Tuesday, April 22, 2014

XJ220 Powered Ford Transit Van

Vehicle development in secret is a real thing. Manufacturers don't want to tip their cards too early on some vehicles. In this case the Jaguar XJ220 engine and driveline was installed in this lowly Ford Transit van, complete with rack and ladders. Originally the XJ220 was to be all wheel drive and a V12, but the actual car was rear wheel drive and a V6 twin turbo. Read some more about the controversy at Show or Display.  The 1992-1994 Jaguar XJ220 was approved for Show or Display, and we have seen several at the emissions testing labs. They say the van will do 0-60 mph in under 5 seconds, which would make it into a pretty fun van. It really looks the part. If you didn't notice the wheels, no way to tell what lives inside. 

The Transit was transformed by Jaguar into a secret test vehicle for the XJ220’s engine and running gear early on in the development of the XJ220. The van even had a ladder and roof rack fitted as part of its disguise. Unless you noticed the big ZR high speed tyres and XJ220 alloys, there are few clues to the 542bhp engine lurking underneath.

Source: http://www.greatbritishsportscars.net/xj220-transit-van/

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Sunday, April 20, 2014

GTR RB26 Misfire Under Boost and Coil Pack Fix

Clint found this great video showing how one guy tested and repaired a misfire he was having with his R33 GT-R.  Most of the time when I have seen misfire issues, simple fixes can make it all work. Along with the boot leakage as shown in this video, the coil harness itself, living in the RB26 engine valley gets crispy, and will occasionally come apart in your hands.  Also the right spark plugs, can make it easier for the arc to jump in the combustion chamber. I like the fine wire iridium plugs, they are expensive but when you have a misfire you lose between 50 to 100+ horsepower.

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Watch the video, try it out on your car. A clean car is a happy car.

RB26DETT Spark Plug Recommendations
DoLuck Coil Harness (provides direct battery power to coils)

Coils are visible with left side valve cover removed to fix a small oil leak. 

I like using a t handle to remove and install spark plugs. 

This coil showed signs of water leaking down inside the valley. This was cleaned up

This spark plug showed signs of water accumulating around the spark plug. 

Saturday, April 19, 2014

1971 Nissan Skyline 2000 GT-R - Hakosuka First Drive

This 1971 Nissan Skyline 2000 GT-R KPGC-10, or Hakosuka is one of about 500 left in the world. This car and owner have a unique story. The old owner sold it to the current owner for about 1/2 its value, but the new owner had to maintain his garden, something he has been doing the last 25 years.

First launched in 1969, the "Hakosuka" GT-R ("hako" meaning boxy, "suka" coming from the Japanese pronunciation of Skyline) was a rare sight. Nissan only built 1945 of them. And today, estimates put the number of original GT-Rs remaining on Japan's streets at about 500.

Read more: http://www.motortrend.com/roadtests/coupes/1404_1971_nissan_skyline_2000_gt_r_first_drive/#ixzz2zMpLCWLn

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The real GT-R is distinguishable from its "run of the mill" Hakosuka 2000GT brothers by the S20 engine. Dual over head cams, with a huge flat valve cover.

S20 engine. 

Before taking the car for a spin, we asked him to open the hood. Perched in his engine bay was one of Nissan's prettiest-ever powerplants, the so-called S20. With its polished triple Weber carburetors and six shiny pipes, not to mention that bright red rocker cover sporting a Nissan 2000 insignia, the car's pedigree is evident. Essentially the same specification as that of the 1966 Nissan/Prince R380 race car, this 2.0-litre straight-six develops 160 hp at 7000 rpm and 130 lb-ft of torque at 5600 rpm.

Read more: http://www.motortrend.com/roadtests/coupes/1404_1971_nissan_skyline_2000_gt_r_first_drive/#ixzz2zMpTKpdP

These Hakosuka's are the cars that eventually paved the way for the R32,R33,R34,and R35 GT-R.  A 1971 Hakosuka would be legal to import to the US, and even register in California. Over 25 years old for the NHTSA, over 21 for the EPA, and older than 1975 for California. More information -

And what about the car itself? As you might expect, given its racing history and rarity, this GT-R is not cheap. He says it's currently worth around $100,000, but the potential sales price means nothing to him. "I wouldn't sell for double that amount," he said. "Because you just can't find impeccably maintained GT-Rs anymore." And no 43-year-old car handles or sounds like this anyway."

Read more: http://www.motortrend.com/roadtests/coupes/1404_1971_nissan_skyline_2000_gt_r_first_drive/#ixzz2zMpeI0g7

El Toro R32 GT-R : Austria's Fastest and Quickest

Super Street Magazine covered the El Toro R32 Nissan Skyline GT-R this month.  With only 6 cars in Austria, it is definitely not Australia. There are quiet a few more GT-R's in Australia than Austria.

It's true that only six Nissan Skyline call the country of Austria home—only two of which are R32—but no other Western European tuning house knows the iconic platform better than them. "The whole weekend we spent together sharing thoughts on the car," Keresztesi says of that first meeting. "I realized these were the guys to bring my R32 to."

Read more: http://www.superstreetonline.com/features/1405_nissan_r32_skyline_gtr/#ixzz2zLohhCoG

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With a 3.2 liter RB30, this car makes a ton of horsepower- over 1250 horsepower, which should make it scoot.  Anything over 1000 horsepower, no matter how they make it sound in the article, is a very big deal. You have to make sure everything works correctly, or you end up with a very expensive pile of parts. All it takes is one failure in the chain, and you have a bad day. Such are mechanical devices.

Even more cubic inches were wrung out of the 3.0L engine with the help of a Nitto 3.2L stroker assembly. Boost is made possible with a single, albeit large, Garrett GTX42 turbo that helps generate more than 1,050 lb-ft of torque without nitrous oxide. None of that means that Keresztesi has any reservations against chemical horsepower, though; a 150hp-shot of nitrous remains on tap in the event 1,400hp is ever needed.

Read more: http://www.superstreetonline.com/features/1405_nissan_r32_skyline_gtr/#ixzz2zLpNSpKz

Check out the full article and pictures over at Super Street.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Long Beach Grand Prix 2014

A few pictures from Long Beach Grand Prix.

Thunder on Pine. Wednesday

Naples Island in Long Beach

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Mazda diesel LMP2 car

Hot Rod in the C300 Paddock

Looks like Hawk Racing gave up on the Nissan GT-R

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