The next generation of the Japanese hypercar, Nissan GTR R36 will reportedly have 580 horsepower along with an KERS(Kinetic Energy Recovery System) like technology, will add another 250 bhp. There were reports of the GTR going hybrid for many months now but this is the first time we have an image(albeit in japanese) to prove it.
The V8 engine with the hybrid drivetrain will propel the car to 100 kmph in a matter of 2.7 seconds with the speedo topping at 340 kmph. The KERS was co-developed by Nissan and the Williams Formula 1 team. Nissan engineers are keen to better the R35s 1742 kg kerb weight considering the added weight of batteries and electric motors.
If you think that is a lot of power in a car, think again. The Mclaren P1, Porche 918 and the Ferrari LaFerrari have proved that with todays technology it is possible to contain such large amounts of power without crashing into the first tree you see.
Considering the price of the current GTR, the R36 will cost anywhere between $120,000 and $150,000.
The R36 has to be exceptionally brilliant to replace the present R35 GTR, which commands a lot of respect in terms of handling and sheer power. The company also rates Nürburgring lap time(Nissan employs former F1 driver Sebastian Buemi for this) very high among its many parameters to make each new model better than the previous one. But we will have to wait for a few more months to see the R36 running on the German track.
The GTRs claim to fame was its ability to carry 4 passengers with those videogame like boyish looks while eating up the miles like a hungry godzilla. The car earned its rep for have a split personality: a grand tourer and a night racer.
The R36 will be launched in late 2015 or early 2016.