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Friday, November 22, 2013

Nissan Skyline R31 Promotional video



Saw this pop up from Pistonheads. This is a promotional video for the 1986 R31 Nissan Skyline. Check it out in all its mid 1980's glory. These cars are over 25 years old, so if you fancy a blast from the past, there are legal ways to import them. For more information about 25 year old vehicle importation, check out MotoIQ.

The R31 Skyline of 1986 was a natural evolution on the R30 shape, and also this one was loosely based on the Laurel platform (C32). The design was slightly larger and squarer than previous Skylines. It was available as a Sedan, Hardtop sedan, Coupe and station wagon. Affectionately known as the "Seventhsu" or simply "7th Sukairain" by owners, due to it being the 7th generation Skyline.
The R31 Skyline introduced many new technologies and features. The HR31 was the first Skyline to be equipped with the new RB-series of engines. The R31 RB engines are often referred to as "Red Top" engines because of the red cam covers. There were three variants. The earliest series of DOHC RB engines used the NICS (Nissan Induction Control System) injection system with 12 very small intake runners, and a butterfly system to divide the intake ports in half for better low RPM performance. Later versions used ECCS (Electronically Concentrated Control System) engine management, discarded the twelve tiny runners for six much larger ones (though they retained twelve ports on the head, so there was a splitter plate), and received a slightly larger turbocharger. Nissan's RD28, a 2.8 straight-6 engine, featured for a diesel option. Another technological first for the R31 was the introduction of Nissan's proprietary 4-wheel steering system, dubbed HICAS (High Capacity Active Steering). The R31 series were also the only models in the Skyline family to feature a 4-door hardtop variation. These models were generally badged as the Passage GT.
The R31 Skyline was also produced in Australia, with a 3.0 L motor (RB30E) available in sedan or wagon form, as well as a four-cylinder version called the Nissan Pintara. The wagon had the same front style as the coupe and sedan—the only difference being that it lacked the four round brake lights that had been a consistent element of Skyline design (except for the R31 series one/two which had rectangular taillights with a solid bar through the centre which was also shared by the Pintara). These cars were manufactured in Australia due to the heavy import laws which made it expensive to bring cars into Australia.
29,305 R31 Skylines were also manufactured and sold in South Africa in 4-door sedan form between 1987 and 1992. These were the last Skylines seen in South Africa. Power came from either the RB30E 3.0 straight-6 motor, RB20E 2.0 straight-6 motor 



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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Four Door Autech R33 GT-R 40th Anniversary



R33's are not my favorite of the GT-R's, and four doors are always weird, but this yellow, Autech R33, with 400R parts looks pretty good. Yellow with white wheels, kind of a reverse egg yolk.  This car is a 1998, so still a long way from coming to the US.  RB26 powered, all wheel drive. 5 speed manual transmission. Supposedly there were 405 of these 40th anniversary cars made in 1997 and 1998.

Check out the original Autech 4 door sales brochure.




Looks like a real badge

NISMO exhaust

Maybe one or two too many NISMO stickers. 

Steering wheel looks familiar. 

The logo on the seats seems out of place. 




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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

The Nissan GT-R Heritage Video



From 1969 to 2014 the GT-R has been the flagship of Nissan performance, always innovating, always thrilling. #ZeroCompetition


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Nissan and NISMO IDx Concept Car

Nissan IDx Concept Car
Check out the Nissan IDx concept car. Is this the S16?

IDx NISMO
Many of the group of co-creators who were involved with IDx NISMO are people who grew up playing racing simulation games that feature cars of the past and from all corners of the globe. They had a natural desire to realize that virtual driving experience in a real car of their own.

Not limited to being inspired just by racing cars, IDx NISMO was born from a refined combination of the freedom to borrow liberally from memorable vehicles of yesteryear and the present, in addition to whatever was felt exudes “cool."

The IDx NISMO's co-creation dialogue took the distilled heritage of Nissan's basic box-shaped racing vehicles of the past and married it with various intriguing new details. This resulted in a car that appears to be timeless and moored in a place all its own.

Though IDx NISMO shares the overall length and height of its Freeflow cousin, the 1.8 meter width of the car is testament to its low, wide stance that emphasizes its sporty proportions.

One of the hallmarks of box-type racecars is speediness conveyed by a reverse-slanted nose. On IDx NISMO, this frontal design element is embellished by an aura of seriousness communicated by the use of carbon panels. Side mufflers provide a pleasing exhaust note. The car also has contemporary touches such as front/rear and right/left aerodynamic spoilers and lightweight 225/40 19-inch tires.

To meet the high expectations for a powertrain equal to the task of propelling such a formidable car, one proposal from Nissan's engineers is the combination of a high-performance, eco-friendly 1.6L direct-injection turbocharged engine together with a sporty CVT with 6-speed manual shift mode and synchronized rev control. The result is no less than an appealing mix of racing heritage with the finest of modern know-how.

Scanning the interior reveals racing-inspired crimson alcantra seat covers that entice the eyes, complemented by Spartan-looking meters and gauges that animate the race-car ambience. The lustrous metal surfaces contrast nicely with the bright red suede trim that is augmented by blue stitching.

This machine's soul-stirring design echoes the racing car imagery of the past united with the buzz digital natives get from the virtual world they know well.

That this car could result from co-creation dialogue alone exemplifies Nissan's fresh approach to contemplating car design, and even kindles a fire in the hearts of people fond of the good old days of high-performance cars.


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Sunday, November 17, 2013

R's Meeting Video from Hot Version


Check out Episode 6 of Hot Version #113 featuring a 800 horsepower R35 GT-R from HKS, along with tons of other GT-R's at a R's Meeting, plus a Super GT driver drifting an R32 GT-R.



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HKS and other Japanese tuners are now aiming for 1000 or even more horsepower from the R35 GT-R. Learn about the challenges involved. We also have a bonus, Seiji Ara LeMans driver and Nissan racer sees if his R32 GT-R can drift!
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Monday, November 04, 2013

Road and Track Magazine: Group A Legends

Group A. Lots of cool cars in this list. Lots of all wheel drive, small displacement, with tons of power.


Check out the full list. - http://www.roadandtrack.com/racing/race-car/photos-group-a-rally-car-legends#slide-9

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