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PostHeaderIcon Denim Meets the 2018 Touring Superleggera on Jay Leno’s Garage: Video

The Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera name traces its roots back to 1925 when the coachbuilding company was founded. Over the years it’s been instrumental in designing many vehicles that we now consider timeless classics (the Lamborghini 350 and 400 GT, Aston Martin DB5, and Maserati 3500 GT, among others). The company closed its doors in 1966, but the trademark was acquired in 2006 by new owners that, ultimately, tried to pick up where the brand left off all those decades ago.

PostHeaderIcon Video: Jay Leno Drives a 1978 Hongqi CA770

Jay Leno gets to drive some pretty unusual cars, and this massive Chinese limo is definitely up there with the strangest ones. It’s a 1978 Hongqi CA770, definitely a very intriguing car for any westerner primarily because very few are left, and most of the ones that did remain in Asia – chances are you’ll never see one outside of a museum.

PostHeaderIcon Jay Leno’s Garage: Taking the Superformance Corvette Grand Sports for a Spin

Superformance has been creating new versions of legendary cars since 1996. Some of their creations include the Shelby Cobra, Ford GT40, Caterham, and Daytona Coupe, among others. Recently,
they recreated a 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport, which is perhaps one of their best creations to date, and Jay Leno took it out for a spin!

PostHeaderIcon Jay Leno Takes A Spin In A Ferrari F40: Video

Jay Leno is certainly no stranger to supercars. Diagnosed as an incurable car fanatic, the former Tonight Show host has taken the wheel of some of the fastest machinery on the planet. But few cars in the world can match the pure, unbridled electricity of this – the Ferrari F40.

Constructed from carbon fiber and aluminum, the F40 is powered by a rear/mid-engine V-8 boosted by two turbos. Output is rated at 470 horsepower, all of which is sent to the rear wheels by way of a five-speed manual transmission and topped by a classic gated shifter.

Top speed is capped at 200 mph, making the F40 the first road-legal production car capable of breaking that magic supercar benchmark.

Jay starts this 27-minute video with an appropriate introduction.

“This was the last car blessed by Enzo Ferrari,” he says. “Enzo got a little, uh, testy during the ‘80s. Customers complained that Ferrari’s are getting kinda soft and too comfortable, and he wanted to build a machine that was just an out-and-out racing car for the street.”

After the usual examination in the garage, Leno and the car’s owner hit the road to feel the boost firsthand, even taking the F40 out on some twisty two-lanes.

Seeing this legendary car making the rounds is a real delight, and the video is jam-packed with interesting info for the uninitiated. It’s a bit on the long side, but if you bleed Ferrari red, it’s worth a watch.

PostHeaderIcon Don't Believe Everything You See On TV; Jay Leno Was Far From Death: Video

If you’re a fan of Jay Leno’s Garage, then you’ve seen the videos of the ridiculous crash he was involved in when he and stunt driver, Bob Riggle, put 2,500 ponies to the pavement. The run takes off as one would expect – front wheels in the air and the soul-filled scream of insane power. However, once Riggle lets of the gas and the front end comes back from low-earth orbit, he proceeds to crank the wheel a little too much, and the car goes into a barrel roll that looks absolutely disastrous.

It was disastrous, right? I mean the video shows the car rolling like three or four times. Meanwhile, Leno and Riggle are tossed around the cabin pretty well as their life surely flashes before their eyes. There has been numerous article posted all over this great internet of ours that say things like “Jay Leno almost dies in huge car accident,” or “Jay Leno shook after a near-death experience with stunt man.” For those of you who haven’t seen the video that was shown on TV, you can see it here.

For those of you who have already seen it, let me shed some light on just how far production companies will go to make sure you come back for the next show. The video that you either saw on TV or the internet’s various media outlets was actually highly edited and was a big enough lie that I’m guessing there just might be a political connection in there somewhere. Okay not really, don’t lose you your head, I promise Hillary Clinton had nothing to do with it, but it is pretty sketchy. So, go ahead and hit the play button if you want to check out the real video of the crash before Hollywood’s finest took to editing the clip.

