Apr 29, 2008

RentaGTR


From GT-R Blog

Koei-K rent a car in Japan now has an R35 GT-R that they will be renting out. No word on pricing, or even if they would rent it out to Gaijin. Pretty sure this car will end up like the other few GT-R's that have hit solid objects. Nose in.

Rental cars are the fastest cars on Earth.

Apr 28, 2008

Nissan Engineers Argue Horsepower with Motor Trend

Motor Trend Blog

"Nissan engineers insist the GT-R really does only have 480hp. Motohiro Matsumura, president of Nissan Technical Center North America, Inc. in Farmington Hills, Michigan, says our dyno test story which revealed the GT-R develops 430hp at the wheels is basically right. But he insists our estimate of a minimum 15 percent friction losses -- which suggests the GT-R is making 507hp -- is wrong. Matsumura-san says ultra-low friction bearings in the wheel hubs and transmission, plus the careful alignment of the all-wheel drive system's propshafts, mean friction losses are reduced to an unprecedented 10 percent or so. We're going to get a GT-R back and conduct some coast-down tests to see if he's right."

Its funny how much Nissan tries to deny the horsepower of the car. The hard line is we beat the other cars with technology, not horsepower.

Jay Leno drives 2009 R35 GT-R

Jay Leno

Detroit News - Nissan Upsets the Sports Car Order


Detroit News
"The first time I thought I had driven too fast into a corner in Nissan's new GT-R, I realized this was not just another high-powered sports car. Instead of plowing toward the outside of the turn, or spitting out its tail, the 2009 GT-R simply hunkered down, gripped harder and saved me from embarrassment with a minimum of drama."

"That said, the Nissan costs just $70,000 -- a little over half the price of a 911 Turbo -- and a fraction of the cost of a Ferrari or other Italian exotic.

Judged purely from a performance and handling perspective, the contest between the GT-R and a 911, or a Corvette, is fairly easy to decide in favor of the Nissan. But aesthetically, the decision is much harder.

In any case, Nissan only plans to sell 2,000 GT-Rs in the U.S. this year, which is well below the typical annual volume achieved here by either the Corvette or the 911. The Nissan's real achievement will be a dramatic resetting of the performance and handling benchmarks for today's top sports cars. "

Apr 27, 2008

7tune.com -More R35 GT-R Vspec Details

7tune.com

"Best Car sheds even more light on the Nissan GT-R Spec V…

Back on April 7th a development team from Nissan Japan arrived at Nurburgring in Germany to commence testing of the GT-R Spec V with the intent of lapping the famous circuit around the 7 to 8 minute mark. The test car featured carbon brake disks and larger silver 6-piston brake calipers, which along with some RAYS Engineering 20 inch alloy wheels, redesigned carbon front lip spoiler and carbon rear spoiler combined to produce a level of grip and stopping power a step above the standard GT-R. Just prior to this in mid-March, the Spec V test car was seen running at Sendai Highland circuit undergoing rigorous braking tests from very high speed in order to prepare the car for the Nurburgring tests

At around 4pm on April 8th and with unfavorable conditions, the GT-R Spec V produced a lap time (recorded by observers) at the ‘Ring of 7 minutes 25 seconds. The target time for the Spec V was a slightly more optimistic 7 minutes 20 seconds but with a damp track this wasn’t to be realized. To put it into perspective, last year Walter Rohrl piloted a Porsche 997 GT2 at the same track and completed a lap time of 7 minutes 32 seconds, some seven seconds slower than the Spec V. Even more surprising is the gap in lap times between the standard GT-R and the Spec V, the regular model posting a thirteen second slower lap time at 7 minutes 38 seconds. Spec V test driver Toshio Suzuki suggests that given the right conditions the Spec V could very well produce a lap time that could “blow ones mind”. Following the April 8th tests the GT-R Spec V was taken from the Nurburgring circuit temporarily and switched to general road tests.

It has been pointed out that in order to prevent warping of the hood at high speeds of around 300km/h, it was necessary when designing the R35 GT-R to incorporate its now trademark ‘winglets’ on either side of the front bumper. These winglets are still visible on the GT-R Spec V and have not yet made way for the two air intakes we mentioned in our previous article. The front lip spoiler and rear wing are still undergoing tests to achieve excellent front and rear balance but in order to keep drag to a minimum they are unlikely to be changed much from their present design.

A source close to the Nissan development team has confirmed that the Spec V has an unladen weight of 1590kg and a power output of 550ps, but made no mention of an ‘over boost’ function as reported in our previous article. A power improvement of 80ps and a weight reduction of 150kg puts the power to weight ratio at 2.89kg/ps which puts the GT-R Spec V in another league. These figures will likely help the Spec V achieve a ten second 0 - 400m time, a good improvement over the already quick 11.6 second quarter mile of the standard car.

