The Nissan Max-Out is no longer virtual. The automaker rolled out a physical version of its electric convertible to celebrate its birthday Nissan Futures Eventwhich will be held in the coming weeks at the global headquarters in Yokohama, Japan.
We’ve seen renderings of the Max-Out, alongside several other futuristic concepts, when Nissan announced its ambitious five-year, $17.6 billion electrification strategy in November 2021. Now the Max-Out has taken physical form and will be on display for the duration of the company’s event, which is expected to run through March.
The Max-Out is a two-seater with a low stance to emphasize speed and performance. Nissan says it will include dynamic cornering and steering response balanced with reduced bodywork to optimize driver and passenger comfort.
But the rectangular front and signature grid pattern on the hood and wheels evoke images of riding a light bike through the digital landscape of Tron and other 1980s science fiction works. Past and future collide.
The retro-futuristic bonafides are undeniable. The question is, how far is the Max-Out ahead of a vision? Takao Katagiri, Nissan’s motorsport boss, has said the automaker is developing a new sports car for North America and Europe. Auto watchers have speculated it’s some sort of preview of a GT-R successor that will feature hybrid and all-electric power. Could the Max-Out come to life as an addition to the Nismo series?
Nissan has said it will produce 23 new electrified models by 2030, 15 of which will be fully electric. The company is aiming for a 50 percent electrification mix for its Nissan and Infiniti brands by the end of the decade. In the US, Nissan plans to slow down a bit, aiming to get just 40 percent of its sales from EVs by 2040. The company’s Ariya SUV is expected to arrive at dealerships in the US this year with a delay.