Nissan is marking 35 years of manufacturing at its Sunderland manufacturing unit with a one-off electrical model of the primary automobile it constructed there: the Bluebird.
The Bluebird – which was succeeded by the Primera after which the Qashqai – entered manufacturing in summer time 1986. It was the primary in an extended line of UK-built Nissan fashions that features the Micra, Almera, Observe and Juke, plus premium offshoot Infinti’s Q30 and QX30.
At this time, the positioning builds the Qashqai and Juke alongside the Leaf, which provides the electrical drivetrain and battery for the commemorative one-off Bluebird.
Known as the Newbird, it has been closely modified to accommodate the Leaf’s innards. The engine and gearbox make means for a 150bhp electrical motor that drives the entrance wheels, giving a 0-62mph time of slightly below 15sec.
Modifications have been made to the ability steering, brakes and heating system to allow them to run with out an inner combustion engine.
The entry-level Leaf’s 40kWh battery is carried over, too. The modules are cut up between the engine bay and boot for optimised weight distribution, though the suspension has nonetheless been upgraded to account for the added heft.
The battery might be charged at charges of as much as 6.6kW (through a charging port beneath the unique gas flap) and is claimed to supply a spread of round 130 miles.
Aside from the charging port, an illuminated entrance badge and new EV-specific gauges, the Newbird is visually unaltered over the unique automobile. It wears a Eighties-inspired livery impressed by up to date shopper expertise.
The conversion was carried out by Kinghorn Electrical Autos, based mostly close to Sunderland, which specialises in changing basic automobiles to electrical energy.