We’ve also got some new information concerning parts you can’t see from the photos of the Spec V.:

The rear diffuser has been changed to a carbon fiber item with a NACA duct added as an exit point for heat that builds up towards the rear of the exhaust.
A stainless steel exhaust system has been used until now to check for signs of weakness in the structure of the exhaust system and points of extreme high temperature. This will be changed to a more heat resistant and lighter titanium item in keeping with the Spec V’s weight reduction plan.
Will debut in October this year.
With the abundant use of carbon fiber and titanium we can expect the Spec V to sell at around 13,000,000 yen."

The regular GT-R already has a carbon fiber rear diffuser with NACA ducts in it. You can always only take most of this information with a grain of salt. I still think we are going to see a car thats about 150 lbs lighter , and about 40 hp up on the regular GT-R. If its going to actually be about $130k though, thats a bit more than the ZR1. I think the actual target is the ZR1 at around $100k. For that 100k, you will see less technology, and more weight. If they need a stronger car in a few years, they will lose more weight and gain more power with some other special edition of the GT-R. That is, if the money makes sense, and the world doesn't switch over to all electric cars in the next few years.

I refuse to call it a SpecV.

Mines R35 GT-R Super Catalyzer II


Mines Blog

"Current legislation requires that all vehicles are fitted with a catalyzer
to reduce emissions and protect the environment.
Since the R35 stock catalyzer is authorized as a low emission one
even if it has the sport engine that the exhaust amount is 3.8L,
it naturally increases the exhaust resistance.

On the contrary, Mine’s Super Catalyzer II for R35 GT-R is totally compatible
with the sport engine’s performance and also completes the purification action

Suitable Model: R35 GT-R VR38DETT
Exhaust gas certificate included
Material: Stainless
Main Pipe diameter: φ70 x 2 → φ80
Unit Price: 218,000 yen"

I have to look and see what they claim for a horsepower increase. Something like this is not legal to replace in the US on an emissions controlled vehicle.

Apr 24, 2008

2009 Corvette ZR1 : 638 Horsepowers


Edmunds Inside Line

Yes there is an extra "s" in horsepower. If the number is 638, it should be horsepowers.

"That makes the ZR1 easily the most powerful vehicle General Motors has ever produced and puts the king of Corvettes into a mighty exclusive club. The ZR1 essentially matches the output of the Lamborghini Murcielago LP640 and trails the extra-extreme limited-edition Ferrari Enzo by only a smidge. Perhaps, just as important to Chevrolet, is that the ZR1 brings 38 hp more to the American-car smackdown than the new Dodge Viper."

Pay attention to the next quote...

"Notably absent from the press release was any boasting about the ZR1 being able to take the production-car lap record at the Nürburgring — something GM had earlier claimed."

I had heard GM blew up a couple cars trying to get under the record. Rumors, but sometimes those rumors have more truth than rumor in them. I wonder what the lap time was ? Maybe they are still trying, or maybe "Nurburgring lap times are not important". We will see what comes in the coming months

Motor Authority Spy Video R35 GT-R Vspec at Nurburgring

Motor Authority

" This latest video shows the car as it undergoes testing and reveals a number of important clues about the new model. The key difference between this latest prototype and the stock GT-R is the new front bumper with additional cooling intakes in the integrated lip spoiler. Other changes include racing-style alloy wheels and new brake calipers – possibly with new carbon-ceramic discs."
"Previous generations of the Skyline GT-R, including the R32 up until the R34, included high-performance models dubbed V-spec previously. The cars featured improved brake packages, lowered suspension, and plenty of carbon-fiber and aluminum, and the latest generation is expected to be no different. Already there are rumors the car will develop up to 550hp and could weigh 250kg less than the portly standard model."

Apr 23, 2008

Nissan to sell R35 GT-R in China

From Bloomberg
"Toyota increased global production 6.9 percent to 8.7 million vehicles in the year ended March 31, and Honda's output rose 6.8 percent to 3.96 million vehicles, the companies said in separate statements today. Nissan Motor Co., Japan's third- largest automaker, raised production 9.6 percent to 3.51 million vehicles."

"Nissan will also start selling the GT-R sports car in China next year as luxury car sales surge."

As the US market, and Japanese market slows, sales in emergeing markets increases. Interesting shifts in the world.

Apr 22, 2008

This is what a really pissed off R32 GT-R Sounds like

Its not an R35 GT-R, but its a GT-R, and its pissed off. Wakita and Kenny from Blast Racing. Tuning Johns R32 GT-R. 2.8 , GT42R. Motec, all that. 967 whp on this pull. Peaking at 39 psi, dropping to about 35 psi.

Presenting the Supercar for Anyone, Anytime, Anywhere


Nissan USA email.

