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Archive for the ‘Nissan GT-R’ Category

PostHeaderIcon Everything We Know About the Next-Gen Nissan GT-R

The Nissan R35 GT-R
has been roaming the earth and its darker corners for more than ten years. Considering that the usual life cycle for a car is six or seven years at the most, the R35 GT-R is overdue for a successor. It shows too. The car itself cannot find more than 50 or 60 new buyers each month in the U.S. Things are not looking much better in Japan either, however, Nissan doesn’t seem to be in a rush to reveal a replacement. Latest rumors from the company suggest we will see the next-gen R36 Nissan GT-R
sometime in the early 2020s. The car is apparently on the drawing boards, with the engineers now doing their magic to contemplate what the new Nissan design boss Alfonso Albaisa called “the fastest super sports car in the world.”

PostHeaderIcon The Next-Gen Nissan GT-R is Coming but it Won’t Be the GT-R50

The current Nissan GT-R has been around for quite some time now, and it’s in dire need of replacement. Just like the current generation, a concept of the next-gen will arrive before the actual production car. However, the new car won’t borrow styling cues from the Italdesign’s GT-R50 show car. Now, that’s a surprising move!

PostHeaderIcon Nissan Calls Its Own Shot, Claims Next-Gen GT-R Will Be The Fastest Super Sports Car In The World

Fresh off of unveiling the limited-run Nissan GT-R50, Nissan is dropping hints about the next-generation GT-R, including claims that it will be the “fastest super sports car in the world.” Nissan design boss Alfonso Albaisa dropped the bombshell at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, adding that the Japanese automaker is in the early phases of designing the new model. There’s no timetable on when the next-gen GT-R will surface, but with the current-generation model already 11 years into its life cycle, it should only be a matter of time before the spawn of Godzilla is introduced to the world.

PostHeaderIcon 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.

PostHeaderIcon Would You Pay $1 Million for a Nissan GT-R?

The 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed is just around the corner, and so are the tremendous sports cars we’re going to see at the event. Among them, there will be the most aggressive and powerful Nissan GT-R ever created. It’s called the GT-R50 and was design in collaboration with Italdesign. But on top of being the most powerful GT-R yet, it will also be the most expensive at a whopping $1 million.

PostHeaderIcon The Nissan GT-R50 Is the Most Exciting and Powerful GT-R Ever!

Almost 11 years old as of 2018, the Nissan GT-R is pretty long in the tooth. And, even though sales have dropped dramatically in recent years, Nissan is still keeping the supercar into production with mild upgrades. With a new-generation model underway, the Japanese firm teamed up with Italdesign to build the most extreme GT-R to date. It’s called the GT-R50 and will make its debut at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed later this week.

PostHeaderIcon Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign

While it might be a world-class performance icon, the Nissan GT-R was never really considered “pretty.” However, that all changes with the introduction of the one-off GT-R50 prototype, a collaborative effort between Nissan and the legendary Italian design house, Italdesign. Built to commemorate the overlapping 50th anniversary of both the Skyline GT-R nameplate and the birth of Italdesign, the GT-R50 is rolling eye candy laid atop an engineering masterpiece, bringing form and function into stunning harmony.

Continue reading to learn more about the Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign.

PostHeaderIcon Italdesign and Nissan Design a Celebratory GT-R That Screams Future Collaboration

To celebrate 50 years of Italdesign creations and the Nissan GT-R nameplate, the coachbuilder and automaker have teamed up to create a one-off prototype called the GT-R50. Considered to be a GT-R without limits, and based on the 2018 GT-R Nismo, this custom Nissan is scheduled to debut next month with heavy modifications – exactly what you would expect from something created by Italdesign.

PostHeaderIcon 6 Sports Cars Everyone Should Drive at Least Once in Their Lives

Suppose you were given a choice to pick six sports cars to take out for a spin, which models would you choose? Some of you might choose from a list made entirely out of hypercars. Some of you might go for all the all-muscle types. Some of you might even choose to drive one automaker’s entire catalog. Everyone’s taste for sports cars is different, which is why in figuring out my suggestions for the six sports cars everyone should drive at least once in their lives, I was more varied in my choices. I put in a hypercar, a track car, a muscle car, a Japanese monster, and a small Italian sports car that’s going to blow you away. Some of you might have different choices, and that’s fine. What’s important is that, at the end of the day, we all get to experience the cars we love, even if it’s just for a day.

