FlyRyde Radzilla Nissan GT-R is the LED-er of the Pack [w/ Video]
Although the light-emitting diode (LED for short) has only been in widespread use for the last 15 years or so, the science behind it has been known about since 1927. Of course, when Russian scientist Oleg Losev submitted that key research paper for publication, he probably didn’t envision LEDs being used in so many different applications less than a century later. Yes, some of those applications (e.g. computer displays and TV remotes) didn’t exist in 1927, but the point is it’s unlikely anyone back then envisaged how popular they would someday be.
And the popularity of LEDs is really booming in the automotive sector. Most new cars being introduced seem to have the faster-reacting, longer-lasting little gizmos in their taillights, and the new Mercedes-Benz S-Class uses LEDs exclusively; there’s not a single incandescent or fluorescent bulb illuminating the interior, exterior, under the hood or in the trunk. This highly-customized Nissan GT-R isn’t an all-LED affair, but it certainly has more of them than a stock one.
Created by the folks at FlyRyde – an aftermarket automotive lighting company based in SoCal’s Inland Empire – and dubbed the Radzilla, this wild and white widebody Nissan is a pathological attention grabber in broad daylight. But because GT-Rs with in-your-face body kits and big hoops aren’t unheard of, FlyRyde has given Radzilla some extra glow. The custom “angel eye” headlights can be switched between white and yellow, while the tail lights now feature LED turn signals and reversing lights that can also illuminate in white or yellow.
In addition to the modified headlights and taillights, there are strips of LEDs mounted inside the front and rear fender vents and above the rear diffuser, and the “GTR” lettering inside the front grille and on the rear fascia lights up, too. Bottom line: FlyRyde has made a car that brings its own street lighting wherever it goes, even if “wherever” happens to be hundreds of miles from civilization.