04-20-17

ROGUE GOES ROGUE!

Check out the Rogue Trail Warrior Project – featuring a full snow/sand track system, special camouflage exterior wrap, LED lights, gear basket and winch – takes the family adventure-ready Rogue to the next level. It was created specifically for the New York International Auto Show.
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07-05-15

The Nissan JUKE-R gets an exciting upgrade: Introducing the JUKE-R 2.0

WEST SUSSEX, England - The birth of the Nissan JUKE-R set a benchmark in 2011 as the world's first Crossover supercar, marrying Nissan's innovative JUKE with the engine and running gear from the legendary Nissan GT-R - the brand's flagship sportscar. Now, four years on, JUKE-R has been given an exciting upgrade to reflect the latest model of the JUKE coupled with even more power and bolder styling. Welcome the JUKE-R 2.0.
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06-28-15

Nissan JUKE-R is back – and now with added NISMO

ROLLE, Switzerland - Nissan is set to unleash its latest evolution: the JUKE-R NISMO. Using the latest technology, styling and running gear from NISMO products, the supercar-beating crossover will be unveiled and unleashed at Goodwood Festival of Speed in the UK on June 25.
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04-04-15

Glow-in-the-dark Nissan LEAF breaks Guinness World Records

LONDON - Nissan has broken the Guinness World Records title for the Largest Glow-in-the-Dark Painting by using the glow-in-the-dark Nissan LEAF to paint a 207.68m2 self-portrait of the 100-percent electric car. The painting, which depicts the front of a Nissan LEAF, was created by maverick motoring artist Ian Cook of Popbangcolour. Usually seen working with radio-controlled cars, Cook was quick to accept Nissan's challenge to work on this super-sized project, using the full-size Nissan LEAF to spread strategically placed pools of glow-in-the-dark paint across the canvas with its tires to create the image.
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03-16-15

Car Hack: Getting Rid Of Pesky Rats In Your Engine

Trouble with parking outdoors? Often when parking outside, the warmth of your engine can attract unwanted pests. rodents and even large raccoons are notorious for chewing on wiring and nesting in air filters. These small avoidable pest can rack up mechanic bills of over thousands!!! Here are some cost effective hacks to protect your vehicle and wallet.
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03-09-15

Nissan rethinks the compact hatchback: Introducing the Sway Concept

GENEVA - Innovative design and product planning gave birth to the Qashqai and Juke, two of the biggest automotive success stories in recent years. Now the company has applied the same radical thinking to one of the most important sectors of the market: the compact hatchback. Unveiled at the Geneva Show, the Sway is a glimpse at how a future generation of compact Nissan models might look if the company's striking new design language was applied to a European hatchback. It is a concept car designed especially to appeal to European tastes: it is seen as emotional, edgy and exciting.
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03-07-15

NIGHT RIDER: Nissan first to apply glow-in-the-dark body paint

ROLLE, Switzerland – Nissan in Europe has become the first manufacturer to apply glow-in-the-dark car paint to showcase how its market-leading, all-electric LEAF is helping more and more people convert to solar energy at home. The manufacturer worked with inventor, Hamish Scott, creator of STARPATH, which is a spray-applied coating that absorbs UV energy during the day so that it glows for between eight and 10 hours when the sun goes down.
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02-15-15

6 Car Maintenance Items everyone should know how to do.

Check your oil! You need to know how to check your oil for engine safety and keep a schedule of your service appointments. Read your owners manual to see how frequently your vehicle requires an oil change to ensure longevity.
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12-13-14

JUKE Color Studio offers owners a bold new way to “make it yours”

LOS ANGELES – "Personalization" continues to be a growing consumer trend – with custom product colors and features being offered on everything from mobile phones to kitchen appliances. Yet in the automotive world, the desire to "make it yours" can be traced back to the early days of hot rods and custom cars – where shaved door handles, bullet spotlights, metalflake paint jobs and elaborate pinstriping set hardcore enthusiasts and their rides apart from the crowd.
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11-29-14

