Nissan Engine Museum Features Popular Engines from the Automaker’s 80 Years of History

Yokohama, Japan Nissan Engine PlantThe Nissan Engine Museum in Yokohama, Japan features some of the most incredible and historical engines ever made by the company. With 28 unique engines in all, this display has all of the highlights. It all starts with the very first engine made by the plant, the Type 7, a 722 cc 4-cylinder that was used in the Datsun 14 Roadster in 1935. Also included in this exhibit are the engines used in the iconic Skyline series. The S20 (a 2-liter, 6-cylinder DOHC engine that powered the 1969 Skyline 2000GT-R), the RB26DETT (a twin-turbo, 2.6-liter, 6-cylinder DOHC engine from the 1989 Skyline GT-R), the VG30DETT (a twin-turbo, 3.0-liter, 6-cylinder DOHC engine with variable valve timing featured in the 1989 Fairlady Z 300ZX), and many more are featured at the museum.

To see more details about this exciting display, check out the video below. Here at Nissan of Clinton we always appreciate Nissan’s engineering. Stop by today to check out our exciting vehicles like the 2013 Nissan 370Z with a 3.7-liter V6 engine that puts out 332 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque.

Nissan Engine Museum – Yokohama

Nissan Engine Museum is home to 80 years of the automaker’s top manufacturing, and designated an industrial heritage site. Enjoy this video tour of some highlights.

Nissan Reveals ZEOD RC Electric Race Car

Nissan ZEOD RCWith the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2013 race finished last weekend, we can now look forward to next year and the racing debut of Nissan’s latest experimental vehicle, the ZEOD RD race car that will compete under Garage 56 in the 24 Hours of Le Mans race next year. The ZEOD RC (Zero Emissions On Demand Racing Car) is claiming to be the fastest electric race car ever built, capable of running on either gasoline or pure electric power.

Sources claim that the ZEOD RC will be able to complete one lap at Le Mans on pure electric power for every six laps completed under gasoline power. The batteries will be recharged during the race through the use of regenerative braking and other technology. Watch the video below for more information about this race car that uses battery technology derived from the Nissan LEAF electric car.

Nissan Puts Together a Leaf NISMO

2013 Nissan Leaf NISMO

The New Year is full of new ideas and innovative products. Nissan improved the 2013 Leaf to fit exactly what consumers were asking for.  By adding a faster 6.6-k W onboard charger, lowering the newly designed trim cost, improving regenerative brakes and updating the interior, the 2013 Nissan Leaf is more practical than ever. Nissan added lots of improvements to the 2013 Leaf, but is taking the hybrid one step further in Japan. In Japan a version of the Leaf, named Nismo, is rumored to add more excitement to the lineup.

The the Nissan Leaf Nismo will be a tweaked version of the Nissan Leaf.  Some of the known improvements will include:

  • Edgy aerodynamic body kit
  • New alloy wheels
  • Interior upgrade
  • Suspension package
  • Weight reduction

Combining this list of changes allows the innovative Nissan Leaf Nismo to potentially display better performance, more efficiency, and a more controlled handling.

Nissan will start production this summer in Japan only. Production will start in Japan to gauge the impact the Leaf Nismo within the market place. To learn more about the newly updated 2013 Nissan Leaf visit the Nissan of Clinton dealership in Clinton North Carolina.

Nissan Trucks in Action

Nissan Titan Race TruckHere at Nissan of Clinton, we love the great performance vehicles made by Nissan like the 370Z and the 2013 Nissan Maxima. One area of performance that often gets forgotten is the world of off-road trucks. The Nissan Titan is one of the best performing off-roaders on the market and when the race prepped Titans take to the track, it’s a real thing of wonder.

Nissan Titan drivers Carl Renezeder and Casey Currie get to experience sensations that most of us could never imagine. Jumping a 4,000 pound, 900 horsepower machine through the air, sometimes up to 200 feet and as much as 30 feet high, in the middle of a race is just a regular day at work for these guys.

If you are interested in the Titan or any of our other great Nissan vehicles, stop by the dealership in Clinton, NC for more info.

