The X-Trail Bobsleigh undertook its inaugural run at the historic Olympic track in Igls, piloted by British Olympic medalist Sean Olsson.
Darryl Scriven, Design Manager Nissan Design Europe (NDE), worked in collaboration with expert bobsled manufacturer Diego Menardi and sport expert Ian Richardson to combine car design with bobsleigh aerodynamics, transforming a traditional four-man sled into an X-Trail inspired seven-seater capable of reaching 100 km/h and pulling a G-force of 4.5G.
Darryl said: “We wanted to give the opportunity to experience first-hand the adventurous nature of our crossover segment through the thrill and excitement of Olympic bobsleighing.
Nissan Design Europe took inspiration from the shape and character of our X-Trail to create the X-Trail Bobsleigh, which was handcrafted by Diego Menardi at his workshop in Cortina. The outcome mimics the fresh ideas and technologies from the brand’s ground-breaking crossover models.”
The bobsleigh mimics the Nissan X-Trail’s bold design, with distinctive front aspect, headlamps and seven-seater option. It gives passengers a 360-degree, bird’s-eye view to capture all of the action – identical to the Nissan X-Trail’s Around View Monitor system.
The detail on the bobsleigh nose was crafted to express the X-Trail’s V-motion grille and capture the sculpture of the hood character lines.
This work was complemented by Diego Menardi’s structural lengthening of the cabin to accommodate seven passengers.
Below we report the official “behind the scenes” clip and the presentation video.