With the Chevrolet Corvette making a radical shift from a front-engined configuration to a mid-ship layout, is it possible other popular front-engined sports cars will follow suit?
Chevrolet has repeatedly cited the fact that, with the C7, it had reached the limits of what it could do with a car outfitted with a large engine up front and it was only logical to move towards a mid-engined layout.
If there’s one sports car that’s pushed the front-engined configuration to extraordinary heights in recent years, it would be the R35-generation Nissan GT-R, which unveiled over a decade ago andis still going strong to this day.
The world is clamoring for a successor to the hugely popular GT-R, and while its maker is noncommittal on when it will arrive, this rendering from J.B. Cars shows how a new GT-R could look if Nissan followed Chevrolet’s lead and made the car mid-engined.
The current R35 GT-R stands quite tall for a vehicle with such extraordinary performance credentials, so if the new one were to go mid-engined, Nissan would inevitably lower its roofline to make it more streamlined and more reflective of its supercar rivals. In addition, this rendering includes newly-designed doors that help funnel air into a large air intake above the rear wheel arches to feed the car’s powerful engine.
At the rear, the taillights of the current car have been retained and there is also a familiar rear wing, albeit now without the central support currently found on the R35, along with quad tailpipes inspired by those of the C7 Corvette.