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The thing is practically a 3 wheeler...not sure what to think of it. Logic is telling me it couldn't possibly handle very well, but if it can't, why would Nissan dump the money into R&D, and even plan to race it in the 24h of LeMans?
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"Tonight, on Top Gear..."
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Yup, it's as hideous as the batmobile all right. I still don't see the innovation, it's a fighter jet minus the wings plus wheels.
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Fat tires and wide stance in the back - Check

Carbon Fiber - Check

Fat tires and wide stance in the fron..... what the fu... 0_0

Are you serious? Nissan? Creator of the GT-R is making... This?

No really... Who builds a road car with such a narrow front end? Have they not been watching F1 for the past 30-40 years? Or are they just trying to be different to get media attention so people will buy Nissans?
 
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post #25 of 81
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The thing is practically a 3 wheeler...not sure what to think of it. Logic is telling me it couldn't possibly handle very well, but if it can't, why would Nissan dump the money into R&D, and even plan to race it in the 24h of LeMans?

It is lighter and uses less fuel. You can then use smaller engines to compete with heavier cars while staying on the road with less pit stops longer.

So even if the car only stays at speed with the competition it will win by being able to stay on the road longer.
Less complex engines are easier to fix on the fly too, easier to keep cool, plus many other small details which can have a huge impact.

I think all car companies have played with this design at one time or another, maybe technology is finally at a point where stability and control are now possible.
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post #26 of 81
Having the front wheels that close together are a terrible idea for steering.

Quote the reliant robin above
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"Tonight, on Top Gear..."

<3 lol

I feel a reliant robin moment coming on
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British-3-Wheel-Car.jpg
Time will tell.

That little bugger rolled so much because its center of gravity was too far forward, and soared outside the triangle in turns w/braking. If the powerplant had been behind the driver, it probably wouldn't have been a death sentence.
    
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post #29 of 81
I bet this is great on the salt flats.

Narrow cars don't work in track or rally racing. They can't turn like their fat siblings.
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post #30 of 81
So many people here are so ignorant. Firstly this is not a Nissan design concept. Nissan was just smart enough to pick it up. It was originally designed to be the next Indycar design. Here. This car is better in every way that it claims to be. Obviously it doesn't look conventional or even "pleasing to the eye", but this is physics applied to racing were talking about. If you didn't see a picture of the car first but just had the details described to you, you would think it sounded like the best car ever. I mean really, you think all of your questions haven't been thought of?
 
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