At the 2013 Tokyo Show, Nissan unveiled the IDx Freeflow Concept and the IDx Nismo Concept which was draped in the company’s traditional racing colors and featuring bigger wheels, along with racier body styling and interior appointments.
In a marketplace where Generation Z is losing interest in cars and car culture, Nissan is trying to reignite some interest and passion back into motoring with a new two door, rear wheel drive, compact, concept car, the IDx. The car has to be stylish, offer the right combination of social networking tools including Bluetooth, internet and navigation connectivity and drive well. But Nissan’s product planners realized that these features were not enough to create a car that catches the eye as well as the heart. So Nissan decided to delve back into its rich heritage of sports cars and race cars to find inspiration, cars like the Datsun 1600, Skyline and Laurel from the 1960s and 70s. Nissan was being tight-lipped about the powertrain, but one engineer suggested that a naturally aspirated 1.6 liter engine generating around 140-150hp would most probably find its way into the IDx’s engine bay.(motortrend.com)
Above: (L) IDx Freeflow Concept (R) IDx Nismo Concept
Above: (L) IDx Nismo Concept (R) IDx Freeflow Concept
Datsun 510 BRE Peter Brock used to win National Champions 1971-72
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