1000BHP GT-R POWERED NISSAN NAVARA – WORLD EXCLUSIVE

SB Motorsport to launch insane 1000BHP GT-R powered Nissan Navara

SB Motorsport, the company behind Europe’s wildest Nissan GT-R Drift car build are taking full advantage of workshop downtime and using it to plan the launch of its most challenging build to date – a GT-R powered Nissan Navara.

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Nissan’s workhorse is about to meet its flagship engine product, The VR38 twin-turbo GT-R engine as the team will replace the standard diesel option for a performance punching engine package from the infamous GT-R sports car cultivating a pick-up with over 1000hp on tap.

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No stranger to undertaking big challenges, Essex based, SB Motorsport have a proven track record in outrageous builds and delivering products to global recognition. Its previous Nissan GT-R drift car claimed Worldly accolades and has been seen in multiple online videos racking up millions of views since its launch back in 2017.

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SB Motorsport founder, Stephen “Baggsy” Biagioni says “This project has always been on the cards for SB Motorsport, ever since our initial GT-R project. With racing currently on hold this was the break we needed to re-visit the idea and bring it to fruition. We have the best partners and they share our vision to create another great vehicle that will challenge the normality’s of what’s possible, this is going to be an exciting mix of performance meets practicality.”

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He continues “The Navara-R as we have already dubbed it, will challenge our in-house know-how. With this build, the aim is to keep the Navara road-legal, all the mod-cons of the vehicle, rather than creating a race-car chassis with minimal extras. I’m confident in our team here at SB Motorsport and honestly excited to see the development and work alongside our partners, who happen to be the World’s leading experts in their respected fields.”

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The Nissan Navara will maintain as much of a factory finish interior as possible. However, with nearly 1000hp, the chassis will use all the GT-R suspension set up for superior handling to its forecourt counterparts.

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KW & ST Suspensions (Germany) Chief Executive Officer, Klaus Wohlfarth says “The new Nissan Navara-R build is an impressive project. We are looking forward seeing this crazy pick-up soon in action and we are very proud to be supporting this project with all of our technology and trust SB Motorsport to build something very exciting once again”

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SB Motorsport is taking fans along for the ride with a series of interactive “Mission CTRL: Navara-R” Livestreams, on Baggsy’s YouTube channel. The live, interactive shows will be packed with features and will include lots of special guests, exclusive behind the scenes access and a chance for viewers to interact and influence on how the Navara-R turns.

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Be sure to look out for the first show on June 10th and the 2nd Wednesday of each month over the summer.

For more build updates follow Instagram accounts: @BaggsyBoyUK & @SBMotorsport

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2021 Acura TLX doubles down on handling hardware ahead of debut

Acura will unveil a new generation of its TLX on May 28, and to build excitement the automaker has released a teaser video, photos, and some tidbits about the sport sedan’s suspension and chassis.

On Tuesday, Acura confirmed that the new TLX will be its best-handling and most well-appointed sport sedan yet, and that the Type S version will be the quickest, too. An Acura-exclusive platform will make the increased performance possible. It is built with high-strength and ultra-high-strength steel for improved rigidity, and features a double-wishbone front suspension instead of the more pedestrian (and simpler) MacPherson strut setup. Acura says the double-wishbone suspension allows for more precise control of wheel camber, caster and toe angles, and maximizes tire contact. A double-wishbone front suspension was last used on the TL in 2014. A five-link independent rear suspension will also help improve the new TLX’s handling.

The teaser shots and video is of the TLX Type S, a new performance variant to sit at the top of the redesigned TLX family.

Teaser for 2021 Acura TLX Type S debuting on May 28, 2020

Teaser for 2021 Acura TLX Type S debuting on May 28, 2020

We know the car is the Type S because of the “Type S” badge on the trunk lid. The quad-exhaust tips also match the design seen on early test mules for the car, and the “SH-AWD” badge confirms that all-wheel drive will be included.

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Acura Type S logo

Acura first announced the return of its Type S performance badge two years ago and confirmed at the time that a turbocharged V-6 will power the cars wearing the badge. The V-6 is a newly developed 3.0-liter unit.

As for styling, Acura’s Type S concept from 2019 points the way. The new teaser, together with our own spy shots of protoypes, suggest that the concept’s striking design has been faithfully transferred over for production.

Acura Type S Concept

Acura Type S Concept

The redesigned TLX is expected to reach dealerships late this year. It will arrive as a 2021 model. Acura hasn’t said whether the TLX Type S will be available at launch or later on.

Stay tuned.

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#DRIVEATHOME WITH MCLAREN

McLaren has launched a new initiative, #DriveatHome, to get Forza Horizon 4 gamers to share photos of their McLarens on the streets of Britain, the location of the game.

“#DriveatHome is about creating new content with these incredible cars, all from the safety of your own home. Using Forza Horizon 4’s digital microcosm of Britain, we will be embarking on weekly adventures in different McLaren cars and sharing our favourite photos on social.” It said.

Now it’s asking you to get involved by sending in your photos via social media and using the hashtag #DriveatHome.

Forza and McLaren fans will also be glad to hear that the marque says this is just the beginning of its digital work with Forza, as they aim to bring a series of episodic films, all shot in-game, with some of the most famous faces within the McLaren brand.

Yep, that sounds cool!

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