PostHeaderIcon Recently Restored 1969 Ford Mustang 429 Boss Gets Jay Leno's Attention: Video

Jay Leno has seen a lot of cars in his life as a passionate auto collector and, by now, it takes a special kind of car to get his attention. It just so happens that a beautifully restored 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429, a classic Mustang if there ever was one – fits that “special kind of car” description.

Recently, the comedian and world famous auto collector hosted this particular Mustang boss 429 in an episode of Jay Leno’s Garage. Leno also invited Marcus Anghel of Anghel Restorations to talk in detail about the process of restoring this car back to opulence after being purchased for just $4,934.76. A lot of work was put into the restoration of the car, which eventually received a new front fascia, front spoiler, a very noticeable hood scoop, modified fenders, and all the way down to period-correct boss 429 badging and smog pump. Under its hood, the Mustang also got Ford’s massive 7.0-liter 429 V-8 engine that produces 375 horsepower and 450 pound-feet of torque, numbers that Anghel says were conservative because of Ford’s decision to detune them for road use since the engine was initially used for racing purposes, specifically in NASCAR.

Today, this Mustang Boss 429 is about as unique as any classic Mustang in the road. For those who don’t know, Ford only built 1,358 examples of the Boss 429, making it one of the rarest and most sought-after Mustangs in history.

And, as you can expect from Leno, he managed to spend some time behind the wheel of the Mustang Boss 429, an occurrence that shows the kind of cache that Jay Leno has as a car collector.

PostHeaderIcon Jay Leno Introduces Us To The 1931 Shotwell: Video

You’d be excused if you clicked to watch this video of Jay Leno’s Garage and wondered to yourself what a Shotwell is. Well, you’re not the only one. I raised an eyebrow too because I had never heard of an automaker named Shotwell, let alone seen a car that looked like this. My confusion was confirmed when I went and watched the episode as Leno explains the history behind the peculiar three-wheeler. Turns out, this 1931 Shotwell is a complete one-off. It was built way back in 1931 by a then 17-year-old named Bob Shotwell.

According to Leno’s story, Shotwell built the car on his father’s suggestion that if he wanted a car for himself, he needed to go build one. I’m sure a lot of other fathers have made that “suggestion” over the years, but you’d be hard-pressed to find a son who actually took dad’s advice and built their own car. But that’s exactly what Shotwell did and to his credit, he did an incredible job at it considering that this was in 1931. Yep, that was 85 years ago. Shotwell even created a design that was definitely ahead of its time, using a three-wheeler configuration that even to this day, isn’t considered a traditional setup for a car. He even decided to use a 77-cubic-inch Indian motorcycle engine that, if anything, proved to be a reliable source of power for his creation. If those details aren’t impressive enough, this one definitely is. Shuttle apparently drove the car for more than 150,000 miles. 150,000! He even used it on a 6,000-mile round-trip journey to the Northwestern part of the U.S. That’s just incredible.

Sadly, Shotwell’s ownership of his pride and joy ended in 1999 when he decided that the car needed a new owner that would give it the love and affection he showed it in all the years that he used it. By our count, Shotwell was 85 years old when he let go of his three-wheeler and he even had a specific person in mind on who he wanted to pass the car to on the condition that it wouldn’t be destroyed: Jay Leno. True to his word, Leno not only kept the car safe, but he also worked on it to make sure that the car would still be able to run properly.

Leno took it out for a spin in the latter part of the episode, and while it ran pretty well for the most part, it did have a small episode that could be expected for a car like this. Still, none of this takes away from how impressed we are that Jay Shotwell managed to build this car 85 years ago and had it with him until he was 85 years old. That in itself is a story to last a lifetime.

PostHeaderIcon 1962 CHP Dodge Polara Stops By Jay Leno's Garage: Video

The past few episode of Jay Leno’s Garage have featured some pretty interesting cars that aren’t really of the norm as far as classics are concerned. There was the heavily tuned 1976 Ford Fairline. There was the incredible Ford Festiva-based Shogun pocket rocket. There was the 1978 Hongqi CA770, a car even Leno didn’t think existed until he saw it in person. And of course, there was the custom-built 1915 LaBestioni Rusty Two. By comparison, the latest car to make the trip to the garage is a lot more mainstream than the previous guests, but it’s still pretty exotic in the same vein as the others. This is the 1961 California Highway Patrol Dodge Polara.

