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  1. The social media sign-on is a back-end process that allows you to sign into the site using your Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Microsoft (etc) credentials.  It's a back-end process where our server authenticates with the appropriate cloud service to let you into the site.  It's called SSO, single-sign-on, and used at many other locations.  You can see it when you sign into websites because they have a button (if the service is enabled).  No account data can be seen by myself or other developers because the system authenticates using a secure pathway back to the service provider.  On our site, it simply creates an account and username/password information is handled by the service provider.  

    I'm finding out that it's a lot of work for me to maintain, so I thought it would be good to do a poll.  The SSO system is completely automated after I set up the programming, but these companies all change their code annually.  It can be a pain to maintain long term.  We don't have a staff of programmers to keep it going...   just me.  😉

     

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  2. 5 hours ago, Captain Obvious said:

    You need information in order to form that belief. Get your info from a source at the top of the curve, not down in the fake news weeds on the sides.

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    I wonder if there's an updated version of this chart.  This is from January and I know some of these agencies seem to have moved around a bit.

  3. 4 hours ago, Zed Head said:

    Life is about issues Mike.  A life that only revolved around Z cars would not be very substantial.

    Please remember this is a Z car website.  I do like the original intent of this post was to discuss the virus when it first came out.  Now everyone seems to be an expert and don't want to listen to anyone else.

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    We're all adults here.  We can handle it.

    Good, then I trust everyone in this channel will respect each other.  

  4. Guys I’m thinking we should close this thread. It’s not really related to Zcar’s and seems to be causing some issues. Unless we can learn to accept everyone’s opinion it’s just not worth it to keep going. 

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  5. Confirmed yesterday that vaccinated people can pass COVID to each other.  I didn't get this from any website, I saw it happen.  I'm still seeing a lot of people who are vaccinated thinking they don't have to take precaution.  Take care of yourselves, we aren't out of the woods yet.

  6. The 2023 Nissan Z Drops the Numbers and Boosts the Power

    After over a decade of the 370Z, Nissan is finally revealing its successor, the seventh-generation Z car.

     

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    • The 2023 Nissan Z will drop the numerical portion of its name for the US market.
    • Powering the 2023 Nissan Z is a 400-hp, turbocharged 3.0-liter V6.
    • The new Nissan Z will head toward dealerships in spring of 2022.

    The Nissan Z car is a fixture in the sports car world. The sporty coupe helped put the company on the map when the car launched over 50 years ago. The last 12 of those years have been dominated by Nissan’s long-running 370Z, which itself is an evolution of the 350Z that debuted in 2001. While Nissan’s long-running 370Z proves to still be an interesting and fun sports car today, it’s not exactly a spring chicken. Fortunately for Nissan sports car fans, the seventh generation of Nissan’s Z car is finally here. And it’s no longer prefaced by numbers.

    Set for the 2023 model year, Nissan’s upcoming Z car brings a ton to the table for enthusiasts. Under the succinctly named 2023 Nissan Z’s hood is a 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 that makes 400 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque. If you’re curious about this turbocharged engine, it isn’t exactly new. This VR30DDTT has been in Nissan’s lineup since 2016 under the hoods of the Infiniti Q50 and Q60.

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    That power travels through either a six-speed manual transmission or a nine-speed automatic before hitting the rear wheels. Manual transmission cars are equipped with an Exedy high-performance clutch; automatic-equipped cars come standard with paddle shifters.

    Helping the Z car’s tires stick firmly to the road is a double-wishbone front suspension and a multi-link rear. Nissan says there is an available sport-tuned suspension, but it will obviously cost extra. Standard wheels are 18-inches in diameter and wrapped with 248/45 front and 248/45 rear Yokohama Advan Sport tires. Bringing this all to a halt is a set of 12.6-inch front and 12.1-inch rear rotors that are clamped by two-piston calipers in the front and a single-piston caliper in the rear. Much like the suspension, you can upgrade your brakes, too, and move to the 14.0-inch front and 13.8-inch rear rotors with four- or two-piston calipers, respectively. Steering is now electronically assisted, doing away with the hydraulic system found on the outgoing model.

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    Pulling all of this together is a fresh, new sheetmetal shell. The Nissan Z’s styling isn’t hugely surprising, considering Nissan paraded it around as the Nissan 400Z Proto. The design team borrowed ideas from previous-generation Z cars but shaped them to reflect a more modern look. The headlights, for example, are inspired by the Japan-only Fairlady 240ZG. The taillights are influenced by the legendary Z32 chassis 300ZX.

    Inside, Nissan stuck with its retro-inspired direction and borrowed other pieces from Nissan’s back catalog. Like we saw with the 400Z Proto, sitting atop of the dash is a set of three gauges that show volts, boost pressure, and turbo speed. Moving down from there is an 8.0-inch touchscreen media system. That screen grows to 9.0-inches with Premium-trim Z cars. This center stack design, with three gauge pods sitting at the top, is an element from deep in the Z car legacy. Nissan also replaced the physical gauge cluster in front of the driver with a 12.3-inch thin-film transistor (TFT) screen, which also enables a customizable experience for the driver.
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    Of course, there is also standard safety tech heading to the Z. Automatic emergency braking, blind-spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert, high-beam assist, and intelligent forward collision warning systems all come equipped for no extra cost. Nissan’s intelligent cruise control is also included in the list of convenience features if you plan on doing any commuting in your new Z Car.

