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Nissan Ariya Single Seater Is a Wild EV Racing Concept

Car and Driver logo Car and Driver 2021-12-02 Caleb Miller
Nissan’s latest concept borrows an electric powertrain from the upcoming Ariya crossover and draws inspiration from Formula E. © Nissan Nissan’s latest concept borrows an electric powertrain from the upcoming Ariya crossover and draws inspiration from Formula E.
  • Nissan has revealed the Ariya Single Seater concept, a vision for a future electric race car.
  • The concept looks similar to the current Formula E race cars, including the “halo” safety device protecting the driver’s head.
  • The Ariya Single Seater also includes Nissan’s “V-Motion” grille and a similar copper and black look as seen on the Ariya crossover.

After releasing a slew of EV concept cars earlier this week, Nissan is back with a new vision for its electric future, the Ariya Single Seater concept. While this dramatically-styled concept looks nothing like the upcoming Ariya electric crossover, Nissan says the concept uses the same powertrain as the roadgoing crossover, showing the possibilities for a sporty Nissan EV in the coming years.

Nissan Ariya Single Seater concept © Nissan Nissan Ariya Single Seater concept

Considering its name, the Ariya Single Seater unsurprisingly takes the form of a one-seat race car. It bears a strong resemblance to the second-generation Formula E cars—a series in which Nissan has competed since 2018—with its covered wheels and exposed suspension elements. There is even a “halo,” a safety device introduced by the FIA in open-cockpit race cars to protect drivers’ heads, protruding from the bodywork.

Nissan worked in design cues from the street-legal crossover, such as the copper and black color combination from the Ariya launch car. Up front, Nissan incorporated the “V” grille shape seen on its road cars through illuminated strips running down the nose to the front splitter. The bodywork is smooth, with few aerodynamic doodads and a low, simplistic rear wing. Nissan didn’t provide any specifications for the Single Seater concept, but we would assume it has the Ariya crossover’s dual-motor setup, good for 389 horsepower and 443 lb-ft of torque. The Ariya Single Seater will presumably never reach production, but along with the Max-Out concept shown Monday, it suggests that Nissan is seriously contemplating how to create exciting sports cars as the automotive landscape transitions to electric power.

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