Most people might recognize the car for its various depictions in period Hollywood films of that era, but the uniqueness of this particular CHP Polara is without peer. One of Leno’s guests for this episode is Morgan Yates, the corporate archivist of the Automotive Club of Southern California, and he basically told Jay that this particular CHP Polara is just one of two units that have been restored back to its pristine glory. That’s important because despite the number of Polaras the CHP ordered in 1961 – 1,200 total – the cars never spent a moment outside of the sun. They were beat up and driven to the ground to serve their purpose. Now, only two remain and this is one of them.

Soon after his discussion with Yates, Leno introduced Dave Skaien, the man responsible for the restoration of this particular CHP Polara. The two talk about the technical side of the CHP Polara at length, but the biggest takeaway in my mind was the collaborative effort that went into restoring the car to look good as new. As Leno pointed out, a restoration like this doesn’t come cheap and Skaien himself admitted that a lot of people contributed in the restoration, including one man who couldn’t be bothered to part with his Jones Motorola round speedometer for any amount of money until he made it available for the restoration of this CHP Dodge Polara.

The episode goes on at length about the car and it’s a fascinating story considering how it came to be, how it got used, and where most of it ended up. And as always, Leno gets the treat of driving the car at the tail end of the episode. At the very least, that part’s always worth checking out.

PostHeaderIcon Jay Leno Makes Guest Appearance On The Simpsons: Video

Jay Leno’s love for cars is very much well-publicized. In fact, a case can be made of him being the world’s most famous celebrity car enthusiast, a title that turned out to be pretty useful for Leno when he was invited to appear in an episode of The Simpsons.

Okay, Leno himself didn’t exactly appear in the episode but he did lend his voice to his yellow-skinned, Simpsonized counterpart, who appeared dressed in his usual denim-on-demin attire. The episode has already aired in the U.S., but for those who missed it, Leno’s role in the show tugged into his obsession for cars as he drives up on a Morgan Three Wheeler owned by Homer Simpson. Once he sees the car, Leno gets out of his 1973 Citroen DS Pallas, rings the bell of the Simpsons’ home and immediately offers to buy the Three Wheeler from the bathrobe-wearing Simpsons patriarch.

I’m not going to spoil anything that the video doesn’t show, but it does slip out a scene of Homer holding a wad of cash as he watches his Three Wheeler get shipped off to Leno’s “secret underground car depository.”

To his credit, Leno nailed the voice-over work in the episode, although it might have something to do with his character being, well, himself. At the very least, it’s a much smoother work than his past dabbles into voice-over work. Does anybody remember him as Fast Tony, the fast-talking armadillo from Ice Age: Meltdown who peddled anything he could find?

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PostHeaderIcon Jay Leno Dusts Off His Ford Festiva-Based Shogun Hot Hatch: Video

For someone who literally has a treasure trove of classic and exotic cars sitting in his garage, Jay Leno seems to have quite the soft sport for his Ford Festiva-based Shogun hatchback. Make no mistake about it though, the Shogun isn’t just an ordinary hatchback. In fact, it’s probably the closest thing to physically embodying what the term “pocket rocket” means.

The history of the Shogun dates all the way back to 1989 when two engineers – Chuck Beck and Rick Titus – decided to take a seemingly boring Festiva and swapped the backseat for a Yamaha-sourced 3.0-liter V-6 engine from the Ford Taurus SHO that pumped out 220 horsepower and 200 pound-feet of torque. The two also worked on the aerodynamics (check out those massive rear fenders) of the car until it weighed just 2,190 pounds. The result was a hatchback that could sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just five seconds to go with a top speed of 145 mph. Remember, this was 1989.

