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    I still don't get it ? someone care to explain ? is it because regulations favors FWD. if you have FWD, you are allowed 1,000,000 whp ?

    or is Nissan just looking for publicity ? like the delta wing, knowing they can't win and will break in 3 hours.

    or is this a hybrid system. that electric motor drives rear wheels through corners, and front wheels for straight line only ?

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    I'll buy the packaging efficiency, but not the rest. I guess I just think tires and gearboxes are going to be an issue for them. Maybe it is just a marketing ploy? I really don't know.

    All the examples they point to, the Primera BTCC, the Juke, seem invalid.
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    They sure are selling the idea pretty hard. If they're going that far, why not make the rear wheels do the steering? My BS meter was ringing off the charts watching that video.
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    They originally intended it to be awd, with the bulk of the torque going through the front. Problems with drivetrain components and tight deadlines made them drop the rwd part of things about 6 months ago. So naturally they'll spin it as "we meant to do that!"
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    I'm sure the rules are giving FWD layout some charity. That's how it always goes.

    Also, what's wrong with the deltawing? Doesn't it get run over more than it breaks?
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    Quote Originally Posted by robburgoon View Post
    I'm sure the rules are giving FWD layout some charity. That's how it always goes.

    Also, what's wrong with the deltawing? Doesn't it get run over more than it breaks?
    About the same frequency.

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    I said it before here: Nissan's new GT-R LM 1250hp prototype race car and I'll say it again:

    It's interesting to look at, and an interesting engineering exercise, but going with FWD seems a bit kooky. It's almost as if Nissan is trying something different just to be different, even though it probably won't work at LeMans. I'm predicting chronically shredded front tires, frequently blinded drivers at night and troublesome CV shafts.

    Out of the race by midnight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ucfbrett View Post
    Out of the race by midnight.
    I will bet you $100, it will be out in 6 hours.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ucfbrett View Post
    Out of the race by midnight.
    Only if it starts at 9pm
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    i for one am very interested to see a fwd lmp1 at LM. Spice of life i guess...

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    Quote Originally Posted by bellwilliam View Post
    I will bet you $100, it will be out in 6 hours.
    I said midnight because I didn't want to appear cynical. No way am I betting on the reliability of that car.

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    I thought it was so they could run massive tunnels that have limited obstructions for downforce.

    It could easily be a brilliant idea under the current rules... however, my suspicion is that if it shows signs of real promise it'll prompt a regulation change, as no one wants another aero war...

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    Saw this other video with explanation of the supposed advantages. Not sure if it is an exercise in "stepping" outside the box. Can't really see it being a marketing exercise since the car doesn't look radically different (e.g. the delta wing) so to be worth it from a marketing perspective, the car really needs to win.

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    Trackhq has 2 threads talking about this car. none talking about Audi/Toyota/Porsche. that's a win for Nissan
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    Quote Originally Posted by bellwilliam View Post
    I still don't get it ? someone care to explain ? is it because regulations favors FWD. if you have FWD, you are allowed 1,000,000 whp ?

    or is Nissan just looking for publicity ? like the delta wing, knowing they can't win and will break in 3 hours.

    or is this a hybrid system. that electric motor drives rear wheels through corners, and front wheels for straight line only ?

    Because Nissan has given up on making cars people want to drive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SDSUsnowboards View Post
    Because Nissan has given up on making cars people want to drive.
    I will add, cars that people want to look at
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    That too is true. If anything can be said about Nissan, it's committed to its current direction.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SDSUsnowboards View Post
    That too is true. If anything can be said about Nissan, it's committed to its current direction.
    Understeer!








    Sorry, couldn't resist.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bawareca View Post
    I will add, cars that people want to look at
    Easy there big fella!

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    I was thinking the car would last around five hours, understeering off at Indianapolis in spectacular fashion.

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