JUKE COLOR STUDIO

Nissan brought a splash of brass and color to the Los Angeles Auto Show today during a press conference featuring the debut of two new vehicles and the launch of a unique vehicle personalization program.Sharing center stage at the Nissan display were the all-new 2015 Nissan Murano crossover, making its official debut in full production trim, and the revised Nissan JUKE sport cross.
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11-23-14

2015 Nissan Murano bursts onto scene with Popular Science magazine’s “Best of What’s New” award

The 2015 Nissan Murano has redefined the premium crossover once again, and the world's largest science and technology magazine has taken note. Today, Popular Science named the 2015 Murano a "Best of What's New" award winner, the magazine's top honor given to products or technologies that represent a "significant step forward." The all-new Murano – which resets the standard in the midsize crossover segment with breakthrough design, premium interior and purposeful technology – is part of an exclusive group of vehicles recognized in the Automotive category.
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10-11-14

Nissan Builds an Electric Pickup

Here’s Sparky, a converted Nissan Leaf. Engineers Roland Schellenberg and Arnold Moulinet, eager to do a little team-building and create a cool way of moving stuff around Nissan’s Stanfield, Arizona testing facility, led the project.  Some of you may be wondering, “Why not just get a Frontier and be done with it.” Well, what’s the fun in that? Besides—there is a long and awesome tradition of automakers doing crazy things like building a BMW M3 pickup and Porsche-powered Volkswagen Vanagon.

Now, the Leaf is a highly capable, thoroughly funky EV that we love. And it makes a surprisingly attractive, if somewhat stunted, pickup truck. The team kept the drivetrain as-is, chopped off the roof and added the top from a Titan pickup and the (shortened) bed from a Frontier. Cool details include wood bed slats, sharp wheels and the Leaf’s rounded rear. It all comes together in a thoroughly futuristic riff on the venerable pickup.

Sparky is tooling around the 3,050-acre test facility, which includes a 5.7-mile high-speed oval that the little electric p’up probably won’t ever see. We don’t expect to see a contractor rocking one of these anytime soon, but we wouldn’t rule out seeing something like this in the future. After all, Nissan’s already stuffed the GT-R’s drivetrain into the Juke, sent a Leaf clambering up Pikes Peak and built a race-ready Leaf that looks utterly insane. (We drove it. It was fun.) This is definitely a company that isn’t afraid to get a little weird.

 

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09-21-14

2015 Nissan GT-R NISMO

2015 Nissan GT-R NISMO

With 600 horsepower on tap - a 55-horsepower increase over non-NISMO spec GT-R models - and exclusive racing-inspired body, interior and powertrain treatments, the GT-R NISMO sets the tone for the entire 2015 Nissan GT-R lineup: Never stop improving.

 

2015 GT-R NISMO sets new performance standard for legendary Nissan supercar with 600 horsepower, Nurburgring-developed suspension

  • New extreme iteration of Nissan GT-R supercar joins GT-R Premium and GT-R Black Editions*

  • Offers 600-horsepower high-capacity turbocharged 3.8-liter V6, enhanced aerodynamics and unique NISMO suspension tuning

  • Becomes fourth NISMO-badged vehicle in Nissan lineup, along with 370Z NISMO, JUKE NISMO and JUKE NISMO RS

If ever there was a vehicle designed to explore the upper limits of performance, the Nissan GT-R has, throughout its history, been it. And while by its very nature evolution never stops, the advancement of Nissan's iconic supercar has established a new high point in the form of the 2015 Nissan GT-R NISMO*.

Bearing the name of Nissan's legendary motorsports and performance group for the first time, the GT-R NISMO is without question the flagship of both GT-R and NISMO – as well as the entire Nissan brand.