Only seven Shoguns were built and Leno, like the true collector that he is, owns chassis ’003’ of the seven models. Once he got it, Leno injected NOS into the engine, adding another 90 horsepower to the mix and bringing the total up to around 300 horsepower. Needless to say, the Shogun drives unlike any hatchback from any era, including this one.

Combine that with the sound of the engine and the sheer rarity of the car and you get a proper hot hatch that has clearly lasted the test of time. Just watching Leno take the Shogun out for a spin and hearing that Taurus SHO engine come to life is why this hot hatch has earned its status as a certified pocket rocket.

PostHeaderIcon 1978 Hongqi CA770 Leaves Jay Leno Stumped: Video

Jay Leno is a certified auto enthusiast. That much is public knowledge at this point, but even the most hardened expert of the automotive industry can be left stumped once in a while. For Leno, that time came when he featured a 1978 Hongqi CA770 in an episode of Jay Leno’s Garage.

In some ways, it is a little funny to watch Leno stumble his way through the intro. That’s understandable considering what he knew of the car – nothing – and quite frankly, I can’t blame him. I’d never heard of the Hongqi 770 before either.

The rest of the episode is spent talking with Capa MA, the owner of the 770. In between talking about Chinese generals attempting to assassinate Communist revolutionary leader Mao Tse-Tung and having the 770 actually stall during the traditional drive, there are plenty of interesting tidbits in this episode. Take for example: the car weighs close to three tons (6,000 pounds) and had no power steering. It also measures 18 feet long and has design references from just about every luxury car around that time, including a Mercedes 600 and a mid-sixties Lincoln Continental.

The truth is, there are enough nuggets of information in this episode that you’re going to be very interest in finding out. Go check it out and just excuse the befuddled look on Leno’s face in the first few minutes of the few. It’s not that often for him to have that look when talking about cars so let’s all cherish it for what it’s worth.

PostHeaderIcon Jay Leno Has Some Fun With A Custom-Built 1915 LaBestioni Rusty Two: Video

It takes a pretty unique car to leave Jay Leno little time to talk about it, but between the uniqueness of this 1915 LaBestioni Rusty Two and the exuberance of owner Gary Wales, that’s exactly what we saw in the latest episode of Jay Leno’s Garage. Now I’ve seen a lot of unique cars appear in Leno’s popular auto series, but this one has got to be right up there on top of that list.

The retro-styled look of the custom-built vehicle is definitely worthy of attention. Same thing for its massive 14.0-liter six-cylinder engine and the size of those cast iron pistons. All these things by themselves are unique. Put them all together and you get a vehicle that really escapes conventional description.

All that said, the best part of this episode isn’t in the final product, but the way it got to where it is today. See, this custom-built roadster on steroids actually sits on an American LaFrance fire truck frame. Wales and a friend of his recovered the frame in May 2014 and proceeded to spend the next year building up the vehicle. Most of the mechanical were kept stock, but the two did put in some modifications to the power steering and the brake discs. They also made some upgrades on the massive six-cylinder engine. Most importantly, they put in serious work on the roadster’s design, the blueprint of which Wales admitted sat only in his head. Whatever look he had in mind, the final product looks absolutely stunning.

Needless to say, Leno was impressed and as is always the case, he got to spend some time behind the wheel of the Rusty Two. It’s not the fastest car Leno has ever driven, but the look on his face as he drives it says everything about the uniqueness of the Wales’ Rusty Two.

PostHeaderIcon Sung Kang Shows Off His Datsun 240Z To Jay Leno: Video

Sung Kang, better known to all of us as Han from the Fast & Furious franchise, was perfectly suited for his role in those movies because, unbeknownst to most people, he’s actually a pretty hardcore car guy in real life. That much was evident when he recently paid a visit to Jay Leno’s Garage to show off his resto-modded 1973 Datsun 240Z, which he proudly calls the Fugu Z.

