With the development of Nissan’s combustion engine halted, a question mark that has lingered is what the company plans to do with Nismo. For nearly 40 years, the company’s internal motorsports and tuning shops have churned out some of the world’s wildest road-legal engines. Currently, it is responsible for managing the 600-horsepower Nissan GT-R Nismo, the Heritage Parts of the now-classic Skyline GT-Rs, and some of the company’s more mundane offers.
However, Nismo will not go silent that eve night, according to Top gear. “This is not a strategy,” Guillaume Cartier, Nissan’s European chairperson, told a British outlet at a recent Formula E race. “To use an English expression, this is not a pig lipstick.”
Nissan plans to spend $ 17.7 billion to launch 23 electric vehicles over the next five years, 15 of which will run on battery juice alone. Cartier said the Yokohama-based company was in the process of determining which of these vehicles would be most suitable for Nismo treatment. Among the concepts that Nissan has come up with is an AWD, open-top, EV sports car known as Max-Out.
Cartier says the goal is to “bring performance,” referring to “specific suspension and powertrain”. He said using the example of the upcoming Aria Top gear That doesn’t mean it’s just a big battery. Aria already has a performance model, the dual-motor Platinum + Proud 389 horsepower and all-wheel-drive, which is a 151-horse Rolling on the front wheel-drive 238. “So we have to go above and beyond,” Cartier explained.
Other companies have hinted at performance sub-brands for electric vehicles, whether brand new like Volkswagen’s GTX line or piggy-backing on an existing line like Hyundai’s Electric N car.
It depends on each brand to see if they can create a unique path. Nismo has several traditions and capitals built with enthusiasts. It will be interesting to see if Nissan can translate this into a new era of performance.