In simple terms, imagine if the Nissan Ariya could transform into a Formula E car, but for road use. That’s exactly what the Ariya Single Seater concept is. The Ariya SUV lends some of its styling cues and powertrain to the concept, in addition to its name. The concept was presented at the Nissan Futures event by Alfonso Albaisa, Senior Vice President for global design.
As we began to shape our Nissan Ambition 2030 long-term vision, we continued to build on our Timeless Japanese Futurism design language. We are now drawing inspiration from the Japanese words shun, meaning to run fast and effortlessly, and sho, meaning to soar with power and grace. The Ariya Single Seater concept is the perfect expression of this new language. Leveraging the Ariya’s EV powertrain in a motorsports-inspired package allowed our international team to capture this new sense of speed, technology and artistry. – Albaisa
Apparently, the concept is a demonstration project of how the Ariya road car powertrain could be used in a bespoke single-seater racing car chassis. And, notice how the illuminated “V-motion grille” has been thoughtfully and tastefully integrated into the concept. Nissan said that its participation in the Formula E World Championship played a key role in inspiring the Ariya Single Seater concept.
Nissan competes in Formula E not only to race on track, but also to support the development of compelling electric vehicles for customers. Our EV programs inform our Formula E program and vice versa, allowing for road-to-track technology transfer as well as track-to-road. The Ariya Single Seater concept explores the combination of the all-electric powertrain, dual motors and all-wheel-drive system of the Ariya with a pure single-seat racing chassis—a powerful demonstration of just how thrilling electric vehicles could be. – Tommaso Volpe, Nissan global motorsports director