The Nichols N1A has been created using the most up to date design and construction techniques.
The bodyshell has been digitised as a CAD model to guarantee accuracy and symmetry, using data from 3D scanning the body on prototype 003 which had been fashioned by eye as a full-sized structure.
This car had already been subjected to thorough testing in the MIRA wind tunnel. Straight out of the box, the figures were surprisingly good largely because the shape of the N1A had been arrived at with a thorough understanding of the importance of aerodynamics, an understanding still in its infancy in the days of the first McLaren.
The final design takes account of the lessons learned at MIRA with many subtle alterations, all of them probably unnoticeable to the casual observer.
Under the skin the N1A features a bonded aluminium and carbon fibre chassis. This structure is massively stiff and strong and exceptionally light, coming in at less than 100 kilos.
Aluminium is used for the mainframe with carbon fibre used extensively in the side "pontoons". It means that the occupants are incredibly well protected from all sides; indeed it is hard to think of a vehicle with more protection than the N1A.
Hours were spent in the MIRA windtunnel, the aim being to carry over the visual aspects of the N1A while optimising the aerodynamics. The N1A demonstrated negligible inherent lift and with development, front and rear downforce was achieved without compromising the aesthetics.
The main structure of the chassis is bonded aluminium extrusion and sheeting. This method will be familiar to those who know of the underpinnings of Lotuses, Aston Martins and the Lamborghini Huracan and Audi R8.
In addition to the aluminium structure the N1A has carbon fibre "pontoons" (shown in green). These on their own could form a highly effective chassis in their own right, but result in an incredibly light and strong unit in the Nichols.
GM 6.2 litre V8 in outputs starting at 500 bhp.
Nichols-developed Porsche transaxle
Bonded aluminium and carbon fibre
Independent front and rear with double wishbones and anti-roll bars