This One-Off Nissan Skyline GT-R R33 Wagon Is Uniquely Attractive and Confusing at the Same Time
The Nissan Skyline GT-R is one of the most iconic cars coming from Japan. Actually, the GT-R has gained a global following since the 1980s, becoming popular in the U.S. as well. Like many imports, the Skyline GT-R was popular with tuners as well, and they usually upgraded the engine to insane amounts of power. Body modifications were common too, but they weren’t extreme. However, it seems that at least one owner had the idea to make the fourth-generation Skyline GT-R more practical and turned it into a wagon. And the result is somewhat puzzling.
Does This Nissan GT-R With Pop-Up Headlights Look Good or No?
Pop-up headlights. There’s not a single gearhead that doesn’t love them and believe it or not, they date back to the mid 1930s, when they were first used on the Cord 810 for aerodynamic purposes. However, the last pair of modern pop-up headlights we can remember were those featured by the 2004 Chevy C5 Corvette, but what about a Nissan R34 GT-R with such headlights?
Hey, Nissan, Make This the New GT-R, Will You?
To say we love the Italdesign GT-R 50 would be a severe example of an understatement. It takes all the good things the GT-R has to offer (which is like 99.9% of the car) and rearranges them in a futuristic-looking package that’s hard to beat by anything else the supercar world has to offer today.
Italdesign’s work, however, will not have a say in the design of the future GT-R. There will be a new Godzilla at some point, have no doubt, but Nissan is taking its time with it. Well, here’s some motivation: why don’t they make it mid-engined, so it can look like this rendering we stumbled upon.
The 2019 Nissan IMQ Concept Previews Questionable Crossover Design for the Future, But Nice Tech
The 2019 Geneva Motor Show is overflowing with new tech concepts, including this fresh entry in the crossover segment from Nissan. It’s called the IMQ, and although we’re not really into the weird exterior styling, features like the torquey hybrid powertrain, futuristic interior, and intriguing tech ideas make it worth a look.
Nissan Titan XD PRO-4X Project Basecamp
Overlanding is growing from a niche market to the mainstream thanks to years of support from aftermarket manufacturers and the trendy idea of off-the-grid vacations. Nissan is tapping into the segment with this one-off custom Titan XD pickup designed to showcase the upgradability of the Titan XD with more than 60 aftermarket parts and accessories. The truck debuted at the 2017 Overland Expo West outside Flagstaff, Arizona where thousands gathered for the latest in overlanding gear.
Named Project Basecamp, this tricked-out Titan XD has been heavily modified to improve its off-road performance while carrying hundreds of pounds of equipment necessary for sustaining life miles away from civilization. The Cummins-powered Titan XD’s most prominent modifications include steel bumpers, fender flares, six-spoke wheels wrapped in 35-inch all-terrain Nitto tires, and the large cargo rack in the bed complete with a foldout tent. Fred Diaz, VP of Nissan America Trucks, said, “Overlanding is an exciting form of outdoor adventuring, taking participants into sometimes extreme terrain and climate conditions. We’re using the Project Basecamp to showcase the Titan XD PRO-4X model’s potential as the perfect platform for truck owners thinking of taking their adventures to the next level."
Continue reading for more information on Project Basecamp.
Anticipation is growing over the new 2016 Nissan Titan XD and its all-new 5.0-liter Cummins V-8 turbodiesel. Now with the official debut at the North American International Auto Show behind it, Nissan is slowly diving into the details of what makes the truck tick. In this case, the info swirls around the innovative turbocharging system bolted to the Cummins V-8.
The animation above shows just how the airflow moves through the two-stage turbo using a patented, Holset rotary valve that controls airflow through the system. Basically the turbo uses an extra set of turbines on both the exhaust and intake sides that increase pressure, getting boost flowing to the engine at lower engine speeds. Conversely, both the exhaust and intake sides have larger, low-pressure chambers that move vast amounts of air during higher engine speeds. The larger chambers act as the main boost-generating turbines.
