Published on January 31st, 2016 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
Nissan builds a bobsleigh to seat 7
The X-Trail Bobsleigh was inspired by the design of the Nissan X-Trail and undertook its inaugural run at the historic Olympic track in Igls, piloted by British Olympic medalist Sean Olsson. Nissan worked with bobsleigh experts to transform a traditional four-man sled into an X-Trail inspired seven-seater capable of reaching 100 km/h and pulling a G-force of 4.5G.
The bobsleigh mimics the Nissan X-Trail’s bold design, with distinctive front aspect, headlamps and seven-seater option. It gives passengers a 360-degree, bird’s-eye view to capture all of the action – identical to the Nissan X-Trail’s Around View Monitor system. Like the bobsleigh, the X-Trail’s sophisticated ALL MODE 4×4-i system helps the driver keep control even in ice and snow.
Darryl Scriven, Design Manager Nissan Design Europe (NDE), teamed up with expert bobsled manufacturer Diego Menardi and sport expert Ian Richardson to morph car design with Olympic aerodynamics. Ian Richardson and Diego Menardi have over 50 years of combined experience in the industry, delivering Olympic track experiences and sleighs to winning teams across the globe.