2011 GT Academy winner, Jann Mardenborough, has never been to Spa-Francorchamps before. But during yesterday’s first practice session for this weekend’s 24 Hour race he was 6th fastest out of 66 cars. And he’s annoyed at not being higher up the time sheets.
Bet you never thought Nissan’s all-electric Leaf could set a speed record? So when Nissan contacted Guinness World Records, it probably took a few conversations before the arbiters of the extraordinary were sure Nissan hadn’t made a mistake.
Here is a name for you. Jann Mardenborough. He’s 20 years old. He has no fear. And by God can he pedal..
Nissan’s all-electric Leaf is probably not the kind of car which you or I would choose to buy. Let’s be honest, it doesn’t look particularly cool, tops out at only 90mph and every 100 miles it needs plugged in for a 30 minute recharge.
In the build up to this year’s Le Mans 24 Hour race, Michelin has interviewed various members of the Audi Motorsport team to get an insight on what it takes to win at the world’s most prestigious endurance race, which takes place this weekend (16-17 June).
GT Academy – it’s the automotive equivalent of X Factor or Britain’s Got Talent, but is proving rather more successful at finding ‘real’ talent. Inaugural champ, Lucas Ordoñez will drive for Nissan at Le Mans this year, whilst last year’s academy winner will start today’s British GT race from Nürburgring on pole position.
After its hugely successful reception when launched in Dubai in January this year, Nissan has decided to put the Juke-R into limited production on a build-to-order basis, whilst upgrading its running-gear to that of the MY12 GT-R.
Ever since it was launched in London last week, Nissan’s DeltaWing has been the subject of much controversy. Whilst there has been little doubt about its straight-line prowess, many people (including its drivers, Marino Franchitti and Michael Krumm) were anxious to see how well the radical design would work around corners.
As predicted earlier today, Nissan has announced their partnership with the DeltaWing project, which sees the most innovative race car for (several) generations compete in this year’s Le Mans 24 hours.
While Nissan DeltaWing will be un-classified in the 2012 Le Mans 24 Hours and run the number “0”, the company is looking to showcase its pioneering technology and show one potential direction for the future of motorsport.
An image posted on Nissan UK’s facebook page yesterday, strongly hinted that a Nissan engine will power the Highcroft Racing DeltaWing project – perhaps the oddest looking racing car since the Tyrell P34 “six-wheeler”.
This is the Nissan INVITATION Concept and if you can’t get past the somewhat contrived name, then I’m pretty sure its looks will make up for it. Nissan are targeting the B-segment with this new model, positioning it alongside the Micra and Juke crossover, but with an emphasis on dynamic flair.
We hear a lot about Intelligence in the motoring industry, it’s become the norm in automotive acronyms, especially for the leading German car makers – Intelligent Performance, Intelligent Lightweight Construction and even Intelligent Emotion (whatever that means) – but how intelligent is their marketing?