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The Next Nissan GT-R Will Require Big Batteries

Williams is Developing a New Hybrid Drive System for Nissan

In June, Nissan announced a partnership with the Formula One Team Williams which would see the team’s applied science’s division help NISMO develop a new line of performance models. Much was left unanswered about this agreement–not the first signed by a Renault owned division and a major F1 team–but it looks like light is being shed on to the first point of business for these two teams working together: according to Australia’s Carsales, Williams Advanced Engineering is co-developing a next-generation hybrid powertrain for use in a future Nissan GT-R.

This coordination between forces seems an ideal fit, as Williams is the company also directly responsible with supplying hybrid powertrains to manufacturers such as Porsche and Audi for their LeMans series vehicles, and to Jaguar for their C-X75 concept vehicle. Coupling Williams ingenuity with Nissan and NISMO engineering should ensure an other worldly capable Nissan GT-R.

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While the news will not be warmly received by all, as there exist today many people who still deride hybrid powertrain systems due to their inability to see the performance potential of a system more well known for fuel efficiency, it’s certainly coming to the GT-R with boatloads of potential. The benefits of a hybrid system have been demonstrated repeatedly, most recently and maybe most famously in the incredible Porsche 918 which set a new Nurburgring lap time record.

Even with this information, questions still remain concerning the Williams hybrid system that the GT-R will feature. Whether Williams and Nismo will settle on a flywheel-based energy recovery system or a more conventional battery-powered system remains to be seen. And what other aspects of development Williams aids in is a wonderful question to ponder. With their F1 background and incredible race pedigree, it will be exciting to see if they lend their composites and aerodynamics expertise to the next generation of the one of the world’s most impressive and capable sportscars to craft something even greater.

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More Info on Hybrid R36

From Insideline:

There has been no end to the rumors of what the Nissan GT-R will become next, but the most credible rumor circulating in Japan right now is that a Nissan GT-R Hybrid is in development. The hybrid Godzilla would be part of the R36 generation of the GT-R. Sources close to the project tell us would likely debut in 2012 as a 2013 model with a pricetag around $100K.

The drivetrain for the 2013 Nissan GT-R Hybrid is expected to be a version of the hybrid system in the upcoming Nissan M35 Hybrid, but with a dramatic power increase and an all-wheel-drive layout. However, instead of a normally aspirated V6, the GT-R Hybrid would use a twin-turbocharged V6 just as the R35-derived Infiniti Essence concept did. It would be the same twin-turbo 3.8-liter V6 (VR38DETT) the GT-R uses today.

The target would be 440 horsepower for the hybrid application (versus 485 on today’s GT-R), with an additional 160 hp coming from the electric motor — the same one used on the Essence.

With 600 hp to go around, the hybrid GT-R would be just as quick as today’s production GT-R, sources tell us. We also hear, though, that serious weight will need to be cut out of the car to offset the addition of the battery pack. And even with that dieting, the GT-R Hybrid is still expected to be heavier than today’s car (3,800 pounds).

Fuel economy, though, is expected to be 25-30 mpg, which of course is the very point of building a Nissan GT-R Hybrid. If achievable in the real world, Nissan would have a convenient rebuttal to pundits who argue that supercars (and more generally, fun cars) will lose their relevance in the coming green era. — Mak Tokuyama, reporting from Japan

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Next Gen GT-R, Possibly a 600-HP Hybrid Godzilla?

Word from Japan indicates that the next generation Nissan GT-R could be a hybrid sports car.

Buzz is circulating the internet right now that there’s a possibility that the next generation of Nissan GT-R will be powered by a 440HP gas engine coupled with a 160HP electric motor. The combination of the two means, in theory, that the vehicle will be a 600 HP monster that is both a great performer as well as a more fuel efficient vehicle. This is all comes from Japanese automotive magazine Best Car.

I have no doubts that whatever the next gen of GT-R is, it will be awesome.

I have no doubts that whatever the next gen of GT-R is, it will be awesome.

There is also mention that it could be scaled down to near Honda CR-Z proportions in order to improve overall performance and efficiency.

More details will surely come, so stay tuned.

Source: MotorTrend

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