Origin of the name notwithstanding, the story of Kang’s 240Z is incredibly fascinating. He scooped it up on Craigslist, thinking that it would be a cool project he could do with some of his car-loving buddies. The project escalated pretty quickly and soon enough, fellow car enthusiasts from all over the world began assisting Kang and his crew on the build. At some point, Greddy even got in on the fun and helped Kang turn the 240Z into a bonafide, wide-bodied track car that’s powered by a naturally aspirated RB26 inline-six engine sourced from a 1994 Nissan GT-R. Yep, the turbos were taken off the engine, but if you watch Leno driving it towards the end of the episode, you’re going to understand why Kang opted for a naturally aspirated option.

Nobody could seem to agree on what kind of output it has – 233 and 245 horsepower were being thrown around – but for the most part, everybody, including Leno himself, was in agreement that what initially started as a small-time build turned into what can only be described as a labor for love from Kang, his buddies, and car enthusiasts from all over the world.

PostHeaderIcon 1970 Dodge Charger Tantrum Gets Jay Leno's Attention: Video

I’ve seen a lot of cars make appearances in Jay Leno’s Garage. I’ve seen a restored 1942 Dodge Power Wagon, a 1990 Lamborghini LM002, a 1974 Datson Sunny 1200 UTE, and a 2017 Audi R8 V10 Plus. As unique as all those cars are, I don’t think they’re as unique as the latest piece of machinery found in Jay Leno’s garage.

This is a 1970 Dodge Charger Tantrum and it’s mental beyond reproach. To be clear, there’s no such thing as a Charger Tantrum model. That “Tantrum” comes by way of SpeedKore Performance, a Wisconsin-based aftermarket company that built this 1970 Charger up to such insane levels it earned the nickname “Tantrum.”

It still looks like a 1970 Charger, but SpeedKore Performance designer Sean Smith admitted that there were a few functional changes made to make it look the way it does. For instance, there’s a generous amount of carbon fiber in the body of the car, including the hood, front bumper, and fenders. The interior also gets a generous amount of the lightweight material. Speaking of the cabin, a nice hat tip is in order for that pistol-grip shifter. That’s a swell way to keep the spirit of the Charger alive.

The powertrain is where the real magic lies. According to engine builder Dave Salvaggio, the Tantrum doesn’t have a Chrysler engine, which begs the question, “well, what does it have under that lightweight carbon fiber hood?”

If you want to know the answer, you’re going to have to watch the episode. Here’s a hint: ever heard of Mercury Marine?

PostHeaderIcon Jay Leno Gets Cozy With The 2016 Ford Shelby Mustang GT350R: Video

Jay Leno’s love for anything involving Carroll Shelby is so well-documented that nobody was surprised when Leno purchased the new Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R the moment it became available. The former host of the Tonight Show admitted as much in the latest episode of Jay Leno’s Garage, which incidentally featured the latest – and some say, greatest – Mustang to have ever been built.

Those are lofty praises for a model that has seen its share of iconic models over the years and yet, Leno seems to believe that if the new Shelby GT350R isn’t the best, it’s definitely in the conversation. I’m not one to disagree with a man who knows more about cars than most people, so when he heaps praise on the new Shelby GT350R like there’s no tomorrow, it’s probably best to take on his word.

Fortunately, Leno had Mustang head engineer Jamal Hameedi on hand to talk shop about the GT350R. Together, they dive deep into the things that make the GT350R stand out, spending close to 25 minutes on the subject. It’s a very enlightening discussion that shouldn’t be spoiled, especially for those who plan to watch the episode in its entirety.

Don’t worry, I’m not going to spill the beans on what Leno and Hameedi discussed, although I will tell you that, like most episodes of Jay Leno’s Garage, it ends with Jay taking the car out for a spin. Watch out for that the sound of that rare, bespoke, normally aspirated 5.2 liter V-8 engine. It lets out quite a wallop.

PostHeaderIcon Jay Leno Meets The Tanom Invader: Video

Jay Leno has seen many vehicles in his day and yet, there’s still no shortage of rides that somehow end up in his garage. This time, a Virginia-based company took center stage in the latest episode of Jay Leno’s Garage. The company, called Tanom Motors, isn’t really recognizable, but it’s product, the three-wheeler Invader, certainly caught the eye of Leno himself.