During low-rpm acceleration, the smaller turbines spool up quickly, providing boost while the larger turbines take over during more aggressive throttle applications. This contributes to the 5.0-liter’s impressive 310 horsepower and 555 pound-feet of torque ratings. Nissan promises the truck will have staggering towing and hauling capabilities, likely making the Titan XD the most capable half-ton truck on the market.
The turbo system includes four separate modes. They are: high-pressure turbo mode, low-pressure turbo mode, wastegate turbo mode, and regen turbo mode. Within the entire assembly, two active valve systems work to control the airflow. On the intake side, a compressor bypass valve routes air either through or around the high-pressure turbine, while the exhaust side uses the patented valve Cummins calls the “Rotary Turbine Control” valve. As its name suggests, the valve is shaped like a cylinder and rotates. The valve directs air into either the high-pressure or low-pressure turbines.
Simply put, the system works to eliminate lag associated with larger turbos while still providing the grunt that big-bore turbochargers are known for.
Click past the jump for more details on the turbo system.
I’m not sure if Nissan is simply toying with us or if it’s subtly giving us a preview of things to come within its lineup. While I do know that the former is the case, I’m holding out hope that the latter will come to fruition down the road. In the meantime, do check out these renderings of two models that the Japanese automaker doesn’t have in its lineup…at the moment.
These models are actually concept renderings done as part of Nissan’s #NISMOmashup program. One model combines the Nissan GT-R Nismo with a Nissan Maxima sedan and the other features a combination of the Nissan 370Z Nismo and a Nissan Sentra sedan. You probably didn’t recognize them at first, did you? Don’t worry, I didn’t either.
Of course, Nissan doesn’t plan on building these two models anytime soon, even though their reception has been incredibly positive. The 370Z/Sentra mashup, in particular, looks incredible with its beefier and sportier dimensions. I’m not as big of a fan of the GT-R/Maxima mashup, as it kind of looks like the Mitsubishi Lancer Evo XI at first glance.
Hopefully, Nissan submits to public clamoring and builds these two models in concept form for an upcoming auto show — SEMA may be a good place to show them off. I’ve even thought of names on what the company can call them. How does the "370 SentraZ" sound? How about the "MaxiGT-R"?
Click past the jump to read more about Nissan’s latest Nismo cars.
Not only does the Nissan DeltaWing prototype resemble something out of batman rather than a racer which will take up a grid position at this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours, but it may also suggest what the future of racing could look like. Unfortunately for many motoring enthusiasts, that does include the elongated, tapered front end and the aircraft inspired hind quarters.
However, the effectiveness of this design will not be proven until after the Le Mans endurance race and despite the car being largely experimental, the guys over at Top Gear recently teamed up with English car customizer, Andy Saunders, to produce a replica of the DeltaWing concept.
Andy Saunders is no rookie when it comes to producing the weird and wacky, and his very own DeltaWing will be testament to the belief that what’s worth doing, is worth overdoing. In order to create the one-off piece of art, Saunders will search the scrap heap for components which not only resemble certain elements of the original but can also be tweaked to get the look just right.
So far, Saunders has borrowed the wheels from a Ford Mondeo, the rear axle from a Ford Escort, and has combined components from the Fiat 126 and Morris 1000 bonnet to shape the rear deck of the car.
And that list will continue to grow as the rear pod sections will be created from old Mazda MX-5 bumpers, while the “DeltaWing kick-ups on the rear” will be formed around the air intakes of Australia’s last F1 champion, Alan Jones’ 1975 Formula One racer.
It’s currently unclear what engine, drivetrain, and transmission Saunders plans to utilize for the car, but you can be sure of two things: they’ll be recycled and when finished, the Top Gear DeltaWing will be significantly heavier, less powerful, and slower than the real racer.
Nonetheless, we respect Saunders’ ambition and wish him all the best!