Friday Photo – Nissan Bladeglider hits Rio

Remember the ZEOD RC, and the DeltaWing before it? Nissan’s fascination with narrow-track and electric power continues, but now in the form of something that could actually appear on the street. Oh, and with a drift mode.According to Nissan, this is the future of electric cars that enthusiasts shouldn’t be scared of. That a car can be…

Friday Video – No Fooling

As the post goes live it’s April Fools’ Day, which means the press offices and PR departments of car companies have been in overdrive trying to find the wittiest way of plugging their products. Nissan – Alive (2016) from Alessandro Pacciani™ We’ve covered these efforts before on ESM but, instead, this year we’ve decided to take…

Friday Photo – Infiniti Q30 rolls out in Sunderland

ESM is rejoicing at the fact the roads of the North East might now be populated with a new car – the locally built Infiniti Q30. When you live close to a Nissan plant that employs almost 7,000 people, every commute in the region involves the now subconscious spotting of Juke, Note, Leaf and Qashqai…

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…

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…