News from the FIA International Court of Appeal yesterday proved bittersweet for Nissan. After taking third place at the Le Mans 24 Hours in June, Nissan Partner Team, G-Drive Racing, was disqualified from the results for a breach of article 6.5.1 of the Technical Regulations. The team appealed against this decision but it was rejected and the team’s exclusion stands.
Nissan’s Infiniti luxury division is going through a major naming shift in 2014, with many of its new vehicle names changing, even if a lot of the cars and light-duty trucks themselves are very familiar.
A good case in point is Infiniti’s top-of-the-line, eight-passenger sport-utility vehicle. Known as the QX56 in 2013, the 2014 model will be called the QX80, although it is largely a carryover, save for the addition of Infiniti’s Backup Collision Intervention System, which becomes part of the high-line SUV’s optional Technology Package. The body, chassis, engine and most other key components remain unchanged between the two.
Japanese fans will have the first opportunity to see the revolutionary Nissan ZEOD RC in action when the car makes its public on-track debut at this year’s Fuji Speedway round of the FIA World Endurance Championship.
Running in pure electric mode, the Nissan ZEOD RC will undertake demonstration runs on October 18, 19 and 20 – all three days of the Japanese round of the WEC. The Fuji demonstration was announced today at the Nissan 360 global media event in California.
Nissan’s inaugural “gamer-to-racer” Lucas Ordóñez has been appointed as the official test and development driver of the Nissan ZEOD RC program – the unique electric race car that will debut at next year’s Le Mans 24 Hours.
Launched at Le Mans in June this year, the Nissan ZEOD RC will make its race debut at next year’s 24 Hours event. It will hit the track for the first time next month for testing with Spaniard Ordóñez entrusted with the development duties for the car.
Hard to believe, but Nissan’s upscale Infiniti division is closing on being one quarter of a century old. And from the time it first started selling cars in the United States in late 1989, Infiniti’s products typically have been a little edgier and sportier than many of its competitors.
That’s still true today.
Infiniti’s flagship sedan for 2013 is the M56, now in its third year of production. The Infiniti M comes in several distinct flavors: The M37 is a six-cylinder sedan powered by a 330-horsepower, 3.7-liter sedan, while this week’s test car, the M56, gets the much more powerful 5.6-liter V-8 that produces a full 420 horsepower. There is also am M Hybrid variant based on the M37, and both the M37 and M56 are available with your choice of rear- or all-wheel drive.