JAPANESE AUTO EXTRAVAGANZA

Since moving to Newark Showground JAE has been swamped with interest from new clubs and seen a resurgence in the space required for long standing members of the whole JAE scene. Existing clubs getting bigger and new clubs coming on board can only mean one thing - we need more space! With 200+ days to go we've now secured another field for use at JAE 2015 - Tatsumi. If you want to know why Tatsumi, following the theme of Japanese street meets and venues here's why: Speedhunters at Tatsumi

The new site is a large square flat area and will house the revised Quiet Camping area in one secluded corner. It also gives us access to more toilets and is closer to some of the fast runway action - details will be announced about that later! For now however if you've booked and are waiting on the new plots you now know where you'll be - detailed plans to follow. For those not yet booked here's your chance to get the pick of the new location.
For those wanting to know a lot more - see you at the JAE Car Club Reps Meeting on 25 April at Newark Showground.

JAE is all about having fun. For some it's the beer, the barbecues and the night time entertainment, for others the go-karts, football and IKO and for others just the whole social scene and a chance to catch up with friends from across the UK and beyond. Now there is something new for you to enjoy - and it's all FREE!

JAE is going off-road!

New for 2015 we have a "nature area" for you to explore in any Japanese 4x4 you care to bring to JAE. The whole area is for you to play in and enjoy and is included in your ticket price*. Come along, enjoy exploring the area we have set aside and stay for the whole weekend while you're doing it. We've even set up a car wash area for you to clean down the vehicles after you've finished - that is if you want to!
*To take part in this all you need to do is by a full visitor ticket. Note day visitor tickets do not allow you to take part in the off-road fun. The event is open only to Japanese vehicles, non-Jap will be allowed only in the visitors area and spectators may watch but not take part. Tickets will go on sale in March

Nissan declared itself ready to take on the world’s best sports car manufacturers after revealing a glimpse of its Le Mans challenger – the Nissan GT-R LM NISMO – during the commercial break for Super Bowl XLIX. Last year’s Super Bowl was the most watched television programme in US television history with over 110 million viewers. The 2015 game was therefore the perfect opportunity for Nissan’s “With Dad” commercial (view at www.withdad.com) to air for the first time, revealing the much-anticipated Nissan GT-R LM NISMO, the car that will take on the best in the world in the race to glory at the Le Mans 24 Hours.
In a bold move, the Japanese manufacturer has interpreted the sport’s technical regulations in an innovative way, producing a front-engined, front wheel drive car that is powered by a V6 3-litre twin turbo petrol engine and a kinetic energy recovery system.
“It gave us great pride to reveal the Nissan GT-R LM NISMO during the Superbowl,” said Roel de Vries,  Global Head of Marketing and Brand Strategy at Nissan. “The combination of the Super Bowl and the Le Mans 24 Hours – two of the most watched sporting events in the world – presented us with a unique opportunity to showcase our most ambitious motorsport programme in recent times.The GT-R is our flagship road car,” he continued. “This, the ultimate GT-R, continues a sporting bloodline that goes back three decades with NISMO, the motorsport and performance arm of Nissan. Le Mans drives innovation so success on the track will lead to greater innovation in our road car range.  We are the new kids at Le Mans; our opponents are the best in the world but we are ready.”
The new car will contest the LM P1 class of the FIA World Endurance Championship, the highest category in world sports car racing.  Starting at Silverstone, UK on 12 April the series travels around the world to Spa in Belgium, onto the Le Mans 24 Hours and Germany’s Nurburgring, before going global with races in the US, Japan, China and the Middle East.
The FIA World Endurance Championship is the ultimate proving ground for automotive companies as technological gains on the track can carry through to road cars.  Racing car engineers are facing the same challenges as road car engineers as the spotlight falls on energy efficiency.  With more technical freedom than Formula 1, the LM P1 engineers have ample opportunity to innovate.
“This is innovation that excites,” said Shoichi Miyatani, President of NISMO. “Sustainability is at the top of our agenda and the technical regulations for Le Mans give us the freedom to pursue new ideas in this area. Our record at Le Mans is third place overall so we have unfinished business there. We want to win and we have the knowledge to do that – for our customers, our employees and our fans. The competition is exceptionally strong and we are excited by the challenge. Our LM P1 programme makes the connection between NISMO on the road and NISMO on the track, showcasing our brand DNA to a global audience,” explained Darren Cox, Global Head of Brand, Marketing & Sales, NISMO. “We are taking motorsport to the masses, telling tales of technical innovation but also human stories via all of the exciting communications channels that are open to us now.  We will innovate off the track as well as on it so you can be assured that this is just the beginning of the story.”
The intensive test programme for the Nissan GT-R LM NISMO that began in Arizona last year continues this week at the Circuit of the Americas in Texas, where the team is making the most of the warmer climate of the Southern US.  Nissan’s LM P1 drivers will be revealed soon.

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