PostHeaderIcon Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3

As the current Nissan GT-R is preparing for retirement with a new, hybrid-powered model underway, the race-spec Nismo GT3 was upgraded for the 2019 racing season.

Last revised in 2015, the GT-R Nismo GT3 has now received a new aerodynamic package on the outside and borrowed the recent changes that Nissan rolled out for the road-legal sports car. The race car also boasts an upgraded chassis that includes new suspension components, more durable brakes, and a more reliable transmission. That vehicle that has won many races in series like the Blancpain GT Series and the Super GT, just to name a few, will hit the track with these new upgrades for the 2019 season.

Continue reading to learn more about the Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3.

PostHeaderIcon Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3

As the current Nissan GT-R is preparing for retirement with a new, hybrid-powered model underway, the race-spec Nismo GT3 was upgraded for the 2019 racing season.

Last revised in 2015, the GT-R Nismo GT3 has now received a new aerodynamic package on the outside and borrowed the recent changes that Nissan rolled out for the road-legal sports car. The race car also boasts an upgraded chassis that includes new suspension components, more durable brakes, and a more reliable transmission. That vehicle that has won many races in series like the Blancpain GT Series and the Super GT, just to name a few, will hit the track with these new upgrades for the 2019 season.

Continue reading to learn more about the Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3.

PostHeaderIcon Budget Direct Renders 7 Sports Cars Built For Off-Roading

These days, it seems like you can’t turn around without bumping into some new SUV tuned to perform like a sports car. But what if you went the other way around, taking a sports car and adding a dash of off-roading goodness? Or maybe try a gallon of off-roading goodness. Well, that’s exactly what Budget Direct did with the following seven renderings.

Continue reading for the full story.

The Full Story

Ferrari 488


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Rumor has it Ferrari is cooking up an SUV to take on the new Lamborghini Urus, making a clear break from over 70 years of tradition (at least as far as the segment goes, not the whole Lambo challenge thing). But while we’re still waiting for the tall-riding Prancing Horse to arrive, we’ve got this big-and-bad 488 to check out. Draped in Rosso Corsa and sporting an array of LED light bars, this thing is deliciously sacrilegious. And check out the wheels, which appear as through they were plucked from an F40. Splendid.

Porsche 911 GT2 RS (2017)


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Believe it or not, but Stuttgart has a good deal of experience mixing it up in the dirt. No, I’m not talking about a Cayenne set in the off-road driving mode – I’m talking about the 911! With a history of competition in rally events across the world, including Group B, the East Africa Safari Rally, and the Dakar, the 911 is actually quite formidable with the right modifications. This thing has exactly that, with a taller suspension, big knobby tires, and uber-tough skid plates, all of which should help it go, well, anywhere! And with 700 horsepower on tap, you can bet it’ll get there mighty quick as well.

Bugatti Chiron


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Plucked off the golden streets of Monaco or Dubai and set down in the nitty gritty terra firma, you’d have to be crazy to turn a Chiron into an off-roader. The kind of crazy we like. Tear off the bumpers, swap the adaptive suspension with extra wheel travel, and add an enormous winch to the front end. Done deal. Of course, you gotta keep the quad-boosted 8.0-liter W-16 intact, because 1,500 ponies in the dirt just feels right. Don’t worry – the AWD and monster rubber should handle it all just fine.

Dodge Challenger SRT Demon


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When it comes to straight-line speed, there are few muscle cars out there as badass as the Demon. With 6.2 liters of blown ‘Merican V-8 under the hood, it certainly has the goods to perform at the drag strip. But what about the rock crawl? Makes sense to us, and we’re sure Dodge has the right parts bin to sift through to make this a thing…

2020 Tesla Roadster


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Taking a quick break from the internal combustion, we’ve got this battery-powered two-door on deck to bring the EV heat. While the Roadster 2.0 is still several years out, we’d love it if someone had the chutzpah to turn one into some gravel-churning monster. It’ll do 60 mph in just 1.9 seconds on pavement, but what about off it? Well, with 10,000 Nm of torque, that plus-sized wheel and tire package shouldn’t slow it down too much. And oh yeah – check out the roof-mounted solar panels! Stellar touch.

Jaguar F-Type


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Jaguar Land Rover has plenty of experience in the world of off-roaders, but we’ve never seen it applied to the first word in that name. Rest assured though, because this thing definitely has experience climbing through the mud and rocks in the Scottish Highlands.

