Anyone close to me knows I have been a Marvel nerd ever since I saw the first Iron Man movie. I have seen every Marvel Studios movie since then (most of them several times in the theater before buying the blu rays…yeah..I’m legit) and one of my favorite things about Marvel movies is their intro with the Marvel logo. Its a short animation of comic pages moving flip book style and then slowly the Marvel logo fades into view. However, despite the amount of times I have watched this intro, apparently there was something I have missed all this time. If you look closely (and I mean VERY closely) as the pages flip you will see a very prominent image of what appears to be a Nissan 350Z. The Z also appears to be saving a guy from what is probably a pretty hairy situation!
So, what does it all mean? Nothing really, I just thought it was cool that despite my dive into fanboy-dom I was still able to find another connection between my passion for cars and my growing fondness for comic book heros! Although if there is any meaning here it would probably be in the mysterious nature of this particular comic panel and its placement. What specific comic is this from? Who is driving the car in the panel? Was this panel purposely placed into the Marvel Studios intro secretly by some Marvel employee who happens to be a gear head or is it really all just a random coincidence? It might also be of note that the Marvel Studios logo animation was changed to show a 3D logo rather than a 2D logo and this image can only be seen in the newer intro which I believe they began using when “Thor: The Dark World” was released.
If anyone out there in the interwebs can shed some light on this and trace the origin of this comic panel, we may just have a little reward for you! Let us know in the comments if you have answers! You can see a larger version of the image by clicking the thumbnail below as well as a video of the Marvel Studios intro. If you pause the video at exactly 2 seconds in, you’ll see the image in question.
Today is a glorious day for “Z” fans! Just a short while ago, to kick off the annual “Z DayZ” event, Nissan debuted the new re-freshed NISMO 370Z! The fact that Nissan would do something like this at an enthusiast gathering rather than having a big production at a major car show is bound to gain them some serious brownie points among the most dedicated of their audience. Good job Nissan! Now, on to the new Z; The most obvious change is the new aerodynamics package which, combined with the color scheme is very similar to what was done with the GT-R NISMO and NISMO Sentra concept that made its debut at the LA Auto Show last year. Nissan claims that the aero package is completely functional (which I wouldn’t doubt) and as mentioned before was heavily inspired by the GT-R NISMO. The engine remains the same as the previous NISMO 370Z but a new 7 speed automatic transmission option will be available and yes, it will have the automatic rev-matching during downshifts.
The NISMO engineers also retuned the 4 wheel independent suspension, as well as throwing in a few other NISMO buts to help add more rigidity to the chassis. Cosmetically, the 2015 NISMO Z gets some new wheels, a refreshed interior which includes brand new Recaro seats and a bunch of entertainment tech all controlled via fingertip on a 7 inch touch screen.
If you want this, and I am sure you do then you need to visit your dealer now and put in an order because this new NISMO car will be available as soon as July of this year and Nissan hasn’t said how many examples are being produced for the first run so hurry up! Otherwise if you’re content with just looking at the car then click the thumbnails below for HD resolution pics. You can also check out the official press release below as well.
Refined 2015 Nissan 370Z NISMO makes global debut today at annual gathering of Nissan, Datsun and NISMO sports car owners and performance enthusiasts
Refreshed 370Z NISMO features distinctive new exterior appearance, redesigned wheels and enhanced interior; 7-speed automatic transmission is also available
Performance enhancements include retuned suspension and Recaro® co-developed seats exclusively designed for 370Z Nismo
2015 Nissan 370Z NISMO goes on sale at U.S. Nissan dealers in July 2014
FONTANA DAM, North Carolina – There was a surprise “guest” today at ZDAYZ, the annual gathering of hundreds of Nissan, Datsun and NISMO owners and enthusiasts – the world debut of the new 2015 Nissan 370Z NISMO. A solid progress for 2015, the new 370Z NISMO model features exterior, interior and performance refinements, along with an expanded model selection that includes both 6-speed manual and 7-speed automatic transmissions and a new 370Z NISMO Tech grade.
