Japanese tuning house, Liberty Walk, first made waves last year with their wide body Lamborghini Murcielago. They continued to turn heads at this year’s SEMA show with body kits for the Nissan GT-R and the Ferrari 458 Italia:
It turns out that Liberty Walk’s founder, Wataru Kato, had set an ultimatum to shut the company down had their Murcielago not been a big hit last year. GT Channel got a pretty in-depth interview with him where they talk about where Kato-san got his influences and how he manages to promote the Liberty Walk brand image despite of not speaking any English.
Meet the four men responsible for building all of the engines for the Nissan GT-R. In Japanese culture they are known as Takumi, masters of their craft. Like the hand-picked team that assembles the Lexus LFA, these men were chosen because of their over 100 combined years of automotive manufacturing experience. Each engine is entirely hand assembled from start to finish by the same technician. Their nameplate is then attached to the front of the engine to symbolize the personal pride that goes into the assembly of Nissan’s flagship engine in the plant where the company started.
2013 marks the first year that Nissan Motorsports (NISMO) fielded a factory backed GT-R GT3 race car. The GT-R program has always valued endurance racing as a method to refine their cars as well as the engineers responsible for developing them but they’ve always fielded various versions of the street car. This year they decided to make the jump to GT3. Here’s how it turned out:
Welcome to the latest and greatest Nissan GT-R, the 2014 Track Pack. The GT-R story is unique in the automotive world starting with its legacy of racing excellence and continuing with the current R35 model which retained its full developmental program that continually refines the car and the engineers that build it through endurance racing. That’s why each model year of the GT-R goes beyond incremental steps of refinement to a full blown evolution of the previous model. The GT-R is often considered The Pride of Japan which is apparent in the dedication to the uniquely Japanese way of building sports cars. Check out the video to see Motor Trend’s Carlos Lago and Randy Pobst test the weekend warrior Track Pack for the GT-R at Willowsprings:
GT Channel got the scoop on the first R32 Nissan Skyline to legally be imported into the US under the “Show or Display” laws which allow the import of historically or technologically significant cars with National Highway Traffic Safety Association exemption. The cars still have to pass smog tests and can only be driven 2500 miles a year. The “Show or Display” laws were originally written for Bill Gates so he could import a Porsche 959. Cars have to be more than 21 years old and have around 500 or less made to qualify. Here is the interview with Sean Morris who just imported two R32 Nismos. His website, ShowOrDisplay.com, walks through the process of importing cars through the Show or Display exemptions.