Driving is serious business and requires your full attention. At all times, obey traffic laws. Not intended for unpaved, off-road use. **"As shown" $72,850 MSRP. MSRP excludes destination and handling charge, tax, title, license and options. Dealer sets actual price. Nissan reserves the right to make changes to prices at any time without notice. See dealer for details. Always wear your seat belt, and please don’t drink and drive. ©2008 Nissan North America Inc.

They called it a Supercar, not me. I signed up to be on the GT-R mailing list from Nissan NA's website.

Apr 21, 2008

HKS Kansai true twin exhaust for R35 GT-R



HKS Kansai via NAGTROC

Finally, a true dual twin exhaust for the R35 GT-R. Get rid of that stock cluster. I don't know why people feel they have to copy the stock setup exactly.

HKS Kansai always has some really nice parts.

Import Tuner drives the R35 GT-R


Carter, great open faced helmet. They make closed face helmets for a reason.
Import Tuner Blog

"Undeniably the most significant Japanese OE launch in the US since the very same company dropped the 240Z, the 2009 Nissan GT-R will once again redefine how Americans, scratch that, the world will look at imports. Me? Screw global perceptions, I can’t believe I drove the new GT-R.
"

I kid, I kid. Carter is an R33 GT-R owner. Before his current R33, he had an R32 GT-R. Both his GT-R's came from Motorex, long ago, in a galaxy far far away.

Just sell that 1:1 scale model you have of a JGTC Supra.

Maisto working on 1/24th scale R35 GT-R


Maisto Blog
"April 18: I’ve filled out our Product Development Request (PDR) forms for each of the GT-R models that we’ll be making. These forms give the details about the scale, line name, features, etc. as well as business information such as the projected quantity to be made. The forms were signed off by the U.S. people involved and will be hand-carried to our headquarters office in Hong Kong this weekend. There, the forms will be reviewed and additional information such as pricing and the estimated retail availability date will be added."

GT-R toys. I have a lot of GT-R toys.

Apr 20, 2008

Mines Eibach Springs for R35 GT-R


Mines Blog
"This is fully designed for R35 GT-R with our confidence and pride.

It provides a stable and yet comfortable ride by considering
mainly the street use with the sufficient amount of stroke.

Furthermore, by using a tube isolator
the unpleasant spring sound of the standard suspension
is greatly reduced.

Variable rate spring
Tube isolator attached

Vehicle height (compared to the normal)
Front : -15~-20mm
Rear : -10~-15mm

Unit Price: 66,000 yen for a set"

They come with rubbers to make them quieter. About 3/4 inch lower in the front about 1/2 inch lower in the rear. Lower is better.

Apr 18, 2008

Online R35 GT-R parts diagrams


From Nagtroc

For all us real nerds that like to look at the parts diagrams. Online already.

GTC R35 GT-R on Top Gear test track

The GTC R35 GT-R at the Dunsfold test track. AKA Top Gear test track. Ben from GTC is being tight lipped about the track times. GTC
PERFORMANCE TUNING PARTS SUPER DISTRIBUTOR
Tel: +44 1438 833367 Fax: +44 1438833590 Mob: +447970646620

I wonder how fast it ran the track ? I wonder.

Apr 17, 2008

Mines R35 GT-R FNF4


Just as I was sitting down to eat my wonderful Bakers lunch/dinner tonight, I got a call from one of the guys I know on Fast and Furious 4. They had an R34 GT-R that was having some issues starting. He asked if I could come quick to have a look at the car since the movie can't afford to have cars not to working correctly. I finished off my dinner and hit the road. About two minutes into the drive I got another call , "Bring your laptop".

Well thats not good. My laptop is in Long Beach. The Grid Datascan cable is in City of Industry. Not really on the way. My guy said: "I told them you would be there in about 45 minutes."

No way to get the laptop, the cable and make it to downtown in under about two hours. Forget the laptop, I will just go and check the car out. About 50 minutes later I was parked in the parking structure under the driving range in K-Town.

When I got to the level where they were filming, one of the first cars I noticed was the Mines R35 GT-R. I went and found a couple of the picture car guys. Had a quick look at the car. Nothing too major wrong with the R34. I hung around for a few minutes. Took a quick snap of the Mines R35 with the wonderful Treo at 2x for fine pixelization, and left for home.

Donut King R35 GT-R gets crunched


From GT-R Blog.

The pink R35 GT-R from Donut King has retired from the Targa Tasmania. They had an off at the Sideling stage that punchured the two front tires and damaged a rear wheel. The offical word on the car dropping out of the event is suspension problems.

Suspension problems, probably a bent arm or two from the off. If you can't get the wheels to be straight again, the handling gets really difficult.

Apr 16, 2008

RH9 ECU - 309 km/hr


From GTR.co.uk

192 mph.

Thats pretty fast.

