The man has a strong point, as this is true regardless how you look at the matter - from outside or inside the company. Speaking from the competition's point of view, most big names in the supercar and hypercar world are making efforts to boost efficiency these days. The LaFerrari-918 Spyder-P1 have shown us that "hybrid" can be put into the same sentence with "hypercar". Moreover, while all future Ferrari V12 will be hybridized and all upcoming Ferrari V8s will be twin-turbocharged, even Lamborghini has teased us with the Asterion hybrid concept.
As for Nissan's perspective, the company has invested serious funds into alternative propulsion technologies. We're not just talking about the Leaf EV, but also about the motorsport developments related to this - the ZEOD RC, Nissan's electric entry for this year's Le Mans, is an example as good as any.
The R36 GT-R is quite a challenge for NissanWhen the GT-r first came out back in 2008, it stunned by offering a level of performance that rivaled supercars twice its price. Nissan has been updating their hallo model on a yearly basis, but the competition has reached an absurd level of performance meanwhile. Moreover, the GT-R has lost some of its affordability factor, as the price has seriously gone up over the years.
When you're the company the size of the Nissan-Renault alliance, developing a supercar that can rival a Porsche 911 Turbo on the track isn't the problem, keeping its price reasonable is. This is the greatest challenge for the automaker right now.
It's too early to talk about the specs of the R36 GT-R, but let's just hope the engineers find a way to prevent the batteries from accentuating the current model's serious weight. Not that the scale numbers would prevent the thing from playing the 0 to 60 mph game in about 2.8 seconds...
As for the design, the only indication we have is the 2020 Concept you see above. Then again, we a company makes a car for Gran Turismo, you can't really trust the visual hints too much, can you?
Meanwhile, Nissan will continue to squeeze every bit of performance out of the current platform. In fact, earlier this month we spied what could be the final model year update for the R35. The GT-R's MY upgrades are have been both minor and more serious and you should expect the 2016 one to fall in the latter category.