Available in very limited numbers in North America, the 600-horsepower***** GT-R NISMO joins the established 2015 GT-R Premium and GT-R Black Edition vehicles. These models all receive a range of important enhancements for 2015 – giving GT-R a more refined look and feel, without sacrificing one bit of its legendary performance. For full information on the entire 2015 Nissan GT-R line, please see NissanNews.com.

The GT-R NISMO model itself was inspired by a NISMO-prepped GT-R racecar that competed successfully at the 2012 Nurburgring 24-hour endurance race in near production form. And, as proof of concept, in late October 2013, a "time attack" GT-R NISMO** was driven to a new volume production car and Nissan GT-R Nurburgring record of 7 minutes, 8.679 seconds around the famed road course.

Not surprisingly then, while the refinements to the 2015 GT-R place an emphasis on balancing speed with the total driving experience, the new GT-R NISMO places a stronger emphasis on the "R" – as in racing – of the GT-R name. A quick glance at the GT-R NISMO specs shows how:

  • An additional 55 horsepower and 18 lb-ft of torque

  • A NISMO-tuned suspension with reduced weight and additional roll stiffness

  • The addition of adhesive bonding (in addition to spot welding) for increased body shell rigidity

  • NISMO-tuned aerodynamic exterior elements designed to increase downforce, including carbon fiber trunklid and spoiler, carbon fiber front and rear bumpers and lower front undercover

  • Ergonomically sculpted Recaro® front bucket seats

  • NISMO racing-style Alcantara®-trimmed three-spoke steering wheel with red center mark, designed to provide the best combination of feedback, grip and comfort

Innovative, Uncompromising Engineering

The 2015 Nissan GT-R NISMO employs innovation, uncompromising engineering and motorsports-inspired technologies to achieve new levels of power, speed and handling. Under the hood, the 3.8-liter V6 VR38DETT engine benefits from the expertise that NISMO has gained from participating in motorsports events around the globe. Engine power has been increased (versus standard GT-R models) and is now rated at 600hp and 481 lb-ft of torque*****. New high-flow, large diameter turbochargers, used in GT3 competition, improve breathing, while optimized individual ignition timing control for each cylinder and upgraded fuel pump improve combustion.

As with all 2015 GT-R models, each GT-R NISMO engine is hand-assembled from beginning to end in a special clean room by specially trained technicians, a process similar to racing powerplant construction. An aluminum plate is added to the front of each engine showing the name of the "Takumi" engine craftsman.

The engine features innovative plasma-sprayed bores (versus cast iron liners) for reduced friction, lighter weight, enhanced cooling, power output and fuel efficiency; a symmetrical independent intake and exhaust manifold system featuring twin NISMO-specific high-performance IHI turbochargers; a secondary air management system for improved cold-start emissions performance; a thermostatically controlled oil-cooling system; an oil scavenger pump to maintain oil flowing to the turbochargers; and a lateral wet and dry sump oiling system. The GT-R NISMO's fuel economy is rated at 16 mpg city and 23 mpg highway.

A special factory tuned Titanium exhaust system is optionally available. The system is made of Formula 1 race car grade titanium (Ti-1Cu), with its alloy construction generating a high strength-to-weight ratio and delivering a weight savings over the stock exhaust unit – along with a clear sound that is unique to titanium. The system offers reduced thickness, integrated fins and undercover ducts, allowing it to endure high temperatures without affecting performance under extreme driving conditions.

The VR38DETT V6 is backed by an advanced paddle-shifted sequential 6-speed dual clutch transmission, which can be driver selected to shift at race car-like speeds. The sequential-shifting transaxle features separate wet clutches for the odd (1,3,5) and even (2,4,6) gears and pre-selects the next highest and next lowest gear for quick shifts.

It also features Hill Start Assist for easy starts on uphill inclines. High performance differential oil, used in GT-R motorsports competition, is standard.

