The Science Behind Nissan’s VQ Engine is Beyond a Stroke of Genius
Nissan’s family of V-6 engines falling under the VQ nameplate has an aluminum block and a DOHC setup with aluminum heads. It came to replace the VG series in 1994 and ever since, it’s been a loyal presence in Ward’s 10 Best Engines rankings.
How did Nissan manage to design and build such a terrific engine? This video will run you through every tech aspect of the VQ.
An R32 Nissan Skyline Just Became the Worlds Fastest AWD Vehicle With a Sub-7-Second Quarter Mile!
The Nissan Skyline R32 GT-R is one of the most revered Japanese cars of the past few decades and there’s a good reason why: packed with technology quite like no other sports car back in its day, the R32 GT-R is the jack of all trades that also manages to master each and every one of them.
Recently, one became the fastest AWD car in the world and the fastest GT-R in the world, beating all the fancy new R35s.
The Japanese Nissan Figaro Is a Car You Didn’t Know Exists But Have Always Wanted
When it comes to Japanese Kei cars, they can be split into three types: boxy, cute, and downright weird. Deciding which is which obviously depends on personal taste, but the Nissan Figaro is definitely of the cute variety. On top of looking like its made from candy thanks to its vintage color palette, the Figaro also looks as if it was designed in the 1960s. And I say "looks" because the Figaro was actually produced in 1991.
Nissan Has Finally Confirmed the 400Z - Here’s Your First Look
Following years of rumors that Nissan’s next Z model could be a crossover, the Japanese company has finally confirmed that the successor to the 370Z will also be a sports coupe. In a presentation outlining its future product strategy, Nissan showcased a new Z car that looks a lot like the outgoing 370Z. There’s no official name for this car yet, but all rumors point toward the 400Z name.
Between Godzilla and the BMW M5, This is One Action-Packed Head-to-Head Showdown
The BMW M5 and the Nissan GT-R are two cars that you don’t want to race against. Racing them against each other, though, is an entirely different story. You can argue that the M5 and the GT-R are two of the best performance cars on the market, and when there’s an opportunity to see which of these two savants has the performance edge over the other, you take that opportunity and you run away with it.
That’s exactly what Bulgaria-based YouTube channel DizzyRiders did when it put the M5 against Godzilla in a series of head-to-head races. Which of the two reigned supreme? We won’t divulge the results here, but you should know that both the M5 and GT-R showed out.
1320 Video Features the 3,000-Horsepower ETS-G Nissan GT-R: Video
If you want to make ludicrous power and demolish the quarter mile with a modern import, the Nissan GT-R makes for a pretty solid foundation. Ever since it was first revealed back in 2007, tuners have been busy turning wrenches and coaxing ever-higher output levels from the GT-R’s venerable twin-turbo V-6, and these days, it’s evidenced by bigger and bigger dyno pulls, and smaller and smaller ETs.
One of the biggest stars in constellation GT-R is Gidi Chamdi, who is regularly seen behind the wheel of some of the most extreme GT-R’s on the planet. 1320 Video managed to catch up with Gidi recently at the GT-R World Cup at Bradenton Motorsports Park in Bradenton, Florida, where he was once again assuming the role of pilot in the latest ETS-tuned GT-R. Sporting an all-new build, this mad machine puts down an astonishing 3,000 horsepower. The goal? Nothing less than a shot at the GT-R drag racing world record. Hit play to watch what happens when all that power is unleashed down the drag strip.
Take a Detailed Video Tour of a Very Rare Nissan Skyline R32 HKS Zero-R
Still in production after 11 years, the current R35 GT-R is the fastest and most powerful of its kind. However, it’s not the rarest and definitely not the most valuable. Nissan built quite a few special runs of the Skyline GT-R in the past, but very few of them are as exclusive as the HKS Zero-R.
Tesla Model S Driver Rams Into A Nissan SUV Despite Autopilot’s Warning
This is the latest Autopilot crash; but it wasn’t the system’s fault. A couple, who was too busy engrossed in something else other than focusing on the road, rear-ended a Nissan SUV despite the system warning and chiming its brains out. How can one trust a machine blindly?
Video: Watch the ItalDesign GT-R50 in action at Goodwood
The Italdesign GT-R50, essentially a modified Nissan GT-R, just made its public debut at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed. The bespoke supercar was driven on the historic race track and, as expected, it looks even better in motion than in the official photos.
Project: The Reborn Light – Making Use of All Those “Useless” Decommissioned EV Batteries
One of the problems with any rechargeable battery is that, after so long, they don’t hold a full charge or deliver full amperage anymore. And, such is the case with EV batteries. So, as time goes on, there will be more and more “junk” EV batteries that would otherwise need to be disposed of. Well, Nissan has an answer to this, and it isn’t disposing of them. It’s taking them in their useless-to-a-car state, attaching a solar panel to them, and using them to power streetlights that run independently of the electric grid.