R35 GT-R turbo specifications

GTR UK Forums

Turbocharger is an IHI RHF55 same as MY06 STi Impreza

Turbocharger Type RHF55
Turbine Blade no. 11
Compressor Blade no. 6 + 6
Turbine Rotor Size 53mm / 48mm
Compressor Rotor Size 60mm / 46.5mm
Max. Turbine Speed 165000 rpm
Wastegate Open Press. 78 kPa
A/R Ratio 15
Compressor seal material Synthetic mica + Teflon
Bearing Type Floating Metal Bearing
Hey real specs, not just me peering in one end of a turbo.

684 hp Vspec R35 GT-R ?

Its funny how wrong information can be repeated. I saw the first Australian article that made the claim of 510KW - 684 hp, and I dismissed it. No way the car is going to be sold as nearly 700 hp. However, it seems to have gotten picked up a few places for people to argue about.

150 lbs becomes 150 kg. 510 hp becomes 510 KW. Conversions are kicking everyones ass. Especially since they are only speculated numbers. The real numbers will probably be something closer to 150-200 lbs lighter and probably another claimed 30 horsepower, or about 510 hp claimed.

The new Nissan GT-R doesn't land in Australia until early 2009, but the Japanese car maker is already working on a lighter and more powerful version If the new Nissan GT-R’s 353kW isn’t enough for you, wait until the debut of the GT-R V-spec, which promises 510kW of power courtesy of an increase in boost for the twin-turbo V6 engine.

Caught here at the Nurburgring test track in Germany, the GT-R V-spec has been set a target lap goal of under seven minutes and 25 seconds for the tricky, demanding circuit. That's 18 seconds faster than the cooking GT-R that is already quicker than a Porsche 911 Turbo.

The GT-R V-spec is also rumoured to have shaved 150 kilos off its (admittedly hefty) 1740kg kerb weight by the use of carbonfibre body panels and lighter, more effective carbon-ceramic brakes.

Those stoppers are fed cool air via a revised front splitter that boasts several new air intakes.

Gran Turismo - Top Gear Interview with Kazunori Yamauchi


Top Gear

"Next to them, the GT-R is the ugly duckling among the swans. But it's still a special car for us. For a start, we were involved in the car's development [Kazunori worked on the in-car information screens, and was given a GT-R for his efforts], and the timing of the game and the car have run closely together. So we were always going to be partial to it."

The GT-R is one of 71 cars in GT5 Prologue, each recreated in terrifyingly accurate detail. 'Lifelike' is a term bandied round too readily in the gaming world, but trust me: Prologue is worryingly, flinchingly realistic.

As we told you back in October, you'll be able to take on the famed corners of the Hammerhead, Gambon and the rest - something Kazunori is relishing. "I'm all set to drive the Top Gear test track," he says with a competitive glint in his eye. "I'll be out to win, even if I'm up against the Stig."

Beating the Stig in his own backyard? Car geek or not, that's quite a challenge. Roll on GT5...

Edmunds - Inside Line - GT-R Vspec Video at Nurburgring

Edmunds Inside Line

Head on over to Edmunds Inside Line to watch some video of the 2010 Nissan R35 GT-R Vspec at Nurburgring. I don't think you are going to see any real solid numbers on this car, until GM lays down the number with a ZR1. Once the ZR1 shows its hand, the Vspec will one up it at the track. Expect to see this. The ZR1, according to GM will be the fastest production car on any track, I think Nissan wants to check them on that statement. I think they have enough in reserve to easily do any number the ZR1 will do.

Los Angeles Times article - R35 GT-R

You have to love the start of this article -
"I know what you want from me. You think I'm just your little word slut, that I'm here just to arouse you with steamy descriptions of the new and instantly legendary Nissan GT-R. "

Dan Neil doesn't seem to like the car much. Thats ok though. Not everyone has, or needs to like it. The new car is like what I said about the earlier cars, "really easy to drive fast". I always said that most people would be faster in a GT-R on the track than they would be in another car. They always did a lot of things right, and made the drivers out to be better than they really were. A ten tenths driver, pro driver will be faster in other cars, but for ease to drive, the GT-R was a great car. When its easy to drive, you can drive faster as you have more confidence.

"On the day I drove the car at Fernley Raceway, near Reno, testers were getting 0-60 mph launches in the 3.1-second range. That's as quick as any car I've ever driven."

"So, what's the problem? It's not really a problem, just a matter of character. This car has been engineered to produce astonishing performance numbers, specifically around the Nürburgring, when driven by the finest drivers in the world. Driven by something less than the finest drivers in the world -- and that would include me -- the margins of safety and control are so broad that it actually makes the car uninvolving. Say what you want about the Porsche GT2: when you drive that car hard, you're in the fight for your existential soul. You are hanging on for a life made ever more dear by the peril."

Apr 15, 2008

Nissan GT-R CGI video

This is the Directors Cut version of the Nissan GTR launch. The entire production is CGI created by the hardest working studio in the business, With A Twist.

