Monday, February 2, 2015

New Gurney/Nissan Race Car Announced

Last night during the Super Bowl, Nissan released a commercial called "With Dad."



The ad tells an emotional human story while introducing a new race car, which was designed and built at Dan Gurney's All American Racers. When we visited AAR a couple months ago, they had just finished building the top-secret car and shipped it off for testing. 

AAR/Nissan's GT-R LM NISMO, photo by Marshall Pruett for Road and Track
Unlike most cars in its class, this car has an unheard-of front-engine and front-wheel-drive layout. Designer Ben Bowlby, whom we met on a previous visit to AAR, used the opportunity of the new drivetrain configuration to reimagine the weight balance and airflow.

The result is the 2015 Nissan GT-R LM NISMO, with "kill-on-sight" looks and performance to match. The car will debut at the 2015 LeMans. 


Nissan presented another ad during the Super Bowl which connects the NISMO with the pioneering advances of space technology.

During my November visit to AAR, I shot a video interview with my cousin Dan Gurney (my grandfather and his dad were brothers) and I painted a gouache portrait of his 1981 Indy Eagle "Pepsi Challenger." That episode will be just one segment of the upcoming "Gouache in the Wild" video, which will come out this spring.
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Road and Track's detailed web feature: Developing the Nissan GT-R LM NISMO on Road and Track
Previously on GJ: AAR's Delta Wing

4 comments:

drawntoit said...

Well, those were both very fine commercials, and I had not connected you with Dan Gurney before! The first film with his family was spot on. Tears, and a glimpse into the world of a family with a Dad in the auto racing profession. The design elements so critical in our lives are emphasized in the second film, wonderful. Art and engineering, together again.

Penny Scout said...

I took of photo of a white tea pot on a white towel against a white wall. There are 2 light sources, both "full spectrum white lights"; one is warm & one cool. The warm light causes a cool shadow, & the cool light a warm shadow. Why are shadows not neutral in color, as they are the result of the absence of light? What causes the color temp of shadows? How do I determine the color of shadows when painting from a photo in which the color of the light & color of the shadows are difficult to determine? Thanks.

Robert J. Simone said...

Very cool!

thatcatgirl said...

Been reading here a little while, and I think it's appropriate for readers to answer each other's questions of this type, so...

The color of a shadow is determined by the light that's still in it, objects in the shadows cast by the warmer light can still be illuminated by the cooler one, and the cooler light's shadow by the warmer one. As for your other question, I'll leave it to painters with more experience using photos closely, since I'm sure they're here.