We've been hearing about automobiles being inspired by jets for decades. Saab even used it as a slogan for a number of years. But what exactly does it mean? Nissan recently paid a visit to the United States Navy Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Squadron training facility to get a feel for the fighter jets they fly as well as how the pilots interact with their machines.

The result? Well, we still don't know what it means for a car to be inspired by jets... Nissan says its "personnel returned with a number of creative ideas and actionable items from both a design and product development standpoint," but the Japanese automaker declines to get more specific. Maybe the next GT-R will come with an ejector seat, or perhaps a joystick in lieu of a steering wheel. But probably not.

Even if we don't quite get it, that doesn't mean nothing good came from the exercise. Blue Angels airframe structural mechanic Eric Vandamme (who has the second best name ever) got the chance to drive a new Nissan GT-R, and he came away predictably impressed: "If I had the keys to the jet, I would trade you," he says. We know a GT-R doesn't come cheap, but we suspect Nissan would make out quite well in that fantasy transaction.

Want to watch a video produced by Nissan about the Blue Angels and how its engineers were inspired? Of course you do. Scroll below for the news broadcast-style story, where you'll also find a related press release.


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Nissan Gains Inspiration from Unexpected Place

-The U.S. Navy Blue Angels give Nissan glimpse into fighter jet cockpit design for sports car development-

FRANKLIN, Tenn. - A team of designers and product planners from Nissan recently landed in Pensacola, Fla. to visit the United States Navy Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Squadron training facility. The objective of their mission was simple: find inspiration.

The Nissan personnel observed the Blue Angels squadron in action, and then met with both ground crew and pilots to explore ways of harnessing the command's speed and power for use in future automotive products. These Blue Angels team members were then given an opportunity to drive some of Nissan's performance products.

The Nissan team was also able to ask Blue Angels pilots about how they interact with their gauges and instruments in different situations to gather insight for the development of future vehicles. The Blue Angels pilots and ground crew also gave the Nissan team feedback on the exteriors, interiors and ride and handling of the Nissan vehicles on hand.

"We're always looking for inspiration beyond the auto industry in the design and development of our performance vehicles, and the Blue Angels have set the standard for high-speed excellence throughout their 66-year history. It was beneficial not only to study the designs of the 'Angels' F-18s up close but to get an understanding of how pilots and service personnel interact with their jets," said Jared Haslam, Senior Manager, Product Planning - Nissan Americas.

The Nissan personnel returned with a number of creative ideas and actionable items from both a design and product development standpoint. Many of these concepts will provide inspiration that will eventually be passed along to Nissan customers.

"We are thankful to the U.S. Navy and the Blue Angels for their overall service to the nation and for the professionalism, hospitality and inspiration given to the Nissan team on our recent visit," added Jared Haslam, Senior Manager, Product Planning - Nissan Americas.

Dynamic video and photos were also captured during Nissan's visit and can be viewed online at http://nissannews.com/en-US/nissan/usa/releases/flying-high-nissan-visits-elite-blue-angels-for-future-sports-car-innovation.

About the Blue Angels
The mission of the Blue Angels is to enhance Navy recruiting, and credibly represent Navy and Marine Corps aviation to the United States and its Armed Forces to America and other countries as international ambassadors of good will.

For more information or to learn when the Blue Angels will be performing an air show in your area, visit www.blueangels.navy.mil.

About Nissan North America
In North America, Nissan's operations include automotive styling, engineering, consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and manufacturing. Nissan is dedicated to improving the environment under the Nissan Green Program and has been recognized as an ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year in 2010, 2011, and 2012 by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency. More information on Nissan in North America and the complete line of Nissan and Infiniti vehicles can be found online at www.NissanUSA.com and www.InfinitiUSA.com.


