Nissan shows Ariya Single Seater Concept in Brussels

Nissan has brought its Ariya Single Seater Concept to the Brussels Motor Show, an ‘electric racecar’ conceived as a “high-performance exploration, development, and demonstration project”. It is in fact the dual motor all-wheel drive of Nissan’s second BEV, the Ariya crossover, squeezed into a Formula E-like single-seat racing chassis.

It was presented for the first time a year ago during the Nissan Futures event in the US as an exploration of what a future electrified performance style for Nissan could look like.

“Nissan competes in Formula E not only to race on the track but also to support the development of compelling electric vehicles for customers,” said Tommaso Volpe, Nissan’s global motorsports director at that time. “Our EV programs inform our Formula E program, and vice versa, allowing for road-to-track technology transfer as well as track-to-road.”

Apart from the golden color, the Concept inherited several design clues from the Ariya. Still, the latter being a roomy crossover SUV, it is hard to recognize in the study. What it really has in common is the drivetrain underneath.

Nissan gave no technical specs, but as it uses the same dual motors and AWD, one can presume performances to be at least equal to the 290 kW (394 hp) output and 300 Nm torque of the Ariya top model, the 4WD e-4ORCE Performance.

Racing blood

With its 2 218 kg ‘overweight’, that SUV needs only 5,1 seconds to go from zero to 100 km/hour and has a top speed of 200 km/hour. You can imagine what this can do in a lightweight single-seater. And that’s exactly what Nissan wants to prove with this Concept: showing the potential of electric cars.

“Nissan’s participation in the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship also played a key role in inspiring the Nissan Ariya Single Seater Concept. Nissan races in the all-electric world championship to bring the excitement and fun of zero-emission electric vehicles to a global audience and to be at the cutting edge of EV research and design.”









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