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  1. The bold Japanese-inspired design represents new beginnings for the Gen3 era as the team races as one and under a new name for the first time. RELEASE PHOTOS [11] SAVE DOWNLOAD SHARE 2022/11/30 YOKOHAMA, Japan – Nissan Formula E Team revealed today its brand-new livery for the 2022/23 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, featuring an eye-catching cherry blossom pattern. Also known as Sakura, the team's choice to incorporate this iconic flower in its Season 9 livery is not only a nod to the squad's Japanese DNA, but it also symbolizes and celebrates a new beginning. The upcoming campaign will mark the start of the highly anticipated Gen3 era, and it will also be the first time for Nissan in Formula E competing as one team and under its new name. The striking new livery on the NISSAN e-4ORCE 04 highlights and commemorates a new age not only for the championship, but for the team itself. "Electrification is at the centre of Nissan's long-term vision, with Formula E playing an expanding role in it," said Ashwani Gupta, Nissan's chief operating officer. "Season 9 marks a new era for Nissan's participation in the championship. It will be our fifth competing in Formula E but our first as one team. We have a long history in racing, and we also love to dare to do what others don't. Our new livery celebrates our Japanese heritage and I'm certain that the design will stand out on track like never before. I'm really excited for the season to get underway, and I am confident that we have all we need to make the start of the Gen3 era a very successful one for us at Nissan." Tommaso Volpe, general manager, Nissan Formula E, and managing director, Nissan Formula E Team, also commented: "We wanted to create something totally different and unique for this season to mark such an important moment for us in Formula E, and also to celebrate our Japanese DNA. The upcoming campaign is a big moment for the series, with the introduction of the Gen3 cars. But it's also key for us at Nissan, with the team running under its new name as we take full ownership of all our operations in Formula E. All of us at Nissan are very excited for this new beginning, very motivated to tackle this new challenge, and very much looking forward to getting started." New driver line up for Nissan Formula E Team Nissan Formula E Team also has a brand-new driver line-up for the upcoming season, blending experience and youth with Formula E race winner Norman Nato and 2022 Super Formula runner-up Sacha Fenestraz both joining the team. Frenchman Nato will compete in the #17 car, while Franco-Argentine Fenestraz will take to the wheel of the #23 machine. "I really like the new livery, it's different and will definitely stand out on track," said Nato. "The cherry blossom design is a great touch, especially since it also signifies a new chapter in the championship and, even more so, for the team. This season is also a new beginning for me, a new chapter in my career, and one I'm extremely excited about. I know we will have to work hard, but I am looking forward to it. We will keep focusing on getting ready for the season ahead, continuing to develop the car, and building a solid set up within the team so we are in a good place for the first race in Mexico. I feel prepared and I can't wait to begin the new season with my new team." Fenestraz also commented: "The car looks beautiful, I love the idea of the cherry blossom. It's the first time we've seen anything like this in Formula E and it's great to celebrate the Japanese heritage of the team. I can't wait to be on track and I'm really excited to get to Valencia and start testing soon. It's a big step for me to race in Formula E, and to see the professionalism and dedication of the team is only pushing me to achieve the best possible results. We're building up nicely to the season, in the simulator, tweaking and developing the car to start the campaign in a positive way." Nato and Fenestraz will have their first outings in the newly-liveried Gen3 car during the official pre-season test at Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia on 13-16 December. Season 9 is set to be the biggest Formula E campaign to date, with a record 17 races planned, including maiden visits to India, South Africa and Brazil, before ending the year at the fan-favourite London E-Prix. Shell and The Woolmark Company to partner with Nissan Formula E Team For the upcoming season, Nissan Formula E Team will count on the valuable support of two strong technical partners. The team will keep working closely with its well-established partner Shell, while is also proud to announce an exciting new collaboration with The Woolmark Company. Shell will continue its long-standing partnership with the team into Season 9, demonstrating its commitment to Formula E. The partnership supports Shell in its continued development of its specialised Shell E-fluids, designed to optimise the efficiency of EVs, and its expanding Shell Recharge charging network, as it aims to become the global leader in EV charging services. István Kapitány, Global Executive Vice President of Shell Mobility said: "Through our partnership with Nissan in Formula E, we are taking experience gained on the track and using it to create better products and services for our EV customers on the road. Formula E is an important testing ground for the development and production of cleaner energy products, including Shell Recharge, Shell E-fluids and other new energy products." The Woolmark Company joins Nissan Formula E for Season 9 as its technical partner to develop a high-performance team kit using Merino wool. Soft on skin, Merino wool offers unbeatable moisture management, thermoregulation and breathability properties, making