KICKS is like nothing else on the road. With unique exterior design features, a customizable look and an interior that takes craftsmanship and style to a new level, the Nissan KICKS let's you stand out from the crowd.
e-POWER borrows from the EV technology perfected in the Nissan LEAF, the best-selling pure electric car in history, with more than 250,000 units sold. Unlike the LEAF, e-POWER adds a small gasoline engine to charge the high-output battery when necessary, eliminating the need for an external charger while offering the same high-output.
The e-POWER system features full electric-motor drive, meaning that the wheels are completely driven by the electric motor. The power from a high-output battery is delivered to the e-POWER's compact powertrain comprised of a gasoline engine, power generator, inverter, and a motor. In conventional hybrid systems, a low-output electric motor is mated to a gasoline engine to drive the wheels when the battery is low (or when traveling at high speeds). However, in the e-POWER system, the gasoline engine is not connected to the wheels; it simply charges the battery. And unlike a full EV, the power source originates from the engine and not just the battery.
For some women, the dream of driving may be blocked by a series of obstacles. Fear of making a mistake, lack of resources and support, or no time when pursuing a career could all prevent someone from getting behind the wheel. At Nissan's Industrial Complex in Resende, Brazil, employees Ana Beatriz Correa, Camila Josué, Letícia Menezes and Michele de Souza help produce cars every day – even though they had never driven one.
To honor International Women's Day, Nissan invited employees at the Resende factory to talk about their dream of driving. A few women were selected for a special driving class with Helena Deyama, a legendary rally driver from Brazil.
"I hope to have made a difference in their lives, encouraging them with my story about overcoming prejudices and all the difficulties to fulfil my dream of driving," said Deyama. "I hope they never forget the responsibility of driving a car and never lose focus on safety. I told them to never underestimate themselves. We are more powerful than we believe."
In addition to meeting Deyama, the women had a practical driving class with an instructor at the Nissan complex. They received a surprise at the end of the class, too. Watch the video below for Nissan's homage to International Women's Day.
Now that our Z is equipped to handle the track better, we are swapping out the stock differential for a Nismo Wavetrac unit that has a worldwide race proven record. This differential applies power to both rear tires in a way that gives the driver much more control.
Description: Now that our Z will be much more agile on track, we're going to make sure we can keep our engine happy by replacing our stock radiator with a Nismo high performance radiator. We're also going to be installing race ready brake pads and switching to new wheels and a much more track friendly tire.
Nissan's VC-Turbo engine offers any compression ratio between 8:1 (for high performance) and 14:1 (for high efficiency). The engine delivers 248 horsepower @ 5,600 rpm and 273 lb-ft of torque @ 4,000 rpm (premium fuel). The VC-Turbo's specific power output is higher than many competing turbocharged gasoline engines and comes close to the performance of some V6 gasoline engines. The unit's single-scroll turbo ensures immediate accelerator responses on demand.
Along with the world's first multi-link system, the engine features an electric motor with a unique Harmonic Drive reduction gear to manage the variable compression ratio. The electric motor is connected to the Harmonic Drive with a control arm. As the Harmonic Drive rotates, the control shaft at the base of the engine rotates, moving the multi-link system within the engine.
Automotive design is a secretive world rightfully obsessed with keeping the prying eyes of the competition out. However, a peek inside Nissan Design America in San Diego proves inspiration comes from anywhere. Even a bunny.
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Nissan has been a pioneer in creating and developing electric vehicles (EV). With 70 years of EV heritage, built on the legacy of Prince Motors, Nissan's goal is to bring the benefits of EV to more people in more places.
In 1947, the company succeeded in creating a prototype 2-seater truck (500kg load capacity) with a 4.5hp motor and a new body design. It was named "Tama" after the area where it was produced. Its top speed was 34km/h. Next, they created their first passenger car: with 2 doors and seating for 4, it boasted a top speed of 35km/h and a cruising range of 65km on a single charge.
While much has changed, in design and technology, since the Tama's debut, many of the same features and benefits remain and seen in the new Nissan LEAF.
Just because it's a racecar that doesn't mean it can't be nice inside. We're modifying reinstalling our stock dash for a clean look. Then, we're installing a 5-point harness, adjustable racing seats, the harnesses and a fire suppression system.