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Canada’s best kept secret until very recently was the Micra Cup, which pitted lightly modified Micras with amateurs at the wheel against each other on some of the country’s biggest tracks. It was hilarious (hence the title, if you were wondering). With the departure of the Micra from the market, though, it was time to move up to the (relatively) massive, (relatively) powerful, and (relatively) racy-looking Sentra.

The new Nissan Sentra Cup is being pitched as an affordable way to get into some low-stakes racing. Launching in May 2021, the series will run for at least three years. Each car will cost 39,990 Canadian dollars ($31,350 USD).

The arrival of the Sentra Cup does not spell the immediate death of the Micra Cup, though. The two cars will race on the same grid, but in different classes. Which should give you a hint as to how powerful the Sentra race car will be.

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The Nissan Sentra’s muscular 2.0L engine has been pumped up to 149 mighty horsepower and a burly 146 lb-ft of torque thanks to new computer management software. That’s 20% more power than the Micra’s puny 1.8L engine could muster.

The car slows down with four-piston calipers, bigger brakes, stainless steel braided brake lines. Adjustable front anti-roll bars, a racing steering wheel with a quick release hub, and a 2-inch wider track all help drivers get around corners of Canada’s race tracks like Canadian Tire Motorsport Park or Mont Tremblant Raceway.

To keep drivers safe during the inevitable incidents, there’s a 6-point roll cage, a racing seat, a six-point harness, a window net, and an electric fire suppression system, all of which is FIA-homologated.

The interior, meanwhile, has been stripped and it sits on lightweight 18”x9” racing wheels. That, along with the 265/645/18 tires and the stainless steel exhaust, should help keep the car light.

If this all sounds like what you’d get in a real race car, it’s because it is. The car itself was designed with the help of Jean-Francois Dumoulin, who raced in NASCAR.

“The new Sentra with its longer wheelbase, wider track and lower center of gravity looks and feels amazing,” said Dumoulin. “The braking capability is truly awesome – this will really help drivers develop their braking technique. We’ll be able to enjoy hard fought battles on track with this added performance, and we are really excited about all the work that has been done, it’s definitely a leap forward for one-make racing.”

Nissan says that the 2021 race schedule will be announced early next year.

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Honda is recalling a touch over 1.4 million vehicles in the United States in relation to three separate issues.

The first and most comprehensive recall impacts 713,233 2018-2020 Accord and Accord Hybrid and 2019-2020 Insight models. According to Honda, the body control module software has a number of issues that could result in inoperable windshield wipers, broken defrosters, non-functioning rearview cameras and exterior lights that don’t turn on.

While the recall involves a large number of cars, all that is needed to rectify the issue is a simple software update. Honda plans to start sending out recall notices on January 18 and isn’t aware of any injuries or crashes related to the issue.

Read Also: 2021 Honda Accord Ditches Manual Gearbox, Gains Minor Updates And Sport Special Edition

The second recall involves Honda Civic Hybrid, 2007-2014 Fit, 2013-2015 Acura ILX, and 2013-2015 Accord models and has been split into two campaigns. The first affects 210,000 Civic Hybrid, Fit, and Acura ILX models that reside in 22 U.S. states where road salt and other contaminants can corrode the driveshafts and cause them to fail. The second involves 220,000 2013-2015 Accords that reside in the same states and use a lubricant on the driveshaft that may damage the protective coating.

Last, but not least, is a recall impacting 268,000 2002-2006 CR-V SUVs. The recall notice reveals that water can get into an open driver’s window and can trigger an electrical short and start a fire. These cars were also recalled in October 2012, but the repairs did not fix the problem.

▲Rolls-Royce的對開或後開式車門設計,成為勞斯萊斯七大設計靈魂之一。

早期很多車款都採用「對開式車門」或「後開式車門」,時至今日僅Rolls-Royce堅持此一家族設計,並且和「飛行女神」等重要元素同列為勞斯萊斯七大設計靈魂!不過對開車門或後開車門並非勞斯萊斯的專利,因此許多概念車都採用對開車門滿足視覺系,停產的Mini Clubman、BMW i3、Mazda RX-8以及還在生產的Ford Ranger職人版等市售車款也都使用這樣的設計,但是為何多數車廠放棄?這要從「Suicide Door」自殺門說起…

▲▲美觀、帥氣都是對開式車門的優點,但後座乘客上下車的便利性更是重點。

對開或後開式車門有許多優點,如乘客或駕駛上下車很便利,尤其對於身材高大的人來說,後開車門讓足部移動空間更自由不受阻礙,勞斯萊斯進一步將對開車門的開啟角度提升至接近90度垂直,再加上電動開啟與關閉功能,讓乘客上下車更為便利,整體來看不但美觀、霸氣、獨樹一格,便利性更是車主津津樂道之事,畢竟八、九成買家都坐後座最清楚。

但「自殺門」又是怎麼一回事?首先後開式車門流行的年代,安全帶使用觀念欠佳(Volvo三點式安全帶還未發明),防止乘客滾出車外的唯一保障就是「車門」,至於乘客怎會滾出車外?當然不只是睡著,還有車輛高速行駛的顛簸問題,以及最容易發生的「過彎甩出去」,畢竟早期的道路品質、車輛穩定性都不能和今日的車款相比。

當然不只是後開車門有危險性,前開車門在高速過彎時,如因乘客擠壓導致車門自動開啟,同樣會出現「空中飛人」的悲劇,只是後開式車門發生的機率更高!原因何在?

首先早期車輛的車門支撐結構就是一片薄薄軟軟的鈑金,沒有今日粗壯紮實的硼鋼防撞樑,也沒有高剛性鋼材或是結構力學設計,可以想像早期的車門就是脆弱、容易變形,加上車體剛性欠佳、車門索設計兩光,在車內用腳一踹通常都能踢開!至於今日的新車…您可以踹踹看,相信一般人沒有這個能耐!

▲早期車輛經常見到後開車門設計,但是「薄車門、低剛性」容易發生「半路自動開啟」之疑慮!圖片源自維京百科。

▲即便是2+2座,勞斯萊斯依然堅持家族式後開傳統。

既然如此,那危險因子不只後開車門,前開車門不也一樣!沒錯,只不過在高速行駛狀態下,後開式車門的慣性乃是呈現「開啟」動態,前開式車門則是「關閉」動態。

試想,將一輛車的車門呈現半開啟狀態,車輛行駛後,前開式車門會以關閉的動態闔上,後開式車門則會「越開越大」!因此早期的後開式車門設計,在行駛狀態下,車身壓過幾個坑洞後,車門可能就自動彈開,而且這麼一開就是「全開」,再加上慣性與風阻,行駛狀態想要把車門拉回來談何容易,更何況早期的後開式車門一旦高速自動開啟後,多半都是整個車門「噴飛」!因為安全性的理由,所以車廠漸漸將後開車門改為前開設計。

不過早期仍有某些「特定」人士非常愛用對開式車門,比如說黑幫!火拼瞬間機動性高,抽出棍棒或大型衝鋒槍掃射比較不受阻礙!

那為何勞斯萊斯堅持對開與後開車門設計?因為結構紮實,從未出現「自殺」問題或疑慮!如果真的發生,那就是存心自殺而不是車輛結構或品質問題!

因對開式車門確實具備某種實用性,所以近期發表的Mazda MX-30、Fiat 500電動車都向「對開式車門」致敬!

▲Mercedes-Benz經典越野車G-Class也加入對開車門的行列?!有興趣的讀者可參考以下連結。

《HOFELE-Design》將《G-Class》改成勞斯萊斯對開車門《Ultimate HG》開門瞬間通殺!

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