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Could the Nissan GT-R R36 be a hybrid?

By Akram_saheed on 31 Aug 2013

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Released progressively from the end of 2007 in Japan to 2009 to other parts of the globe, the R35 Nissan GT-R is no doubt a modern classic in its own right.

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The track monster has been increasingly toyed with more power and performance while the Porsche or the Aston Martin has provided nimble aesthetic upgrades over the years.

No doubt a successor will soon greet us several years later, we pounce at any little opportunity we have to unearth and find out what’s next. In this case – a little snippet of what could be the Nissan GT-R R36.

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Thanks to Car & Driver via Autoblog, we may have a minor but important information pertaining to the successor of the current ‘Godzilla’. Car & Driver has somehow managed to come across a patent filing from the Japanese marque that could suggest the next GT-R to go hybrid. A Pure Drive product badging supported by R-Hybrid, has been found.

Just recently, Nissan acknowledged that it will increase the number of hybrid models in its lineup, and what is the hint that makes us (and maybe the people from Autoblog and Car and Driver) think this could for Nissan’s performance flagship?

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The font face. The font used in the patent filing for the ‘R-Hybrid’ is seemingly similar to the ones used with the mainstream Nissan GT-R models. Despite being monochrome, from the picture, the R is seen with a slightly different hue and we could only presume it was originally finished in the traditional red colour.

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We're no Sherlock Holmes, and we're not concluding the new GT-R to be a definite hybrid model, but perhaps something could be in the works in the Nissan lab, and this is the first piece of the puzzle.

Not too long ago, we wrote in this blog about newer technologies replacing older ones and we assumed that technology will improve and one day replace turbocharging. This could be the case of the Nissan GT-R.

While hardcore fans will not approve of this, electric force induced motoring (yeah we just invented our own term) is probably where the future is headed to - and it has already started.

Look at the next generation of supercars - the McLaren P1, the LaFerrari, the Porsche 918 Spyder and the Acura NSX. Or the stillborn, but incredible Jaguar C-X75.

These cars represent engineering marvel and capabilities of two continents, four countries and four esteemed marques. Yet all of them have a common engineering principle – electric motors.

Besides, the engineering principle behind turbocharging and electric motors are the same – they inject a boost of power. Formula One believes Le Mans have demonstrated this. More than a performance enhancement, utilising electric motors could also mean lower emissions, better range, improved fuel economy and with heat and kinetic regeneration the R36 GT-R could achieve zero emissions mobility.

I don’t know about you folks, but as a guy who enjoys his sci-fi movies, gadgets and gizmos – I am pretty pumped up at the possibilities right now.

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Written by Akram_saheed
The only sport Akram watches is Formula One and aims to visit every race in the F1 calendar in a single year. Looks like he's going to be a busy man.

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