Nissan Nismo Range

Nissan to grow performance brand Nismo

Nissan has recently revealed they will be bolstering their performance and tuning sub-company Nismo as they announced the creation of the Nismo Cars Business Department, a division made for the expansion of their 15,000 unit per year business.Nissan Nismo Range

Nismo has quite a wide variety of models and packages for different markets. The aim of this new department is “developing more appealing products in a shorter time” releasing body kits without power increases will be added much more frequently similarly to BMW’s M Sport package. Nissan also intends to standardise the Nismo models while increasing the range of models the Nismo packages can cover.

I’m sure they would like to see the kind of record sales Mercedes AMG has seen in recent years. But Nissan Nismo past has been somewhat rocky. Nismo debuted in 2013 with the GT-R and 370Z. The sporty appearance was quite popular but it soon became clear their focus was on the look rather than appearance. The Pulsar Nismo never came to fruition., neither the 184HP hot hatch mentioned back in 2015. And the Sentra Nismo didn’t excite the critics early this year.

Looking forward

We are optimistic about Nissan Nismo ’s future, though, with the creation of this new division to combat the issues they’ve had up until now and with the popularity of the Juke and crossovers in general they may be able to take full advantage of opportunities missed. A Micra Nismo could capture the same popularity the Renault 5 GT Turbo had in the 80s! Watch this space!

Koenigsegg’s Agera RS1 debuts in New York

Koenigsegg Agera RS1The Koenigsegg Agera RS1 Debuted at the New York International Auto Show, possibly the most significant car at the show. With only 25 made it was one of just a few that made it to the States.

All 25 were sold out over a year ago. I haven’t managed to sneak a peek at any price tags but with such a limited supply, one can only speculate astronomical figures. Although nothing would surprise me. When you see the pain staking process of hand making every carbon fibre component, someone could tell you they paid a high 7 figure sum, you’d think yeah, that sounds about right.

Technology

This car, owned by ‘an Instagram user known as Whitesse’, was given its life in Arctic white and blue, which, with its polished carbon fiber and black anodized aluminum, blue leather seats and high tech cockpit, really gave it an air of space ship. And with a ridiculous 1,360 horsepower and 1,370 Nm of torque I’m pretty sure it could get into orbit.

Once you open up the hyper cars transformer-like body, the big 5.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 is revealed. According to Koenigsegg, this RS1 weighs 1,394kg fully laden – accelerates 0-62mph in 2.8secs, 0-186mph in 12.3secs and 0-250mph in around 20secs. As with the other RSs, it is also produces face stretchingly sharp cornering, with up to 1.8G referenced. A capability allowed by the elongated front and rear double wishbone suspension, active suspension and aerodynamics.

There are strange add-ons for such a car, like air-con… When you’re going to drive it with the top down, sat nav, when you’re clearly not going to deliver any parcels. Bluetooth so you can not hear someone over the engine noise. Adjustable pedals, hydraulic lift (to get you over speed bumps and such). Tyre pressure monitoring and many warning systems are things you might expect from a semi space ship. You can of course, remove the roof too.

You can check out Koenigsegg’s other special editions below.

Agera RS Naraya Agera RS Gryphon Agera RSR

 

Lamborghini Huracan Performante

Lamborghini Huracan Performante

The Lamborghini Huracán Performante wasted no time living up to its name. Before the official unveiling, the sliced-and-diced baby Lambo already made headlines with the claim that it beat the Nürburgring lap record for a production car with a time of 6:52:01—that’s about five full seconds quicker than the previous record holder, the Porsche 918 Spyder.  Even being in the same ballpark with the million-dollar 918 makes the Performante one of the most dynamic and quickest cars ever made. It. Is. Fiery.

 The Huracán has been spun into several variants in the relatively short time since it arrived as a 2015 model. There have been rear-wheel-drive versions, the typical Spyder treatment, and limited editions. But none has been as specialized as the new Performante. Every part of this particular Huracán has been massaged, from the chassis tuning and aerodynamics to the powertrain and even its mass.
Lamborghini Huracan Performante

Lamborghini Huracan Performante

Lamborghini says it used knowledge from its Super Trofeo motorsports program to improve engine airflow efficiency, adopting new titanium intake valves with higher lift and new exhaust pipes that mount higher and more toward the center of the car. The bronze finish on the intake manifold, visible through the rear glass, is meant as a nod to previous special-edition engines like that on the Diablo 30th Anniversary, while the engine cover partially done in exposed carbon fiber does the same to the lightweight philosophy that guided Performante development.

The Huracán Performante uses an aluminum-and-carbon-fiber spaceframe, while the body panels are formed from aluminum and Lamborghini’s trademarked Forged Composite carbon-fibre technology.

Lamborghini squeezed still more power out of its naturally aspirated 5.2-liter V-10, which here makes 631 horsepower at 8000 rpm and 443 lb-ft of torque at 6500 rpm, up from 602 and 413 in the standard Huracán. More than 70 percent of that torque is available at 1000 rpm, which required beefing up the seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The company asserts that the Performante can sprint from zero to 62 mph in 2.9 seconds, but that’s probably conservative. Given a chance to stretch its legs, the Performante tops out somewhere north of 202 mph, the company says, same as the basic model.

What do we think? Watch our video here.

Pagani Huayra Roadster

Pagani Huayra Roadster

Pagani Huayra Roadster launched at Geneva – Performance Portfolio SE travelled to Geneva to find out what all the fuss was about.

Pagani has revealed a convertible version of its Huayra hypercar at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. It’s taken Pagani six years to debut Huayra Roadster – the coupe appeared at the Geneva Motor Show in 2011 – and in that time is has developed a roadster lighter than its hard top sibling.

The Huayra Roadster weights 1,280kg – 80kg lighter than the coupe. This weight saving has been achieved through the use of a newly developed carbon-titanium composite known as Carbo-Triax HP52, which means the Roadster is not only lighter, but a claimed 52 per cent stiffer. Further mass has been reduced through the use of a new aluminium alloy called HiForg to construct the suspension setup – a 25 per cent weight saving in this area.

Under the rear clamshell, the Huayra Roadster gets Pagani’s trademark AMG-developed V12 engine. Using two turbochargers and benefiting from the developments applied to the engine used in the Huayra BC it delivers 753bhp and over 1000Nm of torque. Pagani hasn’t revealed any performance figures, but a 0-62mph dash around or even less than three seconds is likely. Mated to the engine is a new seven-speed sequential gearbox also developed for the hardcore BC.

Want one? Unfortunately all 100 examples were sold before the car was even seen in Geneva.

Here’s our video overview –

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