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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Nissan Skyline GT-R


Number One

R32, R33, and R34 are only the third, forth, and fifth generations in the Skyline platform.

The name ‘Skyline’ originates from the Prince automobile company, that later merged with Nissan-Datsun.

First generation was manufactured from the 1969 up until 1972, and it had a designation PGC10. IT was of course exclusive to Japanese market, like so many other models throughout whole Nissan’s history.

Second generation model came out in 1973 and was named KPGC110. It had a cc l6 S20 engine, rear-wheel drive and a 5-speed manual. This was pretty advanced for that time, but the disk brakes on both front and rear wheels really made this car highly advanced. It was also known as the ‘Kenmeri’ Skyline, because it had a very popular advertisement with a young couple, Ken and Mary, enjoying the Hokkaido countryside. This model was unsuccessful due to a World gasoline crisis and there were only 197 cars ever built.

Number Two

At 1989, after a 16 year break, the GT-R line was back with the E-BNR32 chassis, or R32 for short. Nissan was competing in Group A series and wanted a more competitive vehicle than its previous GTS-R.

This car was built to fit the Goupr A rules of that time period, and because of that had some pretty intricate tweaks made to its original design. The rules stated that a group A vehicle must have a 1.7 turbocharged engine displacement, so the tires had to be 1- inch wide. It is for this reason that this car was made into a four wheel drive model. Also, a special motorsport-oriented AWD system was developed by Nissan, called the ATTESA E-TS. For all these reasons the car was a bit heavier than expected and was in a slight disadvantage compared to other competitors.

Number Three

R33 was the fourth generation of the Skyline series, and it had a production span of three years, from 1995 to 1998.

It was a direct successor to the R32 model, but it had an almost identical engine like its predecessor, as well as the same manual gearbox specs. IT only corrected a few mistakes like the weak oil pump drive collar that had a tendency to fail at higher power applications, otherwise, the older engine was so advanced at the time it was made, that no tweaks were necessary.

At the time, the R33 had a basic model and the V. spec model available.

The V. spec model featured a newer ATTESA E-TS all wheel drive system, that the previous model had developed especially for it. The now newer version had an Active Limited Slip differential, and a four-wheel independent channel anti-lock braking system.

Number Four

The fifth generation came out in 1999. It was named the R34, the next in line naturally, and it was manufactured until 2002.

Its full name was GF-BNR34 Skyline GT-R, and it also had a V. spec model alongside the basic one.

It featured a lot of new stuff, like the 5.8’’ LCD multifunctional display on the center of its dashboard that was showing many various engine readings and vehicle stats. It allowed the racer to know the current turbocharger pressure, oil and water temperature, etc… This addition was welcomed by the racers, but the V. spec model also had extra features.

Number Five

The first and second generations of the Skyline chassis was designed by Shinchiro Sakurai, the third by Nagonori Ito, and forth and fifth were designed by Kozo Watanabe.

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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Nissan R390


Number One

Nissan R390 GT1 was designed for one sole purpose – to race in the 24 Hours of LE Mans. It was every driver’s dream to win in this race, and at that time Porsche was the name most commonly associated with the race, because it had 14 triumphs in the race’s 65 year history.

The next is Ferrari with 9 wins, and Jaguar with 7 wins in the good old British glory days of the race.

This particular model, the Nissan R390 GT1, was built and designed to be suitable for racing in this tournament, which required a homologated version. Because of that, the R390 was originally constructed to be a road car and only after that was it further developed to be fit for racing.

Number Two

Only two cars, of this R390 series, were ever built. One of them is stored at the Nissan Zama facility.

It was reportedly capable of reaching 220 mph (136 km/h), which surpassed the Jaguar XJ220, but the McLaren F1 still came on top with the 230+ mph.

The engine was a Nissan VRH35L 3.5 L 90° V8 twin-turbo mid, that was longitudinally mounted. Transmission was Xtrac 6-speed Sequential manual. This was the highest Nissan could offer at that time, and it was at the very top of the World’s racing.

Both front and rear suspension was a double wishbone pushrod system, and the chassis was carbon-fibre monocoque system.

