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|Posted on February 15, 2019 at 12:25 AM|
A blast from the past here on DamnJDM as we ask you to take a minute to look at these DamnJDM-members rides. We are ofcourse talking about the BNR32 and BNR35 from our DamnJDM-members and crew Sjbas and Jan which gathered together a while ago. If we only had the BNR34 from our report before that day we only needed a BNR33 to complete the package. Oh well, its a nice goal for next time maybe?
First thing at you'll notice is the size differance between both GT-R's. Eventhough the R32 already isn't small car, the R35 still looks massive in its size!
This original Dutch R35 doesn't need much introduction. Ofcourse all people intrested in cars have heard the amazing stories about this mighty car. A topspeed of 311km/h, 0-100 in a whopping 3.2 seconds, 0-160 only takes 8.5 seconds. A run around the Nurburgring only takes a 7min and 26.7seconds. Almost impossible if you concider thats faster than a Pagani Zonda Club F, Porsche Carrera GT or even a Porsche 911 GT3 RS which also cost ALLOT more than the GT-R. Porsche however claimed that Nissan could have not archieved that time in a stock GT-R as Porsche's own testdriver drove around the ring in a stock GT-R and his fastest time was 7min 54sec. An accussition which Nissan laughed at by sending out a press-release to Porsche inviting there testdrivers to take a "driving-lesson" at Nissan's. Hilarious!
Later that year an independed automagazine tested the GT-R on the Nurburgring to see if the time Nissan claimed was realistic or that Porsche's time in the GT-R was more realistic. At this test the VR38DETT-powered GT-R did a time of 7min 49sec on a not completly dry lap. That might not be the 27 seconds Nissan claims but thats still 5 full seconds quicker that Porsche did on a dry track!
This way the old battle of Nissan versus Porsche continued again just like we've seen at pretty much every Skyline model in History. Even better is the story of the R32 GT-R also known as "Godzilla".
The story of the BNR32 starts in Australia at the famous Bathurst races. In October 1989 the Australian racing-team Gibson get the first BNR32 outside Japan to take it to the track by Nissan since they already drove in the R31 GTS-R before. In the year 1991 and 1992 the BNR32 dominated and won the famous Bathurst 1000 races that were dominated by Ford, Holden and Porsche at that time. The RB26DETT powered, HICAS and Altessa-equiped car was unbeatable.
As the other called brands and there fans started complaining about this situation the organisation made changes in the rules and specifications that clearly would only strike the GT-R but even after the GT-R was adapted to these rules it would still win race of races. An other two rule-changes were made effecting the use of the GT-R negatively but still the GT-R took win after win.
At last hope the organisation of Bathurst only saw one option. Banning the BNR32 from the event and so they did. They came up with a new rule that all cars had to run a V8-engine which the R32 unlike most other cars competing at the age ofcourse did not have. Or they should drive in the 2000cc Class.
Looking back at this decision allot of people see this as the beginning of the end for Bathurst. And the GT-R? It just moved on and kept winning at allot of other races but Bathurst still gained him the nickname "Godzilla" as in "the monster from Japan.
|Posted on February 13, 2019 at 12:25 AM|
As you can see at the right side of your homepage we have a long list of all kinds of Japanese carbrands you can think of. Even tough we still have to sort out all the categories we already missed out a few brands as we noticed soon enough. No big problem as we will add them in the list later. One of these not so well known Japanese brands that still exists is Ohno... or Ohno Car Craft to be correct. Ohno is a coach builder that made several sports cars on the basis of the Eunos Roadster and later Mazda Roadster and the Mazda RX-7. This is their latest creation; a FD3S based costumbuild piece of design. You could see Ohno as a sort of Mitsuoka but than most of the cars DO actually look good. Especially this New Naomi II.
The normal FD3S is already a very good looking car, but imagine that screaming 13B rotary engine in this gorgeous bodywork. The guys over at Ohno clearly got inspired by the style of the 60's sportscar. The back-end even has a bit of a Jaguar E-type feeling to it and that sure is a compliment! This completely hand building process will only take up to 3/4 months. The great thing is you can costimize the car to your own taste and liking. If wished the guys will give your engine a full rebuild (300HP) too. The whole car body (except the doors and roof) is made out of very light and strong FRP (or fully carbon if wished) and in case of an accident can be replaced without any hazard as this is not a so called one-body-kitcar. Its not cheap though. The total conversion (excluding the FD3S itself) costs 1,7million Yen which is about 15.000€. Ouch! But than you sure have something special and very very rare. Even more rare than, for example, a Ferrari 360 Modena... better looking too. Much better... and ofcourse its rotary powered. If only I would win the lottery this month...
|Posted on February 13, 2019 at 12:25 AM|
DamnJDM is not a website that attracts a great public of car-enthausiats. Mainly cause we only point out the Japanese models and brands but even than allot of Japanese car lovers are not the people that watch our site. We aim for the people that don't reply with questions like "can you eat that?" when we tell them terms like "hakosuka", "zokusha" or "irohazaka". Basicly you could say that only the die-hard JDM-fanatics are interested in the stuff posted here. Thats we reason why we don't talk about a "Japanese domestic market Nissan 180SX S13" when we can just say "RPS13" and everybody knows what we are talking about. HOWEVER, I dare to say that even most of our regular viewers have never heard of a company called Suzusho.
It was a very small carbrand in the 90's in Nagoya, Japan. Mostly they build Lotus 7-ish cars but a few years ago they introduced us the Surpasse V. Suzusho was about to step up their game by releasing this stunning car with MR-layout. Its powered by a 3.2 liter turbo-charged Mazda engine from the Mazda 3MPS. The engine would produce 270HP. Not that much more than the normal 3MPS but if you combine that with a weight of only 850kg, which results in over 3HP/kg, it makes it one hell of a car! And esspecially with the very lower center of gravity and that RWD it must be a blast to drive. The Picture at the top is the first 3D model of the Surpass V Suzusho released in 2009.
