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Nissan Design creates GT-R (X) 2050



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SAN DIEGO – In 1970, the term "minivan" had yet to be coined, SUVs were primarily used by outdoor surveyors, and a new kind of supercar emerged wearing the unfamiliar badging "GT-R" in Japan. And future car designer Jaebum "JB" Choi was still decades away from being born in Seoul, South Korea. A lot can change in 50 years.

Choi, like many of the graduating seniors at ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena, Calif., looked to the future for his final thesis – not 50 years, but the year 2050. He selected a vehicle with a rebel soul – the Nissan GT-R – for a design study in a future autonomous era when machines can embody a driver’s emotion through a physical connection.

 

Choi also was starting an internship at Nissan Design America (NDA) in La Jolla, Calif. at a time when COVID-19 restrictions changed how everyone was thinking about the future. Soon his student thesis took wings, and his vision for the "Nissan GT-R(X) 2050" was born.

"I started my internship at NDA in January and participated in company projects for about two months. Then, I started my ‘vision humanoid’ project for the rest of the internship, working from home because of COVID-19," said Choi. "Little did I imagine then that the team at NDA would take me under their wings and help me create it as a full-size model."

 

The completed project runs just under 10 feet long and sits just over two feet high. The single occupant, the driver, rests horizontally in a "prone" position with limbs extended in an X-shape. The driver wears a futuristic, form-fitting suit and helmet that resembles a superbike riders’ protective helmets and leathers.
"JB is a super-talented, super-creative designer and his ideas about future supercars driven by brain-to-vehicle integration fit perfectly with Nissan’s advanced work in the B2V field," said NDA Vice President David Woodhouse. "His thesis was all about demonstrating the emotional connection technology can create, and the benefit that it can deliver for customers. It was super exciting for the NDA team to help JB give form to this idea as a 1:1 model."

As a "wearable machine," Choi envisions that connecting the human brain to the computer’s would provide better performance than ‘ordinary’ self-driving cars. He says the vehicle imitates the shape of the human body so it can efficiently protect the brain.

"Exo-skeletons today make people stronger by wearing mechanical structures. I tried to fit the size of a person’s body as much as I could, as if I were wearing a car," Choi explains about the vehicle’s compact layout. "I wanted to create a new form of machine that is not a vehicle to ride, it is the space where machine and the human become one. "

Choi’s futuristic project still takes cues from the current Nissan GT-R – namely its bold, dramatic surfaces, monolithic body volumes and V-motion design features. It also has iconic GT-R taillights and red-striped accents of the GT-R NISMO.

Another unique element is the GT-R styled helmet and "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.

 

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As a vehicle that would be ‘driven’, most likely at night, maneuverability would be a critical part of its high-power electric performance. Choi imagines the vehicle’s one-piece wheel/tire units as having a shape close to square, allowing the vehicle to turn 360 degrees. The outer tire diameter measures 21 inches and inner wheel circle is 15 inches. The wheels’ spoke pattern was designed to help the wheel cool down fast, even under extreme braking.

The GT-R(X) 2050 also deploys an active wing that would add downforce when extended. The wings fold so the driver can get in and out of the car.

"JB has essentially envisioned a new mode of transportation that people could experience like clothes, "wearable," instead of a traditional vehicle "carriage." It is the kind of breaking-the-mold thinking that has always been encouraged here at NDA. We’ve been honored to help bring JB’s vision to life," concluded Woodhouse.

 
 



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I like design and GTRs but nissan basically made "It" from south park

That design is hot...South park? heard of it, but never watched it..

Love the imagination...

And 6 months after its release, consumers sue Nissan for neck strain and related injuries. :rolf2:

Great. It's 2050 and we still don't have flying cars :(

 If you  halfway entertained this as realistic  you would think on your back in a  street luge position with your head elevated  would have been the optimal human set up  for this

Great. It's 2050 and we still don't have flying cars :(

 
 
I was listening to a podcast  a while back where that came up. neil degrass tyson was the guest and he was explaining why  flying cars arnt a thing even though  so much  sci-fi from the 50s-60s and so on  predicted them by now.  he said its basically with our atmosphere and current understanding of propulsion and how to achieve lift..... a flying car would pretty much be confined to and  have to use the same methods as a helicopter or more so a drone.  those in mass quantities just arnt practical  to scale with how loud and how much rotor wash ect they would generate with everyone flying around in them.  More interestingly he said the  3D  solution a flying car would solve for  our current  2D traffic problem  can be done in other ways.  he said its  easier solved by a future society adding vertical space to  roads like highways on top of each other or even below ground.  so it provides the same  solution where we are moving traffic in 3 dimensions.  examples of this already exist like  double decker bridges and then the countries that have monorails  above with the cars driving below.  or I even saw this bus that was made where cars could drive under it.

 

 

 


 
 all in all  pretty interesting but yeah  to have a flying car like we all  imagined in movies or the jetsons where you just zip around where ever you want  you would need some sort of  antigravity technology  instead of common propulsion and not rely on the  physics of lift for flight.  and that gets really trippy where you are starting to get into UFO territory where the  hypothetical science is  you are basically moving by creating small distortions in space time and moving around by sliding into them.   crazy to think about  and makes the way we move by an explosion moving gases out the back of something to push it forward seem like the stone age. 

Great, your skull serves as the crash bar.
It’s pretty cool - I’d opt for a KTM crossbow today until this things ready. Why did he assume it would be driven at night though ? Don’t understand the logic with that.

Almost afraid to ask what the "car pool"/multi-passenger version of this would look like - some half-assed version of the human centipede? :headshake:

Almost afraid to ask what the "car pool"/multi-passenger version of this would look like - some half-assed version of the human centipede? :headshake:



Oh God... that movie (Human Centipede) was soooo bizarre lol


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what just happened???

what just happened???



We’re doing movie reviews now brother lol


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They should just concentrate on the R 36. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

They should just concentrate on the R 36.


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Amen. How about just coming up with a cool design good for the next 5-10 years, instead of this pie-in-the-sky stuff?