“NISMO is the heart and soul of Nissan performance, both for the track and on the street, so it’s fitting that we are showing the dramatic new 2015 370Z NISMO for the first time at a gathering of our most loyal and enthusiast owners,” said Nissan Chief Planning Officer and Executive Vice President Andy Palmer. “The new 370Z NISMO joins the recently introduced Nissan GT-R NISMO and Nissan JUKE NISMO RS, giving performance fans a range of fresh, factory tuned NISMO models to enjoy.”
2015 Nissan 370Z NISMO
The most striking change for the 2015 370Z NISMO is its revised exterior design. Its GT-R-inspired functional and fully integrated aerodynamic body pieces have been redesigned to provide an aggressive and more aerodynamic new appearance – as well as optimizing front and rear downforce. Key changes include a new, deep front fascia with LED Hyper Daytime Running Lights, black headlight bezels, NISMO emblem and signature NISMO red stripe accent on the integrated front chin spoiler. The red accent continues down the redesigned side sills, on the black-color sideview mirrors and across the lower portion of the redesigned rear fascia. The unique NISMO rear spoiler has been reshaped and downsized.
The standard 19-inch NISMO super-lightweight forged aluminum-alloy wheels by RAYS also have been restyled for 2015 with a twin-five spoke design and a charcoal gray machine-finish (formerly silver).
Inside, the unique NISMO-styled interior is enhanced with redesigned black-and-red Recaro® leather-appointed seats with Alcantara® accents. The new seats, co-developed with Recaro®, are exclusively designed for the 370Z NISMO to provide more uniform body pressure and better all-direction holding during spirited acceleration, braking and cornering. They also play a key role in providing driving excitement by maximizing the harmony between driver and machine. The interior also features red seat trim and stitching with NISMO logo, an Alcantara®-appointed leather-wrapped steering wheel and NISMO red tachometer.
Also new for 2015 is the 370Z NISMO Tech model, which adds a hard drive-based Nissan Navigation System with 7.0-inch VGA touch-sensitive display, RearView Monitor, Bose® Audio System, SiriusXM Satellite Radio (SiriusXM subscription required, sold separately), Streaming Audio via Bluetooth®, auto-dimming rearview mirror and HomeLink® Universal Transceiver.
As in previous years, the 2015 370Z NISMO is powered by a potent 350-horsepower 3.7-liter DOHC V6 engine with Variable Valve Event and Lift Control (VVEL). The engine is matched with an exclusive, tuned H-configured exhaust system design, muffler tuning and an optimized calibration is installed to help create 18 horsepower more than a standard 370Z Coupe. Torque is rated at 276 lb-ft.
Two transmission choices are offered for the first time on the Z NISMO model. The close-ratio 6-speed manual transmission features standard SynchroRev Match®, the world’s first synchronized downshift rev matching manual transmission, which allows rev-matched heel-toe-like downshifting. Newly available is a refined 7-speed automatic with Downshift Rev Matching (DRM), Adaptive Shift Control and manual shift mode with paddle shifters.
The 370Z NISMO also features a refined 4-wheel independent suspension, NISMO-branded strut tower brace for enhanced body rigidity and a pair of performance dampers to help minimize road-input vibrations and help contribute to the NISMO 370Z’s high levels of handling and performance feel. The NISMO tuned suspension includes special springs and stabilizer bars. Large Nissan Sport Brakes and a Viscous Limited-Slip Differential (VLSD) – with a shorter final drive ratio for better acceleration feel – are also standard on the 2015 370Z NISMO.
The 2015 370Z NISMO is offered in just four exterior colors – Solid Red, Magnetic Black, Brilliant Silver and Pearl White. It is set to go on sale at Nissan dealers nationwide in July 2014.
