Saab may have used the tagline "Born from Jets" in its advertising in its last few drama-filled years, but Nissan is going directly to the source to get inspiration for its next generation of high-performance vehicles, like the Nissan GT-R. Company representatives visited the Navy's Blue Angels flying squadron in Pensacola, Florida, to see how these aces of the sky interacted with their machines in the sky and on the ground.
Jared Haslam, senior manager for product planning for Nissan Americas, said the company gets ideas and inspiration from many different sources, many of them outside of the automotive industry. For this particular fact-finding mission, Nissan was particularly interested in how the pilots and service personnel interfaced with the machine.
In the high-speed, high-pressure jet cockpit environment, accessing information and technology easily and efficiently is key to a safe flight. The same attributes are also important during high-performance driving.
Members of the Blue Angel's team also offered feedback on the ride, handling, interior and exterior of the Nissan GT-R. Based on feedback and observation of the Blue Angels team, Haslam said features inspired by findings from the fighter jets could find their way into future high-performance Nissan models.