it perfectly engineered to a performance-lead environment. For the first time, Merino wool has been put to the test through the Nissan Formula E Team uniform. "Our technical team worked hand-in-hand to craft a performance-oriented team kit, driving unexpected product offerings thanks to the inherent technical and eco-credentials of the fibre", said The Woolmark Company Managing Director John Roberts. "The innovative nature of Merino wool is paralleled to the technology behind Formula E thanks to manufacturing techniques and engineering between our teams." Commenting on the Nissan Formula E Team partners for Season 9, Volpe added: "For us at Nissan it is very important to partner with companies that share our same values, priorities and long-term goals, especially when it comes to sustainability and electrification. "We are proud to have the support of both Shell and The Woolmark Company and to collaborate with two likeminded partners who, like us, are committed to build a more sustainable future through technology and innovation", concluded Volpe. About Nissan in Formula E Nissan made its all-electric racing debut in Season 5 (2018/19) of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship, becoming the first and only Japanese manufacturer to enter the series. In Season 7 (2020/21), Nissan announced its long-term involvement in Formula E and its commitment to the Gen3 era, which will run from Season 9 (2022/23) through to the end of Season 12 (2025/26) of the all-electric racing series. In April 2022, Nissan acquired the e.dams race team, with the Japanese automaker taking full ownership of its involvement in the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship. In June 2022, Nissan announced it would supply its Nissan EV powertrain technology to McLaren Racing for the entirety of the Formula E Gen3 era. For Season 9 of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, the Nissan Formula E drivers will be Norman Nato and Sacha Fenestraz. 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. About Formula E The ABB FIA Formula E World Championship became the first global sport to be certified with a net zero carbon footprint from inception back in 2020, having invested in certified climate-protecting projects in all race markets to offset emissions from every season of electric racing. All cars in the championship are powered by electricity, with the series acting as a competitive platform to test and develop the latest in electric technology. The World's greatest manufacturers race against each other on street circuits and Formula E promotes the adoption of sustainable mobility in city centres in a bid to combat air pollution and lessen the effects of climate change.
  2. Please post the postcodes at risk from next week.
  3. For all affected by the Thames Water hose pipe ban, I have just been notified that it has been rescinded as of now. Now I won’t have to clean the car at midnight anymore.
  4. The 23rd NISMO Festival highlights this year's hottest racing cars RELEASE PHOTOS [4] SAVE DOWNLOAD SHARE 2022/11/18 YOKOHAMA, Japan - Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. (Nissan) and Nissan Motorsports & Customizing Co., Ltd. (NMC) today announce the outline for the 23rd NISMO Festival. The fan appreciation event will be held at Fuji Speedway in Shizuoka Prefecture on December 4. This year's NISMO Festival will feature the Nissan Z GT500, which debuted in SUPER GT this season and won the series championship, netting Nissan its first GT500 title in seven years. A SUPER GT championship ceremony will be held to commemorate this achievement. Takao Katagiri, head of Nissan's Motorsports Business Unit and president of NMC, says: "This year, Nissan teams won the series championships in both the GT500 and GT300 classes of the SUPER GT. We are grateful to all of our fans who gave their strong support throughout the year. The entire team hopes to share this joy with everyone at the NISMO Festival. In addition, we have prepared a number of other events to make the 23rd festival even more exciting. We hope you will come and enjoy the NISMO brand to the fullest.” The Nissan Z GT4* — which is gaining global attention — and other Z race cars from Japan and abroad will also be on display and perform demonstration runs. In addition, a memorial exhibition and other events will take place to commemorate racing legend Kunimitsu Takahashi, who achieved many brilliant results for Nissan. To celebrate the resumption of the annual NISMO Festival after a two-year absence, items and vehicles from past events — including a 1990s race car that competed in the 24 Hours of Le Mans and a Group A specification Skyline GT-R (R32) — will also be showcased. For fans who can’t attend in person, the festival will be streamed live online on the official NISMO YouTube channel. Event name NISMO Festival at Fuji Speedway 2022 Event outline Race car demonstrations / exhibitions, vendor booths and online content Nissan drivers Masahiro Hasemi, Kazuyoshi Hoshino, Masahiko Kondo, Haruto Yanagida, Takao Wada, Keiichi Tsuchiya, SUPER GT GT500 class Nissan drivers, Nissan Formula E driver Sacha Fenestraz and many others. Date December 4, 2022 Time 8:00 a.m. to 16:00 p.m. (scheduled events) Note: The entrance gate is scheduled to open at 5:00 a.m. Venue Fuji Speedway, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan Organizer Nissan Motorsports & Customizing Co., Ltd. Partner Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. Admission fees Advance tickets: 2,000 yen (on the day: 2,500 yen). Admission is free for junior high school students and younger, and for those 65 years old and older. Parking fees 1,700 yen (900 yen for motorcycles, 3,700 yen for buses) Online links NISMO official site; NISMO official YouTube channel
