Ogle Motors Ahead with Nissan Model

Ogle Motors Ahead with Nissan Model

The motoring world was excited when Nissan unveiled its Ariya single seater concept car using the powertrain of the all-electric Ariya SUV.

The development of the ground-breaking bespoke single-seater car chassis, with its futuristic and sleek appearance, showed what a fully electrified performance motor could look like. 

Its Formula E design, with near 400-bhp and all-wheel drive, certainly turned heads when the public was given its first glimpse. With its aerodynamic wheel covers and bronze colouring, it was a unique sight.

Nissan was so happy with its design it asked Herts-based Ogle models to create a one-third scale model to keep in the reception of its UK Design Centre in Paddington, London.

Philip Martin, Ogle director, said: “We have previously built full-size interior mock-ups of the first Qashqai and Juke models, so we were delighted to work with Nissan again on this exciting project.”

The build took almost 500 hours, including the CNC machining, 3D printing and the painting. The choice of material was governed by the weight and complexity of the parts with CNC and SLA processes used.

After all the parts had been created, they were assembled with allowances made for the paint using magnets and screws. The model was attached to a plinth before the whole thing was disassembled for painting and applying graphics. With everything complete, the car was reassembled and finally secured to the plinth. 

Mr Martin said: “It was quite a complex project. Because the CAD model had only A surface data, we had to create the B surface which added thickness and features so something physical could be produced, ensuring that no undercuts were created, so the individual parts could all fit together like a jigsaw puzzle.

“We were extremely pleased with the finished model, which was made even more satisfying when we received such positive feedback from Nissan’s design centre.”

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