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on vidio RB26 vs 2JZ | and WHY the RB26 is MORE ICONIC - ICONIC ENGINES #16


What is up engine heads it's time for iconic engines and today we're talking about one of the most iconic engines ever made. The way it was born and the things that it has achieved have forever cemented it's iconic status in the hall of fame of internal combustion.

The engine I'm talking about is Nissan's RB26 engine. A collection of two letters and two numbers known by virtually every petrol-head on planet earth. Now in today's video we will as always cover the history, specifications and tuning of our engine of choice but in this video we will also be doing something we don't usually do in iconic engines and that is comparing two different engines throughout the video.
Of course you can probably guess what we will be comparing the RB26 with.....yes of course the 2jz
So the official full engine code of our engine is RB26DETT. 26 is obviously the displacement. 2.6 liters. D is DOHC or dual overhead camshaft, E is electronic fuel injection and the two Ts represent the twin turbos fitted to the engine. So what does RB stand for? Some will tell you it's response and balance or even rhythm and balance. In reality it stands for nothing. It's just two letters designating an engine series like SR, VG, JZ or anything else. But despite this I like to think that RB stands for race bred – because it would really be fitting.
To learn where the RB26 comes from we have to look back at the Japanese Touring Car Championship or JTCC. Now throughout its life the Japanese touring car championship would be held under numerous different regulations, including FIA's Group A regulation and would be known under various different names, but it was always Japan's premiere touring car championship, the cream of the crop for touring car racing in Japan, a place where manufacturers could demonstrate the capabilities of their cars and earn the reputation needed to boost sales. Basically the JTCC, later JGTC and finally Super GT was to Japan and much of Asia what DTM was to Germany and Europe.
 

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