Along with Nissan GT-R's unique Premium Midship platform, the GT-R NISMO utilizes an independent rear transaxle ATTESA E-TS all-wheel drive system, which optimizes weight distribution and handling capability. The rear drive-biased system can vary torque split from 0:100 to 50:50 depending on speed, lateral acceleration, steering angles, tire slip, road surface and yaw rate.

Of note is a special GT-R-specific yaw-rate feedback control, which measures the differences between the target yaw rate calculated from steering angle and actual yaw rate detected by the yaw-rate sensor and G sensor to adjust torque bias.

The Premium Midship Platform layout places the transmission, transfer case and final drive at the rear of the vehicle, without the use of traditional torque tubes, allowing the suspension to operate independently and optimizing tire grip at each corner. Contributing to overall vehicle balance and low center of gravity, the unique offset input and reaction shaft design of the rear transaxle enables a shorter design profile versus a typical manual transmission, moving the concentration of powertrain weight lower in the vehicle.

The GT-R NISMO's suspension set-up is inspired by that of the NISMO racing GT-R and tuned for stunning agility, road holding and handling finesse, without compromising refinement. The springs and custom-developed Bilstein DampTronic dampers in the front and rear suspension are specially tuned to deliver exceptional grip levels and progressive handling response at the limit. Three suspension modes can be selected: Comfort, Normal and R, for circuit applications.

Specially developed links fitted to the front double wishbone suspension increase castor trail to optimize wheel position during high-G cornering and improve straight-line and cornering stability.

Additionally, large high-rigidity bolts are used to increase stiffness of the wheel-hub attachment area. To minimize body-roll during cornering and changes of direction, the Nissan GT-R NISMO features a 17.3 mm hollow rear anti-roll bar, which raises roll stiffness while reducing weight.

Increased rigidity in the body shell is achieved using adhesive bonding in addition to spot welding leading to precise suspension response under extreme load – another NISMO "factory tuned" enhancement.

The rigid forged metallic black 6-spoke RAYS® forged lightweight aluminum 20-inch wheels, manufactured by RAYS®, are inspired by Nissan's legendary GT500 racecar. They feature knurling inside the wheels to help keep the tires from slipping around the wheels under heavy acceleration or braking.

The GT-R NISMO's tires – developed by Dunlop with a NISMO-specific compound – exhibit outstanding grip and handling characteristics. The front tires are 255/40 ZRF20, with 285/35 ZRF20 in the rear.

Exclusive Styling with Improved Aerodynamics

Using the latest Computational Fluid Dynamic simulation techniques to analyze airflow, NISMO developed an aero package for the GT-R NISMO that improves road holding and minimizes the negative impact of drag, while giving the car a more menacing and muscular appearance.

Together, the front bumper, engine undercover and carbon rear spoiler increase downforce, lowering the center of gravity and generating an additional 220 pounds of downforce (at 185 mph) compared to the standard 2015 GT-R models. The car's aerodynamic characteristics are tuned to ensure the downforce is equally spread front to rear at all speeds for progressive handling characteristics. A widened front bumper configuration and elongated yet tapered rear bumper design keep the drag to Cd 0.26, same with that of standard Nissan GT-R.

The GT-R NISMO's handmade dry carbon rear spoiler features a special coating that allows carbon fiber "weave" to be felt by the touch. The lightweight dry carbon fiber material* is also incredibly strong.

The GT-R NISMO shares significant updates to the GT-R's lights for 2015, enhancing its visual impact. The new efficient High Intensity Discharge (HID) multi-LED headlights create a distinctive GT-R "lightning" motif, generating a bold exterior visual signature. The four LED units are configured with new LED high beam and three different low beams, including long distance illumination and wide illumination.

At the rear, GT-R's distinctive four-ring taillight signature now forms coherent circles of illumination, giving the GT-R an equally distinctive rear appearance. Upon start-up, the full new lighting signature is illuminated, creating a dramatic start-up procedure.