Number Three

The car’s styling and design was led by Ian Callum. Nissan turned to Tom Walkinshaw Racing (TWR) for the help in developing this model and Ian Callum is a part of it. Tony Southgate was in charge of the mechanical and aerodynamic part of the design, also from the Tom Walkinshaw Racing, and Mr. Yutaka Hagiwara from NISMO.

This car bears a small resemblance to Jaguar XJR-15, because it was also developed by the TWR.

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The cars were performing admirably in the qualifications for the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Later, in the real race, they were performing equally impressive, but halfway through it they began having gearbox problems and were withdrawn from the race all together. Only one model remained in the race and was able to finish it 12th place, though it had two complete gearbox changed during the competition.

The 24 Hours of Le Mans rules were later changed, mostly because they were trying to reduce the number of loop holes used by manufacturers, and the R390 was abandoned because it couldn’t fit anymore and was also in need of extensive mechanical changes on its own. Nissan later attempted to develop the R391 prototype for 1999, but this was also short lived and Nissan left Le Mans.

Number Five

The road car version is stored in the Nissan’ Zama warehouse, as we mentioned before. It was never intended for sale. The official claim is that it is able to reach 0-100 km/h in less than 4 seconds. Its top speed is claimed to be 354 km/h (220mp/h) and its weight is 1,029 kilograms.

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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Nissan R35


Number One

Nissan GT-R (R35) was unveiled in 2007, as a successor to the Nissan Skyline GT-R, but it was not a part of the Skyline range.

Skyline sedan, called Nissan Skyline GT-R, was produced in two spans: between 1969 and 1974, and then again between 1989 and 2002. It was a high performance vehicle, for its time, and it grew to become an iconic model in Nissan’s history.

The old Skyline GT-R model achieved much fame on both road and track, and the new model is definitely a part of its heritage, although it does not carry the ‘Skyline’ badge any more.

Number Two

In 2007, the production version of the GT-R debuted in the Tokyo Motor Show, and the model was successfully launched on to the Japanese market. IT came to the U.S market a year latter via the Universal Nissan provider from Los Angeles. Canada also received its import in 2008, while it didn’t come to Europe until 2009. This delay and disparity between the marketing in different regions was due to the fact that Nissan had to build a GT-R$ performance centers for servicing the car in the regions it was sold.

Number Three

Design of the model was handled by Nissan’s chief creativist Shiro Nakamura. HE has linked the design of this model to the robots in the all familiar Japanese anime ‘Gundam’.

“The GT-R is unique because it is not simply a copy of a European-designed Sports car; it had to really reflect Japanese culture”, said Nakamura.

Some parts of the car were sculpted by the Nissan’s American designers, and the roofline was sculpted by European designers.

The creators of the all-popular video game ‘Gran Turismo’, a company called Polyphony Digital, was also involved in the development of this GT-R. More precisely, they designed its multifunctional display.

Number Four

The car has a highly advanced aerodynamics, specially the roof line. The ventilation system has been cleverly hidden behind the wheels, rear fenders, and there are two stylish openings on the hood. The rear spoiler further improves the design and aerodynamics.

All this was done with great care as this car was, as we mentioned, designed by teams of people from three continents.

Number Five

Its engine is a hand-built, all aluminum, twin-turbo charged 3.8 liter VR38DETT V6, with plasma transferred wire arc sprayed cylinder bores. Forced induction is provided by two parallel turbochargers, produced by Ishikawajima-Harima Heavy Industries.

It produces an amazing 545 horsepower at 6400 rpm. These numbers varied, as the car gained further tweaks over the years.

The car weights 1730kg, and its fairly light weight, considering its power and engine, was achieved by making its doors, hood and trunk from aluminum, while the chassis is made of steel, of course.

Its gearbox can be set to work as an automated transmission, or manual, and it is a 6-gear dual clutch. The shift between the automatic/manual modes is controlled by the aluminum switches right on the back of the steering wheel.

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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Nissan Skyline GT-R


Number One

The GT-R model is naturally a part of the long running Nissan’s Skyline range. The first GT-R came out back in 1969, and was produced up until 1973. Then came a 16 year break since the KPGC110 in 1972 and in 1989 it was revived with the Skyline R32, and the GT-R name was back. The new production span lasted up until 2002, or 13 years, which is pretty impressive and stands to show the popularity of this now revived model.

The 4th generation’s designer was Kozo Watanabe.