The company itself is actually pretty new, having only started in late 2010. In the span of around five years, Tanom has grown to the point that it’s already selling a handful of models, one of which is the Invader, a three-wheeled, closed-top motorcycle that’s powered by a Suzuki Hayabusa-sourced 1.3-liter engine packing 197 horsepower. That’s a pretty incredible figure for a three-wheeler, especially when you consider that the Can-Am Spyder only produces 115 ponies out of its own 1,330cc engine.

There’s a lot more to be known about the Tanom Invader, but since this episode of Jay Leno’s Garage runs over 20 minutes, it’s better if you get to watch the entirety of the episode without getting spoiled on the inner workings of the Invader. Just so you know, Leno spends a lot of time talking to Tanom Motors CFO David Young to discuss the origin of the Invader, as well as the company’s president, Sandy Hall, to talk about the engineering that led to the creation of the three-wheeled motorcycle.

Oh, and in case you’re interested to know how much the Invader costs, you can check out Tanom Motors’ official website: There you’ll see as many as six different variants of the Invader, including the “entry level” Invader TC-3 Coupe and Invader TR-3 models. These babies start at $54,900. If you want something a little more “limited”, the Invader LE Coupe retails for $60,700, while the Invader TR-3 Red Rocker starts at $61,800.

The last two variants are the high-performance models, aptly named the Invader Type-R Stage 1 and Type-R Stage 2. These bad boys retail for $66,100 and $72,600, respectively.

PostHeaderIcon Jay Leno Reviews 2015 Monterey Car Week: Video

Attending Monterey Car Week should be on every car lover’s bucket list. No matter what automotive tribe you hail from, this collection of events is sure provide some truly memorable moments. Droves of the finest antiques, classics, race cars and supercars show up to partake in the festivities, creating an atmosphere of contagious enthusiasm that sticks with you long after it’s over. It’s like gearhead nirvana. No surprise, then, that preeminent car guy Jay Leno can usually be found milling about, such as in this review of The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering 2015.

If you were unaware, The Quail is one of the premiere Monterey Car Week events, bringing together hundreds of top-shelf sports cars, rare collectibles, and of course, the affluent individuals that call them their own. In this 34-minute video, Jay gets a little taste of everything. First is an interview with Christian von Koenigsegg, who discusses the venerable One:1. Afterwards, Rob Dickinson talks about the beautiful customized 911s created by Singer Vehicle Design. From timeless looks to cutting-edge technology, Jay then steps up to the Acura booth to check out the new NSX. Finally, there’s a trip to AMG for an in-depth conversation about the high-performance division’s evolution from tuner to full-blown manufacturer, culminating in a ride in a 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT S.

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PostHeaderIcon Jay Leno Reviews Excalibur RS: Video

It’s okay if you hadn’t heard of the Excalibur RS before coming across this video; it won’t cost you your enthusiast card. That’s because there is only one of them in existence, painstakingly built over a period of eight years. The car was designed and built under the supervision of Robert Shaw, but it is actually a tribute to a much older car. That car was the Hawk, another one-off designed by Brooks Stevens all the way back in 1959. The Hawk’s influence is pretty obvious in the RS, as are a couple of other cars, but Shaw has managed to make the design his own, and the build quality of the car is also very much first rate.

The fins on the Hawk have been toned down considerably, and the nose has been redesigned to fix a flaw in the earlier design that resulted in frequent engine overheating. But what looks a lot like Corvette Stingray influences in both cars is actually the other way around. Early sketches of the Hawk found their way into GM and shaped the course of Corvette history. That’s present again in this car and it looks as good as ever.

This is the third car to have been built by Shaw, with the first being made out of an old Bugatti, purchased a long enough time ago that it wasn’t worth much when he bought it. He mentions Bugatti as being an influence on his work a few times, but he obviously draws influence from a number of different places. There’s a fair amount of Corvette in the car too, and the engine is a Chevy small block V-8, which puts out about 500 horsepower. As you will see from the photos that Shaw brought with him, the car was quite an involved project, one which many people wouldn’t have known about if not for this show, which is one of those things that make it great.

