Even Nissan employees talk about visiting the home of Nismo, the Omori factory near Yokohama, like making a pilgrimage. Getting to go is a great privilege, and now I have a better idea why. You can turn up, plunk down $51,000 and buy a brand new RB26 engine out of the legendary R34 Skyline GT-R. Again, even Nissan employees I’ve talked to speak about Omori in hushed tones. It’s where Nissan keeps its historic race cars, and what gets sent out to the rest of the world for display all has to go back to Omori. The R390 GT1 street car lives there, and it was Omori that sent it out Laguna Seca for the Monterey Historics this year. Nobody gets to see that car, but Omori is where it calls home. And Omori is where Nissan does restorations on GT-Rs through the years and where Nissan does its factory-upgrades for various limited-edition GT-Rs. Things like the 400R for the R33 of the mid-1990s that came with a stroker engine from the factory. Only a few dozen were made. So it makes … [Read more...] about You Can Buy a New $50,000 R34 GT-R Engine From Nissan’s Holy Grail Of Factories
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As Jalopnik’s resident car buying expert and professional car shopper, I get emails. Lots of emails. Sometimes folks get into a tough spot or don’t know what to do, so I’ve decided to pick a few questions and try to help out. Let’s see what we have on deck for this week: We recently visited a dealership offering a too-good-to-be-true price on a Chrysler Pacifica Touring L ($23,500 after rebates). I texted with the dealership before visiting and they claimed it was the real deal. Then went to the dealership and was assured it was the real deal by a salesman, although I didn’t qualify for all the rebates. Good enough; we viewed a car that my wife liked, started working the numbers and got a price nowhere even remotely close to the advertised price. The salesman and manager’s first strategy was to suggest they couldn’t find the previously discussed special on their website, insinuating that the page I was presenting on my phone was … [Read more...] about How Can I Hold a Dealer Responsible For False Advertising?
CAR manufacturers using the word "autonomous" to describe new technologies could be confusing drivers. New research has found that the labelling behind driver assist technology could be giving motorists a false sense of what their car is actually able to do. According to a report by Thatcham Research and the Association of British Insurers (ABI), there has been a rise in the number of drivers crashing their cars because they have misunderstood the capabilities of driver-assist systems. The report calls for car makers to stop using words like "autopilot" and "propilot", as these give motorists the impression that the car is able to drive itself - or at least do far more than it is capable of. According to the research, many drivers are under the impression that their car can actually drive autonomously, but motors with this ability won't be on British roads for a number of years. Matthew Avery, Head of Research at Thatcham Research, said: “We are starting to see real-life examples … [Read more...] about How ‘autonomous’ cars are misleading motorists and making British roads dangerous
BRITISH drivers could save more than £1,000 just by sharing a lift to work. Around 18.6million Brits currently drive to work alone, seeing them fork out an average of £1,700 a year in running costs. But according to a recent study, motorists could more than halve their commuting bill by joining a car share. Conducted by Inchcape, the study found that drivers who shared their commute with another three Brits just three days each week could save an average of £791 each over the course of the year - with that rising to more than £1,000 in certain parts of the UK. And even those who shared just twice a week would save more than £500 over 12 months. Belfast was the city where motorists stood to save the most by car sharing, up to £1,200 in some cases. Cities where drivers were forced to fork out the most to commute alone were the locations that saw the biggest savings, with Plymouth and London also far cheaper to car share in. An … [Read more...] about You could save more than £1,000 a year just by sharing a lift to work
If you’ve been following Corvettes for sometime, you are probably aware of the oft-repeated rumor will basically goes like this: The next generation Corvette will feature a mid-engine design. As in the engine goes behind the seats, but in front of the rear axle. Motor Trend came out yesterday with a “hot scoop” saying they have multiple sources that tell them that Chevrolet is indeed working on the next version of the Corvette ZR1 and that it will be mid-engined. Not only that, but the C8 Corvette will also feature a mid-engine design as well. We’ve seen this time and again, so what makes this time any different than previous mid-engine design rumors? It was Zora Arkus-Duntov, Corvette’s first Chief Engineer, who pushed hard for a mid-engine design for Corvette since the early 1960’s. Many prototypes were developed over the years including the CERV concepts, the 1969 XP-882 (the Aerovette) and even later concepts like the 1985 Corvette Indy, but … [Read more...] about The Rumor Mill Heats Up Again with Talk of a Mid-Engine Corvette ZR1