  5. Happy Birthday, Paul! Hope you are both well.
  6. As promised, the rear view! It doesn’t mean that much to me as I have no knowledge of vintage Porsches. Can anybody give any more detail on exactly what it is, how old it is and if it is valuable?
  7. I came across this amazing, immaculate restoration in my dentist’s car park a few weeks ago. Whilst the badge on the steering wheel gives away the make, can anybody guess exactly what it is? I have a photo of the rear aspect which shows the answer, and will post soon. This must have been the first day back on the road for this car - it was utterly spotless, even in the wheel arches.
  8. Nissan/NISMO unveils the Nissan Z GT4 at the 2022 SEMA Show RELEASE PHOTOS [23] SAVE DOWNLOAD SHARE 2022/11/01 (Photos may differ from the final specifications) LAS VEGAS – Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. and Nissan Motorsports and Customizing Co., Ltd. (NMC) today unveiled for the first time to the public, the Nissan Z GT4*, based on the all-new Nissan Z, at the 2022 SEMA show in Las Vegas, Nevada. Additional information about Nissan’s global GT4 program was also revealed by Michael Carcamo, global program director, sports cars, Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. First revealed at the end of September in traditional NISMO livery, the specially-constructed Nissan Z GT4 for SEMA features a unique livery that ties in past vintage racing heritage with modern design. The front hood displays the number 23, Nissan’s exclusive number, found within a rising sun circle harking back to the very early racing liveries of the 70’s. Additionally, the new Z logos on the rear quarter panel highlight the modern interpretation of the original 240Z and Fairlady Z badging, all while covered over the iconic Nissan and NISMO red and black color scheme. For the Nissan Z GT4’s inaugural 2023 season, Nissan/NISMO will provide cars to pilot customer teams in the US and Japan for the SRO Pirelli GT4 America series and Super Taikyu Series, respectively. NISMO will also offer technical support. Vehicles are scheduled to be supplied from 2024, with orders being accepted from mid-2023. “The SEMA Show is an ideal place to debut our Z GT4 to racers, enthusiasts and the entire industry,” said Carcamo. “We are in the throes of preparing for the 2023 racing season – testing here locally this past weekend – and we look forward to continuing to talk with teams and continue to establish the Z as a force to be reckoned with on tracks around the world.” While developing the Nissan Z GT4, NMC’s NISMO racing division not only conducted extensive testing in Japan and the United States but also took part in select Japanese races. The aim was to meet the needs of professional drivers as well as to ensure that amateur enthusiasts could enjoy the dynamic and exciting performance of the Z. Specifications of the Nissan Z GT4 Length 4,380 mm (172.4 in.) Width 1,870 mm (73.6 in.) Weight 1,410 kg (3,108 lbs.) Note: Subject to Balance of Performance defined by the SRO. Engine VR30DDTT Displacement 2,997cc Maximum output 330 kW (450 hp) Note: Subject to Balance of Performance defined by the SRO. Maximum torque 600 Nm (443 ft-lbs.) Note: Subject to Balance of Performance defined by the SRO. Wheels Front: 18 x 10.5 Rear: 18 x 11 This Nissan Z GT4 is a racing car. It cannot be registered for use on public roads. Specifications of the Nissan Z GT4 $229,000 USD (33,200,000 yen / $1 = 145 yen). The price includes required race package and excludes shipment, handling charges and tax. GT4 Inquiry Contacts North America: GT4_support@nissan-usa.com Outside North America: GT4_support@mail.nismo.co.jp *Pending SRO homologation
  9. Many Happy Returns John! Hope life is treating you well!
  10. Happy Birthday, mate! Have a great day!
  11. Looking forward to photos, Neil. Good to hear that you all had a great day!
  12. Certainly did - just HXD and his son, and my good self. The weather was kind and we enjoyed a large breakfast and a chat for a few hours. It’s a good venue.