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      g.torino
      • 2 Years Ago
      coping what Corvette already did a couple of years ago: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6muw6pqzk_c Actually Americans are suckers. They don't realize Asia want's to steel their technology masking it with an innocent car. Why can't Nissan find red or white or japanese angles. That's because nobody else on planet earth has the technology that america has.
        Tachsman
        • 2 Years Ago
        @g.torino
        Really? Your comments do not reflect reality. Asians did not "steal" (learn to spell) from American's, we literally GAVE our technology to them. Learn your history. America still has great amounts of technology, but less and less Americans have to desire or education to continue upon it. Look at the PhD students, most are foreigners here on visas, where are all the great American youth? Asians however do have the desire and determination. Just compare our science scores to all other countries, and we come in about 26th. With the current problems and leadership in America, it will be only a matter of time before we become a third world country ourselves, unless however Americans change their behavior and moral values, and look beyond just doing things that make them feel good about themselves. Americans are the real suckers, they elect poor leaders in government in order to get more handouts and do less work, in order to take from the people that actually can do. That is the real tragedy here. Bravo Nissan. Also the GT-R styling is mostly functional and its look will grow on you the more you see them, but there are only about 6,000 GT-Rs in the USA, good luck. With a drag coefficient of 0.26 it equals a slippery Prius, however, the GT-R is a 3850 lb car that can also do 195 mph.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      whofan
      • 2 Years Ago
      Nissan needs new designers. The headlights that swoop up on the top of the front fender are getting old.
        KY
        • 2 Years Ago
        @whofan
        funny because ferrari designer thinks it's quite nice
      whofan
      • 2 Years Ago
      Nissan needs new designers. The headlights that swoop up on the top of the front fender are getting old.
      Raymond
      • 2 Years Ago
      The people who designed that car probably don't even know who the Blue Angels are. PA-Lease! Nissan makes great V6 engines and once in a while they make great affordable sports cars and that is about it. Still they suffer like all Asian makes from not having style for most of their line up.
      RodRAEG
      • 2 Years Ago
      Maybe Nissans will soon have a HUD, just like the Corvette.
        g.torino
        • 2 Years Ago
        @RodRAEG
        Don't even compare if you know any thing about cars. Corvette=Muscle Cars=America Nissan=Economy Cars=Japan (life sucks in japan). Actually korea is kicking Japan's butt by steeling american techonology. Wait for Hyundai to make V24 with 40000HP.
          SuperSkyline89
          • 2 Years Ago
          @g.torino
          Would you shut the hell up already. It's pretty damn clear you're just a racist with his head up his own ass. Life sucks in Japan? Get a clue moron, they have almost no crime, it's one of the cleanest places to live, has possibly the best standard of living in the world, and people there are actually nice to each other. And if you seriously think they're stealing all your technology you're an even bigger moron. Literally every electronic bit in your house came from them and they're the world's experts on robotics and other advanced technologies.
      dave.rave
      • 2 Years Ago
      Great idea. A pilot who's flown in combat or flown mach 1+ probably knows a thing or two about design and handling. Nissan is also toasting the US military (Navy) without shamelessly pandering.
      pari869
      • 2 Years Ago
      JAP CRAP
      ThucBiDza
      • 2 Years Ago
      Right, bringing fighter tech to car tech, I've heard that many times before....this nothing more than a photo-op and publicity stun.
      Claud
      • 2 Years Ago
      May be a great handling and fast car.....but the styling is bad!!!!
        techie69
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Claud
        Styling is pure Japanese, more function than looks, like the break at the middle of the C-pillar or the gaping mouth of the front end for the cooling of the motor and other systems. Headlights could have had a better silhoutte, but it went retro to remind GTRs of the past.
      mamoseley3
      • 2 Years Ago
      I am a native of Pensacola, FL, home of the Blue Angels. In 1968 I bought a "Blue Angels blue" 1966 Corvette. That thing was a sight to behold! Absolutely beautiful! I was in the company of the pilots on occasion and wanted to get a Blue Angels tag for my car. But I was told that couldn't be. Sad but true. I think MY Blue Angel 'vette was inspired by the REAL Blue Angels. I cried the day I sold it (to a Navy man, no less)!
      Sukairain
      • 2 Years Ago
      Good idea, consider how much G-Force is pushed onto the driver in a GT-R. The car is deceivingly fast and capable. You can pull 1G+ on the daily commute with little commotion - until your body starts aching.
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