The Nissan GT-R NISMO will be available in five body colors: Jet Black, Solid Red, Pearl White, a limited production 4-stage metallic Super Silver and unique to the GT-R NISMO model, a low-gloss Matte Gray, which accentuates the car's imposing exterior muscularity. As expected, GT-R's advanced technology is present even in the vehicle's paint, which utilizes a durable anti-chip paint and "double clear coat" process.

A Racing-Inspired Cockpit

The Nissan GT-R NISMO cockpit inspires driver confidence through both its craftsmanship and optimized driving position. Ergonomically sculpted, heated, reclining RECARO® seats comfortably, yet firmly, support the driver and front-seat passenger.

NISMO racers influenced the design of the steering wheel, which is dressed in Alcantara®, with three spokes, red center mark and red stitching to give the best combination of grip, feedback and comfort. The combi meter has carbon-like finish, and tachometer features a red design. The meter hood is also dressed with Alcantara®. Interior trim features include discreet red stitching on the seats, center console, door trim and steering wheel.

As with all 2015 GT-R models, the GT-R NISMO's instrument panel is dominated by a video game-inspired, multi-function display that was created in collaboration with Polyphony Digital, makers of theGran Turismo electronic game. Eleven pages of information are available on this system, including mechanical and driving information, acceleration, brake pedal pressure, steering angle and a recording function with playback. Additional on-screen information includes a Navigation system and Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System. The navigation system includes NavTraffic Real-Time Traffic Information and NavWeather capabilities (SiriusXM subscription required, sold separately).

All 2015 GT-R models include a specially designed, 11-speaker Bose® audio system that features two forward-facing woofers in the rear center armrest area. Rigid aluminum die cast panel mounting of all speakers allowed Bose® engineers to perfect the acoustical performance of the GT-R sound system. Streaming Audio via Bluetooth® is also standard.

Standard GT-R NISMO safety equipment includes a Nissan Advanced Air Bag System for driver and front passenger, front seat-mounted side-impact supplemental air bags for driver and front-passenger and standard roof-mounted curtain side-impact supplemental air bags for front seat occupant head protection – along with front seat belts with pretensioners and load limiters and three-point ELR/ALR rear seat belts.

One Exclusive Model

The 2015 Nissan GT-R NISMO is available in one limited edition model with just one available option, the Titanium Exhaust System. It is assembled in Tochigi, Japan, with the engines hand-assembled in Yokohama, Japan.

 

CREDIT: http://nissannews.com/en-US/nissan/usa/presskits/us-2015-nissan-gt-r-nismo-press-kit

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09-15-14

Custom -Made Project Titan is Complete!

Custom-Made Project Titan is Complete!

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (September 9, 2014) - With help from the passionate Nissan Trucks Facebook fan base, the crowd-sourced, custom-made Project Titan is complete. The ruggedly tailored 2014 Nissan Titan, piloted by two Wounded Warrior ProjectÆ Alumni, is now primed with all the necessary equipment to take on the rigorous Alaskan wilderness in an adventure beginning today. Fans can follow along at Facebook.com/nissantrucks.

 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – With help from the passionate Nissan Trucks Facebook fan base, the crowd-sourced, custom-made Project Titan is complete. The ruggedly tailored 2014 Nissan Titan, piloted by two Wounded Warrior Project® Alumni, is now primed with all the necessary equipment to take on the rigorous Alaskan wilderness in an adventure beginning today. Fans can follow along atFacebook.com/nissantrucks.

Starting with a solid foundation – a rugged 2014 Titan Crew Cab PRO-4X®– fans voted on 10 different areas of customization to help the Titan conquer Alaska's challenging terrain – some of the most treacherous in the world. Fans voted at each stage along the way, giving Nissan direction for almost every inch of the truck.