“There’s much more to love about the 370Z NISMO than ever before – the new appearance inside and out, enhanced handling, new wheels, more technology and a choice of transmissions,” added Palmer. “Our fans here at ZDAYZ want only the best and that’s what this new 370Z NISMO delivers.”
Happy Friday everyone! Why not kick off the end of the week with another sweet flick from the guys at ClashProduction? Actually, this is kind of a sequel really. Remember a while back when they produced that awesome film of a snow camo’d GT-R racing snowmobiles up a ski slope? Well as usual with most film productions there was a lot of unused footage from that feature so the guys at Clash decided to take the unused footage and cut together a whole new flick. In fact, this new one is even longer than the first one! Scroll down to enjoy 7 glorious minutes of a GT-R playing in the snow
For the last few years Nissan has been relatively quiet at the LA Auto Show. Not to be harsh but since the American debut of the GT-R they haven’t brought to many exciting things to LA (with the exception of the awesome “food truck” NV200s!), so this year they were definitely due for something spectacular and they totally delivered.
This year Nissan pretty much let NISMO almost entirely take over their exhibit. Sure the obligatory model line upgrades made their appearances. The 2014 Nissan GT-R showed up as well as the leaf and others. However, front and center were not one but three NISMO badged bad-ass vehicles.
First up was the North American debut of the Nissan GT-R NISMO which had the curtain pulled off it by none other than track (as in running) superstar and Nissan’s “Global Director of Excitement”, Usain Bolt! After Bolt pulled the curtain off the car and the media scrum cleared I got in close to appreciate the GT-R NISMO for myself and let me tell you: its damned awesome. Now, I understand that its aggressive looks may not be for everyone. There are a heck of a lot of extra fins, overhangs, and ducts than one might find on a “normal” GT-R but they are all there for a purpose: to make this thing flarking fast!
The GT-R NISMO is definitely one of those cars that looks quick even while sitting still. While the basic body shape remains the same if you look closely you can see small details made in the cars major body panels. For example upon closer inspection of the rear on lookers will notice that the lines from the quarter panels and trunk “extend” past the taillights. There is also a full treatment of carbon fiber on all sides (front splitter, side skrits, rear diffuser) including a carbon fiber rear wing that does the job but isn’t too gaudy.
While Los Angeles was lucky enough to be the site of the North American debut of the GT-R NISMO no further information beyond what was stated at the Tokyo Auto Salon was given. That means we still don’t have a solid North American release date, MSRP, or production numbers for the newest Godzilla. That’s a shame but Nissan made up for it by showing off an additional two NISMO cars!
The first of which totally came out of left field and surprised everyone: a Sentra NISMO concept! NISMO took the new Sentra, which already looks pretty good and then made it awesome with a reworked front bumper that has an integrated carbon fiber splitter, a carbon fiber roof, and rear diffuser.
They (NISMO) then really took things a step further by turbo charging the Sentra’s 1.8 liter engine to the tune of 240hp, bolted on a NISMO suspension package, and added a limited slip differential! The interior also got the full NISMO treatment with Recaro seats and alcantara everywhere.
Nissan insists that the Sentra NISMO is just a concept and “design” study but it would be one hell of a cruel joke if they showed this off to the world without the intention to build at least some version of this in the future. It may be a bit of a stretch to hope for all the exterior mods to translate to production but I am sure all the Nissan fans have their fingers crossed that the turbocharged engine will make its way into production Sentra’s sometime soon.
Nissan then decided just for fun that they would update the Juke NISMO R by debuting the new Juke NISMO RS. The Juke NISMO RS gets a power and torque bump from the R bringing the total to 215hp and 210lb-ft of torque. The RS also gets bigger brakes, a stiffer chassis, a new manual transmission, and a NISMO interior including Recaro seats up front. According to Nissan the Juke NISMO RS will hit American dealerships in “early 2014″
There you have it. Nissan really killed it this year at LA. I would have to say of all the booths I visited I had the most excitement from Nissan since they are doing so many new things that are aimed at enthusiasts. If they weren’t before, Nissan’s competition are definitely taking a hard look now! For pictures just click on any of the thumbnails in this post. If you want to watch Nissan’s LA press conference for yourself just scroll down for the video!