Nissan GT Academy 2012: Episodes 4, 5 & 6

2013 Nissan TitanFor our patient readers who have been waiting for more Nissan GT Academy 2012 episodes, we have finally compiled the final three episodes into one place for your viewing enjoyment. Watch all of the excitement unfold as the remaining contestants battle it out for the prestigious Nissan Red Helmet and the chance to become a real, professional race driver for Nissan. We won’t spoil the ending for those of you who don’t know who wins so scroll down and watch all three episodes in their entirety below.

If you are interested in the Nissan vehicles the contestants drive in this series stop by Nissan of Clinton in Clinton, NC to check out our inventory and to go for a test drive.

Nissan GT Academy 2012 | Episode 4

Nissan GT Academy 2012 | Episode 5

Nissan GT Academy 2012 | Episode 6: Finale

More Uses For Old Nissan 240SXs

The resale value of old beat up Nissan 240SXs must be climbing every day. Drivers seem to love these cars for their excellent “drift” potential, low cost, and abundance of replacement parts and aftermarket. As you can see in the video below, the people who take these cars out on the track seem to be fearless of the time or money that goes into repairing them. This most recent YouTube video shows two friends battling it out “HORSE” style in their drift cars. Only this time they are trying to make each other spell “DRIFT” for the victory. This is just further proof that there will always be a market for fun Nissan sports cars… no matter how old they get.

GT Academy 2012: Episodes 1, 2 & 3

Nissan GTR GT AcademyIf you have been keeping track of Nissan’s 2012 GT Academy competition, than you know that it is Nissan’s way of advertising all of their vehicles, but in the most amazing ways possible. If you’ve been watching it on SPIKE TV, then you know that the contestants have already driven the GTR, 370Z, Leaf, Frontier, and other vehicles in awesome challenges. But if you haven’t seen these episodes yet, I suggest watching them all below! This series is like automotive racing meets reality show competition meets car show and it has really been put together well.

Be sure to check back later for more GT Academy episodes. If you are interested in any of the Nissan vehicles they drive on the show stop by Nissan of Clinton in Clinton, NC to learn more or see them in person.

Nissan GT Academy 2012 | Episode 1

Nissan GT Academy 2012 | Episode 2

Nissan GT Academy 2012 | Episode 3

Nissan GT Academy is Back

2013 Nissan GT-RThe popular Nissan GT Academy competition is back again for a second season. In the competitions put on by Nissan and Sony, gamers will compete to see who has it to become a professional race driver in real life. Local and regional competitions have narrowed the field to a total of 16 potential drivers who won Gran Tourismo tournaments. Now, these 16 contestants will compete in physical and psychological competitions both on and off the track. Best of all, the competition will be aired on SPIKE TV so that you can watch as the field is narrowed even further.

Renault-Nissan and Caterham Plan To Create A New Sports Car

It has been discovered that the Renault-Nissan Alliance has been planning a collaborative project with Caterham Cars to produce a new sports car. The car in question? None other than the Alpine A110-50 that was premiered in Europe over this past summer. This mid-engine, rear-wheel drive sports coupe was a concept car that celebrated the 50th birthday of the original Alpine A110 rally car.

The concept car had a 3.5 liter V6 engine positioned behind the driver and passenger seats that was rated at an impressive 295 horsepower. Caterham Cars is an England-based sports car company that is known for producing a number of spirited driver’s cars. Together, these two companies should be more than capable of producing an excellent track car. Chances are slim that it will ever make its way over here to the states, but we can always think positive!

Nissan DeltaWing Makes A Comeback

Originally intended to revolutionize the world of automobile racing, the Nissan DeltaWing was designed to be as efficient as possible while still remaining competitive. The initial goals for the car were to use half as much gas and half as many tires when compared to your standard endurance racer. During its debut at the 24 hours of Le Mans, the car was on track to reach these standards but unfortunately collided with a hybrid racecar from Toyota resulting in enough damage to force the team to withdraw after only 6 hours.

Now, the DeltaWing will get a second chance at the Petit Le Mans. The car has been permitted to compete in this 1000-mile, 10 hour event. If the results from the 6 hours of Le Mans racing were correct, the DeltaWing should get around 10.7 MPG compared to a normal Le Mans Racecars 5 MPG.  All of this is really impressive considering that Nissan has also managed to squeeze around 300 horsepower out of a tiny 1.6 liter, inline 4-cylinder engine! If the DeltaWing is able to prove itself at the Petite Le Mans in mid-October, we could be seeing a lot more of these efficient racers in the future!