Outside, a "Recon Titan" wrap with a digital-camouflage design pays homage to some of the most capable vehicles in the military. A NISMO cold-air intake and Borla cat-back exhaust system open up airflow on both ends of the Titan's Endurance® 5.6-liter V-8 engine. the hazardous Alaskan landscape is handled by 18-inch Fuel Revolver D525 wheels wrapped in 35-inch Nitto Trail Grappler M/T tires. Come nightfall, Bulldog LED Lighting illuminates the way, while an ARB Deluxe Bull Bar provides high-quality protection to help conquer the unknown.

Inside, a streamlined interior gives the truck a more customized feel, while a freshened shifter and steering wheel lead to a more comfortable drive. New, rugged Katzkin leather-wrapped seats feature Project Titan and Wounded Warrior Project embroidery. Coordinated tan stitching is found on the seats, steering wheel and door panels. Adding utility to the experience, Project Titan tows a matching customized all-terrain camping trailer featuring a camp-style kitchen, tent, water/fuel storage and a spare tire.

"The robust Titan serves as a great starting point for an adventure of this magnitude. With the help of Nissan's Facebook fan base, Project Titan is fully equipped for the Alaskan Frontier," said Fred Diaz, senior vice president, Nissan Sales & Marketing and Operations U.S. "I'm very much looking forward to following the Wounded Warrior Project team as they make their way through Alaska behind the wheel of Project Titan. This is the trip of a lifetime, and these veterans have all the essentials in this custom Nissan Titan to tackle many of the challenges the great wilderness will send their way throughout the journey."

With the truck fully prepared, the action begins when Iraqi war veterans and Wounded Warrior Project Alumni David Guzman and Kevin McMahon embark on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure. The two will trek over mountains and through valleys in the ultimate Titan, braving the muddy, rocky terrain and encountering an occasional wild animal. With the brisk onset of fall invading the Last Frontier, it's likely the WWP Alumni can expect some of the first snowflakes of the season.

As the two veterans set out across the Alaskan landscape, Nissan will document the adventure, with a YouTube series set to launch this fall. The adventure begins today when Guzman and McMahon shift into drive in the Alaskan Frontier. To follow the team's thrilling journey through the Last Frontier, visit the Nissan Trucks Facebook page: Facebook.com/nissantrucks.

Project Titan is Nissan's second crowd-sourced vehicle project, following the Project 370Z performance build in 2012. For detailed photos and video, as well as a complete list of modifications to "Project Titan," visit NissanNews.com.

The Project Titan modified vehicle will not be available for purchase. Modifying a vehicle could affect its safety, performance and durability; see Owner's Manual for details. Any alterations or modifications that result in damage to your vehicle are not covered under Nissan's New Vehicle Limited Warranty. Cargo and load capacity limited by weight and distribution. Always secure all cargo. Heavy loading of the vehicle with cargo, especially on the roof, will affect the handling and stability of the vehicle. See Nissan Towing Guide and Owner's Manual for proper use.

 

CREDIT: http://nissannews.com/en-US/nissan/usa/releases/nissan-project-titan-truck-ready-for-alaskan-adventure

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09-11-14

Project Titan Phase 3: Wheels, Lights and Exterior Wrap

Project Titan Phase 3: Wheels, lights and exterior wrap

 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Nissan has created the world's first crowd-sourced Titan by handing over the build to their Facebook fans. Watch as the Titan continues its custom transformation into the ultimate off-road machine that will take two heroic Wounded Warrior Alumni across the rugged Alaskan terrain. Check out phase 3, where we fit the Titan with new hardcore wheels, LED lights, and wrap the exterior in a bold, military inspired, custom digital camo print.

Follow this story to track how rugged the Nissan Titan really is!

 

Looking for a Nissan Titan? Mossy Nissan has Titan’s available at all 7 locations in San Diego. Find yours today!

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http://nissannews.com/en-US/nissan/usa/releases/project-titan-phase-3-wheels-lights-and-exterior-wrap

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08-09-14

Nissan 180SX – GTR Frankenstein – It’s ALIVE!

