Blind Man Sets Land Speed Record in a Nissan GT-R

Driving with limited visibility can be extremely unnerving and dangerous. Most of us have experienced this to one degree or another–whether from a foggy windshield, heavy rain, or whiteout snow. Now imagine being unable to see and driving over 200 mph!

That’s exactly what Mike Newman from Manchester, England just did. He set a land speed record in a Nissan GT-R tuned up to 1,000 horsepower all without seeing a thing. He now holds a record of 200.9 mph on land for a blind person. This was an average speed over two runs.

He was able to accomplish this amazing feat with the help of his step-father who acted as his navigator in a chase car behind him. Newman set this record at the Elvington Airfield in North Yorkshire.

Watch this short video to see his emotional reaction to setting this monumental record.

In addition to setting land speed records, Newman runs a charity called Speed of Sight, with which he hopes to help other disabled people experience the thrill of racing.

His next goal? He wants to break his own blind water speed record.

Win a Nissan Altima in the ‘Keep Summer Rolling Service Sweepstakes’

Nobody likes taking their car in for service, but this summer Nissan wants to make it a little fun with the 7th “Keep Summer Rolling Service Sweepstakes.” In this contest, you have the chance to win a Nissan Altima, Rogue, or 370Z.

“Vehicle maintenance rarely tops the list of preferred activities for any owner. Our Nissan Keep Summer Rolling Service Sweepstakes brings new life and excitement to ownership and highlights the importance of regular service,” said Kent O’Hara, Vice President, Aftersales, Nissan, in a statement. “Nissan is committed to customer and vehicle service excellence. With factory-trained technicians, advanced diagnostics and genuine parts and service as their pillars, dealers pledge to provide an unparalleled customer experience to each and every owner.”

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A new 2014 Nissan Altima could be yours!

The only requirement for entering this contest is to either own or lease a Nissan vehicle. Then, head over to Nissan’s site and enter your Nissan’s VIN or a PIN found on a Nissan Summer Service flyer. You have until September 30 to enter and you could be one of hundreds of instant winners.

And, while you’re setting your sights on trying to win a Nissan Altima, thank your current one by scheduling some routine maintenance at Economy Nissan.

Nissan Emphasizes Rigorous Testing Process with ‘Tough Love’ Campaign

When you’re in the market for a commercial van, you want something that will last and hopefully something that you will love. With Nissan’s new “Tough Love” campaign, its lineup of NV commercial vans may be the perfect solution.

Nissan has released a four-minute video featuring rocker Bret Michaels singing the ‘80s rock ballad “Endless Love.” If you can put your feelings about him aside, it’s a pretty cool video and shows off just a small handful of the more than 6,000 brutal tests every Nissan van goes through during its rigorous testing process.

“With this new campaign we really want to show buyers that Nissan builds a van that can keep up and never let the owners down, because when their vans are down, so are their businesses,” said Fred Diaz, senior vice president, Nissan Sales &Marketing and Operations, in a statement. “With Bret Michaels’ help, we’re showing that Nissan commercial vehicles are tested to perform. These are vehicles owners can depend on year in and year out, through all sorts of conditions.”

To learn more about the specific test and to see more of Bret Michaels, check out Nissan’s YouTube channel. Then, come visit us at Economy Nissan to see the Nissan NV vans for yourself.

Nissan Versa Note Nismo Turns the Compact Extreme

Nismo, which is an abbreviated form of Nissan Motorsport, is the performance division of Nissan. It is currently in charge of Nissan’s racing division, including the Super GT and FIA GT Championship. Nissan also uses Nismo to add a little spice to its lineup.

The most recent amped up car may surprise you as it is the smallest, most economical car in Nissan’s lineup. Say hello to the Nissan Versa Note Nismo. The 2014 Versa Note was already a cool car and Nissan has made it even cooler.

Nissan Versa Note Nismo

The Nissan Versa Note Nismo is no GT-R Nismo, but it will get branded with similar performance mods from the regular version.

Nissan will release Nismo and Nismo S trims of the compact five-door hatchback this fall in Japan. Unfortunately, it won’t be headed to our shores. The Versa Note Nismo will feature upgraded tires, sport seats or optional Recaros, an upgraded appearance and aerodynamic package, a more rigid body structure, and some sporty red accents throughout.

As far as what difference these changes will make in actual performance, Nissan hasn’t said.

What Nissan car would you love to get the Nismo treatment next?