The car is a 2-door coupe, but also has a 4-door sedan variation to it. It has a frontal engine and all wheel drive system. The engine versions are 2.6 L RB26DETT twin turbo I6 and the 2.8 L RB-X GT2 I6 turbo (400R). The transmission is a 5-speed manual and the dimensions are: wheelbase 1,70mm, length 4,675 mm, Width 1,780mm, height 1,360mm, curb weight 1,530kg.

Number Two

Its nickname, the ‘Godzilla’, was given to it by a motoring publication called ‘Wheels’, from Australia. Its 1989 edition featured the newly revived model and concentrated in bringing it back on the scene again.

The Skyline name originates from the Prince automobile company. They developed and sold the Skyline sedans independently but they later merged with Nissan-Datsun.

The GT-R abbreviation stands for ‘Gran Turismo Racer’, and the GT-B stands for ‘Gran Turismo Berlinetta’.

The Japanese chose the Italian name for this model, because it was common for cars made in Japan, at that time, to take on western names. This was believed to be a marketing move.

Number Three

It won the Australian Touring Car Championship from 1990 to 1992, until it had to be excluded because of the regulation changes. It also won the JTCC Group A series championship 4 years in a row, and took the World by storm.

Its earliest predecessor was the S54 2000 GT-B, who came second in a race in 1964, when it appeared for the first time. It was slower only from a Porsche 904 GTS, who won that race. But, the latter Prince Skyline model foreshadowed the previous one, and thus its name was later used in the Skyline platform.

Number Four

Skyline GT-R was manufactured exclusively in Japan, never anywhere else, and was exported only to Hong Kong, Australia, and New Zealand in 1991. In 1997 it came to the U.K. thanks to the Single Vehicle Approval Scheme, but only as used Japanese imports.

Even so, this model became very popular right away and to this day remains an iconic sports car, all over the Worlds. Even in the western countries where it was never sold.

Number Five

The Nissan Skyline GT-R’s popularity landed it a role in the ‘The Fast and Furious’ series, also in the ‘Initial D’, ‘Shakotan Boogie’, Wangan Midnight’, ‘Need For Speed’ series, and of course the ‘Gran Turismo’I series.

BBC’s ‘TOP GEAR’I show highly praised the Skyline GT-R and named it as the only true Japanese contribution to a line of supercars.

Jeremy Clarkson said that this car is one of the best in the World.

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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Nissan 240z


Number One

Yutaka Katayama, or better known as Mr. K, who is the president of Nissan Motors operations in the USA, introduced the 240Z back in 1970 to the American market.

At that time, the stylish design and modeling of this car was notable, although very subtle for a sports car. It could easily be regarded more as an artistic take on a sports car, than simply a racing car. But, never the less it was very fast and versatile.

The car had a ‘240Z’ badge on its sail pillar and two horizontal vents on the rear hatch, just below the glass that were providing ventilation. The car’s aerodynamic design was impeccable for that age.

Number Two

Only one year after its release, series II of the 240Z arrived and the emblems on sail pillars were no longer ‘240Z’, now they were simply ‘Z’, and the letter was placed in a circular vented emblem.

The previous rear vents were eliminated this time as the car had a slight upgrade in its outer design.

Similar things happened all throughout the production span of this model, and that is believed to be the reason it got its nickname – the Fairlady Z.

Number Three

Fairlady Z also had several mechanical and interior modifications throughout the years. The 1972 model had changes done in the car’s interior, and the 1973 model changed the location of its bumper over-riders, changed some emission control devices and the implementation of these changes reduced the carburetors.

Number Four

This car was exclusive to Nissan Japanese dealerships called the Nissan Bluebird Stores, in Japan, and was actually introduced there a year earlier, in 1969. The models had an L24 2.4 liter engine with a manual choke, and also a 4 gear manual transmission. The later model from 1971 had an optional three speed automatic transmission, but these models were not that common and they also had a ‘Nissan full automatic’ badge.

Nissan 240Z was named as number two on the ‘Sports Car International’ list of Top Sports Cars of the 1970’s

Number Five

The car was a 2-door coupe with an FR layout. In all of its versions, that came out throughout its three year production span, had the same engine. It was a 2.4 liter L24 I6.

But, the transmission system had three changes. The first model was a 4-speed manual and had a 3-speed automatic variation as optional, and the non U.S. version had a 5-speed manual.