PostHeaderIcon Jay Leno Reviews 1952 Chrysler Imperial Parade Car: Video

Some of the cars Jay Leno has on his web show are pretty rare. But a custom Chrysler Imperial parade car made for the President of the United States (although never actually used by any president) is one that is going to rate especially high on the rarity scale. Making the car even more rare is the fact that, although it left the factory in 1952, it was updated with 1956 parts a few years later, and all of the modifications to the car, including the updates, were done by the factory.

The car is brought into the garage by its two caretakers, who are dispatchers for the city of Los Angeles and who give us a bit of history on the car. It was bought by the federal government so that the president would have a parade car to use while in Los Angeles, although the closest it ever came to being used for this was when Nixon (then Vice President) used it. The city of Los Angeles owns it now, but it hasn’t been retired as a museum piece, it is still used for parades and has been reupholstered and given a more modern PA system.

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PostHeaderIcon Jay Leno Reviews Nissan GT-R LM Nismo: Video

You know how people often say that great minds think alike? Well, Jay Leno and I seem to have the same opinion about Nissan’s cooky GT-R LM Nismo racer. Yeah, I know, I’m missing a talk show, about 350 million bucks, and more than 100 classic cars to be like him, but at least we agree on this: the GT-R LM is likely the most daring racing concept since Jim Hall’s Chaparrals of the late 1960s. Sure, its wing isn’t 6 feet high and it doesn’t have a fan for a rear fascia, but it’s totally different from anything else on this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans grid.

In an era when strict regulations and a lack of vision give way to grids filled with lookalike racers, the GT-R LM Nismo is indeed a breath of fresh air.

As you might have already guessed, Leno’s comments on this innovative front-engined, FWD race car were made during the latest episode of his epic car show. Nissan sent a prototype to spend a few hours with Leno’s vintage automobiles, and chief engineer Zack Eakin joined in on the fun to answer a few questions about the car. Unfortunately, since the GT-R LM isn’t road legal, Jay wasn’t able to take it for a spin. Despite that, he was impressed by the thing.

“When you look at Audi, they won the last 10 races in a row. So what do you do, go in and copy what they do and try to do it better or you come in with a totally different approach,” he said. I have a feeling Leno isn’t a big fan of Porsche’s recent efforts with the 919 Hybrid.

Jay Leno Reviews Nissan GT-R LM Nismo: Video originally appeared on on Tuesday, 2 June 2015 19:00 EST.

