Thanks to all the Hemmings readers who clicked on Sunday Studebaker, yesterday produced a near-record number of views for this blog. The Sunday Studebaker post is now the most viewed since I began this blog six+ months ago as yesterday’s activity put Paean For Pontiac in second place.
How many of you read Hemmings? (https://hemmings.com) It is the home page for my desktop browser and I probably go to the site 3-4 times a day. Most of the content is available for free and most of the content, including comments by Hemmings readers, is well worth reading (like this).
Once again, if you are a car enthusiast you should participate in the hobby or, who knows, the hobby may go away.
I’ll ask again if anyone wants me to reveal my identity. Obviously, people close to me know this is my blog, but most of you reading do not know who I am. Do you care? In all honesty, revealing my identity might increase readership as my name is searched almost every day on the Internet. However, anonymity gives me more freedom to write what I want. Like I keep writing, EVERYTHING in life is a trade off.
From autospinn.com a photo of the Nissan GTR-50 concept/prototype. In this piece from Automobile Magazine Nissan design chief Alfonso Albaisa said the company is in the early stages of designing the GT-R’s successor, but that it won’t necessarily be heavily influenced by the GTR-50.
More from Albaisa, “The challenge is on the engineer, to be honest. We will do our jobs when the time comes to make the car something really special. But we’re not even close to that yet…Whether we go to a lot of electrification or none at all, we can achieve a lot power wise. But we are definitely making a new ‘platform’ and our goal is clear: GT-R has to be the quickest car of its kind. It has to ‘own’ the track. And it has to play the advanced technology game; but that doesn’t mean it has to be electric.”
The GT-R is getting long in the tooth and its successor may still be 3-4 years away. If Nissan is serious about making the car the quickest of its kind, then a hybrid drivetrain like the McLaren P1 or the Ferrari LaFerrari may be the only way to make that happen.