Dimensions always stayed the same. The wheelbase was 2,304mm, length 4,140mm, width 1,626mm, and height 1,283mm.

The car weighted 1,044kg, which is pretty light and ideal for a sports car in that time, allowing it to reach respectable speeds at that time. Its top speed is marked as being 125mph, or 201 km/h which is impressive for that period and age.

It could go from 0 to 100 km/h in 8 seconds and was consuming 11 L / 100km of fuel.

The model won the 21st East African Safari Rally in 1973, with Shekhar Mehta behind its wheel.

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5 Things You Never Knew About Nissan Silvia S14


Number One

Silvia is the name Nissan gave to its long running line of famous sport coupes. They were all based on the Nissan S platform. Some later models Nissan made had similar parts, but the name was not interchangeable. The vehicle shares its title with many other vehicles by Nissan, like; the European 200SX, The North American 240SX (in S13 and S14 generations), and 180SX on the Japanese market.

The production of the S chassis lasted from 1964-1968, and was later picked up again in 1974 and lasted all the way through 2002. It was one of the longest production spans of a certain model by Nissan, possibly in whole car manufacturing history.

Number Two

This particular model debuted in 1993 in Japan. It was a bit lower and wider design, then the S13, and had a kind of a more rounded style about it. This styling made it look like it was much bigger than it actually was, even compared to the previous models of the same title.

Wheel base and track were actually increased. In fact, all this led to S14 200sx having improved handling than models before.

But, given though the car didn’t actually weighted much more than its predecessors (its weight was 2762 pounds or 1253kg), all this was a very nice improvement and was a big part of what the car later became…one of the famous models in Nissan history, that as we said had one of the longest production spans.

Number Three

Upon its creating, this model was endowed with a new SR20DET twin turbo engine that had a slight but significant bum up in power, because the Nissan’s variable cam timing system, the N-VCT, was implemented, and it also had a larger T28 turbocharger. The power train actually had three different versions: 2.0 L SR20DET 14, 2.0 L SR20DET 15 turbo, and 2.4 L KA24DET 14 engine. IT also had two versions of transmissions, the 4-speed automatic and the 5-speed manual transmission.

Number Four

In 1996, the s14 received a minor styling upgrade as well as Nissan added aggressively looking projector headlamps and also tinted taillights. They did this for all of their models, and it was considered a new trend amongst racing cars in Japan and the World. Some other minor details, like the outer trim pieces, were also revised. The turbocharger now had a different, much more efficient ball bearing center section. This particular updated version was named kouki, which literally means ‘later period’.

Number Five

Assembly on all versions of this model was done by Kanda, Fukuoaka (Nissan Shatai Plant), and it was always a two door coupe, no matter the styling changes. The length of the S14 model was 4498mm, width 1727mm, and height 1288mm.

The production was completely canceled in the year 2000, after its last model, called The Touring Model or just the 2000, ended the production cycle. It was not a bad car in fact it was again an improvement in many sections compared to the previous models. It had a better engine block, pistons, and much better acceleration in lower gears.

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5 Things You Never Knew About Nissan Stagea Autech 260RS


Number One

Its nickname is ‘The Sky Wagon’. This is because this Stagea model shares many mechanics with its brother, the R33 Nissan Skyline, but also with the Nissan Laurel. IT is a 5 door station wagon, with a front engine a rear-wheel /four-wheel drive system. IT has a reputation for an old but very fast car, even now. Back in the day it was a considered crazy fast and strong.
The outer design was not promising much, at least not as much as it gave out. It looks kind of like a mixture between a racing car and a momma mobile. It had the wind stabilizer on the back side of the roof, very fancy and wide tires. It had ha electronic window open/close system in every door separately, and the dashboard was one of the most advanced at that time.

Number Two

This car was specifically designed and produced to be one of the most powerful cars Japan has ever built. IF had the finest gear works, assembled from various names and by famous names: HKS, Tomei, and Geeddy. The engine took up much room in the front, so much in fact that the passenger seat was famous for small leg room. This however seemed to be the only thing Stagea was lacking, because if delivered in every other aspect.

