2016 Nissan 370Z

The iconic Z is a decent package of power and handling, but it’s starting to look dated versus the competition. Its 3.7-liter V-6 makes 332 hp, but that’s also getting old; a six-speed manual is available with optional rev-matching. The seven-speed automatic, however, is not a willing partner in spirited driving, with slow shifts that detract from the fun. Feel like a track star? Then check out the NISMO with its snazzier styling. With 350 hp, it might not be faster, but it looks it.

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The VQ gets grainy at higher revs and the sound (at least of the $30,815 base 370Z we tested) isn’t very zoomy. Spend more for the Touring, Sport, or Sport Tech trims and active noise cancellation quells the coarseness while active sound enhancement emphasizes the melodious stuff via the standard Bose premium sound system. Getting underway, clutch takeup is linear and predictable and the short-throw shifter on the Z’s close-ratio six-speed manual operates with precision. We did, however, notice some annoying fore/aft driveline lash in our base 370Z test car when tipping in and lifting off the throttle; the automatic downshift rev-matching of the Sport and Sport Tech models may help mitigate that.

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Still, the 370Z’s basic no-nonsense goodness and bang for the buck can’t be denied. Even though steering effort can be a little heavy on-center, the Z tracks straight and true; pick a line through a corner and the car accurately and obediently gets you there without drama or fiddling. Brake response, even with the smaller units on the base car, is taut and easy to modulate. At 0.90 g, ultimate grip with the 225/50R-18 front and 245/45R-18 rear Yokohama Advan Sports can’t rival the Cayman’s 1.03 g of stick, and the Z’s 167-foot stop from 70 mph can’t top the Porsche’s phenomenal 148-foot figure. But at an as-tested price of $30,940, the base 370Z is barely half the tariff of Porsche’s least-expensive mid-engine coupe. Or looking at it another way, the base 370Z represents a chance to score a dedicated sports car with superior performance stats for the same or less money than a lightly optioned Ford Mustang EcoBoost four-cylinder.

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Ever-tightening fuel-economy regulations may force a turbo-four under the Z’s hood in its next generation, so before sports cars become the high-tech playthings of the idle rich you might want to taste test the original-recipe Z

Source: https://www.caranddriver.com/nissan/z

Honda Acura NSX Very Real

In December 2007, Honda announced plans to launch a NSX successor by 2010, based on the styling of the front V10-engined Acura ASCC (Advanced Sports Car Concept] Despite prototypes being tested for production, just a year later, Honda announced that plans had been cancelled due to poor economic conditions.[6] Instead, in March 2010, Honda unveiled the HSV-010 GT for participation in the Japanese SuperGT Championship. This car never reached production as a street-legal car.

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Reports that Honda was again developing a successor to the NSX reemerged in April 2011.[7] By December 2011, Honda officially announced a second generation NSX concept, which was unveiled the following month at the 2012 North American International Auto Show as the Acura NSX Concept.

The production model was displayed three years later at the 2015 North American International Auto Show, for sale in 2016. Although the original name was retained, this time it was defined as “New Sports eXperience”.[8] Unlike the first generation NSX which was manufactured in Japan, the new NSX was designed and engineered in Marysville, Ohio, at Honda’s plant, by designer Michelle Christensen and chief engineer Ted Klaus.

The new NSX is a hybrid sports car powered by 3.5 L twin-turbo V6 engine and three electric motors, two of which form part of the “SH-AWD” all wheel drive drivetrain, altogether capable of close to 600 hp. The transmission is a 9-speed dual-clutch semi-automatic. Its body utilizes a space frame design, which is made from aluminum, ultra-high strength steel, and other rigid and lightweight materials, some of which are the world’s first applications.

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The first production vehicle with VIN #001 was auctioned off by Barrett Jackson on January 29, 2016.[9] NASCAR team owner Rick Hendrick won the auction with a bid for US$1,200,000. The entire bid was donated to the charities Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation and Camp Southern Ground.[10][11][12][13][14] The first NSX rolled off the line in Ohio on May 27, 2016. Hendrick was there to drive it off.[15][16][17][18][19] The first sales of the new NSX in the US were registered in June 2016.

