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New Nissan GT-R To Feature Williams Hybrid Tech: Report

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2014 Nissan GT-R Track Edition

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Last month reports emerged claiming Nissan’s next GT-R, the R36, would be introduced as early as the 2016 model year and that it would likely come with some form of vehicle electrification in order to boost its performance while also cutting back on emissions and fuel consumption. In fact, a trademark application from Nissan for a new “R-Hybrid” label surfaced around the same time, suggesting the automaker is planning to launch a new range of high-performance hybrids.

Now, Australia’s Car Sales is reporting that Williams Advanced Engineering, the technology offshoot of Williams F1, will supply Nissan with the hybrid technology for the 2016 GT-R. Williams already supplies hybrid technology for Audi and Porsche race cars including Audi’s Le Mans-winning prototypes and has partnered with NISMO to help develop the Nissan performance division’s future road cars.

It’s not clear what form the GT-R’s hybrid system will take, though it’s unlikely to be a flywheel-based system like that supplied by Williams to Audi and Porsche. Instead, we’re more likely to see the GT-R benefit from Williams’ energy recovery and storage technology, electric motor traction control systems and electronic control systems.

In related news, Car Sales also reports that Nissan’s Super GT driver Michael Krumm will take over from Toshio Suzuki in testing duties for future GT-R variants. Suzuki was the principal test driver for the current R35 GT-R and the man responsible for all its official Nürburgring times including the most recent 7:18.6 figure.

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