Number Three

At one point, this car became so wanted for road and street driving, that it soon received an upgraded version with subtle fashion and design…much safer but still menacing. It had some visual tweaks, outer and inner. It always packed a good sound system, and had darkened glass. The rear end was big enough for a couple of people to sleep in, and still it was used for some culture events.

Number Four

During its whole span of production years, 3 different versions were manufactured. First one from 1996 to 1998, that had many visual similarities R33 Skyline. It was at this first moment, first impression that it got its name. IT was also available in 2WD (RWD) and AWD variants. The differences were that RWD used RWD Laurel front suspension, while the AWD versions were using RWD r34 skyline suspension.

Number Fiver

The second series WC34 series 2 was produced in the years between 1998 and 2001, and it is much more common amongst people. Durign various re-imaginings of this car, its power ranged from 114 kW *153hp), standing at 2 liter engine at start, and then upgraded to 2WD 2.5 and 4 WD 2.6 twin turbo engines later on. There were also very important differences in transmission, as there were variations from: 4-speed auto, 4-speed-tip tronic auto, and 5-speed manual.
Later series and re-releases looked really differently, even at first glance, with the m35 series being produced and sold from 2001 to 2007. It produced many variations of morels, and was itself completely modified in 2005, receiving new v6 2,5 twin turbo engine, that enabled it finally the correct speed it was build for.

How Dashboard Cameras Help Protect Your Car


Car dash cameras are more and more popular all over the World, as the manufacturers keep thinking of new uses and features for them. Dashboard cameras now have so many useful ways in which they can protect you and your vehicle, on and off the road, that they’ve become a definite must have. Finding one can be annoying, I had trouble when I was trying to find mine, I found a site on Google that has loads of reviews for dash cams which made finding mine easier, you can visit the site at I use the Stoga S300 I personally think it’s the best dash cam.

Car ‘on board’ cameras first became popular in Russia, in the period around the year 2010. There are many stories about how this came to be, but most of them seem to centre on protecting the drivers and their cars on the road because of the low regard for the traffic laws and regulations by most people, and also they were meant to protect the drivers from police corruption. Since then there has been an uproar in people buying them which created an up tick in websites that offer dash cam reviews.

Now, back then there were no front  and rear dash cam that could do both, but we figure that was the reason they were invented later.

Dash Cams have many important functions. The two basic, most important ones are that they can make video and audio recordings of things transpiring. This is naturally very important, because not only can you have the video but also the audio. This means the cameras can be used in proving a certain sound or something someone said, besides just proving the looks of things.

So, the main fact people often neglect is that car cameras don’t only protect your car, they protect you, the owner, and they do so in various ways, some not so obvious.

The first question that may come to mind, if you do not possess any knowledge about car cameras, is how do these cameras record all the time? How can I be sure they will be recording at the time of need, which can’t be predicted?

An average camera today comes with 8GB of memory space, which may be enough for basic purposes, but most of the time people purchase an additional SD memory card and get up to 32GB of memory space. At an average 1080p (30fps) recording, this means you have anywhere between 5-10 hours of recording time, depending on camera models and other recording options and tweaks.

This still does not answer the question of how does it record every time you need it?

Well, to ensure your camera is rolling all the time, all car cameras today have the ‘Loop recording’ feature. Actually, continuous recording would be a better suited and it was called like that at the beginning, but after the cameras developed the loop technology, the older name remains only on a few models today.

What loop recording feature does is that it firstly divides all your recordings in loops. You can manually set the length you desire and you are usually given options between 1, 2, 5, or 10 minutes.

The technology for this is so advanced today that most cams do not lose any time in between the loops, not even fragments of a second.

But, the true value of the loop recording system is in overwriting. The system remembers which video was made first and thus is older, and when you do reach that moment when your camera’s memory is full, the system then automatically begins overwriting the oldest footage, thus ensuring the continuous recording is taking place, at all times.

The next logical question would be how, in case of an event you need the recording of, is it ensured the important recording is not overwritten, along with the rest of the loops? This is where other features of car cameras step in, the most important being the G-sensor.

Gravity sensor, or the G-sensor more commonly called, is a system of detecting impacts to your car, sudden stops or movements, any unnatural movement or vibrations actually, and when the sensor picks up any of these signals, it will mark the current loop being made as ‘locked’. Locked loops will not be overwritten by the system, even if you keep recording and overwriting all your other footage. The system will simply bypass the locked loop, or in some cases even place it in a special separate folder in the camera’s memory.

