Friday Photo – Le Mans 2015 Qualifying Gallery

If you remember back to last year, EngageSportMode got quite excited about Le Mans. Less so about the racing, as good as it was, and more so about the awesome imagery coming out of the manufacturers’ press offices. 2015 is proving to be no different, so we bring you some of the best shots from qualifying. Porsche…

SMMT Test Day 2015 – One day, Twelve cars [Part 3/3]

We’ve made it to the final part of our epic journey through the dozen cars we experienced at the SMMT Test Day. Don’t forget to read part one and part two first! Eight cars down, we were now into the home stretch of the 2015 SMMT Test Day. Two of the final quartet were rather…

Friday Photo – Retro Livery for Nissan GT-R LM P1 NISMO

Ask any bearded hipster and they’ll happily tell you that retro is obviously cool. This fact is seemingly not lost on motorsport teams, with Nissan choosing to clad one of the Le Mans GT-R racers in a colour scheme from 25 years ago. Anyone who has played Gran Turismo series will recognise the blue, red and white colours as…

Friday Photo – Geneva 2015 | Orange is the new … blue?

Earlier in the week, the doors opened at the PalExpo centre for the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. EngageSportMode spent a hugely enjoyable day helping the guys at Motoring Research with their live blog on Tuesday. If you haven’t seen the live blog already, go grab a Toblerone and experience it now. Then come back and see why…

Paris 2014 – Nissan NISMO Pulsar Concept and more…

So what has EngageSportMode’s local car manufacturer been up to at the Paris Motor Show? Seemingly sticking bits of red trim to everything it can get its hands on, in order to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the NISMO brand. Chiefly known to anyone who has played Gran Turismo in the last 15 years as the tuner of…

Friday Photo – Nissan ZEOD RC

This weekend’s Le Mans 24 Hours race is already building up quite nicely into a three-way battle between Toyota, Porsche and Audi for top honours. But, at the same time, Nissan is hoping for success with its innovative electric racer. In fact the ZEOD (zero emissions on demand) RC prototype hit an impressive benchmark in last night’s qualifying…

What did we learn from the 2014 Geneva Motor Show?

Here at EngageSportMode we’ve brought you a veritable banquet of new cars in the space of one short week. You can find all our coverage here, but with the dust settling and the return to normality, we’re left pondering just what did Geneva 2014 teach us about the state of the car industry? Everything is now…

Geneva 2014 – Nissan Juke Nismo RS – Photos and details

If you didn’t already know we’re fans of the existing Nissan Juke Nismo, giving it an award at the end of 2013. At the Geneva Motor Show today, Nissan has showed off the new RS version with extra power and styling modifications taken from the  updated Juke. Power increases to 215 bhp (218 PS), Torque up to…

New 2014 Nissan Qashqai Enters Production

Being based in the North East, it’s fairly impossible for EngageSportMode.com to ignore the influence of our friendly neighbourhood car manufacturer; Nissan. The proliferation of Juke, Qashqai, Note and even Leaf models on the roads in these parts are testament to just how big a deal the Nissan Motor Manufacturing UK plant in Sunderland is. So…

New – 2014 Nissan Qashqai

Admittedly crossover vehicles like the Qashqai would not be usual EngageSportMode content. But, we feel somewhat of an attachment to it, being based just a few miles down the road from Nissan Motor Manufacturing UK in Sunderland. It’s also impossible to ignore the impact the first-generation model has had, with more than 2 million examples…

The Nissan ZEOD RC – Is it all new?

As a break from discussing Formula 1 tyres, instead EngageSportMode examines Nissan’s new electric Le Mans challenger, and the craziest car you’ve never heard of. Is the Nissan ZEOD RC really from the 1970s? A couple of weeks ago, Nissan unveiled its new electric racing car – the ZEOD RC. Following on from 2012’s DeltaWing…

Friday Photo From the Archives #3

Continuing the Japanese theme for this week, here is another photo fresh from the archives. If by fresh you mean taken about two days ago: This Nissan 350Z belongs to ESM’s Mate Dave who, whilst finding himself bored with a week off work, traded in his diesel Seat Leon FR for the tree-fiddy-zed. Going from…