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!

Plug In America National Plug In Day

With the interest of increasing global acceptance and knowledge about electric vehicles, Plug In America, along with the Electric Auto Association and the Sierra Club, has arranged to hold the second annual National Plug In Day. This second annual event has the purpose of educating interested individuals about EVs and putting them together with drivers and advocates who have answers and experience. It will be held on Sunday, Sept. 23rd.

After a super successful National Plug In Day last October, the group has recruited 60 cities to take part in the second installment. At each city’s Plug In celebration, activities and scheduling are lead by local drivers of electric vehicles and advocates of alternative fuels. At these events, interested visitors will be able to learn and experience more about EVs than they could by researching or going on one short test drive.  Activities include ride-alongs, information stands tailgating and parades, and more. While the primary focus is education, visitors are sure to have a lot of fun riding along with EV owners in their cars, test driving available EVs, having questions answered, and attending demonstrations.

The event is not sponsored or endorsed by any company or specific model of EV and all electric vehicles are welcome, including some crazy home-built concoctions. Common sightings at events like this include the Nissan LEAF, Mitsubishi i-MiEV, Toyota Prius and Prius Plug-In, Chevy Volt, and even the Tesla Roadster. However, these are hardly the only vehicles you are likely to see. Who knows who or what you will run into.

There is one event within 75 miles of Clinton, North Carolina. At Nissan of Clinton, we highly encourage anyone interested to go check out the Plug In Day Celebration at Durham, NC.

Nissan Heisman House

Nissan’s new ad campaign, Nissan Heisman House, targets football fans by featuring Heisman Trophy winners and Nissan vehicles in commercials that can make anyone laugh. The football stars encounter rivalry and personal space issues that seem all too believable. The commercials feature 12 of the trophy winners, including two-time winner Archie Griffin and “the rook” RG3. It’s always fun to see these guys try their hand at commercials and Nissan gets to showcase vehicles like the Nissan LEAF, Altima, Pathfinder, Titan, and 370Z.
Check out the videos below!

The “Drift Idiot” Show How Much Fun You Can Have In An Old Set Of Wheels

Nissan is known for making great performance cars that are just as good on the track as they are on public roads. But how many of us are actually going to take a beautiful brand new 370Z out to the track and risk seriously messing up the paint job? It is for this reason that many of Nissan’s older cars are coming back onto the racing and tuner scene. Drivers can pick up an old, RWD coupe, strip it of unnecessary weight, put a small amount of money into go fast mods, and they have an instant track toy. And since these cars have usually already seen a decade or two of parking lot dings and sun damage, scratching the paint is not an issue!
Watch below as the “Drift Idiot” takes an old 240SX and learns to get it sideways!

Grandfather Mountain

Grandfather Mountain Mile-High Swinging BridgeLooking for something to do in North Carolina over this Labor Day 2013 weekend or throughoutthe rest of the summer? Why not enjoy some of the nearby nature and scenery at Grandfather Mountain? Take a break from your busy schedule and the city life to get back to nature and get some of the best views around.

Located between Linville and Boone, NC, this park features walking and hiking trails, wildlife habitats, naturalist programs, a nature museum, a mile-high swinging bridge, and much more! Learn about some of the most elusive creatures in the park including cougars, white-tailed deer, black bears, Grandfather Mountain Mile High Bridgeriver otters, and the golden eagle at the environmental habitats. Or if you want a gorgeous 360 degree view of the park, check out the swinging bridge that is one mile above sea level. In place since 1952, this bridge has excited and awed thousands of park visitors who have walked its span. You really can’t go wrong visiting this park as there is something for everyone.

Here at Nissan of Clinton, a popular Nissan dealership in Clinton, NC, we feel it is important to protect and enjoy the local nature and wildlife. Take the time to enjoy the natural beauties around you for a while. If you’re looking for something to do, we highly recommend Grandfather Mountain as a getaway during Labor Day or any other time!

Nissan Applies Self Healing Paint To iPod Cases

Often times, technology seems to find its way from one industry over to another industry over time. And usually when this happens it is something that seems natural. But Nissan has really come up with a doozy this time! The automobile company has decided to apply some of its most cutting edge technology to… iPod cases!

That’s right; the car company is tossing around the idea of applying its amazing self-healing paint to iPod and iPhone cases. This paint is available on several Nissan vehicles like the 370Z, Murano, and X-Trail along with Infiniti cars. The amazing stuff, known as Smart Shield paint is able to “heal” over small surface scratches in as little as a few hours while larger blemishes can take up to a week or two to fully heal. Now I can only assume that Nissan has turned to some form of dark magic to make this possible, but it is downright amazing! And now it can be applied to the things we drop and scratch up the most… our phones and iPods! Good move Nissan… Good move!

Nissan Juke Midnight Edition

Since its introduction in 2010, the Nissan Juke has always been a very unique car. There just isn’t anything else on the road quite like it. Optional AWD and a peppy, turbocharged 4-cylinder make it very fun to drive and really quite sporty. On the other hand, small SUV like dimensions and a hatchback setup make it very practical as well. Nobody knows whether to classify it as a small crossover, or a large, sporty hatchback. Either way, people really seem to love it and it sure stands out in a crowd!

But if you are the type of person that likes to stand out just a little bit more, Nissan is introducing the Midnight Edition package for 2013. This package is expected to start at around $1200 and adds some sporty and aggressive features to the 2013 Juke. Included in this package are unique, 17 inch wheels painted in black, black mirror covers, and a black rear spoiler. Purchasing this package is actually expected to be $500 cheaper than buying all of the parts individually. And more good news… it can be applied to any trim level for the 2013 Juke!

Project 370Z Videos All In One Place

The recent Project 370Z campaign by Nissan has recently wrapped up and the final video has just been released. In this project, Nissan put together a custom 370Z according to votes from fans.  Stage one included engine and handling upgrades like a twin turbo kit, adjustable coil-over springs, a big brake kit, and a cat-back exhaust. In stage two, they tuned the Z to achieve maximum output from the upgrades. They also did some work on the interior to make it sportier and more custom. In stage three, the custom 370Z was revealed to the public. Watch all three short videos below showing the work as it was completed.

2013 Nissan Maxima: A Cut Above

Originally, the Nissan Maxima was intended to be a sporty, four-door alternative for cars like the Honda Accord and the Toyota Camry. However, over time, the Maxima has matured where others have stagnated. The 2013 Nissan Maxima currently sits in a class of its own, somewhere between imported, mid-sized four doors and full-fledged European sports sedans. With more grunt and a better driving feel than its Asian import competition and a more attractive price than its European counterparts, it is a hard to define vehicle that has really improved the marketplace.

A 3.5 liter V6 puts a respectable 290 horsepower through the front wheels. This, combined with one of Nissan’s quality automatic CVT gearboxes makes for a very confident and willing car! Ask this sporty four-door to make a pass and it simply gets up to speed without any fuss at all. Even though it may not be a true rear-wheel drive sports sedan, the Maxima is quite aggressive and fun to drive when the roads get curvy.

With styling, standard features and options that normally only come in much more expensive vehicles, the 2013 Nissan Maxima is a great option for anyone who wants a comfortable ride that is also quick and sure-footed.