  13. Hope the car is OK Neil. I’m still up for Saturday as long as I’ve got company ….
  14. Just bumping this Kemble breakfast thread as it is this coming Saturday. Hope to see you folks there.
  15. Yes, John, it was a top day. The weather was cloudy with a hint of sun in the afternoon, but a pleasant 22 degrees. The event attracted about 120 cars (fewer than booked - I think the early arrival slots deterred some). We saw a really wide variety of cars from Lambos, Ford Escort rally cars, Cosworths, lots of Astons, Alvis and a smattering of Ferraris. We were able to access the static display before the event opened to the RAF Families, so I was able to give John, Pete and their children a guided external and internal tour of the C-17. We were able to see 2 flypasts of the BBMF Spitfire, and one of the Lancaster at a sporty height directly above our heads. I will liaise with next year’s Ctte to try to iron out some of the bits which they didn’t quite get right this time - eg nowhere to get a coffee or breakfast until after 10am. Thanks very much to John and Pete (and children) for being such good company all day!
  16. With new rims, the first question has to be whether the sensors were reinstalled correctly. I f they were, I believe the car resets the warning automatically above 20 some mph as long as the pressures are within limits.
  17. Sorry I missed you, Mick - MHRs!
  18. Happy Birthday, Paul. Hope you are well!
  19. Norman Nato and Sacha Fenestraz team up with Nissan for start of Gen3 era RELEASE PHOTOS [8] SAVE DOWNLOAD SHARE 2022/08/23 YOKOHAMA, Japan – Nissan Formula E today announces Norman Nato and Sacha Fenestraz for its all-new driver lineup ahead of Season 9 of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, the first campaign of the Gen3 era. Nato, a Formula E race winner, makes his full-time return to the series with the Japanese manufacturer having competed in the FIA World Endurance Championship in 2022. The 30-year-old Frenchman had a stellar junior career, winning races in Formula Renault 3.5 Series, GP2 Series and FIA Formula 2, while also taking an overall second place at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2020. For Fenestraz, next season will mark his first full-time campaign in Formula E, following his debut at the final round of Season 8. The French-Argentine racer won the Japanese Formula 3 title in 2019 and continues to compete in the country in both Super Formula and the GT500 class of the Super GT championship. So far in 2022, the 23-year-old has taken victory in both championships and currently tops the Super GT standings. Tommaso Volpe, general manager, Nissan Formula E, and managing director, Nissan Formula E Team, commented: "This is a significant moment for the team as we commence the Gen3 era, and we are very happy to welcome both Norman and Sacha on board. Season 9 will be our first season competing as one team, following Nissan's acquisition of e.dams earlier this year, and also the beginning of our partnership with McLaren Racing. This marks a new era for the Nissan Formula E Team, and we believe that a combination of experience and the opportunity to nurture new talent is the right balance for us right now. In Norman and Sacha, we have found two strong drivers to fulfil our vision. "Norman has proven to be a very talented driver in Formula E and in other series, and he brings a wealth of experience and skills to the team. As for Sacha, we have monitored his progress and performance over the past few years and have been very impressed. We believe he has great potential and that this is the right time to bring him into to the team. I am convinced that they will complement each other and the team very well. I can't wait to see them both in action on track in our new Nissan Gen3 car. "At the same time, I'd like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to Sébastien Buemi and Maximilian Günther for all their hard work, commitment and dedication during the last season, which has been a challenging yet a crucial one for us. Séb in particular has played a big role in the history of our team, after having been with e.dams for eight seasons, four of which with Nissan. We have grown and evolved with him over the years; his tremendous achievements, perseverance and enthusiasm will always be a part of who we are. To have had both Séb and Max as part of our team makes us very proud. We wish them every success in their careers, all the best in their new endeavours, and remain open to future collaborations." Season 9 (2022/23) will be Nissan's fifth in Formula E and marks the start of the Gen3 era. With 350 kilowatts (40% more power than in Gen2) and a top speed over 320 km/h, the new cars will be lighter and smaller, enabling faster, more agile wheel-to-wheel all-electric racing. 