Nissan introduces single-seater Ariya
Nissan has unveiled the new Ariya Single Seater Concept, a high-performance studio vehicle that demonstrates how the Nissan Ariya's all-electric powertrain can be used in a race car.
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The concept vehicle was unveiled at the Nissan Futures event by Alfonso Albais, Nissan Senior Vice President of Global Design, and Juan Manuel Hoyos, General Manager of Global Marketing and Brand Engagement.
“We are delighted to be able to present our new single-seat concept car to the public at the Nissan Futures event,” said Hoyos. “At Nissan, we have the courage to do what others fear. With this experimental vehicle, we want to show the potential of the Ariya powertrain in a motorsport-inspired vehicle that not only matches the design and styling of the road variant it's modeled on, but also sets new boundaries in EV performance and performance. Designed to serve as a testbed for future technological evolution, this vehicle can help bring road experience to the cockpit of a race car and demonstrate Nissan's expertise in transferring knowledge and technology from the race track to the public road,” he added.
The new Ariya Single Seater concept gives a glimpse of what the future of electrified Nissan vehicles could look like.
Albaisa said: “We have incorporated Nissan's new design language, known as timeless Japanese Futurism, into our long-term Nissan Ambition 2030 strategy. We are currently inspired by two key words taken directly from Japanese: the word shun, meaning fast and easy movement, and the word sho, meaning smooth, free and graceful movement. The single-seat studio car Ariya fits perfectly into the new stylistic concept of the brand. By incorporating the Ariya electric powertrain into the motorsport-inspired vehicle, our international design team was able to perfectly capture the spirit of change and create a design that combines the latest technology, top performance and true design excellence.”
In terms of design, the single-seat concept car is directly inspired by its road-going prototype, the Ariya coupe-crossover. First of all, we are talking about the spectacular illuminated V-shaped air intake, known from the current design language of Nissan cars. The dynamic and streamlined sidewall that characterizes the Ariya in its track version has been further emphasized by the use of massive carbon fiber surfaces. The aerodynamic body, as in the road version, gives the impression of a body carved by air currents.
Nissan's participation in the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship was also a source of inspiration for the Ariya single seater concept. The brand is participating in this electric vehicle racing cycle to show the world audience the excitement and joy of zero emission cars and secure a place at the forefront of electric vehicle development and design.
“Nissan is in Formula E racing not only to race and win on the track, but also to support the development of even better and more efficient electric vehicles for mainstream customers,” said Tommaso Volpe, director of Nissan Global Motorsports. “Our EV development programs are based on the principles of Formula E car development and vice versa, allowing technology to be transferred from public roads to racetracks and from racetracks to roads. The Nissan Ariya Single Seater concept combines a dual-engine electric drivetrain with revolutionary all-wheel drive inspired by the Ariya road model, with a single-seat body that resembles a thoroughbred racing car – a breathtaking sight to behold. power, capabilities and potential of electric vehicles,” he added.