Nissan has introduced a new concept vehicle at the Japan Mobility Show, and it looks like a slightly pared back Batmobile with its sharp lines and scissor doors. The automaker has been introducing one concept vehicle per week since the beginning of October, with the Hyper Force being its newest and last entry. Nissan envisions the Hyper Force as an all electric vehicle designed for both racing enthusiasts and gamers. In fact, it’s supposed to come with an augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) driving experience.
The idea is to give owners the option to drive their vehicle in the virtual world — while it’s not moving, of course — through a special VR helmet with blind visors. That helmet will give users access to a gamified driving experience, where they can race against the clock or against other online racers, including their friends and “professional drivers’ digital ghosts” on a circuit.
As for the car itself, Nissan designed it to have an all-solid-state battery that can produce an output of up to 1,000 kW. It’s also supposed to come with advanced autonomous driving capabilities, thanks to its LIDAR system and an array of sensors meant for sports driving.
The Hyper Force has two driving modes, one of which is the R or the racing mode that bathes the cabin in red light and extends panels on the dashboard toward the driver seat to enhance the feeling of being in a cockpit. Meanwhile, in GT or grand touring mode, all the screens and panels glow blue and move away from the driver seat. By the way, if the vehicle’s panels, cockpit and graphical user interface look familiar in the video below, that’s because Nissan designed them in collaboration with Polyphony Digital Inc., the developer of Gran Turismo.
Since it’s just a concept, nobody will be driving the Hyper Force anytime soon. Nissan president and CEO Makoto Uchida described the concept cars the company showcased at the event as “symbols of the future [that] embody [the company’s] founding spirit of ‘daring to do what others don’t.'”