Nissan GT-R


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While conquering all challengers on the track is kind of the GT-R’s thing, perhaps it’s time to expand its list of challengers. The AWD system is ready to go, while the turbocharged 3.8-liter V-6 makes lots of momentum. Just flare the fenders, add some steel bumpers, then have at it.

References


2016 Ferrari 488 GTB - image 615039

Read our full review on the 2017 Ferrari 488.


2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS - image 722043

Read our full review on the 2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS.


2018 Bugatti Chiron - image 727469

Read our full review on the 2018 Bugatti Chiron.


2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon - image 713133

Read our full review on the 2020 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon.


2020 Tesla Roadster - image 746102

Read our full review on the 2020 Tesla Roadster.


2017 Jaguar F-Type - image 655250

Read our full review on the 2017 Jaguar F-Type.


2017 Nissan GT-R - image 670401

Read our full review on the 2017 Nissan GT-R.

PostHeaderIcon Budget Direct Renders 7 Sports Cars Built For Off-Roading

These days, it seems like you can’t turn around without bumping into some new SUV tuned to perform like a sports car. But what if you went the other way around, taking a sports car and adding a dash of off-roading goodness? Or maybe try a gallon of off-roading goodness. Well, that’s exactly what Budget Direct did with the following seven renderings.

Continue reading for the full story.

The Full Story

Ferrari 488


Budget Direct Renders 7 Sports Cars Built For Off-Roading - image 773963

Rumor has it Ferrari is cooking up an SUV to take on the new Lamborghini Urus, making a clear break from over 70 years of tradition (at least as far as the segment goes, not the whole Lambo challenge thing). But while we’re still waiting for the tall-riding Prancing Horse to arrive, we’ve got this big-and-bad 488 to check out. Draped in Rosso Corsa and sporting an array of LED light bars, this thing is deliciously sacrilegious. And check out the wheels, which appear as through they were plucked from an F40. Splendid.

Porsche 911 GT2 RS (2017)


Budget Direct Renders 7 Sports Cars Built For Off-Roading - image 773964

Believe it or not, but Stuttgart has a good deal of experience mixing it up in the dirt. No, I’m not talking about a Cayenne set in the off-road driving mode – I’m talking about the 911! With a history of competition in rally events across the world, including Group B, the East Africa Safari Rally, and the Dakar, the 911 is actually quite formidable with the right modifications. This thing has exactly that, with a taller suspension, big knobby tires, and uber-tough skid plates, all of which should help it go, well, anywhere! And with 700 horsepower on tap, you can bet it’ll get there mighty quick as well.

Bugatti Chiron


Budget Direct Renders 7 Sports Cars Built For Off-Roading - image 773965

Plucked off the golden streets of Monaco or Dubai and set down in the nitty gritty terra firma, you’d have to be crazy to turn a Chiron into an off-roader. The kind of crazy we like. Tear off the bumpers, swap the adaptive suspension with extra wheel travel, and add an enormous winch to the front end. Done deal. Of course, you gotta keep the quad-boosted 8.0-liter W-16 intact, because 1,500 ponies in the dirt just feels right. Don’t worry – the AWD and monster rubber should handle it all just fine.

Dodge Challenger SRT Demon


Budget Direct Renders 7 Sports Cars Built For Off-Roading - image 773966

When it comes to straight-line speed, there are few muscle cars out there as badass as the Demon. With 6.2 liters of blown ‘Merican V-8 under the hood, it certainly has the goods to perform at the drag strip. But what about the rock crawl? Makes sense to us, and we’re sure Dodge has the right parts bin to sift through to make this a thing…

2020 Tesla Roadster


Budget Direct Renders 7 Sports Cars Built For Off-Roading - image 773967

Taking a quick break from the internal combustion, we’ve got this battery-powered two-door on deck to bring the EV heat. While the Roadster 2.0 is still several years out, we’d love it if someone had the chutzpah to turn one into some gravel-churning monster. It’ll do 60 mph in just 1.9 seconds on pavement, but what about off it? Well, with 10,000 Nm of torque, that plus-sized wheel and tire package shouldn’t slow it down too much. And oh yeah – check out the roof-mounted solar panels! Stellar touch.