Targa Newfoundland


I get an email one day asking about R35 GT-R ECU's. A guy is relaying some information to a guy in New Zealand that has an R35. The guy - Mike - also starts asking me some technical questions about an R32 GT-R, tells me he runs a website called Imported Vehicle Owners Association of Canada and that he is planning on running the Targa Newfoundland September 13-20, 2008. He asks me if I want to participate with him.

I have been thinking about it. He offered to let me drive if I want. I could either drive or navigate. I have navigated before in Open Road Racing. Watching a computer, and reading out pace notes at 125 mph in a GMC Typhoon.

So, I was really thinking about it yesterday. I talked to Mike on the phone for a while. Kind of interesting, he is a Kiwi also. He moved to Canada when he was 7 years old in 1981. I moved to the US in 1980 when I was 5 years old. Thinking about the event. Thinking about the time it takes. Thinking about how much money I will spend to do this. I figure it will cost me about $4k-$5k just to tag along in any capacity. Plane flights, food, lodging, safety gear. Making up for other gaps. Probably a few parts here and there.

I ate lunch at Panda Express, and when I opened the fortune cookie, it says " Yes, Do it with confidence."

The fortune cookie tells me to do it. And really, who questions a fortune cookie.

I heard a rumor about an R35 GT-R and Targa Newfoundland. Just a rumor though.

Targa Tasmania - Donut King R35 GT-R


From GTR Blog and Rally Results

Last night I was checking out the results from the prologue stage. The Donunt King R35 GT-R is competing in the modern competition class. One of about ten Nissan GT-R's in the Targa this year. There are more Nissan Skyline GT-R N1's listed than probably raced together at times.

Setting the pace was a Porsche Turbo that did the Prologue stage in 3:12 followed two seconds later by a Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggra , and four seconds later by a Porsche GT2. The Donut King R35 GT-R came in 14th place with a 3:22.

Apr 14, 2008

Mines R35 GT-R in the US



From Erics Blog

I had heard the Mines R35 was coming. Then I heard it wasn't coming. Then I heard it was ready to ship. Then I heard it was not coming for sure, then I see these pics. I guess one of the cars is here. Mines is looking to get a little more serious in the US market. Is Mines ready for the US Market?

From my past experience with small Japanese companies, they can not usually translate/ figure out how the US aftermarket parts business works. They can not get with the whole network and distribution of parts that exists in the US. They either don't offer a good enough discount for shops to make money, or they artificially inflate their prices to make the discount structure look closer to what people are demanding for pricing. The weak US dollar makes most of the Mines parts a real hard sale in the US. Good luck to them. They will need it with companies like Cobb Tuning working on parts with their own R35 GT-R.

R35 GT-R Vspec Interior shots



From Nagtroc

Carbon fiber seats, some carbon fiber style trim is visible.

We will have to see if carbon fiber seats will actually make it to the US. The seats are a hint of what is perhaps underneath this car. Hopefully Nissan is able to meet its weight and Nurburgring time goals with this variation of the Nissan GT-R.

Apr 11, 2008

R35 GT-R Delays in Japan

From Nagtroc
Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
17-1, 6 chome, Chuou-ku, Ginza
Tokyo Japan
www.nissan.co.jp

Dear Valued Nissan GT-R customers,

Thank you very much for purchasing Nissan GT-R. We deeply apologize for the late delivery of the Nissan GT-R.

The reason of the delay is due to the decrease in production of the Nissan GT-R model caused by the shortage of the special crutch for the transmission manufactured by the American maker.

Nissan GT-R is featured in the magazine and Internet, and getting excellent reputation in the market. In order to produce remarkably smooth and fast pick-up high speed as well as the powerful resistance in driving, the special crutch is required with the guaranteed high level of precision and function, which are far different from those for standard continental cars. Unfortunately, the delivery shortage of 50 ~ 200 vehicles / month is caused by the limited capacity of the current manufacturer’s production started since last year.

Maintaining the standard of quality of function and trust to all the customers is the Nissan GT-R’s the first priority. We guarantee the quality and precision in every production process with strict inspection. This is also the reason for the delay in delivery. There is absolutely no other factor of defect.

In addition, the manufacturer is in the progress of expanding its production plant urgently. It is planned to start production in March or April. Once the new plant is opened, the production will be on schedule.

We, again, would like to apologize for the inconvenience caused by the late delivery of the Nissan GT-R. We seek the customer’s understanding about the situation.

Thank you for continues support to Nissan GT-R at the moment and in the future.

Sincerely yours,

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
2nd Project Group
Chief Vehicle Engineer and
Chief Product Specialist

June, July, August , September. When are we going to see the first production cars in the US ? This is a literal translation, so R's and L's , B's and V's get transposed.

Apr 10, 2008

A couple of pictures from Universal City Nissan R35 GT-R event

More wonderful pictures taken with my Treo. I had a good camera with me, and forgot completely about it till I was writing this right now.