These here are the photo's of the real deal that was presented at the Tokyo Auto Salon later that year. Suzusho said they would expect the Supasse to hit the streets in 2010. Sadly however before the Surpasse V got in production the company died and we'll never know what its like to drive... which make me kinda sad. This car had so much potential.
|Posted on February 13, 2019 at 12:20 AM|
These days there is no such things as a individual carbrand anymore. The connections in the automotive world as like a spiderweb. Everybody has to do something with anybody. Sometimes things work out like when Toyota and PSA (Peugeot/Citroën) developed a small affordable citycar we now know as the Aygo, 107 and C1. Sometimes it goes horribly wrong. For example when some Italian and Japanese thought it would be great to not use Italian design and Japanese reliability but put it just the way around. Japanese design and Italian reliability. Let me tell you, Japan made some great cars in the '80's and '90's but also some pretty bad ones, some even worse than the quality of the average Italian cars in those day. This is the reason why such a horrible creature as the Alfa Romeo Arna could exist. Anyways, this is something that could happen when two big carbrands start working together. But what if a small but legendary company like Tommy Kaira gets in financial difficulties?
Thats exactly what happened around the year 2000. For those who don't know Tommy Kaira yet, stay tuned as we will do a cover on them soon. The small Japanese sportscar maker was not interesting enough for the big brands likes Toyota and Nissan but lucky enough there was another buyer in sight. Japans biggest supplier in automotive parts; Autobacs. In the year 2001 they bought Tommy Kaira and used the knowledge of the company to start their own new sportscar company called ASL. The real name behind the three letters is less special as you would think. The letters ASL stand for Autobacs' Sportscar Laboratory. These there are only cars raced under the ASL name by the official Autobacs racingteam in professional autosportleagues.
The brand ASL did make a few roadlegal sportcars but most of them were reïncarnations for earlier Tommy Kaira models. So there was the ASL Garaiya based on the ZZ and the RS01 based on the ZZii. This last model deserved some extra attention though. This car was based on the Tommy Kaira ZZii which was based on the ZZ so they had a perfect bases for building a awesome handling car here. And with a weight of only 681kg and a RB26DETT that pumped 566HP it must be one hell of a car! As also show the specs. Zero to hundred? Just 3,3 seconds. Topspeed? 340km/h. Its pretty insane if you know this car has a power-to-weight ratio of almost 820HP per ton. Thats Ariel Atom range! As they were spanning the famous BNR34 engine in the car they figured out who not to use nissan famous ATTESA 4WD system? The idea of how this car would feel to drive is just mindblowing. Sadly enough Autobacs never made a full production serie of this car as they first intended to so they kept it with just a few showmodels.
Definitely another car to add on your dreamgarage-list as a true JDM fanatic! Imagine this parking between your R390 and Orochi. Right now rumours go there Autobacs is working on a electric version of this car. We surely keep following the slow but interesting development of this beast!
Via: Paddock Japan
|Posted on February 13, 2019 at 12:15 AM|
As some of you might know we had another M2 model on our site last year. That time we had a look at the M2 1001. A Eunos Roadster NA based sports car that was fine-tuned by M2. A sub brand from Mazda in the '90's. Today we are going to have a look at the M2 1015. This M2 is based on a Autozam AZ-1. The Autozam AZ-1 was a sportive Kei-car sports coupe originally designed by Suzuki to be sold as the Suzuki Cara. Mazda later made an agreement with Suzuki to share the platform and with some changes Mazda launched it at their other sub-brand as the Autozam AZ-1. As it was a new contribution to Mazda's sports car line-up M2 had to fiddle around with it andthe M2 1014 and 1015 were born. The M2 1014 was a one-off off-road model. Inthe end M2 produced only a couple of them and this model never officially went on sale.
The 1015 came with better suspension settings, upgrade intake and exhaust, an LSD and a special bodykit. This bodykits featured a rear-spoiler, upgraded front-bumper and integrated fog lights. Unlike the normal two-tone paintjob the usual AZ-1's had an M2 only come in 3 single-painted colours. Black, white or silver. The original production number was limited to only 50 models but M2 in '94 decided toproduce an additional 50 numbers. Because these additional 50 cars where only produced on order it’s not known how many were produced in each colour specific. Besides that M2 later sold 1015 body parts separately making there are possiblyfrom "build" M2's. The 1015 went out of production in '96 but thestory doesn't end there. In the autumn of '96 M2 contacted Italian Design to create a new body version. And so they did, but it turned out not to be a great success. The total costs of converting your normal AZ-1 into this new M2 would costs you one million yen on bodywork alone. After that you'd be charged another million yen from installing and preparing the bodywork. This makes it quite expensive at almost 20.000euro for only the conversion. Another thing that didn't really help was that it was not possible to order a single panel. So if you tried to build it up yourself and messed up a panel (which happened quite allot as the fitment of the panels wasn't always great) you could not order a new panel; only the full kit at one million yen. Obvious M2 didn't sell much of them.
Due to it being a Kei-car it was powered by a very light 660cc, 12-valve DOHC, turbo-charged,64HP strong engine. It was very compact to at only 3,30m length and 1,40mheight. It’s very light to due to its FRP (plastic) bodywork. This makes it weighs only 720kg making this tiny, rare sports car a blast to drive. I accidently found this white '94 example which only has 35.000km on the clock. It doesn't go cheap as the add states it will still cost you 10.000euro. But hey, you DO get Gullwing doors for that!