Nissan 180SX - GTR Frankenstein - It's ALIVE! Check out this monstrous 180SX that the mad men at Bee-Racing made into a GT-R!

 

Pop, pop, pop goes the misfiring system combusting in the yellow Bee-Racing Nissan R324 in the D1 Grand Prix drift series. Bee-Racing is infamous for creating machines that are a minor anomaly when it comes to a purpose-built drift car. It's safe to state that they definitely like to stay away from the norm. The famed R32 Nissan GT-R demo car converted to an FR configuration and displaying a R34 front end has become one of the most renowned cars in drifting today. The big boss Kiyonori Imai of Bee-R requires that all his shop cars sport the signature Bee-R Yellow to be recognized (and feared) in the industry. While many might refer to this taste in color as a slight form of insanity, they may be correct—but in a good way. On the outside, an automobile sliding through turns may totally look disorderly and like pure chaos, but inside, expert drivers and genius engineers have everything under precise control. Ever wonder why drifting is called the "controlled slide?"

 

Recently, Imai debuted another fresh yellow 2JZGTE machine at the Drift Muscle series that sent a sonic boom through the entire world of drifting. Photos of an R35 Nissan GT-R in full swing sliding sideways emerged over social media walls all over the world, and, to car enthusiasts, there was something peculiar about the nature of this machine.

 

At first glance, one may think that Imai somehow disabled the AWD system of an R35 Nissan GT-R to make it rear-wheel drive. Nissan gurus were scratching their heads to know how and why such a thing was done to such a superbly designed vehicle from the factory. Upon closer inspection of spy shots discovered on Japanese blogs, it was revealed that this vehicle started its life as an RPS13 Nissan 180SX. Similar to swapping body styles on a radio-controlled car, an R35 Nissan GT-R shell was retrofitted on top of the framerail of an S-chassis. At this point, our gearhead brains were yearning for more details of this yellow jacket, but be warned, what was uncovered from our investigation may shock some of you folks.

 

Apparently, the 180SX project was launched four years ago and took three years to build with the sole intention of Imai himself making an impact in the Drift Muscle series. He said, "My drifting has greatly improved over the years, so that's why I decided I needed a new machine." An estimated 9,000,000 yen ($90,000 USD) was invested into this project to shape it into fruition for Imai and his company, where his intentions were purposefully directed to make something that stirs controversy amongst the drift circuit.

Further revelation: A 3.0L Toyota 2JZGTE (Supra) engine was chosen to power this vehicle, since these units have been proven to be substantially robust even in factory form. Imai basically installed a set of Tomei camshafts, a GReddy surge tank, and a GCG Turbo kit, and called it a day. Other supporting engine mods included a Bosch fuel pump, Sard fuel pressure regulator, and Sard 800cc injectors. A custom-mounted Sard fuel collector tank sits behind the driver seat as well as the battery for preventing fuel starvation from extreme lateral g's and for corner balance, respectively. A Bee-R custom exhaust expels all the gas, but not before passing through a factory catalytic converter that's mandated by the Drift Muscle rulebook. An estimated 460 hp at 6,600 rpm is produced with over 368 lb-ft of torque with this setup, which should be plenty of power for Imai to learn to master. The entire engine is controlled by a trusty Australian ECU named Adaptronic and tuned by Imai himself.

Since the 2JZGTE Supra engine was robust and handled plenty of boost in factory form, it wouldn't be effective unless it had a bulletproof transmission that came with it. Imai chose a Getrag V160 six-speed tranny since it was practically indestructible and it perfectly complemented the engine without any custom fabrication. The transition of rotational force is all taken care of by an Ogura Racing Clutch triple-plate unit. We predict that when Imai's drifting gets even better, he will most likely upgrade to a sequential dog-geared tranny in the near future, provided that he doesn't smash the immaculate R35 body into a barrier at Ebisu Circuit (knock on wood).

