The price may be small, but your smile certainly won’t be – even if it is slow as hell.
Nissan has shown a new Leaf Nismo RC pure EV race car. The dual 120 kW motors can deliver 478 lb-ft of torque through an AWD system. But the big thing is that the extensive use of carbon fiber reduces the weight of the Leaf RC to 2690 lb. That torque:weight combo allows a 3.3 sec 0-60 time and the low CG should help with handling. We think it looks better than the street car version, too.
Along with the debut of a refreshed R35 for 2017, at this year’s New York Auto Show Nissan also brought along some incredible examples from each generation of the Skyline GT-R. From its fairly humble beginnings in 1969 as a high performance lightweight runabout to its current state as an all-wheel drive, 565 horsepower supercar, check out how Nissan’s sports car has evolved over the decades.
Back when the Skyline R35 made landfall on American shores as the Nissan GT-R it quickly became clear that this car was a game changer. Packing all-wheel-drive, twin turbos, a dual clutch gearbox, and sophisticated electronic enhancements, the GT-R offered legitimate supercar performance for well under $100K.
Ride along with us as we drive the 2015 Nissan 370Z Nismo around Autobahn Country Club the 2015 Midwest Automotive Media Association Fall Rally.
This week we have the keys to something particularly special, courtesy of our friends at Smokey’s Dyno & Performance. While the Nissan GT-R is certainly no slouch straight off the showroom floor, there’s still those among us who yearn for even more performance. That’s where the folks at Switzer Performance come in.
While The Stones sang that “You can’t always get what you want”, they added that “If you try sometimes you just might find you get what you need”. With Nissan’s unveiling of the GTR-LM (during the Super Bowl, interestingly) WEC LMP1 endurance racing may indeed get what it needs.
This week we’ve got the keys to Nissan’s sporty crossver, the Juke Nismo, here in the uprated RS trim. We don’t normally think of crossovers as the sort of vehicle that one might consider taking to a local autocross or track day, but after a week with the Juke Nismo RS it’s clear that the engineers from Nismo weren’t content to just give the Juke a bodykit and wheel makeover and call it a day.
The Nissan DNA garage in Japan is a veritable treasure trove of iconic production cars, race cars, concept vehicles and other extremely rare one-offs. Only accessible to Nissan employees, our friends at Motorsport Retro and Speedhunters recently managed to infiltrate the hallowed walls of the facility, capturing the incredible gallery of images you see here.
It’s been seven years since the R35 Skyline first made landfall in the US, and in that time, year-over-year changes to Godzilla have been largely incremental. But while none of GT-R’s updates have been revolutionary, with each revision of Nissan’s supercar it has gotten consistently faster and, theoretically, easier to live with. We decided to get behind the wheel of a 2015 model, here coated in the new-for-2015 Gold Flake Red Pearl pant, to see what Nissan’s engineers have come up with to face the recent onslaught of new contenders for the budget supercar crown.
Every year the Motor Press Guild holds their Track Days event, gathering both journalists and auto makers in one spot with the goal of giving both parties the opportunity to connect and allow members of the press a chance to evaluate the latest from the brands that participate. This year had a particularly good turnout, giving us a chance to check out vehicles we haven’t had any seat time in as of yet, as well as one’s we’ve reviewed previously but haven’t had on track yet, like the all-new 2015 Ford Mustang GT.
Ride along in the #52 Ford Mustang Boss 302S, #73 Porsche Cayman S, #1 Chevrolet Camaro, and #51 Nissan 370Z as we bring you multiple angles of the crash on Lap 1 at the Long Beach Grand Prix.
Nissan’s ZEOD RC may be able to run an entire lap of the 24 Hours of Le Mans under full electric power, but after that, it will still call upon traditional internal combustion to keep things moving. Nismo president Shoichi Miyatani recently highlighted the light weight of the 1.5-liter three cylinder motor that provides that motivation in a very non traditional way, cradling the powerplant in his arms like a St. Bernard puppy.
Earlier this week at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show, Nissan showed off their latest design study in the form of the Nissan Sport Sedan Concept. Part of a retooling effort of the brand’s overall style, the Sport Sedan Concept is likely a thinly veiled teaser of the design cues we should expect to see in the next Maxima.