Here’s the Nissan ‘Max-Out’ but What Is It?
It’s a reasonable question, “What is it?” It looks like a digital drawing, or something out of Tron or Avatar, or maybe Gran Turismo. But it’s a real EV from Nissan. It’s a retro-futuristic fun concept and a two-seat convertible. It is the Max-Out, and the EV will debut at the Auto Shanghai 2023 show later this month.
Why did Nissan develop the Max-Out EV concept?
Nissan says the Max-Out is a showcase for some of its future advanced technologies. Meant to telegraph its “shaping the future of sustainable mobility and innovative design” while it navigates “the various challenges and opportunities the coming large-scale transition to electric mobility will bring.”
The Japanese automaker has a whole host of all-electric vehicles it will bring along to the show as well. Obviously, Nissan is embracing electrification in a big way unlike Toyota, which seems to be hedging on the trend.
Are the laser lights integrated or reflected onto the Max-Out?
While the car itself is small with a simplified body form, once the lights go off, it becomes much more dynamic. Laser-like pinstripes of green neon-like light travel throughout the interior and some body surfaces. This reflects back into the black body for still more light dynamics. The upper half of the steering wheel lights up, and a digital display screen spans from pillar to pillar.
More laser light technology makes up the rear inside of the taillight panel, highlighted with “Nissan” as well. The grille becomes a light show as well. The wheel covers take on a gridded void lights giving the car an otherworldly feel. This pattern is impossibly out of perspective which adds to the uniqueness of the wheels.
Is Nissan going to manufacture the Max-Out?
The lightweight EV ‘vert gets its power from an e-4ORCE dual-motor EV system. Right now, Nissan is keeping most of the rest of the Max-Out specs under wraps until Shanghai, but we’d guess it’s capable of 350 hp. Of course, this is more about fantastical light displays to show the fun side of technology.
We doubt this is headed for production, but we’d love it if it did. If it drives and handles as well as its visual delights suggest, this would be one fun electric dart. We’ll have more to update after its debut on April 18.