As of now, it’s just a working project, but the prototype will go through initial testing on March 26 and the 4R battery reclamation factory in Namie, Japan. If everything goes according to plan, the streets of Namie will start to see them popping up in places needed the most, helping to speed up the recovery effort that has been ongoing for the last seven years following an earthquake and tsunami that rocked the region.
With that said, Nissan has released a little video that goes into a little more detail of Project: The Reborn Light. Go ahead and check it out for yourself.
Are You Prepared For a World With Self-Moving Slippers?
In case there aren’t enough things in this world that are becoming autonomous these days, Nissan is taking it a step further by giving everyday items the ability to move by themselves. We’re not talking about cars; we’re talking about things like tables, floor cushions, remote controls, and household slippers.
The unusual amenities can be found in the ProPILOT Park Ryokan, a Japanese inn located in Hakone, Japan that Nissan is using to showcase its ProPilot Park technology.Instead of the usual dog and pony show of watching a Nissan Leaf EV demonstrate the new self-parking technology, Nissan instead turned its attention to household items in order to showcase what the tech is capable of. The results are incredible, if not a little freaky. Have you ever seen a floor pillow move by itself in a non-supernatural way? How about a pair of slippers that arranges itself neatly with others of its kind? It’s going to take some getting used to.
Nissan doesn’t really say how the technology works on these items, but the video above cuts to a scene where a group of smart people are working on developing the tech, complete with renderings and mockups of the actual slippers. There’s nothing ghoulish at work here; it’s all about Nissan’s new ProPilot Park technology, and the potential applications it can have beyond its ability to park a Nissan by itself.
Maybe Nissan’t on to something here. In my case, I wouldn’t mind living in a world where my dog isn’t the only one that comes greeting me when I enter my house. I’d like to see a future where slippers could do that too. Live in Nissan’s world, or in this case, the ProPilot Park Ryokan, and that future is there, waiting to welcome us with open arms and a comfortable pair of autonomous slippers.
And in case you’re wondering about the authenticity of the hotel, Nissan’s actually offering a free night at the ProPILOT Park Ryokan for a lucky pair of travelers. If you’re interested in joining, all you need to do is post on Twitter using the hashtags #PPPRyokan and #wanttostay from January 25 to February 10, 2018. In the event you do get picked to spend a night in the inn, be sure to let us know all about that experience.
Watch Nissan’s Door-Slamming Robot Torture a Pathfinder with 45,000 slams
Ever think about how many time your car door is opened and closed in its lifetime? Well, Nissan estimates a door will experience 45,000 closing shoved in only ten years. That’s a lot of abrupt stops for the sensitive components inside a door to withstand. To help with quality control, Nissan just installed a robot inside its technical center in Farmington Hills, Michigan. They even gave it a catchy name: Mrs. Doorboto. That’s a clear reference to the classic 1980s song by the Styx, “Mr. Roboto.” For short, though, Nissan folks just call it Rosie.
Rosie only needs three days to subject a car door to 45,000 repetitions of opening and closing. It cycles through every six seconds by using its aluminum “hand” to grab the door handle. Rosie swings the door through its full range before giving it a shove closed. Rinse and repeat… over and over again.
The process helps Nissan pinpoint any parts on or within the door that might prematurely fail. Remember, modern doors have backlit switches that control electric motors that operate a pane of glass raised and lowered by cables through a plastic track. There’s also sound system components like speakers and small plastic clips that hold everything together. It might be a boring three days for Rosie and turn a new Pathfinder into a used crossover, but it’s nice to know Nissan is looking out for long-term durability.
Nissan’s New 2018 Titan Commercial Is Hilariously Catchy
Nissan is fighting tooth and nail to gain ground in the highly competitive half-ton pickup market. Sales have been slower than expected, but that might change with this commercial. It’s about the funniest truck commercial we’ve seen in a while – mostly because truck ads usually take a more serious approach. It’s called No Lazy Horses and it’s Super Bowl-quality funny thanks to a catchy song, a memorably pudgy main character, and some antagonizing lazy “horses” that are impossible to unsee.
Besides being funny, the one-minute, 30-second commercial takes a hard swing at the Ford F-150. Of course, the truck’s badges are removed, but anybody with any sense knows the white, Crew Cab truck is a Ford. Truck fans will easily place it as the previous-generation, steel-bodied F-150.
As the story goes, the F-150 gets stuck in the mud and its driver, Clark, must coax the truck’s “horses” to perform by doing an embarrassing song and dance routine. Pretty pretty ponies, pretty pretty please, I’m a dancing ponyboy, begging pretty please Well, unfortunately for Clark’s pride, the hero pulls up to witness the scene in his shiny new, 2018 Nissan Titan Crew Cab 4x4. The hero, Clark’s payload of pipes, and what’s left of Clark’s dignity ride off into the sunset, abandoning the F-150 to rot away.