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Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honda_NSX

Just as Amazing The Audi R8

Audi R8

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Audi R8
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Manufacturer Audi Sport GmbH[1]
(a private subsidiary of
Audi logo detail.svg Audi AG)
Production 2006–present
Body and chassis
Class Sports car (S)
Body style 2-door coupé
2-door spyder
Layout Longitudinal mid-engine[2]
Related Audi S and RS models

The Audi R8[2] (Typ 42)[3] is a mid-engine, 2-seater sports car,[2][4] which uses Audi’s trademark quattro permanent all-wheel drive system.[2][5] It was introduced by the German car manufacturer Audi AG in 2006.

The car is exclusively designed, developed, and manufactured by Audi AG’s high performance private subsidiary company, Audi Sport GmbH (formerly quattro GmbH),[6] and is based on the Lamborghini Gallardoplatform.[7] The fundamental construction of the R8 is based on the Audi Space Frame,[2] and uses an aluminium monocoque which is built using space frame principles. The car is built by quattro GmbH in a newly renovated factory at Audi’s ‘aluminium site’ at Neckarsulm in Germany.

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In 2005, Audi announced that the name of the successful Audi R8 race car would be used for a new road car in 2007, the Audi R8, based on the Audi Le Mans quattro concept car (designed by Frank Lamberty and Julian Hoenig), appearing at the 2003 International Geneva Motor Show, and 2003 Frankfurt International Motor Show. The R8 development program began in 2004, Lamberty’s design being approved and frozen for production. Production body prototypes began field testing in January 2006. The R8 road car was officially launched at the Paris Auto Show on 30 September 2006. There was some confusion with the name, which the car shares with the 24 Hours of Le Mans winning R8 Le Mans Prototype (LMP). 6-time 24 Hours of Le Mans winner Jacky Ickx described the R8 as “the best handling road car today”.[8][9][10]

It is also the first production car with full-LED headlamps.

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Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Audi_R8

Mazda Furai

The Mazda Furai (マツダふうらいMazda Furai) was a concept car revealed on 27 December 2007 and manufactured by Mazda.[1][2] A teaser image of the vehicle was released on 11 December 2007.[3][4] The Furai officially debuted at the 2008 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.[5]

Mazda Furai
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Manufacturer Mazda
Designer Swift Engineering with Mazda’s design studio, Southern California
Body and chassis
Class Concept car
Layout MR layout
Platform Courage C65 LMP2
Related Mazda Nagare
Mazda Ryuga
Mazda Hakaze
Mazda Taiki
Engine 450 hp (336 kW) R20B RENESIS 3 Rotor Engine
Transmission X-trac 6 speed semi-automatic
Wheelbase 2,790 mm (109.8 in)
Length 4,563 mm (179.6 in)
Width 1,956 mm (77.0 in)
Height 977 mm (38.5 in)
Curb weight 675 kg
Predecessor Nagare
Wing and exhaust in detail from the Mazda Furai on display at the 2008 Canadian International Auto Show

The Furai (風籟 Fūrai), meaning “sound of the wind”, was the fifth and last of the Nagare line of concept cars that have been made by Mazda since 2006. The chassis was based on the Courage Compétition C65 Le Mans Prototype that Mazda last used to compete in the American Le Mans Series, two seasons previously[3] and was designed to use E100 ethanol fuel, it was powered by a heavily modified 20B 3-rotor wankel engine that put out 450 brake horsepower (340 kW). The engine was developed and built by renowned rotary tuner, Racing Beat, who also built the car’s rotary-shaped muffler canister.[6]

The car wore the number 55, that of its 1991 24 Hours of Le Mans-winning ancestor, the 787B. Unlike many concept cars, the Furai was fully functional and was tested at various tracks. It ran at Laguna Seca and Buttonwillow.

The head designer, Laurens van den Acker, had stated in an interview with Top Gear magazine that there would have been possibilities of the Furai being used for racing in Le Mans, and he also had strong hopes that the car could be brought to the market.[7]

The Mazda Furai also appears as a playable vehicle in various video game series such as Real Racing 3, Gran Turismo, Forza,[8] GRID, Asphalt and GT Racing. Additionally, a die-cast toy of the car has been made by Hot Wheels.

Source: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mazda_Furai  Read more »

After Market Head Lights/Tail Lights

Headlights need no introduction – they’re the beams of light that makes sure you don’t crash into a hedge on a dark night! They aren’t particularly complex but it’s well worth knowing your way around them should you ever need to change a blown bulb.

In most headlights you’re likely to find the main/dipped beam, the sidelight, and in many cases the indicator (which will be obvious as it will be orange).

