I had great intentions of editing a couple of videos from the Tokyo Motor Show this afternoon(tomorrow for you) but holiday traffic in Tokyo threw a wrench into those plans. Instead, I have a nice juicy photo gallery for you of images from today’s travels.
We started our day at Nissan’s engine manufacturing plant in Yokohama. More specifically, we visited the shop where four master craftsman called Takumi and their apprentices build just 7-10 engines a day. These special engines are hand crafted by this small team and are each destined for a new GT-R or GT-R NISMO. One of the team is also responsible to built racing engines for GT300 racing cars. At the end of our visit to the “clean room”, we ventured to the building where Nissan was founded, which houses the engine museum. Most of the engines used in the production of consumer cars are represented, but the stars of the show are some of the sports racing engines from the past 40 years.
Like most manufacturers, Nissan is very proud of their heritage. To honour the company’s history, vehicles since the dawn of production are stored in a private facility known as the Nissan Heritage Collection. Also included are a wide selection of competition cars, from entrants into the vaunted Safari Rally to Le Mans and IMSA prototypes and just about everything in between. Regular readers know that I am passionate about racing and won’t be surprised that I was in awe of the assembled collection. While the assembled production cars were great, I could have spent much longer than the two hours I had shooting photos of the fantastic machines on display. There are several that I would happily stuff into my suitcase for the flight home. I’ll have to be content with a few diecast models.
Readers who are North American racing fanatics may notice an absence of Datsun 510 Trans Am cars. There were also quite few 510s in the production collection. This collection is primarily Japanese market cars along with some European race and rally cars that were campaigned by the factory. The North American racing cars were more or less privately owned, with factory backing. In other words, they have been collected by someone else.
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