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Paying tribute to the unheralded people behind some of the finest cars on the planet is easier said than done.

You can’t really recognize people who prefer to do their work in the shadows, content on letting their products be recognized for what they eventually become.

That’s why Nissan’s decision to showcase the four men behind the success of the Nissan GT-R became more than just an eye-opening look into the people whose imprint on Godzilla stands out above everybody else.

Collectively, they are called "takumi" and they are the ones in charge of building the heart of the GT-R: it’s V VR38 engine. If you have a GT-R in your garage, we invite you to pop open the hood and you might see nameplates like "Handbuilt by Takumi Kurosawa" inside. That’s a testament to each of the four artisans who have no other business in life than to ensure Godzilla runs smoothly.

Takumi Kurosawa is the lead engine builder for the supercar but he isn’t the only one. Joining him are Izumi Shioya, Nobumitsu Gozu and Tsunemi Oyama.

Remember their names because they put the work in to turn the Nissan GT-R into one of the most desirable sports cars in the world today.

Click past the jump to watch a behind-the-scenes video of the short documentary. Enjoy!

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Earlier this year ,Nissan announced the 370Z Nismo Euro-Spec , and today at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show, the company announced the U.S. version of the same model. The 2014 model continues with the same V-6 engine, but it adds distinctive new exterior and interior accents, plus refined suspension.

When compared to a standard 370Z, the Nismo version is 6.2 inches longer and adds a more aggressive look. Exterior features include an extended front nose design and a fully integrated chin spoiler, while the interior gains sports seats, steering wheel with Alcantara wrap and much more.

For the 2014 model year, most changes are limited to the addition of a new dark gray on numerous parts of the body, plus a new Solid Red replacing the previous Magma Red.

The 2014 Nissan 370Z Nismo will go on sale this summer.

UPDATE 4/30/2013: Nissan has released 17 new images of the upcoming 2014 370Z Nismo, including a few of the previously unseen interior. You can see the images in the gallery.

UPDATE 7/26/2013: Nissan has revealed the base pricing for the 2014 370Z Nismo. It will come in at the same price it did in 2013: $43,020.

Hit the jump to read more about the 2014 Nissan 370Z Nismo.

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In the past few months, AMS Performance’s GT-R Alpha Omega car smashed record after record. On July 13, 2013 the GT-R Alpha made history one more time: it managed to run the quarter mile in under 8 seconds, making the AMS GT-R the first 9, 8 and 7 second R35 GT-R!

Just 2 days before achieving this incredible result, theGT-R Alpha managed to run the quarter mile in 8.25 seconds at a speed of 185 mph. Still a very impressive result, but as the car seemed to be capable of much more. After two days, it was pushed to its limits once again and this time it managed to run the quarter mile in 7.984 seconds at a speed of 186.14 mph.

What’s even more incredible is that the car used to brake the record is a "full street trim car," with only some minor drag race parts added, like the parachute and the 18-inch drag wheels.

One more video after the jump.

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This isn’t the first time Senner Tuning has released a kit for the Nissan 370Z , but the last one was way back in 2010. This time around, it looks like Senner took its 370Z tune a little further.

As no surprise, Senner started its job under the Z’s hood where it installed an INJEN cold-air-intake system with hydro-shield wind deflector and remapped the ECU to squeeze a few more ponies from the 3.7-liter V-6. There is also a new stainless steel exhaust system connected to a fan-type exhaust pipe and 400-cell sports catalysts. All these updates have increased the 3.7-liter engine’s output from the standard 330 horsepower to a total of 368 horsepower. Peak torque also jumped from 269 pound-feet to 299 pound-feet.

Senner didn’t hang up its wrenched after tuning the engine, as is also slapped on a set of 20-inch Work Varianza T1S wheels wrapped in Continental Sport Contact 5P tires sized 245/30R20 up front and 295/25R20 out back.

Rims and tires aren’t quite enough to push the 370Z to another level, so Senner also added in a compression and rebound-adjustable KW variation 3-Inox coilover kit, and adjustable control levers on the rear axle to allow for fine alignment tweaks on the back end.

Click past the jump to read more about the Nissan 370Z by Senner Tuning.

The Nissan GT-R has been the subject of special edition models recently with the Track Edition and the Gentleman Edition making headlines in the past couple of months.

But Nissan apparently isn’t done rolling out the "special edition" carpet on Godzilla, as highlighted by the latest GT-R bearing that monicker.

This is the creatively named GT-R Special Edition, limited to only 100 units worldwide — 50 units in the U.S. — making it a real must-have for any GT-R aficionado anywhere.

So what makes this particular Nissan beast different from the others with the same designation? For starters, the name says it all. It carries an exclusive Midnight Opal body color that you’re not going to find anywhere else. Nissan says the finish on the surface "sparkles like a jewel" and the color changes depending on lighting conditions and viewing angle.

The model also features a dry carbon-fiber rear spoiler that enhances aerodynamic stability, a new set of highly rigid, lightweight forged-aluminum wheels that come with an eye-catching hyper-titanium coating, and a gold model number plate located within the engine compartment to emphasize its exclusivity.

You can pickup the GT-R Special Edition for $105,590, which is a $6,000 increase over the GT-R Premium. It will hit select Nissan dealers starting in September 2013.

