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Seven-up: Nissan’s cool runnings

Nissan has transformed a traditional four-man sled to create the world’s first seven-seater bobsleigh.

The X-Trail Bobsleigh was inspired by the design of the Nissan X-Trail and undertook its inaugural run at the historic Iglis track in Innsbruck, Austria, piloted by British Olympic medallist Sean Olsson.

Nissan says the bobsleigh, which is capable of more than 60mph, mimics the Nissan X-Trail’s bold design, with “distinctive front aspect, headlamps and seven-seater option”.

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It also 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.

Like the bobsleigh, the X-Trail’s sophisticated ALL MODE 4×4-i system helps the driver keep control even in ice and snow.

Darryl Scriven, Design Manager Nissan Design Europe (NDE), teamed up with bobsled manufacturer Diego Menardi and sport expert Ian Richardson to create the X-Trail Bobsleigh.

 

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