Just a few hours ago in Yokohama, Japan Nissan rolled out the next iteration of Godzilla AKA the GT-R Nismo. The world knew this car was coming for a while now but despite a forewarning it still seems to come as a shock just incredible this machine is.
First of all lets start off with the most important number: 600; as in horsepower. Yes the R35 era GT-R has finally broken the 600hp mark! Nissan engineers were able to do this mostly due to a new turbochargers taken directly from the GT-R Nismo GT3 race car. The ignition tuning as changed to add power as well as a new fuel pump.
In addition to increasing the power substantially Nissan also added a whole new suspension package using Bilstein shocks, increased downforce with a new aero package (including a massive carbon fiber wing), and saved weight with a whole bunch of carbon fiber including carbon fiber shells for the seats and a carbon fiber trunk. Weight was also saved with new six-spoke forged wheels.
All of these modifications add up to the fastest production GT-R ever. In fact, this thing lapped the Nurburgring in 7:08! That’s 10 seconds faster than the previous GT-R Nurburgring record! To figure out how they did it you can watch two videos below. The first is the record breaking lap narrated by the driver Michael Krumm himself. The second is a near 30 minute long documentary which chronicles how an elite Nissan team brought the GT-R Nismo to life.
Before that though you can click on any of the thumbnails for pictures and below the videos you can read the official press release for all the details.
P.S. No pricing has been announced yet but it has been announced that the GT-R Nismo will be released in Japan in February 2014 and in the U.S. and Europe later on in 2014.
World premiere of race-inspired version of Nissan’s legendary GT-R
600hp (441kw) for blistering performance
Advanced aerodynamics generating additional 100kg*1 of downforce at 300km/h (186mph) for exceptional road-holding
YOKOHAMA, Japan (November 19, 2013) – Records fall and dreams come true with the debut of the Nissan GT-R Nismo. This race-oriented model delivers “factory tuned” supercar dynamics with revolutionary enhanced aerodynamics and ultra-precise handling. The Nissan GT-R is already established as one of the best performing supercars in the automotive sphere, and now Nissan has drawn on decades of racing experience gathered by Nismo, the brand’s motorsport specialists, to develop the ultimate Nissan GT-R.
Nissan GT-R Nismo
The Nissan GT-R Nismo features exclusive styling that embraces the longstanding racing philosophy of form following function. It has numerous motorsports-inspired technologies to enhance the car’s performance through optimised aerodynamics, suspension and powertrain, creating a well-balanced machine that is at home on both the road and track.
The Nissan GT-R Nismo will be available in Japan in late February 2014, U.S. and Europe later in 2014.
Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn says this is the fastest Nissan GT-R ever. “With a 7:08.679 lap time, we can authoritatively say that the Nissan GT-R Nismo*2 holds the volume production car lap record at the Nürburgring Nordschleife, which is the gold standard of high performance achievement.”
Nissan GT-R Nismo Overview – Flagship of the Nismo lineup
1. Mechanical Features Nissan GT-R Nismo employs innovation, uncompromising engineering and motorsports-inspired technologies to achieve new levels of power, speed and handling.
Under the hood, the 3.8-liter V6 VR38DETT engine benefits from the know-how that Nismo has gained from participating in such events as the world-renowned Nürburgring 24 hour race. Engine power has risen and is now rated at 600PS (441kw) and 481 lb ft (652 Nm) of torque.
New high-flow, large capacity turbochargers, which are used for GT3 racing, improve breathing, while optimized individual ignition timing control for each cylinder and upgraded fuel pump improve combustion.