These two features, that every car camera has today, together make the basis for any car security system. As you can guess by yourself, the possibilities are endless. The sensor will pick up anything unusual happening on the lines of affecting your car’s stability, and you will have a recording of all the camera sees and hears.

Now, what if the situation recorded is something other than an impact, and you want it locked and safely stored never the less? You can manually lock any portion of your recording in the camera’s options, or some cameras even have the ‘emergency button’ on them, allowing you to lock the current loop by simply pressing the button.

But, if you are not there and your car is parked for instance, the cameras also have an answer for that, at least some of them.

Some cameras utilize the ‘Motion Sensor’ ability, which is precisely that. Those cameras have a built in sensor for motion in their vicinity, or more accurately the vicinity of your car. When movement if picked up by the sensor, the camera will immediately turn on and make a recording of the events taking place.

This happens even if your car is turned off and parked, but you need to make sure your camera always has a power source. This is why you usually never unplug your camera from its power source, unless you are removing it from your car.

This brings us to another possibility car cameras with motion detection have, and that is that they can also be used as home security cameras. Provided they have a constant power source, a camera with a motion sensor as advanced and sensitive as this could be a very good way of protection your home, your front door of the terrace, etc…

Most cameras let you choose the sensitivity of its sensors, both gravity and motion, usually giving you three different levels. At the highest level of sensitivity, the motion sensor will pick up leaves swaying in the wind near your car.

With the basic protective features explained, you can see the possibilities now. If you ever have the misfortune of having a collision, or any kind of an accident, you will have proving your innocence much easier with a recording of the actual events. These cameras have such sharp resolution, that they can pick up the license plate numbers of other cars even at moderate distances, and they also pick up street signs, sounds in the background, and much more.

If someone is messing with your car while it is parked, for instance someone who wants to key it or do any damage, you will have a recording of the event, and you will be able to put a face on the perpetrator, who would otherwise remain anonymous.

You can use these devices in various ways for protection, you just need to make sure how the law in your country is treating them. For instance, car cameras are completely banned in Austria.
In Germany, you can own a car camera and you can use it, but its recordings will only be accepted as evidence in some big cases of high importance and severity. Furthermore, you could answer to the authorities if you were to put a car camera recording online and it shows some private event, for this will be considered an invasion of privacy.

In the United Kingdom, there are no laws against car cameras, and the recordings are usually accepted by the police and admissible as evidence.

The insurance claims are probably the main focus of protecting yourself with a car camera, as there are more and more rising dangers on the road. There are even people who purposely stage an accident in order to sue the other party or make an insurance fraud. Car cameras are very welcomed in cases like these.

Another method of protection is, of course, using the camera for recording your car’s interior, commonly known as a ‘taxi cam’. It is obvious taxi drivers would benefit from this the most, and thus this way of using the car camera got its name.

You can even use your camera to record the rear view from your car. Most people do this when purchasing a dual camera.

These devices come in pairs and are linked to work together, in sync. You can choose freely how and where to point them, but the basic thing to do would be to point one to the front of your car, for it to record what the driver sees, and the other to record the interior or the rear view.

There are even some cameras so advanced that the rear one can pick up both the interior and the rear end view.

As the age of technology progresses, there will be more and more ways of protecting your car. But by now, it becomes fairly obvious that no car should be without a car camera. So many security and safety questions are solved by owning one, and this investment will definitely pay off in the long run.

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5 Things You Never Knew About Nissan 180SX


Number One

The actual production span of this model lasted from 1988 to 1998, and was built and sold by ‘Rickards racing’.

180SX was built as a sister model to the well known Nissan Silvia that was manufactured at the same approximate time. These two models however had completely different destinies. One was sold at Nissan Prince Store (Nissan Silvia), and the other (180SX) was exclusively sold at Nissan Bluebird Store locations.

Various other models from the same years were dropped, like the S13 Silvia in 1993, but the 180SX’s production was continued and it stayed in the market during the full S14 generation duration.

Number Two

The name 180SX was given to the model because originally it had the 1.8 liter CA18DET engine. This one was widely used in all Nissan models at that time, but in the year 1991 the engine in 180SX was upgraded to a 2.0 litre model. Furthermore, the newly upgraded version was offered in two variations: one with the well known natural SR20DE engine and the other with the turbocharged SR20DET.