Depending on the age of your car you may also have daytime running lights (DRLs) which come on whenever the engine is running, although these sometimes employ the services of the sidelight, rather than having a dedicated bulb.

Some cars also have cornering lights, which come on, as the name suggests, when the wheels turn. Sometimes the actual bulb moves, and on other applications the bulb is aimed ‘outwards’ rather than forwards, and responds to steering input.

It’s well worth familiarising yourself with your bulbs to make sure you know what’s what. There are three main types of bulb that you’re likely to find in your headlight, and it’s not uncommon to find different types of bulbs within the headlight depending on what the bulb is used for.

Halogen/Filament Bulbs

Until relatively recently all headlight main/dipped bulbs were filament bulbs. They operate in the same way as a regular household bulb in that an electrical current heats up a very thin metal filament.

In most cases the bulbs are filled with halogen gas which allows the bulb to run hotter and therefore brighter.

In some cases bulbs are filled with xenon gas (don’t confuse these with xenon HID lights!) which can give a whiter, brighter light.

Indicators, and sidelights also commonly use this technology, although they are steadily being replaced with LEDs.


HID stands for High Intensity Discharge, and they don’t have a filament like regular bulbs. They operate on a gas discharge principle and the light comes from an arc of electricity that jumps across two electrodes contained within a glass tube filled with xenon gas.

They require a ballast which is a small box of electronics that both starts the light and controls its output. They are much brighter and whiter than regular filament bulbs and generally last longer (around 2000 hours).

The bulbs cost considerably more than regular bulbs, but fitting isn’t any more complex.


LED stands for Light Emitting Diode, and due to their low power usage and ultra long life LEDs are increasingly used within headlights.

They are only used as the main/dipped beam on very new, high end cars, but they’re increasingly being used for indicators and sidelights.

It’s possible to upgrade your filament bulbs to LEDs but be aware that due to their low power consumption they can trigger warning lights on your dash as the car may think the light isn’t working.

If this occurs you need a ‘CANbus LED’ which are fitted with a tiny resistor to simulate the power usage of a normal bulb.

Source: https://haynes.com/en-gb/tips-tutorials/understanding-3-main-types-headlight-bulbs-your-car :

Hell Cat

The Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat is a sports coupe from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles , built and marketed since the end of 2014. The vehicle is the top model of the already produced since 2008 Dodge Challenger . It belongs to the category Muscle Cars and should regenerate the character of the first Dodge Challenger. The SRT Hellcat is currently the fastest muscle car. The base price is the equivalent of approximately € 60,000. [1]

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Challenger SRT Hellcat
Production period: since 2014
Class : upper middle class
Body versions : Coupe
Engines: Gasoline engine :
6.2 liters
(527 kW)
Length: 5018 mm
Width: 1923 mm
Height: 1416 mm
Wheelbase : 2946 mm
Curb weight : 2013 kg

Japanese Winters

Anyone who’s going to drive at high latitudes or over mountain passes should consider the possibility of snow, ice, or freezing temperatures. On icy and snowy roadways, friction is low and you cannot drive as if you were on bare asphalt. During blizzards, enough snow to get you stuck can fall in very little time. Visibility may also be restricted by falling or blowing snow or by condensation or ice on vehicle windows. On the other hand, icy and snowy conditions are normal in many countries, and traffic goes on mostly uninterrupted all year round.

Sliding off the road and collisions are much more likely than in good conditions. Cold weather is hard work for the car. A weak battery, ice on electrical parts or in fuel, frozen diesel, or a frozen cooling system may cause your car to break down. If you get stuck, you may be at risk for frostbite or hypothermia; see cold weather, snow safety and ice safety for discussion.

Source: https://en.m.wikivoyage.org/wiki/Winter_driving

Hayanari Shimoda

Hayanari Shimoda (下田隼成; Shimoda Hayanari) (born July 16, 1984) is a Japanese race car driver, born in Tokyo.[1]

His career started in 1997 in karting, Shimoda moving up to Italian Formula Renault in 2001. Happy to travel the world to further his career, he raced part of the 2002 Japanese GT Series and fill-in races in both Formula Renault 2000 Eurocup and British Formula Renault.

A full season in Formula Renault V6 Eurocup followed in 2003, as well as a part season in the World Sportscar Championship and one race in the American Le Mans Series. He stayed in the V6 Eurocup in 2004, and was also set to drive in the Le Mans Endurance Series before complications prevented him from doing so.

