16 years ago, Nissan made waves with the introduction of the GT-R R35 production model at the 2007 Tokyo Motor Show. Fast forward to 2023, and Nissan has rebranded the event as the Japan Mobility Show, hosting the world premiere of a concept car that may hint at the future direction of the iconic Godzilla. Dubbed the Hyper Force, this electric vehicle (EV) is a sight to behold, featuring an ultra-aggressive design highlighted by a large rear wing and butterfly doors.
While Nissan hasn’t explicitly confirmed that the Hyper Force is a preview of the highly anticipated R36 GT-R, there are clear indications of the GT-R DNA throughout. The silhouette and quad round taillights leave no doubt about its heritage. Moreover, the white and red illuminated blocks at the front appear to be a futuristic rendition of the GT-R logo, further solidifying its ties to Nissan’s flagship sports car.
Aesthetically, the Hyper Force is a head-turner. It boasts canards and electrically operated vents on the front fenders, while the rear is adorned with a massive wing that can likely be seen from space. The upward-opening butterfly doors make a grand statement, capturing attention wherever the Hyper Force goes. The car stays glued to the road with the help of a substantial rear diffuser, and its forged carbon wheels contribute to an overall appearance reminiscent of a mecha straight out of Gundam. However, if this concept eventually makes it to production as the next GT-R, we can expect some toning down of its more extravagant features.
Inside the Hyper Force, the futuristic theme continues. Step into the cabin, and you’ll feel like you’re sitting inside a high-end PC gaming case, thanks to an abundance of LED lights. As a track-focused machine – indicated by the presence of a windscreen wiper in the middle of the windscreen – the Hyper Force ditches the traditional round steering wheel in favor of a racing wheel. Angular seats with excellent lateral support, along with what appears to be a carbon fiber shell, provide a comfortable and sporty environment for the driver and passenger. Adding to the GT-R flavor, Nissan has equipped the Hyper Force with two driving modes: R (racing) and GT (grand touring).
In terms of performance, the Hyper Force aims to impress. It is touted to feature solid-state batteries and deliver a mind-boggling 1,341 horsepower, equivalent to 1,000 kilowatts. Nissan’s e-4ORCE system ensures that all this power is effectively transferred to the ground with all-wheel drive capability, courtesy of front and rear motors. While exact specifications have yet to be revealed, a head-up display in one of the official images teases a top speed of approximately 320 km/h (nearly 200 mph).
Now, you might be wondering when the eagerly anticipated R36 will make its debut on the streets. Looking back at its predecessor, the R35, it took six years from the initial concept’s introduction in 2001 to the arrival of the production model in 2007. Therefore, only time will tell when we can expect the R36 to make its grand entrance.
In conclusion, Nissan’s Hyper Force concept is a stunning showcase of what the future might hold for the iconic GT-R lineage. With its aggressive styling, cutting-edge technology, and immense power, it continues to captivate enthusiasts and leave them eagerly awaiting the next chapter in the GT-R’s evolution. Whether the Hyper Force truly foreshadows the R36 or not, there’s no denying the legacy and excitement surrounding Nissan’s legendary Godzilla.