Japanese heavy machinery maker IHI Corporation says it has found that thousands of improper inspections were carried out during the process of manufacturing aircraft engine parts.
The company says an in-house investigation uncovered 7,138 cases of misconduct over a two-year period at three of its domestic plants.
One of the most difficult challenges for classic car enthusiasts is limited parts availability. But recently, that's become less of a problem for those restoring past iterations of Nissan's legendary Skyline models.
Just last year, Nissan scored positively among enthusiasts after its Nismo performance division said it would begin reproducing parts for some heritage models. Now, to the further delight of many Nissan lovers, Nismo just announced it will be expanding its heritage parts support even further by putting its legendary RB26 inline six back into production.
Let's not act surprised by an aftermarket kit to put a 2JZ engine into the 2020 Toyota Supra. The new Supra's chief engineer, Tetsuya Tada, already advised anyone planning such a swap to "please buy the four-cylinder. It will be cheaper." What's surprising is that the kit is being advertised before the Supra's even gone on sale, and it's coming from CX Racing. The tuning firm offers a long list of equipment, but it might be most known for selling turbochargers and plumbing on eBay.
The company might also have been surprised by response to the 2JZ swap kit announcement. When CX Racing posted a render of a blue Supra with a blue-hued 2JZ dropped perfectly in the forward bay, naysayers streamed down from the hills. The primary gripe was that the B58, an engine only in production since 2015, hasn't been tuned to its limits, so why "swap in a heavier less efficient engine for the sake of nostalgia?" No one knew the B58 had so many defenders. We won't get the four-cylinder Supra in the U.S., so swaps will put more B58s on the market for those who covet their potential.
The Altima was just redesigned for 2019, and it's significantly different than its predecessor. First introduced in 1992, the midsize sedan slots in-between the larger Maxima and the Sentra in Nissan's car lineup. It's built at Nissan's assembly plant in Smyrna, Tenn. The outgoing Altima is Nissan's third best-selling vehicle.
The brand new Altima offers snazzier looks and some very interesting powertrain options. All-wheel drive is now available, as is a technologically impressive VC-Turbo engine with variable compression for enhanced power and economy. We'll get to all of the new details and features below.