Nissan GT-R Nismo N-Attack Pack

Nissan GT-R Nismo N-Attack White

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.

Nissan GT-R Nismo N-Attack White Rear

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.

Ford GT Supercar – The Return

Ford GT Supercar

Given the last version of this iconic Ford performance car has been shooting way above it’s original selling price in second hand markets over the last year or two, this new revision on the classic should prove even more popular.

Ford GT Supercar Rear 2015

Beginning production late next year, the GT hits the road in select global markets to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Ford GT race cars placing 1-2-3 at the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans. The all-new GT supercar features rear-wheel drive, a mid-mounted engine, and a sleek, aerodynamic, two-door coupe body shell. It is propelled by the most powerful EcoBoost production engine ever – a next-generation twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6 producing more than 600 horsepower.

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The GT makes extensive use of lightweight materials, including carbon fiber and aluminum – enabling outstanding acceleration and handling with improved efficiency,along with one of the best power-to-weight ratios of any production car.

Ford GT Supercar Interior side

The state-of-the-art chassis is suspended by an active racing-style torsion bar and pushrod suspension, with adjustable ride height. The 20-inch wheels are shod with Michelin Pilot Super Sport Cup 2 tires featuring a unique compound and structure designed specifically for the Ford GT. Multi-spoke wheels encircle carbon-ceramic brake discs at all four corners.

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The narrow-profile canopy reduces frontal area and caps a purposeful interior that provides state-of-the-art technology to ensure control, comfort and safety. The two-seat cockpit is accessed by upward-swinging doors, and features driver and passenger seats integrated directly into the carbon fiber passenger cell. This configuration significantly reduces seating hardware and weight, and provides a consistent and direct sensory connection to the chassis. The fixed seating is combined with adjustable pedals and steering column to accommodate a very wide range of driver statures.

Ford GT Supercar Interior

An F1-style steering wheel integrates all necessary driver controls, creating a stalkless steering column that allows uncluttered access to the transmission paddle-shift controls. A fully digital and configurable instrument cluster provides a wealth of driver-focused data. The display is configurable for multiple driving environments and different driving modes.

“While we hope enthusiasts rejoice about this all-new GT, all Ford customers will benefit from the ultimate performance Ford and its new-generation innovations,” said Nair.

 

Ford Focus RS Coming to the US

Ford Performance LogoFord will deliver more than 12 new performance vehicles for global enthusiasts through 2020, as the company announced today its new global Ford Performance team.

The vehicles include an all-new Focus RS that will be available to customers in major markets around the world for the first time. It is part of Ford’s plan to deliver even more performance vehicles, parts and accessories for customers around the world more quickly.

“Ford remains committed to innovation through performance,” said Raj Nair, Ford group vice president, Global Product Development. “Our new global Ford Performance team ties together racing, performance vehicles and parts. It will allow us to more quickly introduce products and accessories that meet the needs of customers around the world on-road and on the track.”

Focus RS, which builds on a pedigree of driving excellence dating to the first Ford RS in 1968, was last introduced in 2009. That time around it wasn’t available in the US, but that looks to be changing with the worldwide focus on major markets. Lets hope it’s as good as the Fiesta ST and everyone will be very happy.

BMW M3 DTM Champion Edition Model

Before any of the US readers get too exited, it’s not coming over here…….

In traditional fashion, BMW is releasing a special edition before the end of the current M3 run, this one to celebrate winning the German Touring Car series on it’s return to the competition this year. Main changes to the car are cosmetic, with the matte black paint, M Sport Racing stripes, and few stickers here and there on the outside, and the inside getting a carbon and alacantra going over. 

From what I can tell there are no performance upgrades, although the base price (of 99,000 Euros!!!!) does include the competition package. Given there’s only 54 of these things being produced, and it may be the last non-turbo M Car for ever (or at least the foreseeable future), it’s high on the likelihood of becoming a collectible at some point in the relatively near future. So, if you want one, and you live somewhere other than the US, you better get down to your local BMW garage quick sharpish to put your name on the list. 

SLS AMG Black Series

I was hoping for at least a little engine noise in this, but looks like we’ll have to wait for the rumble. The Black Series seems to me to be a little hit and miss – CLK was apparently awesome, but the C Coupe wasn’t. Wonder how good this one will be – wouldn’t mind getting the chance to find out, that’s for sure

Acura (Honda) NSX Concept

Acura 2012 NSX ConceptHonda (or technically Acura over here) released a concept of the next version of the NSX at the recent Detroit Motor Show. Apart from looking pretty spectacular, it has the usual Honda fill of brand new technology, including additional (electric) engines to sort out the all wheel drive portion of the handling. All sounds very complicated to me, but the engineers in the program promise it will stay close to it’s driving for fun roots. No idea when it’s due to come out, but it’s definitely one to keep an eye on. (via PistonHeads)

Interesting side fact – despite the original NSX falling firmly into the exotic/supercar band when it was released, if you take a look at a recent Porsche Boxster spec (weight, bhp, torque , performance and engine position), they’re pretty night on identical. Hows that for progress?

Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch

I have been lucky enough to get to visit Spring Mountain, and sample a couple of their driver education courses over the past few years. I started off doing the advanced Lotus courses, and spending 2 days blasting around in an Elise (and a couple of laps in an Exige before I broke it) wasn’t what you call boring. The second was just last year, when I upgraded to something with a little more power (Corvette Z06’s) for the Level 3 Class at the Ron Fellows School. They’re the official Corvette school, and the level of instruction has always been fantastic. Not only that, but they’re also some of the funnest and friendliest bunch of people to hang out with, so if you ever get the chance to join a school (in any of the cars they offer – Radicals are pictured below), I’d suggest you jump at the chance.

I’m about to head down there for my third school in a few weeks. I signed up to re-do the Level 3 Corvette school with the hope of being slightly less intimidated by all the power (500bhp is a little step up over the 330bhp I’m used to driving on a normal basis), and getting smoother. Another added benefit in recent years is the on-site condos – there’s something pretty special about waking up with your head about 30 yards from Turn 1 while they give a few cars some warm up laps.

Evo First M5 Review

Evo is the best car magazine on the planet (if there’s a better one, you better tell me, coz I’ve been a believer with my own cash for an international subscription for a very long time now). And they’ve done a quick review of the M5 before the full version gets released in the magazine very soon. As you’d expect, it’s super fast, super responsive, but they want to test it on English roads with a couple of competitors (XFR and new E63 AMG) before they deliver the final all encompassing verdict. Read the initial take for yourself right here.

Audi S7

I have a bit of a confession – despite owning a BMW, I secretly think the interior and exterior looks of the current range of Audi’s is way nicer than their equivalent BMW’s. This is once again shown with the latest incarnation  – the S7. The sportier version of the A7 brings a twin turbo 4.0 litre V8 with 420 bhp and 406 lbft of torque – here’s hoping it’s more S4 than S5 like in it’s on road performance – signs are promising with a 0-60 time that’s less than 5 seconds and the optional sport differential.