Category Archives: Nissan

Cars of Yesteryear: Group C Pt.1



Why is the Mulsanne Straight ruined by two chicanes?   ….Group C.  From 1982 to 1993 this was the category that formed  Sportscar racing.   These were purpose built prototypes that had little to do with production cars.  The major restrictions allowed only engines from any manufacturer already homologated in FIA’s Group A or Group B  and another allowing only 600 litres of fuel to be consumed over 1000kms.  This provide for a variety of engine types to compete.  Big motors vs. small turbo charged lumps. V12s V10s, V8s, V6s, Flat 6s…  This proved enticing for many manufacturers.

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Rothmans Porsche 956.

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NewMan Porsche 962

The first 6 years were DOMINATED by one manufacturer. Porsche.  The all conquering 956 is arguably Porsche’s best ever.  The 956 was an aluminium monocoque, turbo flat six engined world beater.  Among its claims to fame is the, still standing, lap record at the Nurburgring (6:11 by Stefan Bellof).  Jackie Ickx, Derek Bell, Stefan Bellof, Kluas Ludwig, Henri Pescarolo, Hurley Haywood, Hans-Joachim Stuck, Al Holbert, Jochen Mass, Mario and Micheal Andretti, Bob Wollek, and Stefan Johansson are all former drivers of the 956.  That pretty much reads as the who’s who of sportscar racing for that time period.  Once the 956 ran its course the 962, which was basically an evolution of the 956, won for another two years.  Its also the basis for that nameless hot wheels prototype car we had as kids. Other successful manufacturers after Porsche include Mercedes-Benz, Jaguar, and Peugeot.   Jaguar having success with both the XJR-9LM and XJR-12 provided Porsche with its first real competitor. They did however have a few more prototypes, like the XJR-14 below with little success.  Its Silk Cut livery will forever be one of the eras favourite.  As a kid I thought, how big do hair salons get to sponsor a whole Le Mans team.  Turns out they were smokes.  The Jags unique feature were the rear wheel covers.  Other manufacturers would run them eventually too.  In contrast to Porsche turbo flat six, Jaguar used a huge 7.0L V12.  It’s drivers include Mark Bundell, Martin Brundle, Teo Fabi, Andy Wallace, Patrick Tambay and Jan Lammers, among others.
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SilkCut Jaguar XJR-9LM.
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Silk Cut Jaguar JXR 14 (not a successful car, I just like the livery)

Next in line were Mercedes Benz.  With the help of the Sauber team its C9 and C11 were on top of the field for a few years.  However they were only able to win Le Mans once.  Incredible top speed were helped along with a twin-turbo charged 4.9L V8.  The Silver livery was a throwback to its Silver Arrows days back in the 50’s.  It’s lineup included Micheal Schumacher, Manuel Rueter, Jochen Mass, Jean-Loius Schlesser, Jean-Pierre Jabouille.
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Sauber Mercedes C9

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Sauber Mercedes C11

The end of Group C saw Peugeot clean up with the 905 and 905 Evo.  It ran a 3.0L V10.  The car and engine were both developed by Peugeot Talbot Sport.  The same team that designed all of Peugeot rally cars, so you know the pedigree was up to task.  And with drivers like Derrick Warrick, Yannick Dalmas, Geoff Brabham, Christophe Bouchut and Eric Helary.  Part 2 will see the Japanese machines of this era along with the also rans.

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Peugeot 905
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Peugeot 905 Evo

Preformance BMW 2012 Car of the Year.

Our very own Steve Van Sleuwen’s E30 is in running for Performance BMW’s car of the year.  Even if you don’t vote for Steve’s, the other cars are worth a look too!!  Deathlens also too photos of Sia Honarkhah’s e28.

VOTE HERE
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Everything Is Better In Slow Motion

After recently viewing this Porsche vs. Juke R, I realized how fuckin awesome slow mo footage is.  So I’ve added the best slow motion autoracing videos out there.





Work’s for sale!

Need something new for next season? Here is your chance. We seem to have a set of wheels for sale…shocking.


I picked these up off their original owner recently. The wheels are in great overall shape and are still original (sticker, seals, bolts, valve stems, etc.) All the bolts, centre caps, etc. can be had new from Work if one were inclined but that would only be if you wanted to re-do them. As they are the condition is GOOD. The lips have some usual clear coat imperfections but I actually didn’t even notice until after I washed and dried them. The paint of the faces is near flawless. 2 of the rear lips have some minor curb (I can’t even call it rash), nothing some light sanding wouldn’t COMPLETELY clear up.

I would say these wheels are an 8-8.5/10

Specs:

2x 18×8 et56 225/40/18 5×130
2x 18×10 et56 265/35/18 5×130

The tires have decent tread left, especially the fronts, but they are from 2002 so they are starting to crack a little. They are basically a throw in but if you are serious about buying I can have them removed.

Price:

$2600 or best reasonable offer. These wheels retail for the same cost as LMs, and from what I can gather these are harder to come by (although not harder to find parts for as Work still makes them). I am not looking for trades unless it’s something very unique. If they don’t sell I will replace my LMs with them next year.

-Geoff

H2O International 2012 | Scraped Crusaders | Part 1

My part one from this years trip to Ocean City.

This year seemed to be a total 180 from what we came down into last year. Nearly no rain, clear skies, nice weather, and a hell of a lot of dope cars. It seemed this year the outcasts were even more prevalent then years before.

I do still have to produce the show footage. Coming back from that weekend with a folder sized at over 40gb, I have had my work cut out for me, both with photos and a whole lot of video after feeling terrible for not having much last year.

Hope everyone enjoys part 1!!!

DTM X Super GT

Manufacturers….manufacturers EVERYWHERE!!!   DTM and Super GT have announced that both of their regulation packages will be based on this years DTM specs.  What does this mean?  The possibility of Nissan, Toyota (Lexus) and Honda facing of with Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Audi in DTM events and visa versa.  This also makes both series more attractive to other manufacturers.  Lotus, Aston Martin, Chevrolet, Porsche?  I’m hypothesizing here obviously.  But as demonstrated the V8 series.  If you present series specs that call for relative performance parity….manufacturers WILL come.  Revamping the V8 series will see Nissan and Mercedes join the Holden and Food show for 2013.  The world two greatest touring car series will continue to put on a show for years to come.  Moreover my predictions for this years 2012 season were slightly off.  Paffet and Spengler are in the running for the tile at this weekends Hockenhiem GP.  I predicted Paffet as Champ; I hope I’m wrong.  I also said BMWs season will be a development campainged.  Definately wrong on that one.  While last in the manufacturers points, Spengler’s had 3 wins and a shot at the title, Farfus has 1 win and will take the rookie crowd over my ambitious prediction of Robert Wickens.
Clip of the entire Oschersleben GP.

Immature driving from the start of the Valencia GP.

Super GT Suzuka Highlights

Few BRZ clips from Fuji.