In the suspension department, a GP Sports basic coilover suspension kit was installed alongside a variety of Bee-R and Driftworks adjustable control arms. With a relatively conservative spring rate of 8k front and 6k rear, the 180SX didn't require coilovers that were overly exaggerated, since this setup directly correlated with the lightweight nature of the chassis. The wheel position and suspension geometry in terms of camber, caster, toe, and scrub radius didn't really need drastic alteration since the wheel base of both the R35 and S13 weren't all that different. The R35 body literally was a great fit on top of the chassis.

The stenciled Goodyear Eagle letters on all four corners of the tires makes excellent marketing exposure for the brand as well as reinforcing a motorsports feel of this machine. The 255/35 and 265/35 rubbers are mounted on a full set of 18x10.5 Enkei RS05 wheels, with R34 GT-R calipers front and rear.

Sitting in the cockpit of this machine is like being strapped inside a terrifying roller coaster. At standstill, the body builds up anxiety wondering what's in store. Once in motion, the adrenaline and testosterone overrides every neuro receptor in the brain for a seizure-inducing driftgasm. The only luxurious aspect on the interior is the foam rollcage padding and the FIA-approved racing seat. Let it be known that the Bride Low Max reclinable seat enhances vehicle control originating from driver perception and lowered center of gravity. It's clear that Imai had literally built this machine from the ground up since the rollcage, gauge cluster, and dashboard are all positioned for his personal preference. Perhaps subliminally surrounding oneself in a bright yellow cage gives the brain some extra adrenaline needed to plummet into a turn sideways at triple-digit speeds.

The final shocking piece of information that we had uncovered was the front opening bonnet and scissor doors. While true racers may frown upon these modifications, please be reminded that this is not your ordinary motorsport. Flamboyancy and craziness gets you more points in drifting. Imai and Bee-R must absolutely be commended for bringing the car to this level of spectacular caliber. Only in Japan is this kind of craziness openly accepted and copied across the world. But the door and hood hinges make the car heavier and slower, you say? No problem at all, Imai just needs to turn up the 2JZGTE boost!

Yellow is the color for insanity. As insane as they may be, Bee-Racing has managed to take a step aside from the boring norm and execute their visionary project into a tangible matter. The best thing about this machine is that no matter how much love or hate it receives, Imai can care less. He built his ideal machine, and it has plenty of potential for competition. That's all that matters. No wonder Imai is always all smiles. Keep up the craziness, Japan!

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07-29-14

Self-Cleaning Car Technology on the Nissan LEAF

Self-Cleaning Car Technology on the Nissan LEAF

 

Meet the world's cleanest car. This Nissan LEAF has zero emissions and ground-breaking, self-cleaning paint. Watch this demo of how water, mud, and even chocolate syrup slide right off:

 

 

This micro-textured stain defender is like the teflon of cooking! It repels stains and dirt, never letting them soak into the surface of your car, as well as defend against ultraviolet sun damage.

 

Future plans for this material reach out far past automotive. The US Army would like to use this groundbreaking material on their uniforms, or car interiors. Keep an eye on the potential of this nano-tech material.

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06-07-14

Liberty Walk offers amazing body kit for the Nissan GTR.

Liberty Walk offers amazing body kit for the Nissan GTR.

 

Liberty Walk Performance has built themselves a reputation on producing some of the wildest and most standout wide body kits for Lamborghinis, Ferraris, BMWs and more. Photographer Ray Tran recently had the opportunity to shoot one of the famous Liberty Walk cars, a ludicrously wide and exceedingly aggressive Nissan R35 GTR.
 
Liberty Walk’s kit for the R35 Nissan GTR makes the already imposing ‘Godzilla’ have even more presence. Between the wide stance, huge wing and overall unique character of the car, it would be hard to miss this one going down the road!
 
Check out the new GTR at Mossy Nissan now! And you could be on your way to design genius! 
 
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