November 14, 2014 in video by banpei
Today I really enjoyed this Toyota Crown history documentary ranging from the first Toyopet Crown S30 to the 2008 Toyota Crown S200:
My personal favorite remains the Kujira Crown coupe. If I had all the money in the world that Crown would be in the top ten of my wishlist!
You can find the ten minute documentary below: Read the rest of this entry →
October 3, 2014 in video by banpei
One of the Nissan Skyline C110s in this Seibu Keisatsu car chase ends up taking a dive into a pool:
Not only the pool dive, but the whole scene is hilarious: it all starts out with a bad guy leading two black Nissan Skyline C110 police cars to their hideout, setting off the bad guys fleeing in a Nissan Patrol. This kicks off the big chase including Nissan Cedric 430s and ending the chase for the Nissan Skyline C110 above in the pool
See below for the whole scene and guess how it ends: Read the rest of this entry →
August 22, 2014 in video by banpei
As already posted yesterday by JNC the Nissan Skyline GT-R R32 is as of today an official Japanese classic. Released on 21st of August 1989 means it is now 25 years old and legal to import to the US (about the only place on earth where it wasn’t) while in some other countries it no longer has to oblige to certain rules anymore (CO2 ratings and such).
The BNR32 Skyline was stuffed full with various electronic gadgets like the ATTESA E-TS system, SUPER HICAS 4 wheel steering and the twin-turbo PLASMA RB26DETT. Back in the 80s the Japanese car manufacturers loved acronyms!
Now if you wonder what the ATTESA E-TS system is: that basically gave the Skyline GT-R four wheel drive by splitting torque between front and rear wheels once it loses traction.
Coincidentally two days ago IKnowSkyline posted a clip taken from the Best MOTORing July 1989 edition featuring the all new BNR32 Skyline GT-R and an explanation of the the ATTESA E-TS system: Read the rest of this entry →
August 15, 2014 in video by banpei
I really enjoy watching races, especially if they are old races from the early 80s when there were little to no limits. Just like this second round of the 1984 JSPC at Tsukuba (shared by RocketPencil) it is just crazy to see how fast these cars are!
Now most of the Group C cars are already crazy wind tunnel proven designs, but in this particular race it gets even crazier: TOM’s entered an ex Super Silhouette (Group 5) race car to compete in this race: their TOMs Corolla G5:
After abolishing the Super Silhouette Formula (Group 5) at the end of 1982 some of the cars of this group started to compete in the JSPC (Group C) as this was meant to replace the Group 5 and Group 6 class. However as the cars did not necessarily needed to resemble real production cars anymore quite quickly they were replaced by the more aerodynamic Dome and Lola build body and chassis. Naturally the old Group 5 cars became a rare sight in these races.
You can watch the 13 minute video below: Read the rest of this entry →
June 20, 2014 in video by banpei
Back in the early 70s Mazda and Nissan fought for the grand championships with their rotaries (RX-2 and RX-3) and their Skyline GT-Rs (KPGC10 and PGC10) and Best Motoring is reliving those fierce battles with a bit more modern machines in Hot Version 52 (Rotary vs Skyline):
Unfortunately by the time Group 5 races emerged in Japan this meant the cars used never were the actual production cars anymore. So what Best Motoring did was to line up cars that never battled with each other and they range from early 80s till early noughties.
My personal favorite is the battle between the Mazda RX7 SA22C (tuned by REOS) and the Nissan Skyline RS Turbo DR30 (tuned by Escort) and you can watch this battle in the video below: Read the rest of this entry →