Thanks to the guys from SP Engineering , Carter from Import Tuner, Ken , and Josh from RB Motorsports for showing up with their GT-R's.





Apr 9, 2008

GT-R Event at Universal City Nissan - April 9th - today

April 9th at Universal City Nissan in Los Angeles, there will be a GT-R event. US version R35 GT-R , JDM R35 GT-R, plus heritage GT-R's , Z's , and exotics.

It will be from 5 pm - 9pm. Everyone is welcome. GT-R owners please contact me with your information,so I can secure VIP parking.


tyndago@gmail.com

Come on out if you can.

Cobb Tuning R35 GT-R at Performance Nissan


Cobb Blog Nice photo. Eric said he was out there with Cosworth, and not that many people showed up.

Apr 8, 2008

Nissan Canada Announces R35 GT-R Dealers

MISSISSAUGA, ON, April 8 /CNW/ - Nissan Canada Inc. (NCI) today announced
dealerships authorized to participate in the GT-R Retail Program. Before
receiving GT-R certification, dealerships must meet requirements in staffing,
training, tooling and facility.
The 2009 GT-R is available for purchase this summer and retails for
$81,900. One model will be offered in Canada in six colours, and will include
an 11-speaker customized Bose Audio system, standard Navigation and Z-rated
performance tires.
Twenty dealerships across Canada will participate including dealers in
Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Edmonton and Calgary.

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About Nissan Canada Inc.

Nissan Canada Inc. is the Canadian sales, marketing and distribution
subsidiary of Nissan Motor Limited and Nissan North America, Inc. With offices
in Vancouver (BC), Mississauga (ON), and Kirkland (QC), Nissan Canada directly
employs 290 staff, while 147 independent businesses hold exclusive Nissan
dealership franchises and 29 hold Infiniti franchises. More information can be
found online at www.nissan.ca and www.infiniti.ca

Not so many dealers in Canadia

7:25 at the 'Ring ?


Car Magazine

Nissan GT-R not fast enough? The company is preparing a harder performance version badged V-Spec - reawakening the 'Victory spec' designation that has long denoted the ultimate GT-R models since the R32.

This prototype, photographed lapping the Nurburgring during an endurance shakedown, has a new front splitter, different wheels and a redesigned rear spoiler from the standard car. Nissan is rumoured to be using carbonfibre for more body parts to trim weight, while power is expected to jump compared with the regular R35's 473bhp

They say its 18 seconds faster around the ring than the regular GT-R. The tire on it looks like a true R compound to my eye.

Apr 4, 2008

Nitto 20 Inch Drag Radials


Nittos NT555R. The Worlds first 20 inch drag radial. They come in a 275/40/20(28.66 tall) and a 305/35/20(28.40 tall). The tires are a little taller than the stock run flats. The stock GT-R sizes are 255/40/20(28.03 tall) and 285/35/20(27.85 tall). They seem like they should work out as a set on a new GT-R.

I liked the NT555R. I ran a set of them on my Typhoon, and later on my Syclone. They also work out 1/2 way ok on a road course. Well at least on the Typhoon and Syclone they worked out OK. Probably not enough sidewall for some people, and not stiff enough sidewall, but the grip provided by the tire kind of makes up for a little softer sidewall.

Apr 3, 2008

California: Police Raid Car Enthusiast Gathering, Generate Revenue


the newspaper.com

Go over to Autoblog and make some comments.

Police raid Riverside, California parking lot to issue modified car tickets at local car enthusiast gathering.

Using $503,000 in federal and state gas tax revenue to pay for overtime, nine police agencies in Riverside, California sent more than one hundred police officers to surround a gathering of automotive enthusiasts. Owners of imported sport compact cars had gathered at the Canyon Crossing shopping center on Friday night to swap stories, talk about their passion for cars and show off the latest enhancements to their rides. At around 11pm police surprised participants by blocking all exits with fifty police cruisers. Officers then began a warrantless search and interrogation operation of the 150 vehicles that were present.

"If you're not into street racing, why would you need that?" Riverside Police Traffic Sergeant Skip Showalter asked an enthusiast during a similar crackdown last year. "Why would you want more power going to your car?"

Police issued a total of forty-eight tickets for "engine modifications" with police accusing the owners of the parked vehicles of being street racers. Another fifty tickets were issued for paperwork violations, dark window tinting and lack of a front license plate. The most revenue, however, will be generated from the fees imposed on twenty vehicles that were confiscated. Despite labeling the parking lot raid as taking place at a "street racing venue," Riverside Police offered no evidence that any street racing actually took place.

Across the state, gas tax funds are regularly used to fund similar crackdowns that generate big revenue. In 2004, the California Highway Patrol issued a total of 101,553 "modified car" citations worth $10.5 million according to CHP data obtained by TheNewspaper.

