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Debut Run of X-Trail Bobsleigh

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Feb. 3 – Austria – Nissan has launched world’s first seven-seater bobsleigh in Innsbruck, Austria.

The X-Trail Bobsleigh and the model that inspired it

Inspired by the design of the Nissan X-Trail, X-Trail Bobsleigh took its inaugural run at the historic Olympic track in Igls, piloted by British Olympic medallist 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 theNissan 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 combine car design and Olympic aerodynamics.

A run of the first seven-seater X-Trail bobsleigh

Scriven said, “We wanted to give the opportunity to experience first-hand the adventurous nature of our crossover segment through the thrill and excitement of Olympic bobsleighing. The outcome mimics the fresh ideas and technologies from the brand’s ground-breaking crossover models.”

Together, Richardson and Menardi have over 50 years of experience in the industry, delivering Olympic track experiences and sleighs to winning teams across the globe.

The seven-seater was developed using sketches and computer-aided design. The detail on the bobsleigh nose was crafted to express the X-Trail’s V-motion grille and capture the sculpture of the hood character lines.

The sled is 4,200 mm (165 in) long and weighs 895 kg (1,973 lb), and can accelerate from 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in 30 seconds.

 

Behind the Scenes: Nissan Unveils World’s First Seven-Seater Bobsleigh

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