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Thursday, November 18, 2010

2012 Nissan GT-R : DBA- R35 at LA Auto Show

2012 Nissan GT-R: DBA-R35

LA Auto Show 2010. Some random shots, plus testing out the burst mode on my camera.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Redline Time Attack at Auto Club Speedway

Here are a few pictures from Redline Time Attack at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana.   More pictures and videos coming tomorrow. 

2012 (2011 Japan) DBA-R35 0-62 mph Video


0-100 km/hr is about 0-62 mph.  This video shows some testing of the 2011 Japan(2012 model year US) GT-R undergoing testing.   There is supposed to be a part 2 soon.   The 2012 car is supposed to have a new version of the controversial launch control called LC4.  Warrantied, and quick.  So what is he actual time?  Looks like we have to wait until part 2 to find out.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

DG-Spec World Challenge Season Recap : Scion tC

It was quite a year for DG-Spec, capturing the World Challenge touring car championship, manufacturer's championship, rookie of the year, and driver's championship. Check out this season recap.

In 2010 I worked on the DG-Spec Scion tC World Challenge touring car team. Here is a season recap from Scion Racing.

Saturday, November 06, 2010

10.11@134.8 on stock turbos : Nissan GT-R : Now with Video

As the weather gets cooler, the turbo cars get faster.  sleepdoc from NAGTROC has done it again, gone faster with his stock turbo R35 GT-R.  He is killing it with his 60 foots, best time of a 1.47.  Drag radials in the back, stock wheels and tires in the front.  We may see a 9 second stock turbo car soon.  Nice passes congratulations.

Cobb AccessPORT, Kreissieg downpipes, HKS midpipe, HKS Legamax Catback, e85 Custom Tuned by Jack Cecil @ HPlogic ID1000cc injectors, Cobb SF intake, HKS upgrade B fuel system

582WHP 585 WTQ Mustang Dyno


sleepdoc-18 inch drag radials

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Kaizo Update : Paperwork Filed in Plea

The LA Times just published an article on Kaizo, and Daryl Alison filing paperwork for a guilty plea on the misdemeanor charge of removing markings from an imported vehicle.  Kaizo Industries agreed to plead guilty for a violation of the Clean Air Act for failing to file proper paperwork on imported Nissan Skylines, and other right hand drive imported vehicles.

"The defendants allegedly put bogus 17-digit Vehicle Identification Numbers on the cars in place of the actual Nissan VIN plate," the statement read. "To avoid California’s stricter registration and emission requirements, many of the cars were registered out of the state and sold to California residents with Florida and Arizona plates."
Federal and state investigators seized three Nissan Skylines last year after executing a search warrant at Kaizo Industries. The cars did not meet U.S. environmental and safety standards.
They confiscated nine other vehicles in connection with the probe, including what federal officials described as the “hero” car from the fourth installment of "The Fast and the Furious” movie series.

Kaizo is closed, and has been closed since July 2009, when its offices were raided by several government agencies, including Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

For more information on the Kaizo drama, you can check out some of my past postings.  There are many individuals that imported car bodies though Kaizo, and what happens to them remains to be seen.  Overall, its a very small number of vehicles in the grand scheme of vehicles sold, or imported to the US.  Even since this first started, the early R32 GT-R's have turned 21 years old, and are EPA exempt for importation.  In a few years, these first R32 GT-R's will be 25 years old and DOT exempt.    The only thing these seizures are doing, are hurting individual owners, tax payers.   Most of these cars are just recreational vehicles for the owners.  Most are driven only a few thousand miles a year, if at all.   The 1999 Nissan Skyline GT-R is even listed on the "Show or Display" exemption, however EPA requirements make meeting those standards nearly impossible.  Show or Display allows the car to be DOT Exempt. 

The Nissan Skyline has become, and always was a big target.  Do we really need law enforcement going after these few cars, cherished by the owners, rather than other bigger, more dangerous elements in our society?    Thanks ICE, I feel safer already. 

Source: LA Times Blog