Nissan Ariya Single Seater Concept Is An EV Racer for the Road

For those of you that are dismayed that something that sounds as cool as “Ariya” (as in “Nissan Ariya”) is basically a very futuristic and EV-powered Murano-sized crossover, then have no fear, Nissan is here with this: the Ariya Single Seater Concept (SSC).

They’re calling it a “high performance exploration”, but it doesn’t take much to see that there’s lots here that recalls the Nissan e.dams Formula E car. From the shape of the front clip, to the “halo” above the driver and even – if you really squint – the shape of the pods covering the rear wheels, this looks very much like a race car for the road – or the next version of Nissan’s Formula E effort.

“Our EV programs inform our Formula E program and vice versa, allowing for road-to-track technology transfer as well as track-to-road,” said Tommaso Volpe, director of Nissan Global Motorsports. “(It’s) a powerful demonstration of just how thrilling electric vehicles could be,”.

Having said that, though, the Ariya SSC is more of a “trickle up” thing as opposed to a “trickle down” thing in that much of its powertrain – yes, it has one – is shared with the Ariya crossover. That means it has an all-electric powertrain, dual motors and all-wheel-drive (AWD) and while no power figures have been announced, you can be sure that there’s plenty of that and with such lightweight design – lots of carbon fibre – it will be plenty fast, as well.

This is one we’d love to see in person. One day, perhaps. One day.


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