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  1. Sadly reflective of today's attitudes, Paul. I hope the police (or your insurance) track them down for failure to stop. Second thoughts, insurance company might not be the way to go!
  2. A mobile conference room for improved work-life balance November 23, 2021 Making travel time more comfortable and efficient In recent years, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic, the way we work has rapidly diversified. As remote work becomes more widespread, there are increasing opportunities to reflect on how best to use our commuting and travel time in pursuit of a healthy work-life balance. This summer, together with our partners Dai Nippon Printing, Zenrin, Softbank, and Kuwahara, Nissan took on the challenge of transforming our Elgrand model into a mobile conference room. Making meaningful use of travel time, the Elgrand Mobile Work Suite enables users to hold web conferences from the comfort of a car. Tests are ongoing on this new mobility service as a means to transform the time and spaces afforded by travel, turning them into something valuable – a concept we feel deserves further exploration. We received many positive comments from participants in our most recent round of testing. "It was very easy to use,” one participant told us, “and I would like to see the service available for general use." Another participant described it as “a really comfortable mobile space for meetings, and I’m sure that once people begin to use it, they won’t be able to live without it!” Whether you’re on a business trip, or on your way home from the office, the Elgrand Mobile Work Suite can help you to make the most of your time in transit, meaning you’ll have more free time to spend doing the things you love. Watch the accompanying video for a view into the future, at a time when the Elgrand Mobile Work Suite has become the norm.
  3. Nissan e.dams reveals bold new racing livery for Formula E Season 8 Striking Japanese kimono-themed color scheme features powerful bright red highlights RELEASE PHOTOS [13] SAVE DOWNLOAD SHARE 2021/11/23 YOKOHAMA, Japan – The Nissan e.dams Formula E race car will be even bolder as it takes to the track for Season 8 of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship thanks to a striking new evolution of its recognizable Japanese kimono-themed livery, now with prominent bright red highlights. Nissan returns for its fourth season of competition in the all-electric street racing series to powerfully demonstrate the excitement and performance of its EV technology. Nissan unveiled the new racing livery today, with the dramatic black and red design inspired by the Japanese kimono. An appealing design flourish on the car’s nosecone area created by Alfonso Albaisa, Nissan’s senior vice president for global design, shows the characteristic sharp folds of the kimono. “We want to be bolder than ever in this new Formula E racing season,” said Tommaso Volpe, Nissan global motorsports director. “Nissan is here not only to race and win, but to entertain the fans and showcase just how thrilling electric vehicles can be. With our powerful new racing livery our cars will be unmissable on the track as we compete in this exciting global championship. We will also be activating our racing endeavors like never before this season with fresh and innovative activities such as our Nissan Brain to Performance program that aims to train our racing drivers’ brains to be even faster. We can’t wait to get Season 8 started.” Nissan races in this all-electric world championship to bring the excitement and fun of zero-emission electric vehicles to a global audience. As part of its goal to achieve carbon neutrality across its operations and the life cycle of its products by 2050, Nissan intends to electrify all-new Nissan vehicle offerings by the early 2030s in key markets. Nissan aims to bring its expertise in transferring knowledge and technology between the race track and road for better electric vehicles for customers. Along with its bold new livery for Season 8, the team will also have an exciting new driver line-up. Joining record-holding Formula E veteran Sebastien Buemi, who remains with the team for a fourth season, will be rising star Maximilian Guenther. The German racer has shown brilliant pace already in Formula E with three race victories and a second-place podium. Guenther will join Buemi and the team at the official Formula E pre-season test at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit in Valencia, Spain, November 29 to December 2. Nissan e.dams co-team principals Gregory and Olivier Driot issued this joint statement: “We are very excited and looking forward to seeing our stunning new livery on track. We were competitive towards the end of last season and the team has continued to work hard during the break. Our aim is to be competing at the front of the field from the opening race in Diriyah. We are delighted to have Maximilian on board and we believe he and Sebastien will form a strong partnership, which should bring success on and off-track.” Shell extends partnership Nissan e.dams and Shell announce the continuation of their partnership with the signing of a new multi-year deal, further demonstrating their long-term commitment to Formula E. Partners since 2018, the announcement will