I have no idea how realistic this new Nissan Leaf commercial is, but I suspect in real life the Leaf would never beat a highly tuned Nissan 180SX RPS13 with a UR-Style body kit on the drag strip:
Acceleration of the earlier Leafs is rated on 0-100km/h (0-60mph) at 9.9 seconds and the 180SX officially did 7.5 seconds with the CA18DET. The SR20DET probably did better than that and various sources mention around 6.8 seconds. Since Nissan does not mention licensing the insane mode from Tesla I suspect this commercial is highly exaggerated.
See the results yourselves:
So what could have made the Leaf win here then? Well there are a couple of viable options:
The 2016 Nissan Leaf will get Ludicrous mode
The driver of the Nissan 180SX flunked his run
The 180SX is a 20 year old car now and never had its turbo serviced
The surface of the drag strip was wet and the 180SX features no traction control
If you think you are having a deja-vu you are entirely correct! I posted largely the same video five years ago: Old Footage: touge drifting in 1996
This video has been posted in the past but AE86Lan polished up the video and it looks much cleaner now and there is even a two minute bonus with in car video of a Nissan Laurel C33 with a RB20DET and a Nismo R200 LSD!
I think these three videos are about the earliest drift videos to be found on Youtube so far!
Be prepared for an overkill of Hakosuka Skylines, Corolla Levin AE86s and Sprinter Trueno AE86s, (brand new) Nissan Silvia and 180SX S13s, Mazda FCs, MR2 AW11s, Isuzu Gemini, Eunos Roadster, Lancer Turbo, Toyota Carina and even an Isuzu Piazza right at the beginning! Two of the videos are shot on the pass next to Kurume (Fukuokai) and the other one on Yz circuit in Mizunami!
In this second video it really shows how dangerous the drifts of these guys actually were: I stopped counting after the tenth near accident with oncoming traffic!
Yes, a real bunch of lunatics!
There is some serious action on the YZ circuit going on and at 4:36 you can spot an occasional zenki Carina GT twice:
Looking at all this track action I get the feeling the aftermarket for springs and shocks wasn’t as big as today! Most of the cars drift like a boat! 😀
I understand why Shuichi Shigeno got inspired by his drift friends back in the early nineties! These guys really were way before drifting went from fun to pro.
Creds go to RA64Freddy for finding this weird Toyota Chaser JZX100 nosejob on a Nissan 180SX RPS13:
Nissan RPS13 Chaser
It kind of resembles a Sil80 but then much better looking IMO. Now should it be called a Chas80 or rather a 180X?
Remember the tire-change-by-hand-guy? Well, I found his blog some time ago and it turns out he is actually called Bomber Yamamotoand appears frequently in JDM Option and Option2 videos. So naturally I’m a frequent follower of his blog nowadays. 😉
Anyways, he had a very weird new years resolution:
Bomber’s old Nissan 180SX RPS13
He paid his respects to his old (deteriorating) 180SX to have a safe (driving) year!
I found this cozy tilt-shifted family photo on RA64Freddy’s blog:
S chassis family by Oh Mai Googles
The picture itself would have been great by itself, but the tilt-shift effect just shifts the picture to sheer brilliance! It almost looks like all of them are incredibly detailed scale models! 😉
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