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Nissan Le Mans car

Postby Mr-914 » January 26th, 2015, 1:06 pm

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I've always been fascinated in how the functional aesthetic of race cars transfers to design trends. The most obvious is how popular wings became a decade ago.

I'm very curious if the car above will have an impact. Excuse the grainy photo, it hasn't been publicly unveiled and is completely bonkers. It's the Nissan GT-RLM, to race at Le Mans next to the Audis that you see in the commercials. Except that the Nissan is front engine, front wheel drive with no rear wing and bigger wheels and tires in the front than the back. Moreover, we believe that the rear will taper off with a smaller width in the back than the front.

I hope this interests some others!
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Postby yo » January 26th, 2015, 4:56 pm

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crazy, it is counter to everything. I love that.

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I think the aerodynamical teardrop shape is at odds with aesthetics most of the time, (I like my cars boxy) , but nobody is asking me, so I expect the 2020 corolla to have a narrower back trunk, a funky zigzag belt line and a faux vertical fin on the roof.

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Postby yo » January 26th, 2015, 6:11 pm

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The 13 year old in me is cool with that.

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Postby Mr-914 » January 27th, 2015, 7:44 am

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I still think the '89 Batmobile was a high point in car design. So cool!
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Re: Nissan Le Mans car

Postby Cyberdemon » January 27th, 2015, 10:49 am

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It's certainly counter intuitive...the very basics of car handling mean that FWD is always at a major disadvantage since you have to ask the same 2 tires to accelerate, brake, and steer.

But Nissan has been into weird stuff lately with the delta wing, so maybe they just want to see how good they can get an FWD car so they can pump something useful into their FWD platform of products.

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you can catch a glimpse of it in their Super Bowl ad, which was super well done BTW.


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Re: Nissan Le Mans car

Postby Mr-914 » February 2nd, 2015, 8:01 am

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That plus 1,250-1,500 hp electric+gas. Holy crap. Glad I'm not a German engineer right now...be afraid.
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yo wrote:you can catch a glimpse of it in their Super Bowl ad, which was super well done BTW.


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Back to the car, there's a long more technical article about it for those interested in the motoring sports.

http://www.roadandtrack.com/motorsports ... -lm-nismo/

Some very interesting things, certainly no shortage of challenges. 1250hp through 28" of rubber? It's basically a steamroller with a driver in tow...should be interesting.

The rear driveshaft setup seems super crazy - they basically offset the driveshaft so it doesn't cut through the aero tunnel. Interesting to prioritize the aero so heavily over the mechanical complexity and weight penalty of those additional parts - that must have been an interesting design review meeting.

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Postby Mr-914 » February 2nd, 2015, 12:46 pm

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I have alot of reading to do tonight! THanks!

Cyberdemon: Weight is regulated. Today's technology is so advanced, a good team will be able to build the car underweight and then add ballast.

The aero is the priority for winning at Le Mans. There are about 4 1.5mile long straights. An extra few mph will more than make up for losing a tad in the corners.
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Mr-914 wrote:I have alot of reading to do tonight! THanks!

Cyberdemon: Weight is regulated. Today's technology is so advanced, a good team will be able to build the car underweight and then add ballast.

The aero is the priority for winning at Le Mans. There are about 4 1.5mile long straights. An extra few mph will more than make up for losing a tad in the corners.


Valid point...makes me remember playing Gran Turismo and setting my spoilers so low that the car would take flight and launch across the track...woops! :D

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Postby NURB » February 2nd, 2015, 5:09 pm

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Mr-914 wrote:I still think the '89 Batmobile was a high point in car design. So cool!


Absolutely agree. Easily the best batmobile. (and best movie, but that's for another forum)
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