    Official pricing for the 2023 Nissan Z is still to be determined, but we expect prices will land slightly north of the 370Z’s $31,000 sticker when it bows in spring 2022.

  7. Credit: Car & Driver - https://www.caranddriver.com/news/g37340288/2023-nissan-z-designer-8-favorite-features/

    Albaisa told us he was smitten by the Z at an early age, and he showed us places where the new Z takes inspiration (or learns from) the earlier models.

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    While the latest chapter in the Nissan Z saga effectively started when the Z Proto first arrived last year, the debut of the production car provides an opportunity to delve further into the new sports car’s details. We spoke to Nissan’s design chief, Alfonso Albaisa, at the reveal of the 2023 Nissan Z, and he gave us the full rundown on the new Z’s stunning design.

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    Nissan’s senior vice president for global design, Alfonso Albaisa, was born in Miami in the 1960s. While today’s Miami is full of influencers showing off in rented Lamborghinis, Albaisa says that the Miami he grew up in was humble. Even the sight of an affordable sports car was an exciting occurrence, and he says that he instantly fell in love when he first spotted a Datsun 240Z. His passion for the Z only increased when his uncle purchased one and picked him up from school in it. Albaisa joined Nissan a couple of decades later, and when he first traveled to the company’s headquarters in Japan he was captivated by a clay modeling buck for the then-unreleased Z32 300ZX. So when it came time for Nissan to redesign the Z for its seventh generation, Albaisa immediately knew which historic Z cars to emulate.

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    One of Albaisa's priorities was for the front edge of the new Z to look as low as possible, moving away from the slightly bulbous look on the front of the outgoing 370Z. But engineers still needed to fit the 3.0-liter V-6 and both of its turbochargers under the aluminum hood, leading Nissan to evoke the 240Z with a raised, Y-shaped hood bulge.

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    Albaisa acknowledged that many people see the rectangular grille as a big, gaping mouth, but he instead envisions it as a hole carved out by the forms in the bodywork. The character line running from the A-pillar past the headlights forms the intake’s outer edges, while the top is bordered by a line swooping beneath the headlights and the front splitter acts as the base of the grille.

     

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    The two split LED arcs within the headlights were designed to imitate the light patterns reflected by the headlight covers on the Japan-only 240Z G, a homologation special for Group 4 racing. Translating the Z Proto’s headlights into production brought packaging challenges, with Nissan squeezing the mandatory orange reflectors into the sides of the already tightly packed headlights and allowing them to retain the striking LED elements.

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    2023 Z and 2019 370Z

    Increasingly stringent safety regulations have made car designers feel “like boxers on their back foot,” Albaisa said, and made it difficult for Nissan to position the head- and taillights as low as they wanted. Albaisa pointed out a 370Z sitting nearby at the reveal, showing how the lights climbed up the front and rear fenders and made the car look too thin and tall. The new Z’s lighting units are horizontally oriented and don’t ascend up the fenders, making the car look lower and wider.

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    When Nissan was first plotting the new Z’s design, Albaisa paid a visit to Peter Brock, who built dominant Datsun track cars with his Brock Racing Enterprises squad in the ‘60s and ‘70s. Albaisa said he “wanted to speak to God,” but the only note that God, or rather Brock, gave him was to “just make it beautiful.” Then Brock’s wife stepped in, saying the motorsport legend was being too polite and that Nissan should “suck the door handles back into the car,” which is how the new Z ended up with its sleek, flush handles.

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    2023 Z and 2019 370Z

    Another key factor in visually lowering the Z is the muscular rear haunches. Compared with the 370Z’s bloated, wide wheel arches, Albaisa created a concave scoop that carved away much of that volume for the new car. The curve of the haunches ends with the outer edge of the wheel well, which sticks out further than before to make the new Z look even more planted than its predecessor.

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    1970 240Z and 2023 Z

    One of the new Z’s subtlest design features is that the top edge of the taillights actually sit lower than top of the headlights. This is uncommon these days, as more and more vehicles adopt trendy fastback or SUV-like body styles, and Albaisa noted that the last Z to have this was the first-generation car that he was smitten with as a child.

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    2023 Z and 1991 300ZX

    The taillights themselves mimic those on the 300ZX of the 1990s, but Albaisa and his team used a clever trick to avoid recreating the chunky rear end of the Z32 300ZX. While the Z includes the 300ZX’s glossy black trim surrounding the actual lamps, Nissan made the black taillight housing much thinner, visually widening and lowering the car. But Nissan also included a character line on the body itself extending down and across the bumper to form a larger rectangle, calling to mind the 300ZX’s blocky rear while appearing more lithe and athletic.

