Ignore the name, Nissan's Hyper Force concept could signal an upcoming all-electric GT-R

Designed with Gran Truismo's Polyphony Digital, this 1,341bhp concept should set pulses racing

Nissan Hyper Force Concept
(Image credit: Nissan)

We thought we were all done with the avalanche of concept cars coming out of Nissan’s global design studios during the run up to the Japan Mobility Show, but the brand surprised with one last hurrah. And it's arguably the best yet.

The clunkily-titled Hyper Force concept, which sounds like a Paw Patrol spin-off, is pitched as a "high-performance supercar" that features a purely hypothetical electric powertrain capable of delivering a staggering 1,000kW output.

That’s 1,341bhp in old money.

But, it is the striking nods to Nissan's famous GT-R that have caught the attention of many, with the rear end packing an eerily similar circular light signature. That and the traditional 2+2 layout, wide stance and the enormous aero-enhancing rear wing all point towards a potential all-electric version of Nissan’s massively powerful performance machine.

Nissan Hyper Force Concept

(Image credit: Nissan)

What's more, it further enhances Nissan's ties with the Gran Turismo gaming franchise, with the maker once again working alongside Polyphony Digital for many of the interior touches.

The interactive graphics were created by the game's designers, for example, while the suggestion of augmented and virtual reality blends the words of real and sim racing.

When parked at a charging station, occupants can make the most of the built-in VR tech that enables a "gamified driving experience", complete with modes that enable racing against the clock or online racers. 

Alternatively, skeleton visors for AR allow the driver to complete against their own, friends' or even professional drivers' digital ghosts on a circuit, allowing users to safely push their driving skills on real-world tracks. 

Nissan Hyper Force Concept

(Image credit: Nissan)

BMW showed off a similar system with its M Mixed Reality earlier this year, allowing drivers to collect coins and avoid digital obstacles while piloting a real vehicle on a Portuguese test track.

Although the exterior looks suitably futuristic, without straying too far from GT-R territory, the interior is full-on banzai concept stuff.

Two driving modes are available, "R" (racing) and "GT" (grand touring), with each changing the graphical user interface. In R mode, the cabin illuminates in red and creates an intuitive cockpit centred on the driver to support concentration. 

Nissan Hyper Concept

(Image credit: Nissan)

"Panels on the dashboard extend toward the seating space to enhance the cockpit feel around the driver. Meanwhile, four satellite screens around the steering wheel display tyre grip and temperature, air pressure, brake rotor temperature, power distribution and other information invaluable for racing," Nissan says.

For more relaxed driving situations, the cabin dims to blue and the screens surrounding the steering wheel move away and combine together, providing an immersive experience with a simpler infotainment interface, including air conditioning, audio and suspension settings.

But, as Car Magazine reports, the eventual production of this high performance sports car hinges on the mass production of solid state batteries, both for the energy density, but also the improved range and faster charging times.

Although with manufacturers like Toyota inching ever closer to a breakthrough, we might not have to wait too long. 

Leon Poultney

Leon has been writing about automotive and consumer tech for longer than he cares to divulge. When he’s not testing the latest fitness wearable and action camera, he’s out in a shed fawning over his motorcycles or trying not to kill himself on a mountain bike/surfboard/other extreme thing. He's also a man who knows his tools, and he's provided much of T3's drills coverage over the years, all without injuring himself.