Nissan Road Trips to Texas for 2014 NISMO Fiesta

Nissan 370Z NISMOWhen it came time for this year’s annual NISMO Fiesta, eight motorsport enthusiasts from Nissan’s team were more than ready to hang up the suit and tie and hit the road. Their journey ultimately led them to San Marcos, Texas for one of the biggest Nissan owners’ festivals in the country.

Starting in Tennessee, the group drove six vehicles 920 miles in two days. They were welcomed by a Nissan dealership in Louisiana at the end of the first day before arriving in Texas for the Fiesta.

“We are car enthusiasts ourselves – so much so that we wanted to drive 1,000 miles in the cars that we promote,” said Max Moosman of Nissan’s Social Media team.

The two-day festivities, which took place on April 26 and 27, included a day at the track where Nissan owners got a chance to push their vehicles to the limit.

One attendee from Houston, Chris Coronado, said, “For me it is all about taking it to the track. I went out and had a blast. That car will do more things than I can make it do. It is just all about going out and having fun with your car.”

On Sunday, guests attended the car show where the new 2015 Nissan GT-R NISMO made a guest appearance.

“I love coming here to see everybody else’s car and what they do to their cars and how different each looks even though we could all have the same model,” said Jennifer Taylor who participated in the event.

If you’re interested in attending the 2015 NISMO Fiesta, check out the website for an official countdown. We at Nissan of Clinton may have to follow corporate’s lead and plan a road trip for next year.

Nissan BladeGlider Concept is a Delta Wing for the Streets

Nissan LogoHere at Nissan of Clinton in Clinton, NC we like to stay on top of concept vehicles and design experiments that come from Nissan. While many of these concepts will never become real production vehicles, they are a good look at the design language and engineering direction that the company is headed towards. One of the more recent concept vehicles to be previewed ahead of the Tokyo Motor Show is the Nissan BladeGlider Concept.

The Nissan BladeGlider Concept appears to be based on the racing team’s experimental Delta Wing car, a sleek and efficient race car with a tapered profile. The BladeGlider Concept makes use of the wedge shape for an agile and athletic stance and improved aerodynamics. Constructed out of advanced materials like carbon fiber, and making use of in-wheel electric motors, this would be a very stable and nimble sports car for the future. Unique upward-swinging doors open to a unique cockpit that utilizes a 1 + 2 seating configuration. The driver sits front and center with a passenger to either side and behind. Check out the preview footage below for a closer look and be sure to look out for more news about this concept from the Tokyo Motor Show.

Nissan In Car Tech For The 370Z

2013 Nissan 370Z In Car TechThe Nissan 370Z is one of the few classic Japanese sports cars to have survived throughout the years without an extensive pause in production. The original Z car, the 240Z was produced and sold way back in 1969. From there, the Z name went through several iterations including the 280ZX, 300ZX, 350Z, and the current sports coupe. Over the years, the engine has grown, along with the size and weight of the car, but the DNA has remained very much the same. The Z represents a compact, rear-wheel drive, sports-coupe that is affordable and fun to drive.

Modern technology has graced the most recent generation with convenience, safety, and performance systems that make it the best version yet. Check out the Cnet Car Tech review below for a look at some of the features of this classic, modern sports car. If you are interested in this iconic Nissan, stop by the Nissan of Clinton dealership and check it out in person.

Future of the Nissan Z

2012 Nissan 370 ZZ has long been the letter that represents performance oriented and spirited driving for Nissan vehicles. The very first “Z-Car” from the manufacturer was sold in 1969 as the Nissan Fairlady Z in Japan and featured an inline 6-cylinder engine, agile handling, and sporty styling. Through the years, power increased, along with refinement. However, several things remained the same. The Z-Cars have always had sporty and aggressive styling with a coupe body style, dedicated rear wheel drive, and some form of a 6-cylinder engine, either inline or “V” setup.

Now, rumor has it that pressures from customers and competition are about to change some of that tradition. With more and more low cost, sporty coupes appearing on the market and with gas prices continually on the rise, some sources state that the Z will be trading in the traditional six-cylinder setup for a four-banger with a turbo! No official news has been released, but early speculations seem to agree that a retuned version of the Juke’s incredible 1.6 liter four-cylinder could do well in a lighter and smaller Z. Others believe that the 2.0 liter from Nissan’s sister company, Renault, would also be a good option. Whether Nissan decides to build a new engine, go with an existing powerplant, or even switch over to a four-cylinder at all, we are sure that big changes are bound to happen here at Nissan of Clinton!

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 Design Team Takes a Field Trip to Hang Out with the Blue Angels

Nissan isn’t messing around when it comes to research and development for its sports cars! When most companies try to improve a car, they just look at their competition’s products and try to copy what they see. If they are trying really hard, they may go to the Formula 1 circuit in search of some technology or aerodynamic wizardry. But when Nissan wants to improve its already impressive selection of sports cars like the Maxima, 370Z, and GT-R, they look elsewhere for inspiration!

Nissan wanted to improve the integration of instrumentation in the dash for their future vehicles. So where did they go? A team of designers from Nissan went to Pensacola, FL to talk with some of the best pilots in the world about interacting with gauges, controls, and technology in high stress situations. I don’t know about you, but I would be willing to take a few pointers from the Blue Angels if they were willing to help out.

I wouldn’t expect to see an altimeter or a joystick control in the next GT-R, but something like a projected Heads-Up-Display and repositioned gauges and controls might be in the works! Check out the video below for a look at these lucky designers’ trips to talk with the Blue Angels pilots. And if you just need to get into a sporty car, check out our selection of sports cars in our inventory here at Nissan of Clinton!