Other law enforcement agencies participating in Friday night's raid included the California Highway Patrol, Riverside County Sheriff's Department, and police from Baldwin Park, Fontana, Irwindale, Moreno Valley, Ontario and Mount San Jacinto Community College.

NWA said it best.

Apr 2, 2008

Motor Trend - R35 GT-R Handling Tests


Motor Trend

Stopping, turning, and figure eights, all at pretty decent times and figures.

Structural rigidity at the rear is improved as a running change to all GT-Rs concurrent with the launch of the cars bound for the U.S. According to Nissan senior project engineer Bruce Robinson, this change improved steering feel and allowed the spring rates to be backed off just a bit, improving ride quality slightly.
Figure-8 time At avg g Skidpad g
Porsche GT2 22.90 sec 0.90 g 1.10 g
Mosler MT900 Photon 23.30 0.90 1.07
Saleen S7 Twin Turbo 23.41 0.90 0.99
Porsche Carrera GT 23.80 0.86 0.99
Porsche 911 GT3 RS 23.90 0.81 1.05
Lamborghini Murcielago LP640 23.90 0.84 1.05
Dodge Viper SRT-10 23.90 0.86 1.05
Ariel Atom 24.30 0.79 1.04
Nissan GT-R 24.30 0.81 0.97

GT-R Collection


From GT-R Blog

For April, new GT-R labeled items for you to spend your money on. However all these items are only available in Japan, or from the Nissan Japan online store. So, brush up on your Japanese, and get your credit card ready.

* GT-R full carbon fiber briefcase (new design)
* GT-R logo’d mobile phone strap
* GT-R logo’d wallet (New style, colored logo)
* GT-R logo’d credit card holder (New style, coloued logo)
* GT-R logo pin
* GT-R pin available in each car color
* GT-R stretch fit t-shirt (long and short sleeved)
* GT-R cap, leather and carbon look

I hope your credit card is pretty buff,the briefcase price looks like 500,000 yen. At current exchange rates - $5020.

GT-R Online Store -Japan

26 years of Tsukuba Testing - R35 GT-R on top

Nihon Car

Japanese magazine Car Top recently published an interesting article about the last 26 years of time attack made by 100% stock vehicles at Tsukuba and the standings reveal a couple surprises...

Overall general standings:

1- Nissan GT-R (R35) : 1'02"143
2- Nissan Skyline GT-R Vspec (BCNR33) : 1'03"58
3- Porsche 911 Turbo (2007-2008 ) : 1'04"12
4- Lamborghini Gallardo (6MT) : 1"04"14
5- Impreza WRX STI Spec C (2006) : 1'04"17
6- NSX Type-R : 1'04"20
7- Lancer Evolution VIII MR RS : 1'04"40
8- Nissan Skyline GT-R Vspec (BNR34) : 1'04"55
9- Impreza WRX STI spec C (2002) : 1'04"63
10- Lamborghini Gallardo (eGear) : 1'04"63

I don't believe that 1:03 for an R33 for a second. An R34 is a faster car on a track than an R33.This Best Motoring lap time comparison shows the R34 to be a couple seconds quicker than the R33 GT-R

Apr 1, 2008

In Car from Exhaust Note.com - R35 GT-R

Exhaustnote.com

Steve Millen driving. I wonder if Tyrone had to change his underwear after this ride.

How Godzilla Got its Name


Motor Trend

I was working in the office of Australia's Wheels magazine in mid-1989 when Nissan first revealed details of its all-new Skyline GT-R. Back then the car, now known mostly by its Nissan internal codename as the R32 GT-R, seemed like a high-tech road warrior from another dimension.

That made the GT-R cover material for the July 1989 issue of Wheels. I can remember sitting around with editor-in-chief Phil Scott and a couple of Wheels staffers as we kicked around cover lines. Obakemono came up in the discussion. Scott, a hard-nosed newspaper-trained editor with superb tabloid sensibilities, seized on it. He didn't like the word -- no-one would know what it meant on the cover -- but he liked the Japanese monster idea.

It was a simple step from there to describing the GT-R as "Godzilla on wheels". Which is exactly what we did. And a legend was born.

R32 GT-R's never came in a red like this. Its much more of a maroon color.

Awesome, but no GT2


Motor Trend

The GT-R achieves speed like Laetitia Casta draws stares -- naturally, effortlessly, almost as if it doesn't realize how remarkable it is. The ride is quite good, even in its firm setting. Steering feel could be better, but for a big, heavy, four-wheel-drive car, the GT-R cuts a fine line. And even when driven hard, it's as cool and collected as an astronaut on the pad; with heroic feats to accomplish but the DNA and the moxie to pull them off with apparent ease. That it stickers for only about $70,000 is truly astonishing. For delivering so much at the price, the GT-R rightly deserves a seat atop the auto world's Olympus.