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End Date: Saturday Dec-22-2018 9:00:00 PST
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1965 Ford Mustang base 1965 ford mustang coupe, 289 v8 4 barrel, auto, 1967 1968 1969 1966
$443.00 (11 Bids)
End Date: Sunday Dec-23-2018 20:21:59 PST
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1967 Ford Mustang 2 door 1967 Ford Mustang Fastback Bullit Clone
$39,995.00 (11 Bids)
End Date: Tuesday Dec-25-2018 13:09:49 PST
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$4,923.00 (30 Bids)
End Date: Thursday Dec-27-2018 16:30:39 PST
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1968 Chevrolet C-10 Base 1968 chevrolet c10 pickup
$5,100.00 (40 Bids)
End Date: Thursday Dec-20-2018 9:28:57 PST
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1955 Chevrolet Other Pickups 3100 1955 1st series Chevrolet 3100 pickup
$4,000.00 (41 Bids)
End Date: Monday Dec-24-2018 5:25:30 PST
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1952 Chevrolet Other Pickups DeLuxe 1952 Chevrolet Pickup - 5 Window - California Truck
End Date: Friday Dec-21-2018 12:57:38 PST
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1972 Chevrolet C10 1972 Chevy C10 Cheynne Z84 350 Factory AC Power Steering Power Disc Brake
$10,000.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Tuesday Dec-25-2018 11:38:25 PST
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2007 Chevrolet Corvette 2007 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible LS2 6.0L V8 Only 74K Miles!! Automatic Trans
$10,100.00 (2 Bids)
End Date: Sunday Dec-23-2018 11:00:00 PST
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1971 Chevrolet C-10 1971 Chevy C-10 Pickup Truck Project or Restore Sitting Since1986
End Date: Thursday Jan-17-2019 18:10:50 PST
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1972 Ford F100 1972 Ford F100 Ranger 390 Big Block Automatic 9" Rear End Power Steering
$11,600.00 (4 Bids)
End Date: Wednesday Dec-19-2018 10:22:29 PST
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1951 Chevrolet Other Pickups 1951 GMC/Chevy Truck N/R
$100.00 (2 Bids)
End Date: Sunday Dec-23-2018 18:00:00 PST
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1969 Chevrolet C-10 CUSTOM 1969 CHEVROLET C-10
$10,100.00 (7 Bids)
End Date: Monday Dec-24-2018 10:05:38 PST
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1965 Chevrolet C-10 1965 Chevrolet Stepside 4x4
End Date: Tuesday Dec-25-2018 16:59:31 PST
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1965 Ford Other Pickups base 1965 ford econoline e100 pickup
$997.00 (24 Bids)
End Date: Saturday Dec-22-2018 16:00:44 PST
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1970 Chevrolet C-10 Cheyenne 1970 Chevy C10
$9,100.00 (11 Bids)
End Date: Tuesday Dec-25-2018 14:24:16 PST
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1972 Chevrolet C10 1972 Chevy C10 Pick Up Frame Off RESTO 350 Vintage AC PS PDB 350Trans
$10,100.00 (2 Bids)
End Date: Wednesday Dec-19-2018 10:22:30 PST
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1951 Chevrolet Other Pickups -- 1951 Chevy Truck 3100 Short Bed No Patina No Air Ride Shop Truck Rat Rod Hot Rod
$12,450.00 (40 Bids)
End Date: Thursday Dec-20-2018 22:00:16 PST
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1949 Chevrolet Other Pickups Deluxe 1949 5 Window Deluxe Chevrolet Pickup Truck 9' Foot Bed One Ton 3800
End Date: Friday Dec-21-2018 20:43:33 PST
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1965 Ford Other Pickups ford e-100 econoline 1965
$2,250.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Tuesday Dec-25-2018 12:02:11 PST
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1970 Chevrolet C-10 1970 Chevrolet C-10 4X4
$1,800.00 (29 Bids)
End Date: Monday Dec-24-2018 14:22:46 PST
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1956 Chevrolet Other Pickups Standard 1956 Chevy Custom Panel Truck
$7,800.00 (26 Bids)
End Date: Sunday Dec-23-2018 19:19:59 PST
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1999 Chevrolet Other Pickups 1999 Silverado 1500
$1,300.00 (1 Bid)
End Date: Sunday Dec-23-2018 21:20:35 PST
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1986 Chevrolet Other Pickups 1986 CHEVY K10 SILVERADO SINGLE CAB 6.2L DIESEL 4X4 4-SPEED MANUAL 60,982 MILES!
End Date: Thursday Dec-20-2018 17:25:29 PST
Buy It Now for only: $8,499.00
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1946 Ford Other Pickups F1 1946 ford truck f100
$660.00 (4 Bids)
End Date: Tuesday Dec-25-2018 19:03:08 PST
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1966 Chevrolet C-10 Base 1966 Chevrolet C10 C-10 Truck
$12,100.00 (35 Bids)
End Date: Saturday Dec-22-2018 13:10:50 PST
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1965 Ford Mustang 1965 Ford Mustang Shelby GT 350 Clone Built 289 Tremec 5 Speed Power RackPinon
$48,100.00 (13 Bids)
End Date: Wednesday Dec-19-2018 10:22:30 PST
Buy It Now for only: $62,995.00
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1969 Chevrolet C-10 69 Chevy c k 10 4x4 truck Frame off 350 4 speed resto-mod this truck will sell
$14,500.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Monday Dec-24-2018 23:00:24 PST
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2015 Ford Mustang GT Premium Texas Direct Auto 2015 GT Premium Used 5L V8 32V Automatic RWD Convertible
$5,300.00 (52 Bids)
End Date: Sunday Dec-23-2018 10:22:17 PST
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