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  • Nissan planning big things for future GT-R, including Le Mans entry and hybrid power

    The Nissan GT-R is a mighty feat of engineering. There's no doubt that it's one of the greatest Japanese automobiles built, slaying more expensive supercars and hypercars left, right and centre. But Nissan is already looking forward to its successor, which promises to be even more bonkers and boast even more technology than its older brother. Talking to MotorTrend, a source close to the auto manufacturer has outed some juicy details regarding the forthcoming track tormentor. "You can expect to see the next-gen GT-R get a toned-down version of the 2020 Vision GT car," he hinted to the site, suggesting that...

  • Nissan GT-R’s rolling launch control brings warp speed to the road [video]

    By now, the world knows how fast the Nissan GT-R is in a straight line, not to mention around the twisties too. And at just US$101 000, it's relatively affordable straight line speed at that. But what's the most impressive tech gizmo behind its brilliance? "Rolling launch control" is a bit of a gimmicky name and doesn't quite come standard on the factory car, but to see it in action is pure theatre. The twin-turbocharged 3.8-litre V6 engine is a colossus developing over 540-horsepower, but traditionally, turbocharged cars haven't quite lived up to the hype, due to a number of...

  • Nissan Pulsar to get 275hp Nismo-tuned variant to break Nordschliefe lap record

    It seems every auto manufacturer today is obsessed with out-classing each other on the Nurburgring's Nordschliefe. The latest marque to stake their claim is Nissan according to Auto Express' latest report, with the adorable Pulsar, tuned by Nismo. The world has seen in-house performance division Nismo tweak almost every Nissan model, from the Juke to the more sensible 370Z, but the Pulsar was the last link in the puzzle. The SSS, although a strikingly fast car, wasn't anywhere near Golf GTI or Renault Megane Trophy territory. But the Pulsar Nismo is about to change that. After extensive tweaking, the car will...

  • The ballistic Qashqai R promises swivel-eyed levels of insanity

    The Juke R was ridiculously, spectacularly and stupidly unnecessary and...well, awesome. Not to be outdone by its six-eyed sibling, the Nissan Qashqai R promises similar levels of crazy, and perhaps even more. Built by R35 GT-R mentalists Severn Valley Motorsport, in some obscure corner of the United Kingdom, the Nissan R started life as a humdrum Qashqai+2 (the longer one) and by sheer genius is almost exactly the same length as a the famed GT-R, give or take a few millimetres. Essentially the Qashqai R is a GT-R silk sock wearing a Qashqai boot and while a not so simple body...

  • Nissan reveals a little more of its Vision Gran Turismo concept

    If you're the kind of person who pays attention to that kind of thing, you might have noticed something odd in the most recent image Nissan released of all of its cars you can drive in the new Gran Turismo game. It wasn't exactly inconspicuous: in the bottom corner was a car covered in a bright red blanket, with the date "June 10, 2014" beneath it. Most assumed that the date meant that Nissan would reveal the car on the date, but it turns out that it just marked when Nissan would release the next teaser image of its...

  • Sick of car washes? Nissan introduces the ‘world’s first self-cleaning’ car

    There are few more troublesome things in this world than keeping a car clean. Engineers over at Nissan's European technical centre in Switzerland agree and have developed the world's first dirt-repellent paint. They then sprayed the miracle paint onto their humble city hatchback. Introducing the world's first "self-cleaning" car, the Nissan Note. The "super-hydrophobic" and mud-repellent paint, trademarked as "Ultra-Ever Dry," makes use of nanotechnology to actively remove grime, water, mud and frost before it grips onto the vehicle's surface. Nissan claims that the coating forms a "protective layer of air between the paint and environment" keeping the vehicle dirt free. This...

  • Nissan teases new Murano ahead of New York debut

    Nissan has given the world a glimpse of what its upcoming Murano will look like and we can tell you that it has headlights. Actually, to be fair to the Japanese car maker, its teaser of the new SUV provides a lot more detail than those provided by other manufacturers. I mean, it's given us a video, which shows off the fact that its "halo" model in the SUV and crossover sections has doors, with handles and also windows. When we actually get to see the whole thing, Nissan assures us that it will "feature a spacious, premium interior...

  • Take a look at Nissan’s reinvented rearview mirror

    This is pretty clever. Nissan's announced a rearview mirror that allows the driver the ability to switch between the LCD monitor and the traditional rearview mirror, depending on the driver's preference. While rearview cameras have become pretty standard on newer cars, and seem set to eventually replace rearview mirrors altogether, Nissan's solution seems pretty effective for now. For one, you aren't completely stuck if the camera randomly decides to give up the ghost. According to Nissan, the Smart rearview mirror also helps with issues around blindspots, because it provides a wider and clearer view when compared to a standard...

  • Fancy walking off with Nissan’s new LeMans engine? You really can

    Meet the engine Nissan will be taking to Le Mans this year. You'd probably imagine that it takes at least a small crane to move it and put it in position. You might be right when it comes to the latter, but anyone with a reasonable amount of arm strength could probably lug this bad boy around without too much effort. You see, despite being able to push out 400bhp, the engine (designed to accompany the Nissan ZEOD RC on its travails through Le Mans) weighs just 40kg. According to Nissan, the 1.5l unit revs to 7 500 rpm and...

  • Automated vehicle hits the road in Japan as Nissan joins the race for driverless cars

    This week car manufacturer Nissan impressively demonstrated its own self-driving vehicle on a public expressway in Japan with plans of commercializing it by 2020. Although not a first, the race to introduce this tech in the near future is clearly heating up. The Autonomous Drive is based on the Leaf electric car and performed a number of groundbreaking manoeuvres such as switching between lanes, overtaking and merging. According to the Japan Times, the vehicle carried officials as well as journalists on a 3.2km drive. The car uses seven cameras and six laser scanners, to gain a 360-degree field of vision...

  • Nissan Bladeglider might just be the coolest electric road car yet

    Over the past couple of years, electric road cars have become a bit, well, dull. Even Tesla, after a promisingly Lotus-inspired start, came over all sensible with the S, but things are starting to look up again. Case in point: the Nissan Bladeglider. Taking cues from the company's beautiful, but totally useless DeltaWing, the Bladeglider is bound to bring out the 10 year old car lover in everyone. While the BladeGlider might look like just another crazy concept, Nissan is apparently considering putting this three-seater piece of insanity into production. No word on performance specs but even if you...

  • Nissan launches dedicated YouTube channel for petrolheads

    The worlds of motorsport and internet videos have merged with Nissan as it launches Nismo.TV on YouTube; a channel dedicated to the motorsport exploits of Nissan's racing division. It will be a behind-the-scenes view of everything from its top racing programmes to its training programme in yet another step forward for original content on YouTube. Nismo is Nissan's racing and performance division, responsible for all its race cars and fast road cars, like the manic GT-R and its GT3 brother. But it also has some humble endeavours like the GT Academy. This is a genuine gamer-to-racer program that Playstation racers...

  • Sleek, beautiful, but totally useless — Nissan’s Batmobile: the DeltaWing

    Nissan is set to enter the 2012 Le Mans 24 Hours with the most extreme iteration of a racer that motorsport has seen in recent memory. If you are a regular viewer of Top Gear then you'll be familiar with Jeremy Clarkson’s experiences with the Reliant Robin, the three-wheeled car that continuously fell over around corners. The same logic should apply to the DeltaWing, Nissan's futuristic take on a Le Mans Prototype race car. It's extremely narrow front end suggests that cornering would not be its forte, but Nissan has created the seemingly impossible. Against all known physics and...

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