Jaguar F-Type


Budget Direct Renders 7 Sports Cars Built For Off-Roading - image 773968

Jaguar Land Rover has plenty of experience in the world of off-roaders, but we’ve never seen it applied to the first word in that name. Rest assured though, because this thing definitely has experience climbing through the mud and rocks in the Scottish Highlands.

Nissan GT-R


Budget Direct Renders 7 Sports Cars Built For Off-Roading - image 773969

While conquering all challengers on the track is kind of the GT-R’s thing, perhaps it’s time to expand its list of challengers. The AWD system is ready to go, while the turbocharged 3.8-liter V-6 makes lots of momentum. Just flare the fenders, add some steel bumpers, then have at it.

References


2016 Ferrari 488 GTB - image 615039

Read our full review on the 2017 Ferrari 488.


2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS - image 722043

Read our full review on the 2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS.


2018 Bugatti Chiron - image 727469

Read our full review on the 2018 Bugatti Chiron.


2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon - image 713133

Read our full review on the 2020 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon.


2020 Tesla Roadster - image 746102

Read our full review on the 2020 Tesla Roadster.


2017 Jaguar F-Type - image 655250

Read our full review on the 2017 Jaguar F-Type.


2017 Nissan GT-R - image 670401

Read our full review on the 2017 Nissan GT-R.

PostHeaderIcon Click Mechanic Renders 7 Utterly Bizarre Car Mashups

BMW i8 Dodge Charger

Halloween may have come and gone, but it’s never too late to explore the weird, the bizarre, and the downright frightening things that go bump in the night. If you’ve got the nerve, then we challenge you to look through these utterly profane vehicle renderings, courtesy of the good folks from Click Mechanic. Truth be told, no one is safe from the following strange creations – hybrids, muscle cars, imports, supercars, trucks, and even tractors get tossed into the blender with these seven unholy car mashups.

Call it madness, call it lunacy, call it outlandish… truth be told, we simply can’t look away! Hell, we’d actually argue that some of these creations are a bit, well, awesome (no, seriously). Either way, this is what happens when you give rendering artists free reign to mix and match from across the automotive spectrum. Naturally, we wanna know – which is these shocking mashups stands out the most to you? Let us know in the comments!

Continue reading to see 7 Utterly Bizarre Car Mashups.

BMW i8 and Dodge Charger


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Kicking things off, we got two wildly different takes on what it means to be fast. On one side, we’ve got the hybrid-powered BMW i8, a cutting-edge, CFRP-laden spaceship, while on the other side, we’ve got the old school muscle legend that is the Dodge Charger. I guess this is what happens when you put them together, complete with laser headlights and topped by a massive blower. It’s like a sustainable flamethrower, or an eco-conscious chainsaw. Wait, what?!

Bugatti Chiron and Volkswagen Beetle


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Originally created as a vehicle for the people, the VW bug was about simplicity and low cost, offered as a modest approach to moving from A to B. Then we have the 1,500-horsepower, ultra-complex, quad-turbo Bugatti Chiron, a rolling statement of wealth and prestige that screams for attention. Talk about opposites, and yet, the pieces seem to fit together quite nicely here…

Pagani Huayra and First-Generation Chevrolet Camaro


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Now this one is just flat out weird. We never, in a million billion years, would have thought about infusing the gorgeous top-shelf Italian styling of the Pagani Huayra with the good-old-boy chic of the original Chevy Camaro. This thing is an abomination, no doubt about it, and yet, we can’t look away. The flat black paint, the chrome trim, the mid-engine proportions, the polished hubcaps… would you call us crazy if we admitted to thinking this thing actually, kinda… works?! Yes, you would? Fair enough.

Nissan GT-R And Nissan Juke


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If you ask us, this is the kind of machine that would manage to simultaneously make your little niece squeal with delight over its cuteness, then go off and rip your dedicated sports car to shreds on the track. The body shape says Juke, while that front end and rear wing are pure GT-R. Maybe we shouldn’t give Nissan any ideas – after all, the 485-horse Juke-R is already a thing, so we know this mashup isn’t a total impossibility.

Ford GT and Ford Raptor


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We know the Blue Oval has a variety of vehicles at its disposal when it comes to going fast. Wanna smash the local lap record? Climb aboard the Ford GT, a carbon fiber supercar made for domination at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. What about flying over rough terrain? In that case, saddle up in the Ford Raptor, an off-road specialist ready to conquer the rough stuff and all of Mother Nature. But what if you wanna do both?

