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  2. I have no idea what we will all be using to make our vehicles move in 10 years time but would guess there going to be several other options by then. We aren’t totally green, but this suits me for a daily drive, I can charge at work if I so choose and will allow us to travel to our friends who live some 70 miles away (roughly) and back home without having to take a top up charge. We don’t really need more than that and have options for more challenging journeys until those clever folk who do, develope better ranges. Interestingly I was reading today about an HGV that can do 683 miles on one charge.
  3. Very close to the heart of this topic of electric cars, does anybody know exactly what kind of vehicle will not be sold after 2030? Is it just non-commercial (ie domestic) motor cars? Will fleet cars all have to be non-diesel/petrol? What about delivery and work vehicles - small trucks, Transits etc? The time remaining of just over 8 years seems incredibly short if we are all to be limited to buying non-diesel/petrol from then. I expect there will be great improvement in EV range by then, but there still remains the sticky issue of the used car batteries. This is going to be a tremendous challenge ecologically. I have no issue with those who wish to go electric now, as they will know that they can work within the range limitations of the vehicles, but I see no immediate way forward for those obliged to do serious mileage every day. And what to do about the 200,000 diesel HGVs on our roads keeping us supplied with goods is yet another subject entirely. I think that there is room in society to applaud those who pay 3p per mile after a full recharge, but also cause for worry for those in the country for whom this simply won't work. Eight years is not a long time! This is an interesting subject worthy of calm debate - even on a forum of this nature. Jeff.
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  5. Great pictures there , Chas. Some exciting paint and interior finishes too. Good to see that folks are getting out and about with their cars now so others can share.
  6. Thanks for sharing Chas, good to see some great cars! Hope you are both well, you clearly care more for your car then Michael 😂
  7. gasitup and I decided to head down to this yesterday last minute. Lots of modern hyper/supercars mixed in with some classics and an eclectic mix of car clubs and individual show cars. Here's a few pics: And finally may I draw everyone's attention to the pic below. You have to zoom in a bit to see on the left gasitup hurridly cleaning his dirty car whilst on the right is my clean car. That is all.
  8. Committee, after much discussion, have taken the unusual decision to defer the 2021 AGM until 15th January 2022. At the time we needed to book a venue for this there wasn’t much certainty regarding gatherings and it was decided to allow a couple of extra months for everything to recover. If you have any questions or concerns about this please direct a PM to either myself or JeffW the Club’s chairman. Thank you all for your patience and we look forward to seeing you all in January 2022 Sarah AKA Chilli Red
  9. Being a child of the 60s, I think that I've seen and experienced the best years of the evolvement of modern motoring. Come the day that I'm taxed off the road in my petrol cars or by some other government pressure, then I may admit defeat. Strangely enough, my wife and grown up kids see things differently!
  10. Plus silent, sterile and soul-less.
  11. I did read a few years ago that molyslip didn`t do much but due to the placebo effect people thought that the gearbox felt better. changing the gearbox oil at regular intervals is probably al that`s needed. I think that it`s a feature of these cars that the gearbox is the best when it`s cold, mine is exactly the same.
  12. Over a week later and I'm still noticing splatters. Next I might have to do the old pre-PPF trick, and cover the Zed in low-tack masking tape (joke!). The dust is a perennial problem whenever I go out, particularly with a dark-coloured car, but the overspray made it a lot worse. I'm still not entirely convinced of the Molyslip either. It's certainly no panacea for the gearbox. It does feel a bit better lubricated from cold, but that's about it. I just hope it's doing good inside the 'box.
  13. This number plate has gone unfortunately maybe V12 LOL is available still [emoji3] Sent from my Pixel 4a using Tapatalk
  14. Keep us posted buddy it will be good if i get something write today
  15. You are probably right hopefully enough info now to get it sorted Sent from my Pixel 4a using Tapatalk
  16. If I remember correctly you go into settings somewhere and there is options for audio and phone on Bluetooth you have to set your phone up for both. It is poor really at best not a good system and depends on your phone how well it works. I think this is correct have a play I might be wrong it was a long time ago I played with it mate Sent from my Pixel 4a using Tapatalk
  17. The essence of Z-ness #4 September 16, 2021 All-new Z exterior designer Naoyuki Ohkoshi and interior designer Takuya Yamas***a We journey further into the design story of the all-new Nissan Z by sitting down with exterior designer Naoyuki Ohkoshi and interior designer Takuya Yamas***a, to gather their personal insights on the Z’s fresh look. Ohkoshi joined the Nissan design team in 1997. Notable past projects in his portfolio include the 2009 INFINITI QX60 and the 2012 QX80, as well as projects with Daimler and supplier Magna. Yamas***a is a newer member of the Nissan global design team, coming on board just four years ago. He’s already raising eyebrows and exceeding expectations with his interior design touches. Q: How did you feel when you were chosen for the team to design the all-new Z? Ohkoshi: I was really happy. It’s a great opportunity to design such an iconic car. Of course, it was not just me, it was a team effort as with all our vehicle designs. Actually, I didn’t feel worried or nervous with the design because I was having so much fun. Of course, I felt a lot of pressure to get it right for fans around the world. Yamas***a: To be chosen to design the Z, a car that I admired and loved since my childhood, was an honor and it made me very happy. I definitely felt a high level of responsibility, as the Z is considered a Nissan icon. By showing the utmost respect to the history of the car and to those who helped build the Z into what it is today, I wanted to create the best design yet. Q: Was the Z designed exclusively by Nissan’s Japanese design team or was there an opportunity for global teams to participate? And which design came first, the exterior or interior? Ohkoshi: There was a global design competition where various design teams from Japan, China, the U.S. and the UK submitted sketches. About 100 were