Every time Japan has unleashed a supercar into the world, it’s been incredible. The NSX, LFA and GT-R — all provided one thing totally different than the same old European crop of supercars. Nissan had the concept to make one thing particular earlier than any of the opposite Japanese producers, and it was known as the MID4. Redditor AkagisWhiteComet discovered one of many three prototypes produced right here.
Proven on the 1985 Frankfurt motor present, the MID4 idea was designed to compete with the likes of Ferrari and Porsche. Sadly, it by no means acquired the prospect to take action — Nissan killed the challenge a pair years later after introducing the MID4 II. The 1987 mannequin proven right here made 325 hp and 282 lb-ft of torque from a three.Zero-liter turbocharged V6 developed particularly for this automotive, named the VG30DETT. If that title sounds acquainted, it is the identical engine Nissan used within the 300ZX twin-turbo for the U.S.
The MID4 II was revealed on the Tokyo Motor Present.
The MID4 II acquired a totally impartial double-wishbone suspension up entrance and multilink strut system within the rear. A brand new four-wheel steering system (HICAS) nonetheless underneath growth by Nissan on the time was added to the primary and second ideas. Nissan sourced an all-wheel-drive system from Europe with a 33/67 rear-wheel bias as nicely to offer the automotive a rear-drive really feel whereas nonetheless getting the good thing about energy to the entrance wheels.
This unimaginable wanting supercar by no means noticed the sunshine of day because of excessive manufacturing prices, however the applied sciences that debuted in it advanced and located their method into different Nissans. The HICAS system was developed additional and utilized in Skylines and Silvias, whereas each technology of Skyline GT-R used a model of the all-wheel-drive system discovered within the MID4 additionally.
One take a look at the entrance finish and it’s simple to see the similarities to the NSX launched a couple of years later. The query stays: Can we please have a MID4 III Nissan?
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