Lamborghini Aventador and Lamborghini Tractor


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Believe it or not, Lambo was originally a manufacturer of farm equipment before it branched off into making high-dollar exotics. In fact, the Italian marque is still making tractors today as Lamborghini Trattori. So then, the above is what you get when you do a little inter-company cross-pollination. All we see is the perfect conveyance for ripping mean four-wheel drifts across freshly plowed fields.

Ferrari LaFerrari and Fiat Multipla


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Take the jaw-dropping body of the Ferrari squared, then plop a dollop of Fiat MPV in the middle, and this is the result. Yikes. At least it’s one of the more, eh, practical Prancing Horses we’ve seen. Right? Maybe?!

PostHeaderIcon Click Mechanic Renders 7 Utterly Bizarre Car Mashups

BMW i8 Dodge Charger

Halloween may have come and gone, but it’s never too late to explore the weird, the bizarre, and the downright frightening things that go bump in the night. If you’ve got the nerve, then we challenge you to look through these utterly profane vehicle renderings, courtesy of the good folks from Click Mechanic. Truth be told, no one is safe from the following strange creations – hybrids, muscle cars, imports, supercars, trucks, and even tractors get tossed into the blender with these seven unholy car mashups.

Call it madness, call it lunacy, call it outlandish… truth be told, we simply can’t look away! Hell, we’d actually argue that some of these creations are a bit, well, awesome (no, seriously). Either way, this is what happens when you give rendering artists free reign to mix and match from across the automotive spectrum. Naturally, we wanna know – which is these shocking mashups stands out the most to you? Let us know in the comments!

Continue reading to see 7 Utterly Bizarre Car Mashups.

BMW i8 and Dodge Charger


Click Mechanic Renders 7 Utterly Bizarre Car Mashups - image 743946

Kicking things off, we got two wildly different takes on what it means to be fast. On one side, we’ve got the hybrid-powered BMW i8, a cutting-edge, CFRP-laden spaceship, while on the other side, we’ve got the old school muscle legend that is the Dodge Charger. I guess this is what happens when you put them together, complete with laser headlights and topped by a massive blower. It’s like a sustainable flamethrower, or an eco-conscious chainsaw. Wait, what?!

Bugatti Chiron and Volkswagen Beetle


Click Mechanic Renders 7 Utterly Bizarre Car Mashups - image 743947

Originally created as a vehicle for the people, the VW bug was about simplicity and low cost, offered as a modest approach to moving from A to B. Then we have the 1,500-horsepower, ultra-complex, quad-turbo Bugatti Chiron, a rolling statement of wealth and prestige that screams for attention. Talk about opposites, and yet, the pieces seem to fit together quite nicely here…

Pagani Huayra and First-Generation Chevrolet Camaro


Click Mechanic Renders 7 Utterly Bizarre Car Mashups - image 743948

Now this one is just flat out weird. We never, in a million billion years, would have thought about infusing the gorgeous top-shelf Italian styling of the Pagani Huayra with the good-old-boy chic of the original Chevy Camaro. This thing is an abomination, no doubt about it, and yet, we can’t look away. The flat black paint, the chrome trim, the mid-engine proportions, the polished hubcaps… would you call us crazy if we admitted to thinking this thing actually, kinda… works?! Yes, you would? Fair enough.

Nissan GT-R And Nissan Juke


Click Mechanic Renders 7 Utterly Bizarre Car Mashups - image 743949

If you ask us, this is the kind of machine that would manage to simultaneously make your little niece squeal with delight over its cuteness, then go off and rip your dedicated sports car to shreds on the track. The body shape says Juke, while that front end and rear wing are pure GT-R. Maybe we shouldn’t give Nissan any ideas – after all, the 485-horse Juke-R is already a thing, so we know this mashup isn’t a total impossibility.

Ford GT and Ford Raptor


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We know the Blue Oval has a variety of vehicles at its disposal when it comes to going fast. Wanna smash the local lap record? Climb aboard the Ford GT, a carbon fiber supercar made for domination at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. What about flying over rough terrain? In that case, saddle up in the Ford Raptor, an off-road specialist ready to conquer the rough stuff and all of Mother Nature. But what if you wanna do both?