submitted, with the round of selections rendered as 3-D data models. From those, three finalists were chosen and made into full-size clay models. Once these were completed, our executives studied each design carefully and chose a winner, which turned out to be the entry from the Japan team. Yamas***a: After the exterior shape and key proportions were worked out, the interior design process began. Initially, the interior of the Z was meant to be a simple evolution of the current Z’s interior. However, we decided to go in a different direction after some input from our executives: They were Z fans and wanted the model to be equally great inside and out. The original interior design would have been a simpler task, but they did not want to compromise anything with this car. This made me very happy. Q: Were there any particularly difficult parts of the vehicle to design? Ohkoshi: Absolutely! The placement of the side character line that Irie-san alluded to in a previous interview was something that looks clean and simple, but dictated the whole flow of the car. If we adjusted it a bit, it meant we had to re-think other areas as well. There were so many sketches made, drawing the Z is like muscle memory for me now. Yamas***a: I would have to say that getting the center console dialed in was the most difficult part of designing the interior. In the current 370Z model, the center console bends, rising as it moves toward the driver. With the Z, we wanted to make it straight and level, acting like a strong beam or support that enhances the Z’s rear-wheel-drive sports car spirit. The console shape appears very simple, but in fact, it’s surrounded by several interior elements, including the seats and a number of moving parts such as the shifter and parking brake, so trying to implement a more level design here proved extremely difficult. In fact, it took six months alone to get the design from 95 percent complete to 100 percent complete. Q: In previous Z-ness stories, we’ve learned about some of the influences the original Z (S30) and other past models have had on the Z’s design. As the designers responsible for the overall look of the all-new Z, inside and out, what are your thoughts? Ohkoshi: I thought that the latest Z should have an appearance that made anyone looking at it and say, “It’s a Z!” And, if you study past models, the design DNA of the original Z (S30) has been noticeably implemented in other generations of Zs as well. For example, the shape of the side window in the current 370Z. This is a form of paying respect, so I feel that the Z’s side-window graphics pays homage to both the original Z and the 370Z. In addition, it was important to convey the original Z’s silhouette with this car – with classic lines flowing from the roofline and dropping over the rear glass hatch – to give people a feeling that it’s a Z without even seeing the emblem. Yamas***a: For the interior, one design cue that was inspired by the S30 Z was what we call the “reverse slant.” This refers to the top of the center dash where the air vents are located. The angle here goes in the opposite direction of the bottom portion of the dash, hence the name. What this does is it reduces the “visual noise” in the driver’s line of sight, resulting in an interior where the driver feels safe and secure even while traveling at high speeds. The S30 Z has a unique center dash layout; at the very top of the dash are three gauges, located at about the driver’s eye level. Immediately below them are the center air vents, and underneath those are the controls for the ventilation and audio systems. We wanted to retain this stacked layout in the Z because it’s not found in many other cars. In particular, I feel that the cabin provides an authentic sports car flavor that’s approachable as a daily driver, much like the interior of the 300ZX (Z32). Q: Which past Zs are your personal favorites? Ohkoshi: I must say the very first Z, the S30, but I also like the Z32. When I was about three-years old, my father brought home a Nissan catalogue. There was a yellow Z on the cover, I think it was an S30, actually. From then on, I started drawing cars, it was like a switch. When the 300ZX (Z32) came out, I was still in school. I remember being floored at the thought that such a design could come from Japan. Yamas***a: When I was young, my father drove a Z31 (300ZX), and I have been a fan of the Z ever since. My drive to become an automotive designer was most likely due to the influence of my father and the Z. He also drove a Kenmeri Skyline (C110), but it was the Z I remember the most fondly. So, if you were to ask me which was my favorite Z, I would have to say it’s a tie between the S30 and Z31. Q: Looking back on your work, what element on the Z are you most proud of? Ohkoshi: I feel that the rear end looks fantastic. It highlights the car’s slope-backed roofline and creates a solid stance, giving a romantic image that’s reminiscent of the S30, while still appearing very modern. It was quite a battle to pull this off, shedding and shifting millimeters. but, as I said, when you see it, you can’t help but say, “That’s a Z. No question.” Yamas***a: I’m particularly fond of the view of the dashboard and instrument panel from the passenger side. The top of the dashboard in front of the driver is shaped in a way that invites the flowing shape of the long hood directly into the cockpit. It’s kind of a hidden design that we unconsciously register but it provides a portal between the exterior and interior. It also highlights the unique cross-section of the dash. This was created with our clay modeler, Haruo Yuki.
  18. Finally got round to pairing my phone after seven months of Z ownership - but.... Pairing the phone was easy, but I can't get any music playing through the car's speakers. What am I NOT doing?
  19. I have been keeping my eye out for you buddy
  20. Apparently permanently out of stock at Amayama, 1 available on ebay but it`s collection only from Harrow.
  21. It seems to have gone very quiet since they mentioned packaging problems with a hybrid setup. My guess is that without Ghosn providing strong leadership who understood the need for a halo car and the financial problems at Nissan I suspect it may not be replaced until a totally new electric platform is developed which may be 5 years away. I’m also hearing that the T Spec may be a 21 Model year with no further development. So basically a paint job and track edition bits. I do think we are looking at the last year of manufacture now.
  22. (I've had over 16 new cars in my life and they've all had batteries... to start the petrol engines - and run the clocks. I can honestly say batteries have been the biggest source of problems in my motoring life 🤣 )
  23. P.s. Meanwhile, UK Dealers are holding deposits. As Christine Keeler said "They would, wouldnt they" ...
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