Although simple in concept, race cars bring automotive ingenuity and creativity to the top. They are designed in millimeters to be the lightest, most efficient, and most powerful machines possible. Until recently, sustainability was not a big deal in racing fields. Because the factor that won the race was not your carbon footprint. However, with the automotive paradigm shift pushing everything in the electric direction, racing automakers are now trying to create powerful racers that are all-electric. A shining example of this new direction is Nissan‘s newly announced Ariya Single Seater Concept.
The Ariya Single Seater Concept is designed to demonstrate how Nissan‘s all-electric powertrain can be integrated into a bespoke single-seat racecar chassis. According to Juan Manuel Hoyos, General Manager of Nissan‘s global marketing division, Nissan aims to demonstrate the high-performance potential of the Ariya‘s powertrains in a motorsport-inspired package. It also serves as a template for Nissan‘s future technological endeavors. Hoyos also stated that the Ariya Single Seater Concept will reveal the combination of a single-seat racing chassis with an all-electric powertrain, dual motors, and a revolutionary all-wheel-drive system. All of these developments stem from Nissan‘s participation in the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, which played a major role in the creation of the Ariya Single Seater Concept and also serves as an extension of the ongoing EV research and development.
Timeless Japanese Futurism
It is clear that the Ariya Single Seater Concept, both in name and design, is inspired by the Ariya crossover SUV, but it is also clearly evident that this racer is based on the “Timeless Japanese Futurism” design philosophy. The front of the Ariya Single Seater Concept features an electric and illuminated “V” motion design motif similar to that found in Nissan‘s current lineup; however, its edges are covered with carbon fiber, greatly exaggerating the fluidity of the original Ariya‘s design. If you want to learn more about this concept car, which has not been informed about whether it will go into production, click here.