cars which it is now displaying at the Japan Mobility Show. But it saved the best for last – the Hyper Force – which could be regarded as the GT-R of the future.
Fully electric supercar
Predictably, the Hyper Force is a supercar powered by only electricity. Its powertrain can produce up to 1,000 kW (about 1,360 ps) and gets power from an all-solid-state battery (ASSB) pack. The ASSB battery is the next generation of battery technology which will extend range significantly.
Besides having strong downforce and a lightweight carbonfibre body, Nissan’s own e-4ORCE all-wheel control technology should give it driving dynamics that are exception on the circuit and on winding roads.
Body developed with NISMO
The body of the Hyper Force was developed together with the NISMO racing team. It is designed for superior aerodynamic performance, generating powerful downforce. The two-tiered aerodynamic structure under the front bonnet provides both strong downforce and efficient cooling performance. The lightweight forged carbon wheels aid aerodynamics and brake cooling.
The exterior design, with its wide and planted proportions, is a blend of sleek curves merging seamlessly with bold geometry that reflects the performance underneath. Incorporated throughout the design are elements, such as on the front and rear lamps, that pay homage to Nissan’s high-performance cars.
The front canards, front fender flip and both ends of the rear wing feature unique active aero functionality, while a newly developed plasma actuator suppresses air detachment to maximize grip and minimize inner-wheel lift during cornering. A dual-level rear diffuser optimally controls airflow.
The driver and front passenger seats are made of lightweight, highly rigid carbonfibre that allows comfortable long-distance driving, and are equipped with 4-point seat belts.
AR and VR
Elevating the Hyper Force’s appeal is an innovative augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) experience that enables driving in both the real and the virtual world seamlessly.
When the car is stopped, the driver can use a special helmet with blind visors for VR that enables entering a gamified driving experience, complete with modes that enable racing against the clock or online racers. By using skeleton visors for AR, the driver can compete against friends’ or even ‘digital ghosts’ of professional drivers on a circuit, allowing users to safely push their driving skills on real-world tracks.
Two driving modes
The Nissan concept features two driving modes, GT (grand touring) and R (racing). The graphical user interface changes colour and display according to the mode, and is designed to instantly display the most needed information for the driver in line with the driving circumstances. The graphics are the result of collaboration with Polyphony Digital Inc., well known for the PlayStation videogame development.
In GT mode, the cabin illuminates in blue and the screens surrounding the steering wheel move away and combine together, providing an immersive experience with a simpler infotainment interface, including air conditioning, audio, suspension and stabilizer settings, for a comfortable drive. The suspension and stabilizers have been designed as world-firsts that can be easily operated on screen while driving.
In R mode the cabin has red illumination and creates an intuitive cockpit centered around the driver to support concentration. Panels on the dashboard extend toward the seating space to enhance the cockpit feel around the driver. Meanwhile, 4 satellite screens around the steering wheel display tire grip and temperature, air pressure, brake rotor temperature, power distribution and other information required during racing.
Safety is obviously very important for a car with such a high performance capability. It has autonomous capability with hyper LIDAR and an array of sensors tuned for sports driving.
Whether this is a concept for a future GT-R or a new high-performance Nissan model is not known. However, many of the ideas and features are probably being explored, and feedback on the design would also be sought from the public.