The Nissan Z Prototypes – a preview of the final production model – debuts on September 15th, 2020. What Is it?
You may trace the roots of the Nissan Z all the way back to an icon of Japanese culture – the Datsun 240Z from which the Z name derives. This sports car was heavily indebted to the already famous Nissan 370Z. That's why you can't find a Z in a museum, a Z in an airport, or a Z at a racetrack, right? Well, you couldn't quite say that, but the original Datsuns actually served as prototypes for some of the most popular sports cars of all time.
What we've got here, then, is a Nissan prototype of the Datsun Z. We've got the styling of the Nissan 370Z, we have the power and the reliability of a mid-engined supercar, but the chassis remains the same – a lightweight Nissan Skyline, and its engine (also a Nissan) are the same one that powered the Datsun Bluebird.
This preview of the production Nissan Z also features a host of different accessories, but the main attraction is the “Halo Zone,” a driving simulation game played with a pair of steering wheels and a foot pedal. Each zone in this virtual world features different cars and different challenges, so you'll be challenged to master different skills and tactics as you race through each of the game's many levels.
And as you progress through the game, you'll find yourself faced with challenges that are much more difficult than the rest. As you make your way across each zone, you'll have to contend with an assortment of different obstacles – such as falling off ramps, losing traction, and taking damage from collisions. But you'll also need to learn how to avoid these obstacles and stay ahead of the competition, all while maintaining a constant speed and momentum. This requires more than a good steering technique – it also requires an ability to think and execute.
The Nissan Z Prototypes is the first vehicle in history to feature this type of driving simulation. With so many different obstacles and so many challenges to overcome, this new Nissan car will make driving a true challenge.
Don't worry – you won't have to put up with the difficulty level if you don't want to. You can always turn the difficulty on to “Easy” if you wish to enjoy a less strenuous driving experience, or you can opt to play with the “Sim” mode, allowing the game's virtual physics to help you keep track of how your car is reacting to the road and the obstacles it encounters.
When you buy the Nissan Z Prototypes in stores, there's another feature that you should expect – a special “Z Pro Pass.” This lets you drive the Nissan Z for free, but with the promise that you'll receive two free upgrades if you purchase a vehicle with a certain set of wheels and performance specifications.