Malls are typically associated with shopping and, on Black Friday, big savings. Nissan decided to switch things up by inviting pro drifters Chris Forsberg and Ryan Tuerck to associate malls with burning rubber and smoke instead.
To do this, they sent the two professional drivers to the Hawthorne Plaza Shopping Center, which has been abandoned since 1999. We use the term “abandoned” loosely. You might recognize the shopping center for having appeared in several movies, including the popular hit The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift.
Nissan gave Forsberg and Tuerck a pair of Nissan 370Zs and let them do what they do best, for our entertainment. Unlike the 370Z at Cronic Nissan, these were tuned to pack some thousand horsepower under the hood. You can take a look at the result for yourself below.
A Nissan 370Z drifting party sure beats videos of people beating each other up for the last item on a Black Friday sale, don’t you think?
The annual Nissan NISMO Festival is one of the biggest automotive celebrations of the year. Motorsport enthusiasts around the world gather at Fuji Speedway in Oyama, Japan to get closer to the Nissan brand and celebrate its successes, both current and historic.
This year, more than 30,000 Nissan race fans attended. Events included a NISMO road car parade; a racecar safari that allowed fans to ride a bus on the track while racecars flew by; a GT-R prestige race; a historic car race featuring the iconic 310 Sunny, 510 Bluebird, and Skyline GT-R; a race between numerous famous heritage race cars like the R380, R390, and JGTC R32; and a spectacular Grand Prix race between the automaker’s Super GT, Super Taikyu Endurance, and Blancpain Endurance Series race cars.
If there ever was a place to be that day for motorsport fans, the NISMO Festival was it. If you’re far from Japan but would still like to get a taste of Nissan’s incredible vehicle technology, you can still stop by Cronic Nissan to check out the exceptional NISMO GT-R!
Just before the end of the year, the fourth season of Nissan GT Academy concluded by naming 21-year-old Nic Hamman the North American champion.
As the newest addition to Nissan’s racing team, Hamman, who actually won in September, has worked hard over the past several months to prepare for his first professional race, Dubai 24 Hours, on January 8th through 10th.
However, Hamman’s hard work really began as a kid growing up near Wisconsin’s Road America race course. At age six, Hamman started driving go karts and experienced success early in his racing career, leading him to bigger races where the cars were much more expensive.
“It takes a lot of money to do any kind of professional racing,” Hamman said. “What GT Academy and Nissan have done is give someone a shot at racing top-notch racing cars with professional mechanics and pit support without the financial windfall that kind of thing requires. I am so grateful to be able to do this, and I can’t wait to get to my first professional race in January.”
We at Cronic Nissan love that Hamman is able to continue pursuing his dreams thanks to Nissan’s GT Academy. We’ll definitely be keeping tabs on the team as they get ready for the Dubai 24 Hours race.
Here at Cronic Nissan, we couldn’t be more excited to hear that Olympic cyclist Sir Chris Hoy will be working with Nissan to compete at the 2015 Le Mans race. Using a Nissan prototype racecar, Hoy will race for over 24 hours in one of the most intense races in the world.
According to Nissan, Hoy had been competing at the British GT Championship in order to earn a spot at this year’s Le Mans. However, this race is unlike any other: a high-speed, high-endurance race with some of the best drivers in the world. As part of the Nissan Le Mans Racing Team, Hoy will be racing alongside fellow Scot Charlie Robertson.
“I’m delighted to be stepping up to race in the European Le Mans series for Nissan next year,” said Hoy. “This takes me another step closer to my motorsport dream of competing at Le Mans. This year was a great experience racing in the British GT championship, but I still have a long way to go and a lot to learn to bridge the gap to be competitive at Le Mans.”
The car he will be using is a Ginetta-Nissan LM P3 class prototype, which is faster than anything the legendary Olympian has driven before. Not to worry though; Hoy has proven to be quite an impressive driver this past year. With a little bit of luck, he could be a contender for the podium.
If you’ve ever wondered what it takes to be a professional racecar driver, then be sure to catch Nissan’s GT Academy Season 4. In this show, Nissan takes 12 of the best virtual racers in North America and puts them through a rigorous week of testing their skills, both on the track and off. The contestants have to show off their individual skills along with how well they work together as a team.
The show has already aired its first few episodes, but don’t worry if you’re just now starting. You can catch all the action on Nissan’s YouTube page, and you don’t have to sit through commercial breaks.
This show proves that racecar drivers really are athletes (previous winner, Wolfgang Reip, pictured above). The contestants have to go through a serious of physical challenges that would make most of us pass out and give up, including an intense quadrathalon in episode 1 and a mud run in episode 3.
In each episode, one to two contestants are eliminated. The one-hour season finale will air on December 19 at 11:30 PM EST on Spike TV, and during it, the next GT Academy champion will be crowned.
Nissan has launched the new, revolutionary engine that will power the equally revolutionary ZEOD RC that will become the first entry at Le Mans to complete a lap of the Circuit de la Sarthe under nothing but electric power this June.
It’s an incredibly small engine—88 pounds, 19.68” tall x 15.74” long x 7.78” wide. You could fit in inside your luggage before you get on the plane. But it packs the power you would expect from a much larger engine, producing 380 Nm of torque at up to 7,500 RPM. That’s a ratio of 10 horsepower per kilogram, which is even better than the new engines that’ll be used in Formula 1 cars this year after the new regulations.
“We knew the electric component of the Nissan ZEOD RC was certainly going to turn heads at Le Mans, but our combined zero emission on demand electric/petrol powerplant is quite a stunning piece of engineering,” said Darren Cox, Nissan’s Global Motorsport Director. “We’re aiming to maintain our position as industry leaders in focusing on downsizing. Lessons learned from the development of the engine will be seen in Nissan road cars of the future.”
Seen in Nissan road cars of the future, eh? Now that’s definitely what we like to here. We look forward to seeing those future road cars—and you, dear reader—at the Cronic Nissan dealership.
Nissan has teamed up with the Muscle Milk Pickett Racing team in an attempt to return to its glory days of racing. Between 1988 and 1991 alone, Nissan dominated the American sports car racing scene by winning four consecutive driver’s championships, three manufacturer’s titles, and 33 IMSA races.
Today, Nissan seeks to repeat that success with Muscle Milk Pickett Racing, a team that already has a lot of experience under its belt with back-to-back Le Mans Series championship victories. Their first race with Nissan will be at the inaugural TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, but we’re especially looking forward to Alex Brundle’s performance at the Rolex 24 Daytona.
The young British driver has already proven his mettle in the Nissan P2 World Endurance Championship and is certainly aiming to follow in the footsteps of his father Martin Brundle, who won the American round-the-clock endurance classic 26 years ago.
All that being said, if Nissan road cars are more of your thing, come check us out at Cronic Nissan. We’ve got exactly your thing.