As you might have noticed we at Black Ops Performance don’t really talk too much about the R35. There’s a good reason for that, we despise that car. Much like the new NSX, it’s not a worthy successor.
The R35, or as we like to call her “the fat-girl”, has always been a big disappointment. What do you want with a car whose body was designed by the guy who did Gundam Wing (and I like Gundam Wing!). The interior is designed like a video arcade — like it was designed by the guy who did Gran Turismo.
I know what you’re going to say, they’re fast! You can make them run tens easily! And on and on. The problem isn’t that it was the first disappointing Supercar (by definition), but it’s a super car with an automatic — [...]
Full article originally available on CarBuzz http://www.carbuzz.com/news/2016/9/6/Here-s-Everything-You-Need-To-Know-About-Importing-A-JDM-Car-Into-The-US-7735196/
by Jared Rosenholtz
If you’re buying a JDM car in the US, there are really only three ways that you can do it. You can buy it from a private seller, import one yourself, or go through an importer. There are advantages to the first two options, but we’ll explain why going through an importer like John is probably the best choice. Unlike buying a normal car, it is very unlikely that you will be able to inspect a JDM vehicle before you purchase it. Unless you’re willing to fly to Japan to look at several vehicles, chances are you will be buying one sight unseen. Most importers have someone that they trust to inspect the cars in Japan and recommend which ones to buy and which ones to avoid. [...]
We get asked all the time why we don’t sell more R32 Skylines, since they are federally legal to import. The answer is simple: we sell what our customers want. The R32 Skyline is relatively easy to procure, anyone with a computer can find an example and import it with little effort. The challenge however, is in finding a good one.
The main problems with the R32 Skyline are as follows:
Powertrain design issues that can cause catastrophic engine failure
The general quality of cars still available, with problems such as rust, damage repairs,and lack of proper maintenance long after the 100,000Km mark
Turbos are known to throw their ceramic turbines with no warning.
Many of the cars available today require a full restoration in order to meet our clients high standards and [...]
“Someone backed into my car after not even having it two weeks there are zero parts for this car around. So i called black ops he answered on the first try and has taken absolute care of me. Found me a tail light almost immediately and saved me from buying a set from japan he’s kept in touch everyday to keep me updated and he found me and oem trunk lid which is basically impossible aquick Google search can confirm what a great guy to work with this situation could have went so far south and instead it went the other way.”
We car about our clients. It’s not just selling a car to us. It’s making friends for life. In many cases we are helping clients upgrade their JDM cars who are the 2nd and 3rd owners of [...]
“Whenever I was in the market for a Nissan Silvia I searched around and came across that Black Ops Performance had one in their inventory. I decided to go check it out and I instantly decided that I had to have it so I went ahead and put down my deposit. Black Ops handled all the hard work so all I had to do was wait. John, the owner of Black Ops, made sure that the transaction went smoothly and because of his awesome customer service I would definitely do business with them again. Since purchasing the car I’ve attended a couple of car shows with Black Ops and they always treat me as a family member. I couldn’t have picked a better company to go through. I highly recommend Black Ops Performance to anyone [...]
When Gran Turismo burst upon the scene back in 1997, one thing immediately became obvious: We all needed a Nissan GT-R. While the driving sim featured many of the day’s top performers, that all-wheel-drive, twin-turbo Nissan stood out like a nuclear warhead at a knife fight.
There was one teeny, tiny, little problem: Even if you had the scratch, the car could not be legally driven on American roads because Nissan didn’t import that model here.
So, you figure, you’d just import one on your own, right? Therein lay the rub: The U.S. government said no. Defy them and bring one in anyway, and you’d face the consequences–like potential confiscation.
That modern GT-R, chassis code R32, debuted during the summer of 1989. The first generation ran through 1994, [...]
The eighth generation Nissan Skyline arrived in 1989 just as the Japanese economic bubble began to waver and shimmy. It was still a time of great optimism, and if you were a Nissan fan, there was no greater proof positive of a bright future than the return of the GT-R. After a decade and a half since the extremely rare Kenmeri was felled by the fuel crisis, the three most iconic letters in Japanese performance were back.
Twenty-seven years later, we can look back at the birth of a legend and marvel at how the E-BNR32 chassis Skyline GT-R tore a hole for itself in history, the right car at the right time. It was a technological powerhouse, an utterly dominant force on the racing circuit, and at the same time relatively common. Made [...]