Meet the electric Nissan GT-R of the future.
For now the Hyper Force is just a concept, but look at that pixellated white-over-red badge on the nose. And check out the stove burner tail lights, and the angular exterior, and the promise of 1000kW channelled through an advanced all-wheel drive system, and tell us this isn’t an electric GT-R.
Need more? Nissan says the Hyper Force has two drive modes dubbed “R” and “GT”. You don’t need to be a spelling bee champion to spell out what’s going on here.
Made of carbon fibre and developed in conjunction with Nismo, the exterior looks like the spawn of a Super GT racer and a spaceship.
The interior is a high-tech space that wouldn’t be out of place in a virtual racer developed for Gran Turismo. That’s because the graphics on the driver displays have been put together by GT developer Polyphony Digital.
In “R” mode, the cabin lights up in red and the displays are tailored to minimise driver distraction. Four screens around the steering wheel show your car’s vital signs, from tyre temperature to power distribution.
Flick to “GT” and the lighting turns blue, and the screens are instead focused on infotainment. Drivers are also able to fiddle with their car setup using the screens.
Active safety features haven’t traditionally been a focus in the GT-R, but the Hyper Force features a LiDAR sensor for advanced autonomous driving on the public road… or a circuit. Who’s up for a hands-free lap of the Nurburgring?
While on track, Nissan also says the Hyper Force features both augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR).
“When the vehicle is stopped, the driver can use a special helmet with blind visors for VR that enables entering a gamified driving experience, complete with modes that enable racing against the clock or online racers,” the company says.
“By using skeleton visors for AR, the driver can complete against their own, friends’ or even professional drivers’ digital ghosts on a circuit, allowing users to safely push their driving skills on real-world tracks.”
Nissan hasn’t confirmed what will follow the R35 GT-R, but reports have suggested it could go electric.
Japanese website Best Car Web says the next GT-R, likely known as the R36, will debut in 2028.
Rather than a turbocharged six-cylinder engine, the Japanese outlet claims the next GT-R will be powered by an electric powertrain and solid-state batteries.
We’d wager that powertrain will be all-wheel drive, given face-melting traction from an advanced all-wheel drive system has become a GT-R staple.