Discontinued Nissans will get needed components through Nismo Heritage Parts
Owners of discontinued Nissan cars in Japan, such as the iconic R32 Skyline GT-R, will be able to obtain parts for their 'Godzilla' as Nissan will use new ways to bring more parts in the Nismo Heritage Parts program.
The new manufacturing technologies include dual-sided dieless forming for body panels, and 3D printing for resin parts.
The Hertitage Parts program is a series of genuine repair and replacement parts for discontinued Nissan performance vehicles, allowing customers to continue to drive their cars for a longer period of time.
In dual-sided dieless forming, a method to produce body panels in low volumes, Nissan enables the molding of complex shapes. It entails the operation of robots that press rod-shaped molding tools onto opposite sides of a steel sheet, to incrementally deform and mold a panel.
With this production method, Nissan plans to produce rear panels for the R32. Nissan has already created prototypes while incorporating the sheet metal knowledge of skilled workers.
It also used dual-sided dieless forming and non-lubricated processing with mirrored diamond-coated tools as a base. Nissan said it has achieved the high-quality standard required for the car parts by working closely with its suppliers.
Meanwhile, the 3D printing technology, jointly developed with Solize Corporation, aims to produce a protector made of resin for the harness in the R32 Skyline. With the harness body supplier’s help, Nissan redesigned the parts and conducted performance tests that use 3D printers.
The benefit of this printing tech is that it allows parts to be commercialized in a shorter span of time.
The Nismo Heritage Parts program, launched in December 2017, has expanded parts delivery from 80 to 300 parts. The parts are produced in collaboration with suppliers by Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Nissan Motor Sports International Co., Ltd., and Autech Japan, Inc.
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