The springs and custom-developed Bilstein DampTronic dampers in the front and rear suspension are specially tuned to deliver exceptional grip levels and progressive handling response at the limit. Three suspension modes can be selected: Comfort, Normal and R, for circuit applications.
Exclusive Nismo tires – developed by Dunlop – exhibit outstanding grip and handling characteristics. Front: 255/40 ZRF20; rear 285/35 ZRF20.
Specially-developed links fitted to the front double wishbone suspension increase castor trail to optimize wheel position during high-G cornering and improve straight-line and cornering stability. Additionally, large high-rigidity bolts are used to increase stiffness of the wheel-hub attachment area.
To minimize body-roll during cornering and changes of direction, the Nissan GT-R Nismo features a 17.3 mm hollow rear anti-roll bar which raises roll stiffness while reducing weight.
Increased rigidity in the bodyshell is achieved using adhesive bonding in addition to spot welding leading to precise suspension response under extreme load, the Nismo “factory tuned” enhancement.
2. Exterior design – Exclusive styling with improved aerodynamics
Using the latest Computational Fluid Dynamic simulation techniques to analyze airflow, Nismo has developed an aero package that improves road-holding, minimizes the negative impact of drag, while giving the car a menacing and muscular appearance.
Together, the front bumper, engine undercover strake and carbon rear spoiler increase downforce, lowering the center of gravity and generating an additional 100kg*1 (at 300km/h) compared to the freshly updated 2014 Nissan GT-R model. The car’s aerodynamic characteristics are tuned to ensure the downforce is equally spread front to rear at all speeds for progressive handling characteristics. A widened front bumper configuration and elongated yet tapered rear bumper design keep the drag to Cd 0.26, same with that of 2014 Nissan GT-R.
The Nissan GT-R Nismo will be available in five body colors: Brilliant White Pearl, Meteor Flake Pearl Black, Ultimate Metallic Silver and Vibrant Red. And unique to the GT-R Nismo model, a Dark Matte Grey*3 accentuates the car’s imposing exterior muscularity.
The GT-R Nismo’s black 6-spoke wheels are inspired by Nissan’s GT-R race car which races in the GT500 class in SUPER GT.
The Nissan GT-R Nismo cockpit inspires driver confidence through both its craftsmanship and optimized driving position.
Ergonomically sculpted carbon-fiber-backed reclining RECARO seats (Europe/Japan) comfortably, yet firmly, support the driver and front-seat passenger.
Nismo racers influenced the design of the steering wheel which is dressed in Alcantara®, with three spokes, red center mark and red stitching to give the best combination of grip, feedback and comfort.
The combi meter has carbon-like finish, and tachometer features a red design. The meter hood is also dressed with Alcantara®.
Interior trim features include discreet red stitching on the seats, center console, door trim and steering wheel.
*1: Compared to 2014 Nissan GT-R
*2: Nissan GT-R Nismo with track options
*3: Dark Matte Grey will be available starting from summer in 2014.
Nismo, a short form of “Nissan Motorsports,” is the performance brand for Nissan, and is one of the company’s purveyors of “innovation that excites.”
Nismo offers products featuring innovative technology and high performance to a wide range of customers for street use. Nismo cars provide an exciting driving experience with motorsports-inspired aerodynamics and styling, enhanced handling characteristics and unmatched agility.
In the motorsports world, Nismo competes in the highest forms of GT and sports-car racing, such as Japan’s Super GT Series and the World Endurance Championships (WEC), as well as providing engines to teams that compete in the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the European Le Mans Series (ELMS). The Nissan GT-R captured the Super GT championship in 2011 and 2012.
About Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Japan’s second-largest automotive company, is headquartered in Yokohama, Japan, and is part of the Renault-Nissan Alliance. Operating with more than 267,000 employees globally, Nissan sold more than 4.9 million vehicles and generated revenue of 9.6 trillion yen (USD 116.16 billion) in fiscal 2012. Nissan delivers a comprehensive range of over 60 models under the Nissan and Infiniti brands. In 2010, Nissan introduced the Nissan LEAF, and continues to lead in zero-emission mobility. The LEAF, the first mass-market, pure-electric vehicle launched globally, is now the best-selling EV in history.
