Nissan has a long history in the world of competition. Its Nismo brand has been showing excellent skills when it comes to preparing racing cars for decades. New times demand new approaches. Although right now its Nismo range is not going through the best of its stages, Nissan is planning to create high-performance electric vehicles under the competition division. Will we soon see a Nissan LEAF Nismo?
The truth is that we have already seen something like this on more than one occasion. It was the year 2018, at the Tokyo Motor Show, when Nissan presented the LEAF Nismo Concept. A very attractive prototype that was just a showcase. Using the entire structure and development of the electric compact, Nismo engineers just applied their touch to the bodywork, creating a very attractive and powerful design. Since then, nothing else has been heard of anything like this, until now.
topgear reveals that Nissan has ambitious electrical plans for the coming years. The Nissan Ariya has only been the first. Before the end of this decade, the Japanese hope to put a total of 15 electric vehicles on the market. A complete range that, according to sources, will have high-performance versions created by the Nismo division. At the moment not much more is known, although with so many rumors running around it is normal that the madness has been unleashed.
Keep in mind that Nissan is a global brand. Europe, with its difficult regulations and complex bureaucracy, has been a dubious target for the Japanese brand in recent times. After years of hiatus where Nissan seemed ready to leave the old continent, the launch of the new generation of the Nissan Qashqai and the Nissan Ariya should give that necessary boost to recover one of the brands that has sold the most in Europe. If we add to that the launch of high-performance versions, the future looks quite different.
Anyway, it’s not the first time we’ve heard something about it. Already last month the news broke that Nissan would continue its GT-R and Z ranges thanks to electrification. The most extreme commercial models of the Japanese brand will have high performance electrical systems that will allow them to remain alive and attractive. While in that case the combustion engines will not be abandoned, in this case we refer to 100% electric models retouched by Nismo.
Many brands are following the path that Nissan wants to take. Manufacturers like Volkswagen have launched GTX models with better performance, or Ford with its Mustang Mach-e GT. There is a world of possibilities about it. The first reports suggest that this new generation of electric sports cars could use state-of-the-art technologies, such as expected solid-state batteries developed by Nissan that will go into production in the year 2028. There is a long way to go, and many details to be finalized.