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 →

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

August 15, 2014 in video

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 →

Video: 1988 Mitsubishi Mirage cup race

February 13, 2014 in video

Regular readers know I have a weakness for the third generation Mitsubishi Mirage (which is also known as the Mitsubishi Colt outside Japan) because it was my first car. I guess everybody has the same thing with his/her first car… So of course I was very excited to watch this ’87 Mitsubishi Mirage cup race taken from an 1988 Best Motoring video (posted on Youtube by Rocketpencil):
1987 Mitsubishi Mirage cup
Of course my Colt wasn’t as quick as this the ones zooming over the circuit (mine actually featured the slowest 1.3 SOHC carb-ed engine) so I can only dream of what performance must have come out of the 4G61T powered Mirages. The specs on Wikipedia speak about the range of 200hp, so not bad for a 1.6 litre Twin Cam Turbo engine. ;)

Anyway, here is the video: Read the rest of this entry →

Video: LHD Nissan Skyline 240K in Kuwait

October 23, 2013 in video

There have been only a few places around the world that actually got LHD Nissan Skylines during the late 60s and 70s: (some countries in) Europe and the Middle East. Most Europeans did not care very much for Japanese cars and our climate isn’t that friendly to them either, so guess where you can find them nowadays…
LHD Nissan Skyline in Kuwait
Bingo! ;)

In the Middle East the rust monster leaves them alone and their only thread is a bunch of Kuwaitis hooning a couple of LHD Datsun 240K C110s and C210s: Read the rest of this entry →

Top Gear missed it’s chance with the Toyota Comfort GT-Z!

July 8, 2013 in video

Today I watched the second episode of the new Top Gear season (season 20 already!) where Hammond organized a Taxi race. In this race he featured taxis from various countries like Russia, India, South Africa but for some reason he left out Japan. Now this is a missed chance as Japan would have an adequate contentder:
Toyota Comfort GT-Z Supercharged SXS10
Okay, the supercharged 3S-FE may not be the most powerful of the whole bunch, but with its tweaked suspension it probably would have beaten the competition in half a lap… Or could it be that they were actually frightened?

See the full video of the Comfort GT-Z here: Read the rest of this entry →