Even with the fact that the new variations were upgrades and improvements of the old model, it kept its now already well known name.

Number Three

The production span of this model had three arcs or rather it had two additional, upgraded re-releases after the original one in the 1989.

The second iteration lasted from 1991 to 1995, and the third began with the ending of the second one and lasted till the end of all production in 1998.

The first, original one had two types, the standard and the advanced. The advanced version had the Nissan’s HICAS II four wheel steering system, exclusive to that model and version at that period.

The second re-release, in 1991, came visually pretty much the same, visually and mechanically, but had an additional trim level, as well as an electronic climate control system and a CD audio system.

This second iteration also received an airbag addition and some tweaks with minor details.

In 1996, the final iteration came out and it had some visual changed noticeable at first glance, like:

The front bumper light, 15 inch wheels, tail lights, some changes to the interior, etc… The mechanical side also had some minor changes in the wiring. However, the biggest difference is that this second re-release came offered in a further three variants, Type S, X, and R.

The first, type X, was without a turbo charged engine, while the types X and R both had the same 205ps (202 hp) Engine, and they also had almost the same mechanical aspects.

Number Four

Its original 1.8 litre turbocharged engine was capable of producing 167 bhp (break horsepower), but after it was tweaked with the SR20 turbocharged engine, it became a truly fun drift car, one of the best ever Nissan had to offer.

Number Five

Its new drifting capabilities, after the third modification and tweak, enabled skilled drivers to really break new ground in the field of drift driving, back then. It was capable of powering the back-end in a major way thus enabling driving from point to point very neatly and successfully.

This model became so popular, that it made its way into some famous driving simulation video games of the new millennium.

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5 Things You Never Knew About Nissan Pulsar GTi-R


Number One

GTi-R was a homologation variant, produced in the period between 1990 and 1994, specifically in order to enter the World Racing Championship under group A rules of that time.

Group A was officially discontinued back in 1988, but it survived thanks to domestic championships up until 1994, when it was officially resurrected with the brand new set of rules. These rules were later on adopted by many other countries, and they are still used as a basis for A racing class today, especially in Europe.

Number Two

Nissan Pulsar GTi-R boasted a 227bhp turbocharged charge-cooled engine. That same version was used by Primeras and then latter the 200SX model.

IT was named the SR20DET by the Nissan developer team, and it deployed its power through a five-speed manual transmission paired with a four wheel drive. This caused such a devastating effect that this car was simply bourn for racing and gave the driver an incredible sense of power. However, this car was also great for road driving and so this car was campaigned by many importers all over the World. It began arriving in the U.K. back in 1992, but it was a b it high priced.

Costing somewhere around £20.000 it only sold at around 75 cars and until the price went down in the late 90’s, this car remained an underground hit.

Number Three

This car was something completely different that what people in the car industry and the buyers were accustomed to see. Its compact design and weight made it an all-situation excellent vehicle.
It weights just over 2200 pounds (1000kg), and with that kind of weight, its famous SR20 turbo engine allowed it to produce 227 break horsepower, that by itself may not sound like much, but at that fairly light weight it allowed this car to achieve incredible stunts and speeds.

Number Four

The incredibly ingenious and innovative design paired with the famous powerful SR20DET engine allowed this car to go from 0 to 100 in 5 seconds. For that time, this was an incredible stunt not achieved even by some other models from Toyota, or even Ferrari.

To this day, this model Nissan Pulsar GTi-R remains a most cost effective way of owning a really fast and reliable car. It stands as a definite pride of Japanese manufacturing and many car enthusiasts today still own it and have a deep appreciation for it.

Number Five

The engine on this unit has a well known tenacity. It is well known to shrug off 100,000 miles of driving with ease, and still operate perfectly. Some owners today like to tweak it in various ways. They often use a bleed valve or a boost controller as a cheap way of upping its power to around 260bhp, but this has some downsides.

This engine has its intercooler placed on top of it and it is the hottest part of it during driving, so after the tweaking it is known to struggle to supply air at high boost pressures. This however can be bypassed by modifying the engine and moving the intercooler to the front of it, as well as installing a higher capacity fuel pump.