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 every all-new vehicle offering by the early 2030s in key markets. The Japanese automaker aims to bring its expertise in transferring knowledge and technology between the racetrack and road for better electric vehicles for customers. Driver Quotes Norman Nato "I'm very happy to be making my comeback as a full-time driver in Formula E with Nissan. The Gen3 era will be a new chapter for the championship, and I'm excited to prepare for testing and drive the car. The hard work starts now - I have a lot to learn and areas to develop in with the team to be at my best for the first round of Season 9 in Mexico City." Sacha Fenestraz "It's a dream come true. It will be a big step forward in my career, to move up into a World Championship for the first time and to be competing at such a high level against some of the best drivers in the world. It's going to be a different challenge for me as it will be my first season in an all-electric car. I'm excited to compete in this championship as street circuits are my favourite, with high risks and no room for errors. As a rookie in a new format, there is a lot of preparation to do and plenty to learn! I've been dreaming of this moment for a very long time, and I am very grateful to Nissan for this opportunity. I can't wait to get started and I'll do everything to perform as best as I can." About Nissan in Formula E Nissan made its all-electric racing debut in Season 5 (2018/19) of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, becoming the first and only Japanese manufacturer to enter the series. In Season 7 (2020/21), Nissan announced its long-term involvement in Formula E and its commitment to the Gen3 era, which will run from Season 9 (2022/23) and through to the end of Season 12 (2025/26) of the all-electric racing series. In April 2022, Nissan acquired the e.dams race team, with the Japanese automaker taking full ownership of its involvement in the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship. In June 2022, Nissan announced it would supply its Nissan EV powertrain technology to McLaren Racing for the entirety of the Formula E Gen3 era. For Season 9 of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, the Nissan Formula E drivers will be Norman Nato and Sacha Fenestraz. The team will continue to link its presence in the all-electric championship to Nissan's road EVs. The #23 Nissan Ariya is named after the Japanese manufacturer's electric crossover SUV and the #22 Nissan LEAF, named after the brand's well-known EV, first launched in 2010. More information Please visit Global.NissanNews.com/FormulaEPressKit
  20. The Brizefest Ctte have notified me that entry for Autosports vehicles will be through the main entrance, with each Club being given a time slot for arrival. I have been told that the slots will be allocated shortly, so we'll stick with our current RV timings until told otherwise. I have absolutely no confidence that this plan will work on the day as it is being run by the RAF Police, but we have to do as we're told ....... Budbongo - could you PM your mobile number to me please so I have comms with all drivers on the day - many thanks. Jeff
  21. I believe that the panel is leather - the best solution I can think of would be a really good saddle-care product of your choice, but I suspect that the surface cracks are there to stay whatever you use. A really good leather moisturising treatment can hide many evils, however.
  22. In previous years there has been no seating within a short distance of the Autosport parking area - you may like to bring your own so you can take the weight off your feet throughout the day.
  23. Club pre-RV for RAF Brize Norton Families Day To ease our passage through security at RAF Brize Norton, and to help with us parking as a group, the event organisers have requested that we arrive in convoy. To this end, we will meet (RV) at the Carterton Sports Pavilion, shown by the pin on the attached screen shot as OX18 3AN. You can see that there is a BP Petrol Station close by if you need coffee or Subway. Do not use any other post code for the RV and also do not use any post code for the Leisure Centre - it is nowhere near the Sports Pavilion!!. I have asked the organisers for details of the event marshalling point so that any late arrivals can go straight there - I will publish this information when I have it. We will leave our RV at 8.30am or when we have all cars, whichever the sooner. If your journey goes really badly wrong, and there is no way you can make on-time, please call or text me 07866 471377 so the rest of the group can continue into the event. Remember your photo ID and please don't bring an unregistered car or passenger. The traffic on the A40 across North Oxford can be dire at any and all times of day - if you intend to use this road, please check the traffic situation before committing to the route. Questions to me by PM, text, anyway you like. Jeff.
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