Friday Video: Nissan ATTESA E-TS explained

August 22, 2014 in video

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 →

Webmining: Paul Newman Skyline on the Fort Gates Ferry in Floria

June 21, 2014 in webmining

One of my favorite tools to find new things is Google Images. I was searching for photos of a Paul Newman Skyline but bumped into a set of photos of Paul Newman with a red Nissan Skyline GT-ES Turbo at the Floria Memory site taken in May 1982 around the Fort Gates Ferry in Floria.
Paul Newman Skyline Fort Gates Ferry in Floria
This obviously triggered my curiosity and I started digging into the subject. ;)

I suspected at first this was just footage for one of the famous New-man Skyline ads from 1982, but for some reason I could not remember seeing this ferry in any of them: Read the rest of this entry →

Friday Video: Rotary vs Skyline by Best Motoring

June 20, 2014 in video

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 →

Friday Video: The very first Best Motoring video!

June 6, 2014 in video

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 →

Family Album Treasures: Super Silhouette daughter

June 3, 2014 in Family Album Treasures

One of my favorite Minkara feeds is by Restive Horse who owns a very nice Nissan Skyline DR30 and a cute little daughter and likes to post about both of them. Some time ago he posted one about his daughter with the Tomica Skyline Super Silhouette:
Super Silhouette Daughter
If I was able to view the very same car with my son I’d like to have a picture of my Super Silhouette Son as well! ;)

Found at: Restive Horse @ Minkara