3D printing is an amazing technology where you can print almost any shape you can imagine using a wide range of substances, from plastic to chocolate to metal. All types of industries have taken hold of this versatile technology, including the automotive industry.
Nissan uses 3D printing to create new prototype and production parts for its NISMO cars. It is working with an Australian company called evok3D, which actually set up an in-house 3D printing center in the Nissan Motorsports shop.
To get an inside look at how the parts are produced and used in the NISMO cars.
As you can see, the benefits of 3D printing are enormous, especially when tiny changes in a part can make a huge difference in a car’s performance. Being able to design and create a new part in a short timeframe is essential.
As 3D printing technology advances, just think of what it could do in the future.
Nissan held a special NISMO event for the media at the Nashville Superspeedway. This was an event to allow the media to see what is new at Nissan and what they plan on doing next.
At the event were the 2013 and 2014 Nissan 370Z NISMO, the JUKE-R, the 2013 Nissan JUKE NISMO, and the 2014 GT-R Track Edition. These are all part of the performance line. They all sport uniform, race-inspired exterior and interior styling.
Carl Phillips, chief marketing manager, NISMO and Nissan sports car marketing – Nissan North America, said “We think the track is a perfect place to showcase NISMO because NISMO is Nissan Motorsports. It’s the racing, the motor sports heritage that has inspired cars like the new JUKE NISMO, and it’s about bringing that excitement from the track to the street”.
The Juke NISMO is the first to go on sale in Europe and Japan but it will launch here in the United States soon. The 370Z NISMO is in its second generation in the United States, but the 2014 370Z NISMO will be on sale this summer and is a revised model.
Nissan is now promising a more rapid pace of the introduction of more NISMO models.
The video below shows the highlights from the media event and the NISMO models racing around the track!
Nissan is working to turn its Nismo line into a legitimate sub-brand.
Nissan plans to model its performance after the Mercedes-Benz’s AMG and Lexus’ F-Sport line. They plane to make a noticeable increase in performance and obtain a more sporty suspension so it is easier to handle. Nissan wants to differentiate their product from their competitors and make the brand more appealing to you and me.
Nissan is investigating a line of low-volume vehicles and the first of which being the Juke Nismo. The Juke Nismo is expected to launch next year.
There is no word yet which other models will be a part of the Nismo expansion. Nissan executives have stated that in order for a vehicle to join the Nismo brand, they would have to meet certain criteria. Nissan plans to announce those in early 2013.
For more information on the Juke Nismo and when you can buy one, check out Lewis Nissan for all the details.
Nissan has left it open for their tuning and racing counterpart Nismo to create the new 2013 Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3, the racecar that will take place in the FIA GT1 racing circuit. This version of the GT-R Nismo GT3 is different than its past models as it uses the same twin-turbo V6 engine found in the street legal GT-R. The difference is that this engine has been tweaked to crank out 550 horsepower and 470 Lb.-Ft. of Torque. Another large difference is the largely tweaked camshaft timing as well as the added reinforcement to moving parts to ensure durability. This new power is mated with a six-speed manual transmission that helps send all the new found power to the rear wheels.
A new aerodynamics kit has been added to help with cornering and optimizing downforce. Though the GT-R Nismo GT3 is not street legal, it can be purchased for personal use, though you would be ordering from Europe, and the European costs would be roughly 270,000 Euros, which translates roughly to $429,000. So as only few select of us will be able to make that purchase, the rest of us can bask in its glory and which videos like the one below and be in awe of the Nismo masterpiece that it is.