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Nissan has unveiled the 2017 Nissan Sentra under the name of its performance division, Nismo. The Sentra joins the likes of the legendary Nismo vehicles such the GT-R, 370Z and Juke. The aggressive-looking body and styling updates with engineering mastery by Nissan is sure to make this model a better competitor among the line-up of Subaru WRX, Volkswagen GTI and Ford Focus ST.
Under the hood, lies a 1.6 l turbocharged engine, inline four cylinder engine producing 188 ponies at 5600 rpm, 58 hp more than the standard Sentra. The company calls the 1.6L engine a track-inspired performance variant. The turbocharger comes with an intercooler to boost the performance of the engine. The Sentra Nismo features a front-wheel drive similar to the 2016 standard Sentra. Nissan has equipped the Sentra with a Nismo-tuned manual six-speed transmission. In addition to the manual variant, a performance tuned Xtronic CVT is available. The curb weight and weight distribution of the 2017 model are 1378 kg and 61:39 for the manual transmission and 1408 kg and 62:38 for the CVT version respectively. 1:16 is (horsepower: pounds) the power: weight ratio of the manual transmission.
The chassis has Nismo-specific enhancements which include re-tuned independent suspensions. Torsion beam suspension and mono-tube dampers make sure the ride and handling is in-line with the standards of a track car. The high-pressure gas damper provides better response to changes. The tuned chassis enhances body control.
The body work includes trademark of Nismo-branded vehicles such as lower stance, blackened grille and red stripes all around. One important aerodynamic upgrade is the Nismo’s signature "layered double wing". The bodywork upgrades and aero treatments reduce rear lift by 30 percentage and the coefficient of drag is 0.29.It sports an 18” aluminum alloy wheels fitted with Brembo brakes and all-season tires.
The Interior designs of the Sentra Nismo are unique and track-inspired. It has a 370Z inspired steering wheel which features an electric-assist system. Red accents which are signature styles of the Nismo are found throughout the interiors. Leather stripes and Carbon fibre looks give more of an aesthetic appearance to the Sentra Nismo. The seats are heavily bolstered and sporty. The Alcantara leather can be found in interior trims and steering wheel grip cover. The instrument cluster features tachometer output with NISMO red labelling.
More pics on the Global Nissan site. http://nissannews.com/en-US/nissan/usa/channels/us-united-states-nissan-models-sentra/presskits/us-2017-nissan-sentra-nismo-press-kit/photos
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Nissan Middle East has set a new Guinness World Record for the worlds fastest drift at an event in the United Arab Emirates. Behind the wheel of a heavily-modified Nissan GT-R Nismo, Japanese drifter, Masato Kawabata sent the GT-R into a drift at an incredible 304.96km/h. The drift was completed at Fujairah International Airport in the UAE and used every inch of the three kilometre runway in order to reach the 300km/h benchmark the team had set itself. As per strict guidelines, the Nissan Middle East team had only three attempts and had to fulfil specific angle and drift duration requirements in order the complete the record-breaking feat.
The team managed to tick all the boxes to become the new record holders. Kawabata, the current Japanese drifting series title holder, smashed the previous record of 256km/h set in Poland using a modified Toyota GT86. The record was achieved, in part, thanks to the immense work that went into tuning the GT-R. Japan-based GReddy Trust, managed to take the GT-Rs standard 3.8-litre twin-turbo V6, which normally produces 404kW, up to a staggering 1029kW.
While all that extra power was crucial to the record attempt, other mods like ultra-lightweight wheels and specially designed Toyo tyres had to be fitted to the car into order to make sure all that power wasnt just turned into smoke and molten rubber.
Subaru Technica International (STI) has teamed up with UK-based Prodrive to create a special new WRX STI racer to tackle the legendary Isle of Man TT course. More famous for its success on rally stages around the world, the Subaru WRX STI of late has been the weapon of choice to chase the lap record around the Isle of Man time trial circuit. Behind the wheel of the new WRX racer will be British rally champion Mark Higgins, who already holds the current lap record for a car, which he set in 2014 with a US-market WRX STI, in 19 minutes and 15 seconds.
Higgins set the current record in a largely stock 2015 model-year WRX STI, with the only modifications limited to safety features such as an FIA-spec roll cage and a harness-equipped racing seat, along with modified springs and dampers. The 2014 record bettered Higgins previous record of 19 minutes and 56 seconds that he set in 2011 with a 2010-model WRX STI. Now in 2016, the new Prodrive WRX STI is a rekindling of Subarus relationship with British motorsport company Prodrive, who collaborated with the Japanese manufacturer for nearly 20 years in the World Rally Championship (WRC), winning three drivers and manufacturers titles.
The 2016 WRX STI racer has had a few nips and tucks over the base car, with a significant aero package, stripped out interior and a roll cage, clearly stating its go-fast intentions. It is unknown whether any tweaks have been made to the engine that, in standard Australian spec, produces 221kW of power and 407Nm of torque (UK models list the same outputs). The Isle of Man time-trial event takes place on a 59.54km (37 mile) course, almost three times longer than the Nurburgring race track. The demanding course is a public road for most of the year, and with no official speed limits enforced on the Isle of Man outside built-up areas, practicing for the event is exercised all year round.