see Nissan and Shell continue to work together into the Gen 3 era (beginning from the 2022/2023 season), driving technical developments and enhancing performance with the use of Shell’s innovative E-transmission fluids and greases. “EVs are at the forefront of modern mobility, and Formula E is at the forefront of EV technology. This is why we are absolutely thrilled to be extending our partnership with Nissan e.dams, one of the sport’s most successful teams. Not only will we be providing them with cutting-edge, high-performance E-fluids for use on the track, but the knowledge we gain from this process can then be used to inform development of our road-going products, helping us to achieve our goal of being the world’s leading full-spectrum mobility company,” said István Kapitány, Executive Vice President for Mobility at Shell. “Yes, this partnership is about winning races, but more importantly for us, it’s about combining the power and creativity of two market-leading, forward-thinking companies to develop world-class innovations that we can then bring our customers.” Nissan Brain to Performance Nissan Brain to Performance, launched in July 2021, is an exciting, cutting-edge new program that uses advanced brain imaging and analysis to determine the anatomical specifics of high performance, professional drivers' brains, and, through a bespoke brain training program, seeks to enhance their brain performance in the search for greater performance on the race track. This innovative, long-term program will build momentum as Nissan races into Season 8 of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, and beyond. Watch the latest video here. Driver Quotes Sebastien Buemi "It’s great to be back with Nissan e.dams for our fourth season together, and I would like to warmly welcome Maximilian to the team. Maximilian brings good pace and some fresh approaches to racing, so I hope we can create a powerful combination based on the strong foundations and extensive experience we have at Nissan e.dams. We aim to be competitive from the first race to the last. We’ve got work to do and the team is highly motivated." Maximilian Guenther "I’m really excited to go racing with such a historic and successful racing brand as Nissan. Formula E is extremely competitive and thrilling to race in, and I feel that with Seb as my teammate and the team behind me, together we can do great things. In my first weeks with the team, I can see that there are big plans both on and off the track and I am looking forward to a busy and competitive Season 8. The new race car looks stunning, and I can’t wait to drive it at full race pace at the Valencia test." More information Please visit Global.NissanNews.com/FormulaEPressKit Contact Maria De Juana Global Motorsport and Sponsorship Communications Lead Phone: +33-6 17 36 37 61 mdejuana@nissan-europe.com Dan Anslow Global motorsports press officer Phone: +44 7787 152 543 media@nismosupport.com
  4. Change of Super GT GT500 class vehicles RELEASE PHOTO [1] SAVE DOWNLOAD SHARE 2021/11/17 YOKOHAMA, Japan – Nissan and Nismo announced today changes to its 2022 GT500 class vehicles for the Super GT Series. The R35 Nissan GT-R based GT500 racer will end its Super GT participation after the final round of the Super GT 2021 season to be held at Fuji Speedway on November 28. The 2022 vehicle will be announced at a later time. The GT500 spec Nissan GT-R designed and developed by Nismo started racing in 2008, scoring seven wins out of nine races in its debut season. It has been victorious a total of 41 times over 14 seasons, which is the record for the most number of wins for a model in GT500 history. Seasons 14 Races 113 Pole positions 36 Victories 41 Driver champion 5 (2008, 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2015) Team champion 4 (2011, 2012, 2014 and 2015) 1-2-3 finishes 2 (Round 3 at Autopolis, 2014; Round 3 at Suzuka, 2021) Note: As of November 17; championship races only The change will apply to Super GT GT500 class vehicles only. Nissan and Nismo will continue to provide vehicles, parts and technical support to the FIA GT3 spec Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3, which takes part in the GT300 class. The Nissan GT-R road car will continue to be manufactured and sold.
  5. Happy Birthday, Paul! Hope you have a great day.
  6. In no particular order then, I have used Eibach spacers (10 and 15, I think) and they are really well built and correspondingly expensive. Note that a 4-wheel alignment cannot be done once they are fitted. I think 25 mm will be at the limit of the rear arches and, visually, the rear aspect of the car begins to change, IMHO. Depending on the width you select, the Eibach website will tell you the method of fitting. I remember that the original studs have to be hammered out backwards for some fittings (not difficult) and replaced with longer ones (PITA). I would advise you to use copper grease on the hub/spacer and spacer/wheel interfaces to facilitate removal. I have seen folks having to resort to brute force when this has not been done. Not me . I was also told by a very respected Professional driver that spacers will increase the car’s tendency to tramline - I personally did not notice this when I had 10/15s fitted. Regret no pictures available as that particular 370 is long gone! Hope this helps, Jeff.
