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Friday Video: Nissan ATTESA E-TS explained

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!
Nissan Skyline GT-R BNR32 ATTESA E-TS
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 →

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Friday Video: TOMs Corolla G5 at the 1984 JSPC (Tsukuba)

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:
TOM's Corolla G5 at Tsukuba 1984 JSPC
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 →

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Friday Video: Rotary vs Skyline by Best Motoring

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):
Friday Video: 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 →

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Friday Video: The very first Best Motoring video!

June 6, 2014 in video by banpei

Back in December 1987 the very first issue of Best Motoring video became available. The video was a monthly magazine containing not only car news and reviews but also extensive how-to’s on subjects of mastering cornering or drifting. KaKo posted this video in four separate parts:
Best Motoring first video: Mitsubishi HSR Concept
The first video covers the Nissan MID-4 II, Toyota FXV-Ⅱ and Mitsubishi HSR concept cars. Followed by a short video (in sepia) about the Tokyo Motor Show from the 50s till 80s including the 27th motorshow that just happened days before the release of the video. And last part of the first video covers an extensive test between various cars including the new (second generation) CR-X Si and the Nissan Skyline GTS-X R31. Read the rest of this entry →

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Video: The very first Best Motoring Hot Version

February 17, 2014 in video by banpei

Last week I discovered Ka Ko (via Rocketpencil) who posts Best Motoring videos on an almost daily basis! :)
One of the gems he posted last week is the very first edition of Best Motoring Hot Version:
Video Best Motoring Hot Version first volume
As you can see there is a thrilling battle in this episode: the infamous Keiichi Tsuchiya battles with an (almost stock) Toyota Corolla Levin AE86 the (back then) brand new Toyota Corolla Levin GT Apex AE101 featuring the new 20 valve Silvertop 4AGE. The battle is very very close even though the AE101 has a lot more power under the bonnet!

What else can you expect from Best Motoring Hot Version Volume 1?
- Toyota Levin GT Apex AE101 vs Toyota Trueno GT-Z AE101 vs Honda Civic EF
- Toyota Levin GT Apex AE101 (superstrut) vs Toyota Levin GT Apex AE101 (non-superstrut)
- Toyota Levin GT Apex AE101 (superstrut) vs Toyota Levin AE86
- RX7 Drift vs Grip
- Group A Nissan Skyline GT-R cup with Keiichi Tsuchiya drifting his Taisan GT-R R32 on a wet Fuji Speedway!

So I collected all four videos and composed a playlist out of it:
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