2016 Nissan Maxima SR Test Ends in Victory

2016 Nissan Maxima

 

The all-new 2016 Nissan Maxima SR was recently put to the test as it completed laps around the track at Buttonwillow Raceway. It was up against some stiff competition in the 2015 Acura TLX 3.5 with Technology Package, 2015 BMW 328i, and Audi A4 2.0T quattro Premium Plus Tiptronic. The Maxima more than held its own, though, posting the best lap time out of them. Check out the Nissan Maxima performance times below.

 

Vehicle Time Margin (seconds)
Maxima SR 1:18.50  —
BMW 328i 1:19.48 .98
Acura TLX 3.5L 1:20.58 2.08
Audi A4 2.0T Quattro 1:21.21 2.71

 

Nissan has been positioning the 2016 Maxima as the “4-Door Sports Car” and it’s most certainly living up the name!

Pierre Loing, vice president of Product Planning at Nissan, said, “We expected the all-new 2016 Maxima, with its re-engineered engine, transmission and chassis to do well, but frankly even we were surprised by the head-to-head test results against some very well-established luxury sports sedans.”

To check out the full 2016 Nissan Maxima SR test video, head over to Nissan’s YouTube channel!

Nissan GT-R LM Nismo Debuts in Super Bowl Ad

Nissan used its heartwarming With Dad ad to debut the GT-R LM Nismo, its long-awaited racer designed for the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

It’s been 16 years since Nissan has competed in the top tier of the prestigious race, but now it’s back. The GT-R LM Nismo was created by a team of experts from around the world and boasts a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine that sits in the front of the front-wheel-drive car, while hybrid power is derived from the front driveline to boost acceleration.

The LM P1 car belongs to a category that features some of the most extreme sports cars in racing today. Its performance at Le Mans could go a long way toward not only solidifying the automaker’s excellence in hybrid power but also in developing new, innovative technologies that can be applied to the very kind of production vehicles we see every day at Bates Nissan.

The Nissan GT-R LM Nismo will be the centerpiece of a Nismo display at the upcoming Chicago Auto Show, alongside the GT-R Nismo, 370Z Nismo, JUKE Nismo, and several other Nismo models and concepts.

Check out a Nissan GT-R for yourself at Bates Nissan!

Nissan GT Academy Season 4 Champion Dominates Competition

Nissan GT Academy

Having your dreams go from virtual-to-reality is what the Nissan GT Academy is all about. And, for Wisconsin native Nic Hamman his dreams of becoming a professional racer have come true.

He was the GT Academy Season 4 Champion and dominated the competition right from the start. In the first episode, the 12 competitors were put through an intense physical race, and Hamman finished long before any of the other racers. From there, Hamman’s performance never waned.

In the season finale, Hamman raced against the remaining three other contestants in an eight-lap race. He finished a full eight seconds ahead of the pack.

“It takes a lot of money to do any kind of professional racing,” said Hamman, in a statement. “What GT Academy and Nissan have done is give someone a shot at racing top-notch racing cars with professional mechanics and pit support without the financial windfall that kind of thing requires. I am so grateful to be able to do this, and I can’t wait to get to my first professional race in January.”

Hamman grew up with a love of motorsports and spent much of his childhood racing go karts and even won his fair share of races and local karting titles.

Here at Bates Nissan, we are excited to see how Hamman will perform as a professional Nissan racer. He will be racing with previous GT Academy winners in the Dubai 24 Hours on January 8-10.

Nissan Breaks Longest Twin Vehicle Drifting Record in Dubai

Nissan 370Z

Nissan has set an impressive new record in the world of competitive driving during the Nissan 370Z DriftExperience promotion in Dubai. Two Nissan Z cars drifted around the same track at the same time without stopping for an astonishing 17.72 miles, earning Nissan the world’s longest twin vehicle drifting record.

The third time’s the charm for the Nissan Middle East branch that was behind the performance, which now holds the Guinness World Record for twin vehicle drifting after two failed attempts to break the previous all-time score.

The Nissan 370Z DriftExperience program offered driving enthusiasts the opportunity “to learn and perfect the art of drifting,” according to the World Record Academy. Drifting enthusiasts present for the program must have been ecstatic to witness the Nissan Z twin-drifting feat first-hand.

Nissan’s remarkable accomplishments can be found all throughout their catalogue, not just with its high-performance racing vehicles. Head on down to Bates Nissan to check out our available Nissan models today.  If you are looking to add some excitement and speed in to your life, be sure ot stop in to Bates Nissan, located in Killeen, Texas.  We have plenty of brand-new 370Z‘s in stock and ready to be driven!

Nissan Takes Pro-Am Victory at Silverstone

If anyone ever questioned the effectiveness of Nissan’s GT Academy program, they may want to look at its increasingly impressive track record. The latest entry features yet another victory at Silverstone last weekend in the Blancpain Endurance Series.

Driving the winning No. 80 Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 were 2013 GT Academy USA winner Nick McMillen, 2013 GT Academy Germany winner Florian Strauss, and Nissan regular Alex Buncombe.

Buncombe started third on the grid, but got boxed behind a Porsche and lost several positions. He handed the car off the McMillen in eighth overall and first in the Pro-Am class. McMillen fell back one place because of radio communication issues inside the car, but Strauss managed to regain the position during the last hour of the race to claim the Pro-Am victory.

“I was in traffic during most of my run so I had to be very careful to avoid any problems,” Strauss said. “We were close in Monza and definitely had the speed, so I am very pleased that we achieved the win here today.”

Check out the Nissan GT-R at Bates Nissan!

Russians Break Record for Driving on Ice

If you want to set out to break the world record for the fastest speed driven on ice, which car do you pick to do it? That’s right! The Nissan GT-R!

Russian race car driver Roman Rusinov set out with Russian auto journalist Andrey Leontjev to attempt to break the world record for the ice-speed record which was set by Juha Kankkunen in a Bentley Supersports Convertible at 205.48 mph.

While the Russians only reached 294.8 kilometers/hour (182.8 mph), they set a new Russian record for the fastest speed reached on ice. In case you were wondering, the ice they were racing on was estimated to be 1.4 meters thick.

Check out the video below to see their adventure!