Shimoda was set to be the second driver for the SuperNova team in GP2 Series during 2005. However, at the last minute, he was replaced by Adam Carroll who will now partner ex-Jordan Grand Prix driver Giorgio Pantano.

He finished third in the Le Mans Endurance Series LMP1 championship for Zytek, winning the 1000 km Nürburgring.

In 2005 he won the Monterey Sports Car Championships, the final race of the season in the ALMS. He was partnered by Tom Chilton in a Zytek 04S LMP1 sports prototype.

He also represented Japan in the A1 Grand Prix series for the first time at Eastern Creek in November 2005, and was lucky to escape with only a concussion after a spectacular crash in which the engine separated from the chassis. He also occurred in another spectacular crash at the A1 Grand Prix round in Mexico. The cars were under a yellow flag when as they were coming onto the pit straight Shimoda’s car was launched airborne after hitting the back of A1 Team New Zealand‘s car. Shimoda escaped unhurt.

He is currently racing in the World Series by Renault championship for the Victory Engineering team.

Source: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hayanari_Shimoda


The Nissan Skyline (Japanese: 日産・スカイライン Nissan Sukairain) is a line of compact cars, sports cars and compact executive cars originally produced by the Prince Motor Company starting in 1957, and then by Nissan after the two companies merged in 1967. After the merger, the Skyline and its larger counterpart, the Nissan Gloria, were sold in Japan at dealership sales channels called Nissan Prince Shop.

Manufacturer Nissan
Prince (1957-1967)
Production 1957–present
Body and chassis
Class Compact (1957–1989)
Sport compact/Midsize (1989–2002)
Compact executive car (2001–present)
Hybrid electric vehicle (2014―present)
Sports Coupe (2007-2017)
Predecessor Prince Sedan (1952–1957)

The Skyline was largely designed and engineered by Shinichro Sakurai from inception, and he remained a chief influence of the car until his death in 2011.

Skylines are available in either coupe, or sedan body styles, plus station wagon, crossover, convertible and pickup/sedan delivery body styles. The later models are most commonly known by their trademark round brake and tail lights (as of 1972). While not distributed in the United States until its importation as the Infiniti G, the Skyline’s prominence in video games, movies and magazines resulted in many such cars being imported there from 1989 to late 2005.[1] The majority of Skyline models are rear-wheel drive, with four-wheel drive being available since the eighth-generation’s debut.

The 11th-generation Skyline (V35) was another major turning point for the nameplate, as it dropped some of the previous generation Skyline’s trademark characteristics such as the straight-6 engine (replaced with a V6) and turbocharging, and eventually separated the GT-R into its own line. Nissan decided to retain the Skyline for the luxury-sport market, while its platform-mate, the 350Z, revived the Z line of pure sports cars.[2] The V35 was the first Skyline made for export to North America being sold under Nissan’s luxury marque Infiniti as the G35. The Skyline (V36/J50) is sold in Europe, North America, South Korea, Taiwan, and the Middle East as the Infiniti G37.

On April 12, 2010 a Guinness Book of Records event took place with 225 Skylines taking part in a parade lap at the ISTS at Silverstone UK, which produced two world records: the most recorded Nissan Skylines at one meet at one time, and Most Nissan Skylines on a track at the same time.

Source : https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nissan

Drift Legend

Keiichi Tsuchiya (土屋 圭市 Tsuchiya Keiichi, born January 30, 1956) is a professional race car driver. He is also known as the Drift King (ドリキンDorikin) for his nontraditional use of drifting in non-drifting racing events and his role in popularizing drifting as a motorsport. He is also known for touge (mountain pass) driving.

Keiichi Tsuchiya
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In 2008, as Executive Advisor of ARTA
Born January 30, 1956 (age 62)
Tōmi, Nagano, Japan
Nationality Japan Japanese
24 Hours of Le Mans career
Years 19942000
Teams Team Kunimitsu Honda, Team Lark McLaren, Toyota Team Europe, TV Asahi Team Dragon
Best finish 2nd (1999)
Class wins 2 (1995, 1999)

The car he drives, a Toyota AE86 Sprinter Trueno,

has become one of the most popular sports cars; the car is also known as “Hachi-Roku” in Japan (hachi-roku meaning “eight six”); his car is also called “The Little Hachi that could.” A video known as Pluspy documents Tsuchiya’s touge driving with his AE86. He also is a consultant for one of the popular comic books and manga, Initial D, of which the main character Takumi Fujiwara is a character which describes him.


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