Powertrains will soon be shared by Renault and Nissan's sporting operations, according to Renault's product boss Tom Lane. At the Geneva Motor Show, Lane told Autocar that both Renaultsport and Nismo have aggressive growth programs that are both proceeding. However, Lane said that these two companies, which are alliance partners, will do what they can to reduce the costs of the development of new cars.
Lane believes that in the future, there will be further opportunities for Renaultsport and Nismo to build synergies. He added that it’s very expensive to embark on powertrain development and that there’s no way around the fact that the sales volumes of Renaultsport and Nismo are both comparatively modest.
This is why he thinks that they may soon share powertrains. As an example, he cited that there is no reason for each division to separately develop their own 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine. Very recently, the Nissan Juke Nismo was released and was highly praised. Meanwhile, the tuning capability of Renaultsport cannot be argued with.