Why? The objective of their mission was simple: find inspiration.
The Nissan personnel observed the Blue Angels squadron in action, and then met with both ground crew and pilots to explore ways of harnessing the command’s speed and power for use in future automotive products. These Blue Angels team members were then given an opportunity to drive some of Nissan’s performance products.
The Nissan team was also able to ask Blue Angels pilots about how they interact with their gauges and instruments in different situations to gather insight for the development of future vehicles.
“We’re always looking for inspiration beyond the auto industry in the design and development of our performance vehicles, and the Blue Angels have set the standard for high-speed excellence throughout their 66-year history. It was beneficial not only to study the designs of the ‘Angels’ F-18s up close but to get an understanding of how pilots and service personnel interact with their jets,” said Jared Haslam, Senior Manager, Product Planning – Nissan Americas.
Nissan is not the first to get inspiration from fighter jets. Saab used it as a slogan for years and loved to point out their fighter jet history.
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