Despite horsepower not having anything to do with a 2WD truck being buried axle-deep in mud, the commercial is incredibly memorable and should even resonate with people who know nothing about truck, payload, or lazy horses. That stupid song is a verifiable earworm, and those trashy, basement-dwelling horses are the stuff of Internet legends.
Nicely done, Nissan. Thanks for the laugh.
Nissan Turns Godzilla Into A Full-Sized Remote-Controlled Car
There are times when the automotive industry amazes you to no end that you just have to sit back, relax, and enjoy the show. Take what Nissan did recently in partnership with Sony in the promotion of Gran Turismo Sport for, example. Not content with just sticking with the usual PR and market scripts that we’ve so gotten used to, Nissan decided to take it to another level by modifying an actual Nissan GT-R and turning it into a full-sized remote-controlled car. Not only that, but the automaker even brought it to Silverstone for a few laps, all while being controlled by nothing more than a stock Playstation Dualshock 4 controller. Fantastic!
So how exactly did Nissan manage to do this? Well, the first order of business was to fit the GT-R - now called the GT-R/C because, you know, awesome - with four individual robots, each controlling specific features of the actual car, including steering, transmission, brakes, and throttle. Once that bit of technical wizardry was accomplished, the unmodified PS4 controller was connected to a micro-computer, which in turn was in charge of interpreting the controller inputs and then transmitting them to the car. Adding to the scope of the stunt was professional racer and GT Academy winner Jann Mardenborough, who hopped into the passenger seat of a helicopter and controlled the GT-R/C from there with his PS4 controller. If that’s not the absolute best view to play with a life-sized Nissan GT-R remote-controlled car using a PS4 controller, then I don’t know what to tell you.
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Nissan Returns As A Promotional Partner Of Star Wars
In case you haven’t heard, or you’re just spending far too much time running away from wampas in Hoth to care, Nissan and Star Wars have been partners-in-crime for some time now. The two companies came together last year to promote Star Wars: A Rogue One Story, so it comes as no shock that the Japanese automaker is back as a promotional partner to the mega movie franchise ahead of its highly anticipated movie, Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
Nissan is one of six major brands tabbed by Lucasfilm to be part of an extensive global promotional campaign supporting The Last Jedi. The other five companies include Christian Louboutin, General Mills, Royal Philips, Verizon, and VIZIO. It’s a diverse group that includes a high-end fashion designer (Louboutin), a consumer food giant (General Mills), and a telecommunications network (Verizon). Nissan fits in there somehow, largely because the company has been a promotional partner for the giant movie franchise, most recently last year ahead of the release of Rogue One. For those who’ve forgotten, Nissan actually piggy-backed its Rogue SUV off of the movie’s title, resulting in the creation of the Nissan Rogue One Star Wars Limited Edition that was unveiled at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show. It wasn’t much of a special edition, at least not to our expectations, but it did come heavy on cosmetic Star Wars references. Only time will tell if Nissan can improve upon its ho-hum Rogue One offering with something a lot more interesting. Don’t expect a special edition GT-R, though. Godzilla isn’t mainstream enough to warrant consideration. On the other hand, the updated Nissan 370Z was just released a month ago…
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Richard Hammond Races Porsche 918 Against Nissan Patrol: Video
The Porsche 918 Spyder is a monumentally fast machine. Rocking a 4.6-liter V-8 internal combustion engine paired with a dual set of electric motors and seven-speed PDK transmission, this German monster lays down upwards of 887 horsepower and 940 pound-feet of torque. That’s enough hutzpah to push the Porsche to 60 mph in less than 3 seconds, with the top speed rated at 211 mph. So it’s quick, that much is obvious. But, as Richard Hammond finds out in this video, no matter how fast you might think you are, there’s always something quicker. This time around, that something just so happens to be a Nissan Patrol SUV with a few choice modifications.
You’re probably asking – “how can this rather humdrum Japanese box on wheels compete with the Teutonic insanity that is the 918?” A quick glance won’t reveal much. But take a closer look, and you’ll start to notice this isn’t just any Nissan. The biggest giveaway is in the corners, where a four piece of uber-gummy Hoosier race slicks provide the traction. Then there’s the front end, where a somewhat Godzilla-esque grille shows some teeth, plus there are sporty-looking vents lining the hood. That’s right – this sleeper is hiding a full Nissan GT-R engine and AWD drivetrain under the hood, tuned to deliver a whopping 1,900 turbocharged horsepower! Suddenly, Dubai’s local selection of supercars might have something to think about…