  7. The Essence of Z-ness #5 November 5, 2021 How master modeler Haruo Yuki turned a block of clay into an unmistakable icon Michelangelo once said, “Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it.” For Haruo Yuki, a master — designated a “meister” — clay modeler at Nissan, that block of stone is a large slab of clay and he discovers cars that ignite our passion for driving. Yuki began his journey as a designer at a young age. He went to a technical high school, where his main goal was to become an illustrator. Fate, however, intervened when his high school career counselor told him about a job opportunity at Nissan in the clay-modeling department. Since joining Nissan in 1978, Yuki has created approximately 60 major clay models ranging from sedans to minivans. His latest work of art is the striking all-new Z. (Back row, center) Haruo Yuki early in his career with a model project in the 80’s. The automotive clay-modeling profession has largely remained hidden from the public eye because the artists usually work on future models whose designs are closely guarded secrets. Although the modelers remain behind the scenes, the impact they have in deciding the outcome of a car’s design can’t be understated. Essentially Yuki’s job is to recreate a two-dimensional image in three dimensions, exploring shape and tackling proportion as he painstakingly crafts a clay model. While some may argue that the same task can be performed using the latest in 3-D modeling software, Yuki disagrees. “Yes, we also use digital programs to create 3-D images as it is necessary in the process. But clay modelers provide a human touch to the design that software can’t. While it may seem simple to digitally add a door mirror or accents to a design, and seeing the car in a virtual space is helpful, subtle changes are not so easy to convey digitally. What we see on a monitor versus in real life is very different, especially under natural sunlight. Therefore it’s the clay modeler’s job to decipher and interpret a 2-D perspective into 3-D,” Yuki explained. Yuki believes that by using digital programs alone, it’s difficult to express an emotional allure and depth when it is transitioned to a physical form at scale. “I’ve found that designs come to life only when we explore the shapes with our hands,” he said. “After being part of the creative process for dozens of cars, I have yet to see the emotional nuances of a design fully interpreted by a computer. I think that the favorite parts of a design for people come from the clay modeler successfully conveying shape and proportion. With the new Z, I don’t think the final appearance would have been possible had we relied on computers and software alone.” Taking an idea and giving it physical form is a multistep process at Nissan. Typically, the design of a future vehicle must first be entered in a global design competition among Nissan’s design studios. After rounds of selections and 3-D modeling, it’s time for Yuki and his team to step in to help realize the model’s final physical form. “To build a full-scale model, we first start with a quarter-scale clay model, then scan it and turn it into a model that’s four times larger using digital data. We then begin the process of forming the full-scale model with a large slab of clay. We have an oven where we heat the clay. Straight from the oven we start adding material and shaping it by hand. When the clay cools a bit we can use tools to scrape and add form as it begins to harden at room temperature. “We completed the full-size clay model for the new Z in about three weeks. A full-scale clay model has an aluminum frame with axles so we can install wheels and tires. The total weight of the finished clay product is about 1.6 tons, so it’s a bit heavier than an actual car,” Yuki said. The way a clay modeler takes a sketch and transforms it into a three-dimensional reality can vary greatly once the process begins. “A sketch is nothing more than an idea, and when we take that idea and make it into a real, physical form, the car tends to change with review sessions and verbal input along the way.” Although Yuki’s Z team was small, there was a lot of interest in their work: impressions and input constantly flowed in from excited executives and engineers who popped into the studio to see the work in progress. “At first it was difficult not to take note of what they were saying, but the selected Z’s design sketch was very well received so the process was quite smooth for us to get to the final shape.” The new Z represents the latest incarnation of the iconic sportscar, and Yuki really wanted to make it very special. “I put my heart and soul into it. Our team shaped and reshaped the design many times to make sure it was perfect. And I made sure to include a human touch to convey an emotional response from every part of the car, such as the rear fender, the shape of the hood ... I mean everywhere!”
  8. Good to have you back, Les! Look at de-boxing as a challenge, not a chore! Before we moved 3 1/2 years ago, we took the opportunity to dispose of all the unwanted stuff before packing. When we de-boxed, we discovered that we still hadn’t been ruthless enough so another round of landfill runs was required. Like yourselves, the last move really was the last one, ever! Hope you both enjoy your new-found peace and quiet.
  9. Happy Birthday, John! Hope all is well with you both. Best Wishes, Jeff & Joan.
  10. As you get to the end of any Nissan warrantee on your Zed, the benefits of a dealer service start to recede into the distance. The value of having a FNSH is, I believe, often inflated and, as Paul says above, a service history from a reputable garage (which knows how to deal with performance cars) is worth just as much - and costs less. All IMHO, of course!
  11. Hi Jez - welcome to the OC! Feel free to ask anything you like here, especially concerning your 350 rebuild and the 370 oil pressure. There’s lots of experience of both models here, so we will try and help whenever we can. I’m just down the road in East Glos - our membership is spread out and not all in SE! Meets, well official ones, have just finished for ‘21 but please keep your eye out as things for ‘22 get advertised in a couple of months. Again, welcome!
  12. Not a fault I’ve ever come across either - sorry!
  13. I only have one reservation about any event, and that is having to go indoors to get food and drink, other than that I'm up for anything. This does mean though that we're not as keen on distant events where we have to stay overnight. I think this will be a concern shared by others - and I can't fault folks for wanting to be cautious. I probably wouldn't want to go to very crowded events either until the infection rate drops a lot more. We got a little caught out by Brizefest in this respect, but there was plenty of breathing room actually in the car display area.
  14. Many Happy Returns, Les. Hope Cazza and you are both well. Jeff & Joan.
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