Nissan GT-R Nismo N-Attack Pack

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If your Nissan GT-R wasn’t quite fast enough for you, Nissan gave you the Nismo, a not very cheap extension of performance direct from the internal skunkworks team. And then of course, that begged the question (or maybe not), what should I do if I want even more speed? Well, Nissan kindly provided the answer for that – the N-Attack Pack, a bundle of dedicated option parts designed to make you go even faster.

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The NISMO N Attack Package was developed to achieve optimal speed and includes components such as aerodynamics necessary for superior down-force, suspension that can handle such a punishing road surface full of undulations and turbulent fluctuations, and full bucket seats essential to maintain the optimal driving position even under powerful g-force.

In Japan, these parts are combined and assembled at the NISMO Omori Factory, whose mechanics participated in the time attack project, while, in the U.S., Steve Millen Sportsparts Inc. (STILLEN) was chosen to conduct sales as the official installer and certified sales agency.

The “NISMO N Attack Package” consists of the dedicated parts that were especially developed through the time attack project at Nürburgring in Germany, where the Nissan GT-R NISMO recorded a time of 7 minutes 8.679 seconds, the fastest recorded time for a volume production vehicle.

Nissan Free Charging

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For your car, not your iPhone (although technically if a charging station can ramp up a car charge to 80% in 30 minutes, that should get you back to full power on your phone in about 30 seconds, right? I’ll let someone else try and plug it in to see).

But anyway, if you fancy a Nissan Leaf in the Mile High City (Denver, my home if you didn’t realize), they’ll give you lots of free power to try and entice you.

Nissan is launching its “No Charge to Charge” promotion for Denver area car buyers today. The program offers new Nissan LEAF buyers two years complimentary public charging with the purchase of the all-electric car from LEAF-certified dealers in the Denver market.

“Nissan LEAF is an attractive option for Denver car buyers because it is fun to drive and offers significantly lower operating costs when compared to a gas-powered car,” said Andrew Speaker, director, Electric Vehicle (EV) Sales & Marketing, Nissan. “EV charging infrastructure continues to grow in Denver, and access to free public charging for new LEAF buyers helps make owning an all-electric vehicle even more cost-effective and convenient.”

“No Charge to Charge” launches at Nissan LEAF dealers in the Denver market on June 2, 2015. The promotion includes access to fast chargers that can charge a LEAF battery pack from empty to 80 percent in about 30 minutes, as well as level 2 (240V) chargers spread throughout the Denver area.

Nissan GT-R – Gold Edition

2016 Nissan GT-R 45th Anniversary Gold Edition

I guess everyone is getting in on the Apple Watch gold craze these days, none more so than Nissan who today announced they were going to offer a special Gold Edition GT-R for 2016.

The 45th Anniversary Gold Edition, built off of the GT-R Premium model, commemorates the GT-R’s long heritage of world-class high performance. Featuring a special gold paint color, the limited edition model also includes a special gold-tone VIN plate located inside the engine compartment and a special commemorative plaque on the interior center console. The paint color itself is the same “Silica Brass” color that marked the 2001 Skyline GT-R M-Spec (R34 Type). Fewer than 30 of these special GT-Rs are slated for the United States market.

2016 Nissan GT-R 45th Anniversary Gold Edition

Personally I’ve never been a huge fan of gold, and I don’t see that changing anytime soon (but I will of course take one of these bad boys if the Nissan USA Press Office wants to lend me one for a month or two….).

Nissan GT-R Nismo Posts 7.08 ‘Ring Laptime

I love this video for a couple of reasons – the time, obviously, is pretty special, so seeing it being done is great. Also, there’s a couple of minor mistakes in there when he did this lap (his words, not me arrogantly criticizing a much better driver) so there’s a little more to come. But the best bit is having the driver himself actually talk you through the whole thing – understanding what he’s actually doing with the car, when he’s flat out or not, which bits he enjoys driving, where the car is better than the stock. All great. Definitely worth 8 minutes of your time if you ask me.

Nissan GT-R Track Edition coming to US

2014-nissan-gt-r-track-edition-photo-sideFor the 2014 model year, Nissan have just announced that they’re going to be sending over 150 special GT-R’s specially tuned for track work (because I guess the base model they supply won’t cut it?).2014-nissan-gt-r-track-edition-photo-rear

The rear seats have been deleted, and host of high performance tweaks have been made, including the carbon rear spoiler from the Black Edition model, a new front spoiler with carbon air ducts and brake cooling built in, and new Blistein dampers and upgraded spring rates. Lots of little things to make your on track experience just a little sharper than the regular version. 2014-nissan-gt-r-track-edition-photoI always struggle with the GT-R, and especially now with the gradual increase in pricing to take it over the $100k mark. I’m sure it’s fantastic, and if I ever drove one I’d be 100% hooked, but it’s a big and heavy car with lots of electronics that may improve or detract from the driving experience, depending on who you talk to. And I have chatted to one of the other instructors in the BMW club here who owns one – loves it, but given the weight and performance, he gets about 4 hot laps out of it before the brakes cook and he has to back off a little. Anyway, for this track special, you’re probably looking at somewhere north of the $110k you have to currently pay for the Black edition – given the small numbers making it over here, you better get your deposit in early.

World’s Greatest Drag Race Part 2

Motor Trend just posted this years version of the greatest drag race, with 9 cars competing (well, kind of) down a quarter mile of track. It’s worth sticking around right until the end as well – they let you have a little listen to each of the engines. Having driven the Jag XKR-S a couple of months ago, I can attest to being thoroughly addicted to that V8 on full throttle, whether inside or outside of the car.

Drive – M5 vs GT-R

In case you haven’t had a chance to check it out yet, Drive is a new channel on YouTube  featuring lots of cool car stuff. Highly recommend you check it out, not least for the appearance of Chris Harris, one of my favorite car enthusiasts. Here’s one his videos on the new M5 against the GT-R.

Nissan Juke-R

The Nissan Juke in it’s regular form has a bit of a polarizing effect. The mini SUV thing either looks cool or weird, or cool and weird, depending on your tastes (and often age range). However, when you strap the drive-train from the might GT-R underneath, along with a new body kit, you see it in a whole different light….

If you want more details, check out the Nissan Juke Facebook page

SUV Convertible

In “weird crap I saw this weekend”, I was sitting at some lights when what looked like a convertible SUV drove past. Of course, I rubbed my eyes, swore someone wouldn’t actually be as stupid to build one, told the wife (but she couldn’t see it) and carried on with my day. But if bothered me – would someone actually build such a thing. So the all wise one (wife) told me to google in, and much to my horror, it was real (and someone had actually bought one!). I now present the Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet….