The Nissan GTR is a legend in the Motorsport world and for so long it has been feared and respected by all super-car manufacturers for its insane abilities. It has been eliminating expensive exotics with a much higher price tag for generations now, and kept improving from the first ever GTR “PGC10” which made its public debut at the 15th annual Tokyo Motor Show in 1969. Then came the R31, the R32 and finally the current R35 Nismo model which tracked the infamous Nürburgring in 7:08.68 making it the fifth fastest car on the German circuit. The Nissan GT-R dubbed the Godzilla got its nickname from the Australian motoring publication “Wheels” in its July 1989 edition.
So what better befitting car to bless with a concept other than the legendary Godzilla? We decided to envision the new 2018 Nissan GTR R36 with a concept that could actually make it into production, using an already successful formula laid out by Nissan’s design engineers.
I started with a fresh new blueprint design that I drew from scratch – which was based on the R35’s chassis, with a reduction of 2mm in height, 1mm in width and an increase of 3mm in length. Because we all know the R35 is a bit too big and should feel more exotic hence the reduction in height and the increase in length.
I started sculpting/modeling the exterior with one idea in mind “make it as organic as possible without sacrificing sharp edges” I wanted something to inspire me, and what better object than the Shark; god’s creation of the most aggressive animal on earth.
Sharks are categorized by their pointy fronts and back ends, while most of the mass is located at the center. They also have beautiful organic lines that are met with sharp edges wherever a fin exists on its body (fins=sharp, body=organic). So I used this terminology to make anything that extrudes out of the R36’s body “sharp”, and anything that belongs to the shell “organic”.
The reason behind this stems back to the original concept I had for the R36 – I wanted the car to look aggressive in comparison to the current R35 model.
You might think that the R36 concept is aerodynamically inconceivable, and you’d be wrong to think that. I tried to simulate aerodynamic properties by following an already perfect base that has been laid out by Nissan engineers. For the rear, i worked on bringing back some of that R32’s charm while still maintaining a futuristic look with the addition of detachable LED tail lights that are extruded from the original body work for a much more functional design.
The car would still be heavy and that was never a problem because it had perfect down-force, as explained before: A lightweight car needs massive downforce to keep it on the ground while a heavy car needs just enough to make it slip through the air. The R35 GT-R is an All-Wheel-Drive monster that can accelerate from 0-60mph in 2.76 seconds given the right conditions using launch control and it’s quite the heavy car weighing in at 1,740 kg (3,840 lb) which is 40 kg’s more than the hybrid Porsche 918 Spyder.
The 2018 Nissan GT-R R36 concept introduces two major body line changes to the cars profile and introduces a lot of smooth organic shapes while maintaining the overall look of the GT-R we know and love, but slightly reducing the boxy design in favor of a much more muscular bust.