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Nissan GTR – Precision, Performance, Perfection

The 1973 Tokyo Motor Show

The Nissan GTR – its first debut was at the Tokyo Motor Show in 1969 as a sedan equipped with an inline six cylinder engine pumping out 160 horsepower. The ’69 sedan was touring car, unrivaled by any other touring car at the time. It relied on a four-valve Dual Overhead Cam engine for power and four-wheel independent suspension for its remarkable handling, reminiscent of the Nissan R380 racing prototype.

2018 Nissan GT-R

The GTR went through many changes to get where it is today; the R30, the R31, the R32, and the R34, with plenty of concepts in between each of those iterations. Finally, in 2008, merely 11 years ago, the Nissan GT-R dropped onto American roads. Nissan ditched the Skyline name and dropped in a twin-turbo V6 engine that put out 473 horsepower and rocketed the coupe from 0 to 60 mph in under three seconds. The speed and power this little coupe boasted earned it the nickname “Godzilla”.


Today, Nissan GT-Rs come with 3.8 liter twin-turbocharged V6 engines that pump out an astonishing 565 horsepower and 476 lb-ft of torque. And if that’s not enough power for you, you can also opt for the NISMO edition of the vehicle that’s rated at 600 hp and 481 lb-ft of torque.

Nissan’s four “takumi”.

Now, this engine isn’t just another engine being pumped out on factory belts by a load of robotic arms. No, an instrument this beautiful and precise requires painstaking levels of craftsmanship and dedication to the legendary GT-R name. Inside Nissan’s expansive engine factory, located in Yokohama, Japan, there are four engineers that have earned the nickname “takumi”. Takumi is a Japanese term meaning “master craftsman” in English, and to become a takumi takes decades of work and dedication to your craft. These four engineers build each and every GT-R engine by hand to ensure the most precise build possible, and they finish off each engine by attaching a plaque with their signature on it. That means there are no two identical Nissan GT-Rs anywhere in the world. A lot of GT-R owners have taken to traveling to the engine factory in Yokohama to personally meet and thank the takumi that built their specific engine, including some famous faces such as late-night talk show host Jay Leno.

Car of the Week – Mercedes-Benz AMG GT 63s

Might want to turn your sound on for this one.

The 2019 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT 63s. 4.0 liters of handcrafted, twin-turbo V8 strength and power pumping out 630 brake horsepower and 664 lb-ft of torque. This beast boasts an insane 0-60mph speed of just 3.1 seconds with a top speed of 195 mph, while keeping you more than comfortable on the inside with its hand-stitched, quilted leather bucket seats, wide-screen cockpit equipped with intuitive touch controls. This model comes equipped with the AMG Speedshift MCT 9-speed transmission and AMG Ride Control+ Air Suspension. We were given the honor and privilege of ceramic coating this masterpiece by Brant Wimpee, the Sales Manager at Mercedes-Benz of Georgetown, Texas. We enjoyed every moment we spent with her, and we hope you’ll enjoy these videos and pictures as much we as did.

The AMG GT 63s in all its glory, receiving its detail and ceramic coat.

Auto Detailing a Jaguar XKR-S

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Look at the incredible Sky Blue on this Jaguar XKR-S. What a fantastic, classy and down-right sporty ride.

It packs a 5.0-litre supercharged V8 engine with an 8 speed automatic gear box and is ready for a weekend cruise as always, but not quite without the refreshing look of a brand new detailing.

So we dug our hands in and did a number of things to make the sky bow to the sky blue finish of this beautiful car.

We first hit her with a decontamination and pulled out any minute particles of iron that the eye can’t see by using a claybar. We flossed the wheels and dressed the tires and set about giving this Jag a thorough hand wash. We suds her up with spray foam, rinsed her down and then moved onto a single-stage polish.

We cleaned the glass, vacuumed the interior and finalized the entire detail with a spray sealant that has a 6 month guarantee.

Overall very satisfying work and although we work on many different types of vehicles, we have to admit that it’s easy to be biased when you get something this cool into the shop.

Check out the video where we document the entire process!

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