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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. #12 Calsonic IMPUL GT-R grabs first win of the season Nissan GT-R NISMO GT500 once again saw the top step of the podium this weekend following a thrilling round 5 of the Super GT held at Sportsland SUGO RELEASE PHOTOS [8] SAVE DOWNLOAD SHARE 2021/09/13 MURATA, Japan – The Nissan GT-R NISMO GT500 once again saw the top step of the podium this weekend following a thrilling round 5 of the Super GT held at Sportsland SUGO. The race began under pristine, clear autumn skies and the #12 GT-R driven by Nobuharu Matsus***a maintained a third starting grid position while engaging in a fierce battle for second. Although he briefly dropped down to fourth following a fierce skirmish, he went on to overtake one rival at the second corner of lap 20 and then again at High Point Corner in lap 21 to move up to second place. At the same time, the #3 GT-R, which had been running in fifth, passed a rival in lap 23 to climb to fourth. After the midpoint of the race, when all GT500 machines had finished their required pit stops, the #12 GT-R was still running in second, the #3 GT-R in fifth, the #24 GT-R in 14th, and the #23 GT-R in 15th. It was shortly after that the race took a tumultuous turn. Unfortunately, in lap 37, the #3 GT-R was forced to retire due to minor engine trouble. Then in lap 46, the race leader was handed a drive-through penalty while on lap 47, another car caught fire exiting the final corner, which brought out the safety car. When the race restarted in lap 55 the #12 GT-R was now running in first place with a margin of less than two seconds over the chasing competition. Towards the end of the race the #12 GT-R widened the gap with the rest of the field as it headed towards the checkered flag at a steady pace. Driver Kazuki Hiramine steadily maintained his lead before taking his first win of the season. This was the first win in the GT500 class for both Hiramine and Matsus***a and the second consecutive win for the GT-R following the podium sweep at the previous round held at Suzuka. The #24 GT-R finished 6th, and the #23 GT-R seventh to round out a solid start to the second half of the season for the Nissans. In the GT300 class, five Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3s competed and, despite carrying a mammoth “success weight” of 81kg, the #56 Realize Nissan Automobile Technical College GT-R (Kiyoto Fujinami / Joao Paulo de Oliveira), displayed a valiant performance to leap from a 10th place qualifying position to finish on the podium in third place. The next round of the SUPER GT will be held at AUTOPOLIS on October 24. Contact Anna Teslik Global motorsports communications manager Phone: +33 7 7614 7286 ATeslik@nissan-europe.com
  5. Looks fantastic, Sarah. Great contours, good colour and very practical for you. The Merc’s OK as well.
  6. Narrow escape, Gav. As long as you’re OK then the mirror just becomes a chore to sort.
  7. John, I believe that is correct. The articles on the radio concerned with the introduction of E10 which I have heard have all advised “owners of cars older than 2011 or owners unsure about the suitability of E10 for their vehicle should use Super (ie RON 97/8/9) as this remains E5”.
  8. Hi Scott! Welcome aboard the OC. Please have a look around the forum and ask whichever questions come to mind - we are here to help. There are several GTR genii around (you can count Neil in that number) and I assure you we will do our best to help you out. I look forward to having more GTRs at events. Jeff.
  9. My thanks to those who came to the event yesterday - a fair drive for some of you, I know. Entry to the venue was a little chaotic, but worked for us as we were early to arrive. Once parked up, we had over an hour to see the aircraft up close and get food and drink before the crowds arrived. It got very busy indeed by mid-afternoon, but I’m pleased to say that the cars got a lot of interest, parked as we were on the pedestrian route from the music/stalls/refreshment areas to the aircraft static display. I think we should make every attempt to attend next year and I just hope that the date does not clash with anything else. Jeff.
  10. Sad to see the Nismo go, but you are always welcome!
  11. Nice report and good result, Kev.
  12. Nissan e.dams announces Maximilian Guenther as new Formula E driver Guenther partners with Sebastien Buemi from season eight RELEASE PHOTO [1] SAVE DOWNLOAD SHARE 2021/09/02 YOKOHAMA, Japan – Nissan e.dams is excited to announce Maximilian Guenther as its new Nissan e.dams Formula E racing driver. Guenther will partner with Sebastien Buemi from season eight of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship. The German racer has shown incredible pace in the all-electric Formula E racing series with three victories and a second place podium. This follows success in junior categories; he became runner-up in the FIA Formula 3 Championship scoring 10 race wins. He then moved up into FIA Formula 2 taking a race victory and a podium. Guenther started his rookie season in Formula E in 2018. Guenther said: "It makes me feel very proud to become part of the Nissan e.dams family. The team has big ambitions in the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship and I'm full of motivation to contribute to the success of this project. To compete for one of the biggest car manufacturers in the world is an honor and a great new step in my career. I'm looking forward to this exciting journey." Nissan looks forward to season eight (2021/2022), its fourth season in Formula E, to continue to shape and implement its performance, technology and activities for the series. "We are excited to see the passion and drive Maximilian will bring to the team," said Tommaso Volpe, Nissan global motorsports director. "During his Formula E debut season, the young driver clinched his first ever victory and became the youngest race winner in the series' history." "I am delighted to welcome Maximilian to the Nissan global motorsports family," said Ashwani Gupta, chief operating officer at Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. "Maximilian brings a wealth of experience, having three Formula E race victories under his belt. I am sure that he will very quickly settle in and succeed in what is one of the most talented grids of any global motorsports series." Nissan races in Formula E 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. "Our long-term commitment to Formula E gives us a powerful platform from which to demonstrate the exciting performance of our zero-emission EV technology, and how racing in the all-electric series helps us build better cars for our customers through our track-to-road technology transfer engineering collaboration," said Gupta. "Maximilian joining our team is yet another exciting chapter in our Formula E story," said Gregory Driot, co-team principal of Nissan e.dams. "His speed and determination will be a valuable asset to driving the race team forward." Mitsunori Takaboshi will continue as the team's test and reserve driver. Former Nissan GT Academy winner Jann Mardenborough will remain as the team's official simulator driver. Driver Quote Sebastien Buemi "It is great news to be partnering with Maximilian from season eight. He's an impressive driver with lots of pace, and I can't wait to work together with him. I feel like we're in a great place to pursue success and hopefully clinch some victories next season." More information Visit the Formula E Press Release Newsroom at Global.NissanNews.com/FormulaE. To subscribe to Nissan Motorsports press releases, click here and choose "Motorsports." Contact Anna Teslik Head of global motorsports communications Phone: +33 7 7614 7286 ATeslik@nissan-europe.com Dan Anslow Global motorsports press officer
  13. Good to meet you, Paul - thanks for organising, Neil. Next time we should do food as well because I still haven’t come down from the caffeine yet! For the Nismo fraternity, those really are V1 wheels on a V2 - and they look gorgeous!
  14. Happy Birthday, Paul! I hope all is well and that you have a great day.
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