One of the funniest thing about today’s highly recommended episode of BBC Top Gear was the fact that throughout the epic cross-Japan race that pitted Jeremy Clarkson in a Nissan GT-R against James May and Richard Hammond in a bullet train, Hamster kept calling it a Datsun.
Here’s a super-advanced all-wheel-drive grip monster with dual clutch rear-mounted transmission and a computer interface designed by the creator of Gran Turismo which measures, among other things, your g forces and can run the Nürburgring faster than a Porsche Carrera GT or Koeniegsegg CCR, but it still can’t outrun the name it began export with because the corporate overlords didn’t know if it would succeed or not, Datsun. In fact, a beautiful Datsun 120Y (B210, Sunny) sedan opened the segment. Eagle eyed viewers will remember it as the very car that robbed British Leyland of its honor last season when the Stig put it against the best (or at least middle) of what BL had to offer.
As for the GT-R, we won’t spoil the end for you but it’s a nail-biter when put up against a machine that goes over 200mph and has a yearly lateness average of six seconds. It’s a must-downl– er, see.