Taking advantage of Le Mans’ notoriously strict regulations on the rear aerodynamics as opposed to the front of the car, Nissan has chosen to build its entry, the GT-R LM Nismo, in a front-engine, front-drive configuration decidedly opposed to the mid-engine layouts from Audi, Porsche and Toyota.
With the driven wheels up front, the bulk of the downforce thus shifts to the front as well. This unconventional decision, to say the least, caught the eye of Jay Leno, who brought it into his garage to have a closer inspection of the race car with Nissan’s chief engineer Zack Eakin, before Nissan GT Academy Season 3 winner Jann Mardenborough takes it around the track for a spin.
Watch the episode above and find the rest of Jay Leno’s Garage here.
As Acura unveils its newest 2016 Acura NSX model, we now take a look at the woman behind the sportscar’s head-turning design. Automobile designer Michelle Christensen is Acura’s first female exterior designer and is responsible for styling the latest supercharged NSX model.
Inspired by her father’s interest in tinkering with muscle cars in their San Jose home garage as a teen, Christensen developed a passion for mechanics and attended Pasadena’s Art Center College of Design for automotive design. Her penchant for car design became apparent in design school as Hyundai, Honda, and Chrysler each recruited her heavily during her studies. The NSX was Christensen’s first project she spearheaded, and represented the challenging task of combining sleek supercar detailing with practical performance functions.
The result is the new 2016 Acura NSX, which was unveiled yesterday at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
For more on Christensen and the NSX’s design, check out her interview with the Los Angeles Times here.
Nissan and Gran Turismo have unveiled their collaborative effort titled “NISSAN CONCEPT 2020 Gran Turismo,” which will be distributed as a free update for the Playstation 3 exclusive Gran Turismo 6. The intention with this car was to give young designers at Nissan Design Europe in London complete freedom to create the sportscar of their dreams.
Nissan Technical Center engineers then integrated technical aspects into the design to establish the combination of design and technology for its development. Enjoy the snippet of the car in action and look out for the update in July.