Lamborghini Aventador and Lamborghini Tractor


Click Mechanic Renders 7 Utterly Bizarre Car Mashups - image 743951

Believe it or not, Lambo was originally a manufacturer of farm equipment before it branched off into making high-dollar exotics. In fact, the Italian marque is still making tractors today as Lamborghini Trattori. So then, the above is what you get when you do a little inter-company cross-pollination. All we see is the perfect conveyance for ripping mean four-wheel drifts across freshly plowed fields.

Ferrari LaFerrari and Fiat Multipla


Click Mechanic Renders 7 Utterly Bizarre Car Mashups - image 743952

Take the jaw-dropping body of the Ferrari squared, then plop a dollop of Fiat MPV in the middle, and this is the result. Yikes. At least it’s one of the more, eh, practical Prancing Horses we’ve seen. Right? Maybe?!

PostHeaderIcon 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.

Continue after the jump to read the full story.

Nissan should take the concept of the GT-R/C further and start a remote-controlled racing series!

“Jann Mardenborough actually drove the car around Silverstone, completing a lap of 1:17.47 in the process while averaging 76 mph and clocking in a top speed of 131 mph”

To say that this stunt is nothing short of incredible would be an understatement. It’s the stuff that people think about in their daydreams, except that Nissan actually brought it to life. The sight of seeing a life-sized, remote-controlled car already makes me want to turn my car into one. But, I won’t because I can’t. Instead, I’ll marvel at how Nissan was able to accomplish this, which by the way didn’t end by just turning Godzilla into the GT-R/C. Jann Mardenborough, a man of professional racing fame, actually drove the car around Silverstone, completing a lap of 1:17.47 in the process while averaging 76 mph and clocking in a top speed of 131 mph. Epic stuff.

Mardenborough seems to thinks so too. “This was once-in-a-lifetime, truly epic stuff,” he said. “The GT-R /C has brought my two worlds together – the virtual of gaming and the reality of motorsport – in a way I never thought possible. The response from the car when using the controller was far more engaging than I thought it would be.”


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“The Nissan GT-R/C brought a kind of synergy between virtual gaming and real-life motorsport racing”

He’s absolutely right in that regard. The Nissan GT-R/C brought a kind of synergy between virtual gaming and real-life motorsport racing in a way that has never been done before. It seems obvious to think that the next stop in this new frontier would be to build a number of Nissan GT-R/Cs and have them race against one another as their drivers control the cars from the comforts of their own paddocks. I don’t know the logistics behind it or how much that kind of endeavor is going to cost, but it is brilliant on some levels. For one, nobody’s going to have to worry about driver’s safety anymore, and another, it’s never been done before. Imagine the spectacle of something like that coming to life.

I’d certainly pay to see it, and I’m quite sure that I won’t be the only one who’d love to see it happen.

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PostHeaderIcon Car Throttle Looks At Six Fantastic Facelifts: Video

As we get deeper and deeper into auto show season (get ready for Tokyo!), we are often reminded of that age-old industry practice known as the facelift. In order to keep older models feeling fresh and new, automakers will often apply an update wherein certain exterior design features get tweaked ever so slightly, thus creating a somewhat different appearance. These design reworks are usually pretty mild – an extra crease here, a larger intake there, you know, that sort of thing. But sometimes, a facelift works some real magic for a car, giving it just the right sort of aesthetic, the sort of style that makes you stand up and shout “Yes! That’s what it’s supposed to look like!” In the above-featured three-and-a-half-minute video, our friends over at Car Throttle highlight six such instances when a facelift was just done right.

Included in the video is the Ford Mustang, the Nissan GT-R, the BMW E46 3-Series, the Jaguar XF, the Peugeot 306, and the Mazda MX-5 2.5. Throughout, Car Throttle points out what’s different in the new model versus the old model, highlighting why it works along the way. Indeed, the art of the facelift is in subtle effectiveness, with tweaks done that result in a whole that’s greater than the sum of its parts. Synergy is the key, boosting what works, and diminishing what doesn’t. We think Car Throttle is on to something here, and as we dive headlong into a fresh batch of revisions and updates for the upcoming model year, it pays well to take note of what a good facelift looks like.

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Read our full review on the BMW E46 3-Series.

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Read our full review on the Jaguar XF.

