Nissan doesn’t only make cars. They’ve taken their skills and knowledge to make something even cooler with the Nissan name on it: a Nissan trike!
The English Institute of Sport and Nissan GB worked together to design and construct a titanium trike. It’s a modified version of a bicycle that fits the needs of David Stone, London 2012 Paralympic champion. The process started in 2014 with a laser scan of Stone’s former bike. The Nissan Innovation team then analyzed how they could make improvements from that bike to create one that worked even better for Stone.
A titanium material was chosen that made the new trike a whopping 18% lighter than its predecessor. Because the trike dropped this weight, it means that Stone will have quicker acceleration and better handling around corners.
Just as there’s a lot that goes into making a car, there’s a lot that goes into making this specialized trike, too! Nissan used a process to build and test the trike that was very similar to building and testing their cars.
“The David Stone trike project was chosen as it offered potential for significant improvement and could directly benefit from our in-depth experience of vehicle design and manufacture,” said Alec Patterson, R&D Project Manager.
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