In the season finale of GT Channel’s “Behind The Smoke” we get to see Dai give a heartfelt goodbye to his Falken Tire/Discount Tire Nissan S13. 2013 was a rough year for Dai and his team and it got even rougher when the engine in his S13 blew during practice and the team had to pull an all nighter to drop in a spare.
Dai was hoping to get one last win for the season but unfortunately he was taken out by Chris Forsberg (who was driving like a man on a mission). It was at that point Dai and his team said they’re goodbyes but also expressed excitement for the debut of their new BRZ drift car next season. Grab a hankie and watch the emotional send off below!
Have you ever wonder who would win in a race between a sports car and two men dressed like flying squirrels? Well apparently so has Nismo. The only difference between them and us is that they actually have the resources to make it happen; so they did! They grabbed a Nismo 370Z, Nismo driver Peter Pyzera, and wing suit pilot Dave Barlia to the top of a mountain in the swiss alps. Nismo also strapped the driver and the wing suit pilot with biometric telemetry devices to send data to a Nissan Juke chase car as they raced to the bottom.
So who won? Scroll down to find out. Also if you want a little “behind the scenes” look at how they pulled this off that video is below as well.
I love cars. Generally that means I hate it when a car is broken, smashed, or taken apart for purposes other than motorsport or customization. However, not even I could hate what Deviant Art user “ProgV” did with his Dad’s old Nissan truck. According to Prog, the truck had just been sitting for a long time collecting dust ‘n rust.
So, naturally Prog did what any artist would do: he took the whole thing apart and began to build a life-sized anime-style mech statue out of it. Although, as stout as the truck was, it wasn’t enough explains Prog. He actually ended up going to a junk yard to source more parts to finish the mech.
According to Prog, it took over a ton (literally) of parts and a month to complete the mech; which makes this even more amazing. I wish I had the ability to create something like this by myself in that short amount of time!
Remember vinyl wraps? Yes, they’re still a thing. I actually think they are pretty cool if done right. Granted these days they’re more used for marketing purposes than style I think they still have a place on both ends. With Gumball 3000 going on right now Nismo partnered up with INTERSECTION magazine to wrap a Nismo 370Z for the hedonistic road rally. The end result looks pretty fresh (probably fresher that it can also be removed at the end as well).
To see how the design came together and how a full car wrap is applied, check out the video below.
St. Patricks day weekend was cause for celebration for many people all over the country but it was also a big weekend for motorsport freaks like us. In addition to Sebring the past weekend also saw the return of Formula One. I decided to kick the weekend off by paying a visit to one of my favorite meets: Cars & Coffee in Irvine.
It was the first time I had been to the meet since the start of the year so I wasn’t really sure what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised to see an even more eclectic mix of cars than I was used to. There was everything from million-dollar exotics to a few rare classics. I even saw a crazy turbo-diesel zombie apocalypse truck! (more on that in a later post).
However, I would have to say the meet’s biggest attention getter was a genuine Bugatti Veyron brought by Symbolic Motor Cars of San Diego. As jaded as I am these days even I am still impressed with a Veyron sighting. I have only been in the presence of Bugatti’s hyper-car four times and only two of which (counting the weekend) were “wild” sightings.
All in all it was a great trip. If you haven’t been to Cars & Coffee I would highly recommend checking it out. If you’re saying to yourself: “Hey jerk, I don’t live in Southern California!” I would say “don’t interrupt me while I’m talking!” See, the cool thing about Cars & Coffee is that it is something of an organization now so there are meets in several places all across America; even in Europe! Just head to CarsAndCoffeeOnline.com to find the closest meet to you.