The GT-R (X) is a wild, futuristic idea with a brain-to-computer transmitter

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The Nissan GT-R (X) 2050 is a futuristic concept car based on the R35-generation Nissan GT-R. But unlike the production model, the GT-R (X) 2050 wasn’t designed by Nissan. This concept was penned by Jaebum Choi, a student from the ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena, California. Choi, who also started an internship at Nissan Design America based the styling of his "wearable machine," a futuristic concept that would have the ability to connect to the human brain to provide better performance, on the latest-generation GT-R. As a result, Nissan decided to build a 1:1 scale model and show it to the world.

Exterior

  • extreme, X-shaped design
  • very compact car
  • GT-R-inspired design cues
  • large wheels
  • can turn 360 degrees
  • active wing
  • opening roof
2020 Nissan GT-R (X) 2050 Concept - Godzilla of the Future Exterior
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A quick glance at the model and you can see that the GT-R (X) 2050 is not a regular car. At just under 10 feet long, the concept is more than 30 percent smaller than the production GT-R. It’s also only two feet high, whereas the GT-R stands 4.5 feet above the ground. Why is it so small, you ask? Well, Choi designed this concept as a "wearable machine" that connects the human brain to a computer to "provide better performance than ’ordinary’ self-driving cars." As a result, it imitates the shape of the human body so it can "efficiently protect the brain." From above, the car is shaped like the letter X and it sees that the driver rests inside the cockpit horizontally with his limbs extended in a similar pattern.

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So what makes it worthy of the "GT-R" badge? While it’s not exactly an accurate tribute to the iconic sports car, the GT-R (X) 2050 takes some cues from Nissan’s coupe. We can see a variety of V-shaped details front and rear, dramatic surfaces over the fenders and the side skirts, and, according to Nissan, similar "monolithic body volumes." It also features red accent stripes like the GT-R Nismo, while the taillights are indeed very similar to the production model.

2020 Nissan GT-R (X) 2050 Concept - Godzilla of the Future Exterior
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But the GT-R (X) 2050 is obviously far more futuristic than any product created by Nissan so far. And it’s not just the size and the shape. Choi also imagined the vehicle with one-piece wheel-and-tire units that are almost square, with a 21-inch outer tire and a 15-inch inner wheel.

This design reportedly enables the vehicle to turn 360 degrees.

The concept car is also fitted with active wing that would increase downforce when extended.

The center and rear section of the car opens upward and slightly tilted toward the back to allow driver entry and exit. That’s a unique solution compared to other cars and concept vehicles, but it’s actually a necessity and not a fancy design feature given the size and layout of the GT-R (X).

Interior

  • single seater
  • driver sits horizontally
  • VR vision helmet
  • "docking" suit
  • brain-to-core transmitter
  • cramped space
2020 Nissan GT-R (X) 2050 Concept - Godzilla of the Future Exterior
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Nissan didn’t say much about the concept’s interior and there aren’t any specific photos to run by, but we do know the GT-R (X) is a single seater and that the driver sits in a rather unusual position. We also know that this car is supposed to be fully autonomous. But while upcoming autonomous vehicles will rely on a computer only to navigate routes, this concept would feature a computer that connects to the driver’s brain in order to learn where it needs to go.

The driver would use a special helmet and a "docking" suit.

The helmet was designed to be inserted into a slot for front vision camera shared with VR vision.

A brain-to-core transmitter would help the human brain activate digitalized signals. It’s something we might never get to experience in real life, but it’s great that some designers think so much out of the box nowadays.

Drivetrain

  • all-electric
  • high-performance drivetrain
  • fully autonomous
  • no actual details
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Everything related to the drivetrain is purely theoretical, as the GT-R (X) wasn’t built to be a functional concept. Nissan says it was envisioned as a "high-power electric" car, so we’re basically looking at the autonomous supercar of the future. Thanks to its one-piece wheel-and-tire units, the GT-R (X) would benefits from increased maneuverability. The rims feature a spoke pattern that was designed to help the braking system cool down fast, even under extreme braking conditions.

2020 Nissan GT-R drivetrain specifications
Engine 3.8-liter V-6
Horsepower 565 HP @ 6,800 RPM
Torque 467 LB-FT @ 3,300 –5,800 RPM
Bore & stroke (mm) 95.5 x 88.4 (Plasma sprayed bore)
Compression ratio (:1) 9.0
0 to 60 mph 2.9 seconds

Conclusion

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The GT-R (X) 2050 is a concept car you don’t see every day. While most concepts are developed to preview upcoming production models or some technology that will be offered in a few years, Choi’s creation is so wild and futuristic that we might not see it on the road in the next decades. Sure, Nissan could build a simpler, working prototype, but the technology behind doesn’t exist right now. And even if we had it, it would take an awful long time to be implemented into production cars and approved for road use. Nevertheless, the GT-R (X) 2050 is one of the most exciting concept cars designed in recent years.

  • Leave it
    • just a concept
    • far from comfortable
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