Whichever way you slice it, the Nissan GT-R Special Edition deserves that distinction. And then some.

Click past the jump to read about the Nissan GT-R Track Edition and the Nissan GT-R Gentleman’s Edition

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British magazine AutoCar had the crazy idea of putting face to face a Nissan GT-R and an Audi RS6 Avant . While it may sound like a crazy idea, the two cars actually perform pretty closely with one another: they both have all-wheel drive, deliver more than 500 horsepower and in the UK are priced at £80,000 - around $120,000 at the current exchange rates.

Despite the on-paper similarities between the two, AutoCar took them on the road to see if the big, practical Audi RS6 can really outpace, or at least hang with, the breathtaking Nissan GT-R. Steve Sutcliffe had the pleasure of hosting the battle and this video will show you the result of the test.

Check it out to see if the RS6 Avant is really as cool as Audi claims and if it can stand in front of the powerful GT-R. Let us know which of the two models is your favorite!

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Switzer Performance is getting better with every upgrade program it offers for theNissan GT-R . Back in January, the tuner unveiled the GT-R Goliath and now it’s back with an even more amazing upgrade. Switzer is describing its new project as the "most track-focused Nissan GT-R" to date.

The new GT-R ClubSport is based on the previous Switzer-built Ultimate Street Edition from which it gets the engine and turbocharger upgrades. This new package adds in a big-brake package, a track-tuned suspension system, a new aerodynamic body kit and a set of racing seats. Switzer also fitted the ClubSport with more track-oriented Toyo R888 tires and grip-happy carbon-nano brake pads that are specially formulated to reduce fade and improve bite.

The price for the upgrade is $29,900, not including the price of the GT-R, and the standard Switzer Performance Ultimate Street Edition GTR upgrades. The tuning work takes anywhere from 3 to 4 weeks.

Click past the jump to read more about the Nissan ClubSport GT-R by Switzer.

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Nissan announced its plans to enter the Le Mans Series earlier this year, but the company has been toying with the idea ever since it left the DeltaWing program.

Today its experimental car - the ZEOD RC - was finally unveiled and, according to Nissan, it will be the world’s fastest electric racecar. The new electric racecar will start testing later this summer and will make its racing debut at next year’s Le Mans 24 Hour. As usual, the car will race under the ACO’s "Garage 56" entry.

While very official specifications have been released on the new ZEOD RC, we do know it will take advantage of the electric technology used in the road-going Nissan Leaf . However, Nissan will somehow take this technology to extreme level, as the ZEOD RC will hit a top speed of 186 mph.

Nissan will run Le Mans with aG-Driving Racing No 26 Oreca this year and hopes to score victory in the P2 class.

Updated 05/21/2014: Nissan unveiled a new video showing the ZEOD RC crash test in slow motion. Enjoy!

Click past the jump to read about some of the competition the ZEOD RC may face at at next year’s Le Mans.

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The new Nissan Altima is enjoying a sales up-swing at the moment following a $580 price cut that took effect May 3 of this year. The cheapest Altima’s are now just below $22,000 up to just above $30,000 for the loaded V-6 SL model. This comes on the back of poor launch sales and critiques of the marshmallow driving characteristics.

The big news for the 2014 Altima is the introduction of an all-new, Nissan-developed hybrid drivetrain option.

From extensive technical previews of the new supercharged 2.5-liter four plus Li-Ion battery packs, Nissan is clearly proud of the system and will also roll it out on the 2014 Pathfinder Hybrid for the first time.

Pre-2011 Ford and Nissan hybrids used technology from the Toyota Prius for the electrified system components including the transmission, power inverter, battery, and charging control unit via a licensing agreement. The Toyota-supplied components were then married to Ford or Nissan platform and engine designs.

As a result, the Altima Hybrid drove a lot like the Prius despite using a more-powerful gasoline engine for primary power. This is set to change with the new 2014 Altima Hybrid. The supercharged four-cylinder should deliver good torque and the use of lithium-ion batteries will mark a first for a mainstream, value-oriented hybrid sedan.

Will one Hybrid be enough to battle the Camry Hybrid, the Plug-in Honda Accord and the two hybrid variants of the Ford Fusion ?

Click past the jump for the full review of the new Nissan Altima Hybrid.

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In 2012, a stock 2013 Nissan GT-R ran the 1/4-mile in 10.87 seconds - a pretty good time for a stock car developing a total of 542 horsepower. In the realm of GT-R tuning, however, things go by a little bit faster, thanks to outputs that nearly double the stock horsepower.

For example, last year a GT-R Alpha Omega by AMS with 1,600 horsepower under the hood ran the 1/4-mile in 8.63 seconds. Now, a 1,300-pony GT-R broke the record and managed to run the quarter mile in 8.61 seconds at a speed of 170 mph.

The GT-R breaking the record was equipped with an AMS Alpha 12 turbo kit, Mickey Thompson drag radials, a Syvecs SGTR ECU package developed by Switzer and a ShepTrans driveline to help keep the wheels spinning.

So, you don’t believe a 1,300-horsepower GT-R can beat a 1,600-horsepower one? Well, the above video will show you just how much driver talent and other mechanical advantages above and beyond horsepower help out.


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