Nissan Releases Retro Racing Concept with its IDx NISMO
Some have even described the IDx NISMO — an ultra-sporty model of the future — as one that looks as if the vehicle leapt directly from a driving simulator.
According to Nissan, its IDx NISMO used the distilled heritage of Nissan’s basic box-shaped racing vehicles like the Datsun 510 and married it with various intriguing new details. This resulted in a car that appears to be timeless and moored in a place all its own.
The IDx Nismo concept debuted at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show last year had a pretty unexpected following. It was also presented in the Nissan display during the 2014 North American International Auto Show in January.
One of the hallmarks of box-type racecars is speediness conveyed by a reverse-slanted nose.
Did You Know…
The number 80 on the IDx Nismo signifies the automaker’s 80-year anniversary.
The car also has contemporary touches such as front/rear and right/left aerodynamic spoilers and a lightweight 19-inch wheel and 225/40 tire package.
Not limited to being inspired just by racing cars, IDx NISMO was born from a refined combination of the freedom to borrow liberally from memorable vehicles of yesteryear and the present, in addition to whatever was felt exudes “cool.”
To meet the high expectations for a powertrain equal to the task of propelling such a formidable car, one proposal from Nissan’s engineers is the combination of a high-performance, eco-friendly 1.6L direct-injection turbocharged engine, together with a sporty CVT with 6-speed manual shift mode and synchronized rev control.
The result is no less than an appealing mix of racing heritage with the finest of modern know-how.
Scanning the IDx NISMO interior reveals racing-inspired crimson Alcantara seat covers that entice the eyes, complemented by Spartan-looking meters and gauges that animate the racecar ambience.
The lustrous metal surfaces contrast with the bright red suede trim that is augmented by blue stitching.
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