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PostHeaderIcon Lego Artist Knows His Way Around Lego Bricks Enough To Build A Nissan GT-R

By now, most of you probably know that Lego has been at the forefront of building brick kits for some of the most desirable and iconic cars in history. It has sets for the Volkswagen Beetle, Mini Cooper, Ferrari Enzo, and Porsche 918 Spyder, all of which are part of its popular Speed Champions line. What it doesn’t have at this point is a set for Godzilla. I’m not talking about the fire-breathing beast of Japanese lore; I’m talking about the fire-breathing beast of Nissan lore: the incomparable GT-R.

I know what you’re thinking: if Lego hasn’t built a kit for the Nissan GT-R, what exactly is that picture above because that looks suspiciously like a Nissan GT-R. Well, it is a Lego version of the Nissan GT-R, except that it didn’t come from Lego itself. It came from the imagination of famous Lego brick builder Firas Abu-Jaber, who used Lego bricks from other sets to create his own GT-R. According to Abu-Jaber, creating the Lego-ized version of the Japanese supercar took a lot of work and involved scouring through pieces that he thought could fit into building the car from the ground-up. Certain pieces, specifically the red Technic gear pieces, were taken from other kits under the Speed Champions line, whereas others weren’t so you can imagine how long the process was to simply find all the pieces that would fit into turning the whole thing into something that looks like the GT-R.

Lo and behold, Abu-Jaber actually did it. Not only that, his work is so incredibly detailed that you’d think that Lego actually is offering a kit for the GT-R when in fact it doesn’t. Kind of makes you wonder then what other Lego cars he can come up with if he had a treasure-trove of Lego bricks at his disposal. Is it too early to start throwing in requests? Maybe a Lego version of the Mercedes-SLS AMG, complete with its gullwing doors spread open?

PostHeaderIcon Nissan GT-R Predzilla Donated to Nashville Predators Foundation

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In a cool and generous move Nissan USA donated a brand-new, $109,990 GT-R Premium sports car to the Nashville Predators Foundation. The custom-painted Nissan GT-R Predzilla, as they call it, will be auctioned off to benefit the foundation which supports a variety of local Nashville charities.

Finished in the Pred’s official colors and graphics, the Nissan GT-R Predzilla is the latest version boasting a 565-horsepower twin-turbo VR38DETT 3.8-liter V6 engine with 467 lb.-ft. of torque and a titanium exhaust system. The car also features an advanced paddle-shifted sequential 6-speed dual clutch transmission and unique independent rear transaxle ATTESA E-TS all-wheel-drive system. But really, what is going to make this thing a star attraction at the fundraising event is the Predator livery . Whoever buys this car is not going to drive it in public, not with those colors.The Predzilla will most likely become a museum piece.

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About Nashville Predators Foundation:

The Nashville Predators Foundation is one of the most active foundations in our community, having just awarded $500,000 in financial grants to 129 charitable and community service organizations. The 365 Fund will present approximately $400,000 to the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt for pediatric cancer treatment and research. The Nashville Predators Foundation makes an annual $100,000 contribution to MEND, an organization committed to ending violence against women. Also, the Predators Foundation funds and Predators staff builds an annual KABOOM! playground at an area school or community center.

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PostHeaderIcon Godzilla is Coming to New York!

Nissan made a serious update to the GT-R for the 2017 model year, debuting it to the U.S. at the 2016 New York Auto Show. Little time had passed, and Nissan started shooting information out about the GT-R Nismo and all of its 600-horsepower, track-day goodness. By the time September of 2016 rolled around, we were learning about the GT-R Track Edition, a model that slots between the standard road-going model and the Nismo. Unfortunately, at the time, we hadn’t heard anything about it coming to the U.S. or what its specifications would be if it did. Well, with the 2017 New York Auto Show right around the corner, the Track Edition is about to make its U.S. debut before going on sale in late summer as a special-order model.

Basically, the Track-Edition GT R is like a genetic experiment gone right, with the car borrowing some features from the Nismo while maintaining the same power delivery of the GT-R Premium model. That means it will have a total of 565 horsepower here in the U.S., but will have the looks of something a little more fierce – kind of like the perfect storm. When it does go on sale, you’ll have to order one and wait in line, and will be asked to pony up at least $127,990, before options, taxes, and delivery.

“The new GT-R Track Edition gives buyers a specialized model, one true to GT-R heritage and available only by special order,” said Michael Bunce, vice president, Product Planning, Nissan North America, Inc. “Building on the major upgrade to every GT-R for 2017, the Track Edition is an amazing package inside, outside and under the skin.”

Keep reading to learn a little more about the Nissan GT-R Track Edition.


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