Okay so perhaps you get jaded at the SEMA Show with all the rides on display. After a while you might say, “enough” but then you turn the corner and spot this 2013 Nissan GTR. Yes, ignore the eye candy and focus on the car. Sure a Nissan GTR may not be super rare, but it is different, right? But then check out the exterior finish.
That my friend may look like somebody silversmithed and engraved into the metal; but it is actually layers upon layers of paint! The artists from Japan slaved over this Nissan and with extensive taping added on layer after layer of paint to end up with this engraved look. They even used a buffer and tapered tool to grind into the paint and create some of those images.
One of the workers was present at the show and mentioned they were then working on a different model for the upcoming Japan Car Show but in gold tones.
Forget the car, the artistry to make the paint act as engraved metal is outstanding. What do you think?
One of the advantages of being in Arizona for car guys is the chance to see new, unreleased “mules” on the road.Â Arizona is home to most of the car manufacturers for proving grounds.Â But these cars don’t just stay inside the fenced grounds, as these spy shots of the Nissan Rogue show.Â “Mules” are test cars used by the makers to test things out in real road conditions.
They wander around the Arizona geography and get a chance to try out these prototypes on twisty roads, interstate highways and with elevations changing from sea level to high mountains.Â Of course the area is known for the opportunity to test in high heat conditions, but the cars get a chance to experience all of what Arizona climates offer.Â They often are loaded up with plenty of telemetries recording all sorts of feedback from a myriad of sensors.
Of course the manufacturers aren’t keen on the public recognizing these cars.Â Besides sporting manufacturer plates these cars often have geometric black and white wraps to help disguise the final shape and design of the cars.Â But plenty of photographers go out on the hunt to track down a shot of these beauties.
2014 Nissan Rogue
Recently two Nissan Rogues, which will have a new release in 2014 were seen out and about on the Arizona highways.
It’s rare to see these cars stationary, but the drivers have to take a break on occasion!