     

  8. Hi all,

    Now that the Z prototype has moved to production status, I've gone through our forums database and created a new forum for discussions around the New Z.  Feel free to use the forum to link news, sightings, opinions, and experiences around the latest Z-car.  Enjoy!

    Mike

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  9. Just noticed a Car & Driver article popped up today.  https://www.caranddriver.com/news/a37304208/2023-nissan-z-revealed/

    Nissan's new Z features an enticing combination of a twin-turbo V-6 engine, a six-speed manual, and a $40,000 base price.

    BY EZRA DYER
     

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    • The new Z—it has no numbers in its name this time—will cost about the same as the 2003 350Z (adjusted for inflation, of course) and rides on the same wheelbase as the 2020 370Z.
    • But it's upped horsepower to 400 hp from a twin-turbo 3.0-liter V-6.
    • Its main target is the Toyota Supra, and it goes on sale next spring.

    When we first tested the 2003 Nissan 350Z, we heralded its unrivaled combination of price and performance. Bringing 287 horsepower for less than $27,000, the reborn Z was an instant hit, re-establishing Nissan as a maker of serious sports cars. Now, almost 20 years later, we’re feeling that same excitement for the next Z car, the 2023 Z. Factoring for inflation, its base price—about $40,000—is that same as that of the 2003 350Z. So is the basic layout, with two seats, rear-wheel drive, and a six-speed manual transmission. But now you get 400 horsepower, from a twin-turbo 3.0-liter V-6. That’s the kind of inflation we can get behind.

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    Built on a much-modified version of the current FM platform and riding on the same 100.4-inch wheelbase as the outgoing 370Z, the new Z—yeah, it’s just "Z" now—uses the VR30DDTT V-6 from the Infiniti Red Sport 400 models. Making 400 horsepower at 6400 rpm and 350 pound-feet of torque from 1600 to 5200 rpm, the sweet 3.0-liter features direct injection and variable valve timing, running up to 14.7 psi of boost. Manual models get a carbon-fiber driveshaft, an EXEDY performance clutch, and automated rev matching on downshifts, while Zs with the nine-speed automatic have aluminum paddle shifters and available launch control.

    When we tested the Z’s four-seat Infiniti cousin, the Q60 Red Sport 400, it ran from zero to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds, and that car had a seven-speed automatic and all-wheel drive. The Z, a full foot shorter than the Q60 and presumably hundreds of pounds lighter, should hound the Toyota Supra 3.0 (zero to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds) in even its base Sport trim.

    Keeping the decisions simple, there are really no stand-alone options among the three trims. The Z Sport is your entry-level model, but it’s not a stripped-out husk built strictly to tout that $40,000 price point. The Z Sport gets the same powertrain as the other Zs, along with a customizable 12.3-inch TFT instrument display, cloth seats with synthetic suede inserts, and a full cadre of safety nannies and driver-assistance gear that any self-respecting Z driver won’t actually need.

    Z Performance models add some interior upgrades, like heated leather seats and an eight-speaker Bose stereo system, two more than the Sport’s audio setup, but most of the package contains actual performance gear: stiffer suspension, a limited-slip differential, and beefier brakes. Up front, four-piston calipers grip 14.0-inch rotors, while the 13.8-inch rear rotors are squeezed by two-piston sliding calipers.

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    The Performance replaces the Sport’s 18-inch wheels with lightweight 19-inch forged Rays wheels wearing staggered Bridgestone Potenza S007 tires, 255s up front and 275s on the rear. Besides the unique wheels and red-painted brake calipers, the Performance trim is visually distinguished by front and rear spoilers and dual exhaust (and perhaps aurally distinguished by its more boisterous muffler, though we’ve yet to hear it). The automatic’s launch control function is also restricted to Performance models.

    Above Performance, and essentially serving as a launch edition, the Proto Spec is a Z Performance wearing the color scheme of the Z Proto concept car—yellow paint, black roof, bronze-colored wheels, and yellow brake calipers. The Wiz Khalifa–approved color scheme continues inside, with black seats and yellow stitching and accents. Manual cars also get a special shift knob. In a nod to the first Z car of them all, Nissan will only build 240 Proto Specs.

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    In another reference to the 240Z, the interior’s center stack features three analog gauges set in a pod angled toward the driver. One is for boost, one is a voltmeter, and the third is a sort of tachometer for the turbochargers. Displaying measured turbine speed, the turbo tach will let the driver know whether the turbos are just loafing at a steady 220,000 rpm or approaching their 240,000-rpm maximum. Other callouts to Zs past include the taillights (shades of the 1990s Z32 300ZX) and the basic long-hood, short-deck proportions.

    Just as in the 1990s, the Supra will be the primary target when the Z goes on sale next spring.

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    But this Z isn’t a shameless retro rehash or a refresh disguised as a new model. What it looks like is a deft melding of the contemporary 370Z's affordability with the GT-R's ferocious turbocharged performance. At this point, the only thing we’re not crazy about is the overly minimalist name. We know that Nissan is trying to look forward, not back, but "300ZX Turbo" has an awfully nice ring to it.

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