JAF 2013: Last but not least, the Akina Speedstars Skyline R32

June 7, 2013 in event, Events, jaf2013

This is the last posting about the Japanese Autosport Festival and I saved the best for last: a black Nissan Skyline:
JAF2013: Nissan Skyline GT-S R32
I’m not too sure about which variant it is, but it certainly ain’t no BNR32 GT-R…
I suspect, based upon the bootlid spoiler, that it is a Skyline GTS-t (HCR32) where the RB20DET outputs a decent 212hp. Given the bigger intercooler on this one it surely will output a bit more than that.

This Skyline has been imported from Japan 9 years ago, but what surprised me is that it used to reside around Mount Haruna in the Gunma prefecture: Read the rest of this entry →

Family Album Treasures: I sense a pattern here

July 25, 2012 in Family Album Treasures

I have this habit of browsing through Japanese blogs/pages/minkara searching for a specific term. In this case I was looking for a Nissan Bluebird 910 and ended up finding this gem:
Family Album Treasure: Nissan Bluebird wagon 910
A real Family Album Treasure!

But browsing through the owners blog I started to see a pattern: Read the rest of this entry →

Wrecked: Nissan Skyline GTS-t HCR32

May 31, 2012 in wrecked

Even though it states GT-R on the back of this Nissan Skyline it actually is a lower grade GTS-t HCR32 that was wrecked here.
Wrecked Nissan Skyline HCR32
Judging from the triumphant stance it was not considered a great loss by the bystanders. Personally I would be devastated if such a thing would happen near me involving a R35.

Found at Minkara

Nissan Skyline R32: all models together

May 13, 2010 in Nissan Skyline R32

I found a bunch of Nissan Skyline R32 catalogue scans and thought it would be a great idea to glue them together into one single image. So behold the whole Nissan Skyline R32 range:
Nissan Skyline R32 all models
Nissan Skyline R32 all models

I never knew there was so much variety in the Skyline R32 range! I thought it only consisted of the GTS25, GTS-T, GTS4, GT-R and (of course) the GT-R Vspec. So the GXi, GTE and GTS models were quite a surprise to me…
Also funny to see how they used the lights to accentuate all other cars in the range to have the same widened fenders as the GT-R.

BTW: reminds me I still have to copy-paste such an image of all Silvia Generations

Optionland Exciting Car Showdown 2009 the day after

April 6, 2009 in impulse

The Optionland Exciting Car Showdown 2009 I blogged about was held this weekend. I did find some sources with pictures of the event (mostly Speedhunters of course) and surely there are a lot of exciting things going on there! 🙂

First of all: as I wrote before, Impulse was invited this year and they arrived with three Corolla Levins from which two were AE86 and one AE111:
Three Impulse Levins: AE86 and AE111
Three Impulse Levins: AE86 and AE111

One AE86 was a “stock” AE86 with some really nice Doridoris and a N2 racer:
Two Impulse Levins AE86
Two Impulse Levins AE86

Better view of the N2 racer:
Better view of the Impulse Levin AE86 N2 racer
Better view of the Impulse Levin AE86 N2 racer

According to Dino Dalle Carbonare this N2 racer has a smallport 4AGE with Toda ITBs and outputting 213HP at 9000rpm. I don’t want to know what its rev limit is!
In case you’re wondering why the N2 doesn’t have a fender on the left side: this is a showcase of how the fender is mounted. Most of the N2 conversions are done with removing all metal from the fender so it is an irreversible process. This one has its fender lip cut away nicely and the N2 fender is mounted with a few drilled holes. Nice! 🙂

Furthermore I came accross this new feature, Electro Luminescence Car Vinyl by ELLighting Japan:

This is most probably the next big thing and will feature very very soon on D1GP cars and most probably be picked up soon on F1 cars for the night races!


This example is a bit less clear to see because of the surrounding lights are too bright, but imagine this black car with illuminating vinyl drifing on a night event! Can’t wait! 🙂

Furthermore this Odyvia (Silvia with third generation Honda Odyssey) was something everybody talked about so I won’t post any pictures of it. 😉

And this was also something exciting:
Exciting Champ Road Skyline HCR32 by RYO
Champ Road Skyline HCR32 by RYO

RYO calls it the Champ Road Skyline and it is very like the Bosozoku Style. Maybe you can call more or less the successor of the Gran Chan style but I expect this style to be picked up soon. 🙂

Well, that’s about it. You can read more about the Nagoya Exciting Car Showdown here:
Speedhunters
Jdmego
and probably soon more. 😉