And yet...to read much of the breathless prose surrounding the new Nissan, you'd think it was the Second Coming, the Greatest Sports Car of All Time.

It isn't. Several weeks ago, I test-drove the new 2008 Porsche 911 GT2. Yes, the Porsche starts at $192,560, nearly three times the price of the GT-R. In a value fight, the Nissan wins in a runaway. But for those for whom cost is no object -- and there are many -- the Porsche delivers a driving experience the GT-R simply cannot match. I mentioned that the Nissan's steering feel could be better. The GT2's is near-perfection, your fingertips reading the tire treads like Braille, cornering forces building like a masseuse squeezing your trapezius muscles. And while the GT-R is blindingly quick, the GT2 is...otherworldly. True, at just 3.2 seconds the Nissan gets to 60 mph two tenths quicker -- thanks to four-wheel-drive traction and short gearing. But after that, all you can see from the GT-R is GT2 whale tail. By the time the Nissan reaches 100 mph (8 seconds flat), the Porsche has been there, done that (7.3 seconds). From that point on, the GT2 just disappears.

As this graph shows, it doesn't take $190K+ to out-gun the already fabled GT-R. After 110 mph, the Corvette Z06, the Viper SRT10, and the Ford GT are all pulling away. As for "involving driving experience," the players at, say, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche, Lotus, Bugatti, and more have legitimate claims of superiority over the new GT-R.

With that, its time to go into the typical fanboi rant/counterpoint. 110mph+ cars costing more money pull away. Or the Corvette Z06 that on paper makes more power, and is about 700 lbs lighter is able to pull away. If you take the Power House Amuse R35 GT-R, with exhaust, boost at 1.25 kg/cm2, and a little bit of light weight parts, I wonder where we stack up now. In theory, the Power House car should be a mid 10 second car, at around 130 mph.

No Parking Zone


Jon Sibal.

Super GT Test at Fuji


Super GT

The first day of the 2-day test kicked off with a session scheduled for two hours from 9:30 AM. The session started with half-wet track caused by the rain from the night before, but the track dried up pretty quickly.

Finishing first and second at the season opener, the eye-catching Nissan GT-R was applied the Special Adjustment of Performance in accordance with the Series regulation, which enforced all GT-Rs to carry 50 kg weights, but that did not seem to affect its momentum; No.22 MOTUL AUTECH GT-R (Michael Krumm/Masataka Yanagida) recorded the fastest time at 1 min 35.444 sec. The No.22 car left its front-fender unpainted with its carbon exposed in black color. They looked to be testing new parts for aerodynamics. Despite the extra weight, Yanagida indicated some improvements in the car, "We are testing various parts and items. We are in the process of checking the data of the aero parts, but it didn't feel bad to me. Michael went for the fast laps when the track dried up. 50kg of weight would be indeed tough though... We will just concentrate on one race at a time and would like to show off our strength and speed."

GT-R kept its speed in the afternoon session starting from 2:30 PM. Matsuda at the wheel of No.12 CALSONIC IMPUL GT-R (Tsugio Matsuda/Sebastien Philippe) recorded the best time at 1 min 34.878 sec. No.22 GT-R and No.3 YellowHat YMS TOMICA GT-R (Ronnie Quintarelli/Naoki Yokomizo) were listed second and third in the time sheet, respectively, resulting in GT-R dominating from first to third place of the day overall just like the qualify of the season opener. No.100 RAYBRIG NSX wrapped up at fourth and three other NSXs followed behind. For SC 430s, No.38 ZENT CERUMO SC430's 10th place at 1 min 35.382 sec was the top among the fleet. It became a petty anxious first day of testing for Toyota en route to the next round in Okayama as well as the third round at Fuji, the home track of SC430.

Second Test Day

Afternoon session started at 2 PM with light rain shower falling on the track right after the start. Fortunately, clear sky showed out in the clouds after some while, enabling the session to be run in dry-condition despite the clouds.

About an hour into the session, No.100 RAYBRIG NSX bettered the time that No.12 GT-R had recorded the previous day with 1 min 34.333 sec. And then, No.32 EPSON NSX lapped at the best with 1 min 34.299 sec which put NSXs on the first and second place on the timing monitor. No.3 YellowHat YMS TOMICA GT-R (Ronnie Quintarelli/Naoki Yokomizo) with 1 min 34.337 sec was at third place. No.38 ZENT CERUMO SC430 with 10th best time overall at 1 min 35.048 sec was the leader among SC430s.

NISMO's development car, No.230 GT-R, only made about 10 laps the day before, but showed good runs today. NISMO General Manager Kunihiko Kakiomoto explained, "We had a gearbox problem yesterday so we couldn't run very much. We are working around the aerodynamics mainly on the load rack for Fuji spec. We are positioning the car as advanced development car, and we have (tests for) next year too, so we are trying many things on the car comprehensively as we lack data as well as field testing at Fuji Speedway."