Jun 30, 2008

Nissan R35 GT-R to Compete in 24 Hour Race

Via GT-R Blog

Nismo , Motul , Ebbro , and others are sponsoring a standard R35 GT-R that will compete in the 24 hours of Tokachi Race. The race will take place from July 20-21st.

I wonder how many brake rotors they will go though in 24 hours.

Jun 29, 2008

Jun 28, 2008

CNET Review: Nissan R35 GT-R


"It must be Christmas, because a 2009 Nissan GT-R showed up in our garage. Just like how we spent 1973 transfixed by commercials for the Vertibird Rescue Ship toy, we slathered over every specification sheet and photo of the new GT-R since the concept was shown at the 2005 Tokyo Auto Show. And in each case, we finally ended up at the controls of one. The GT-R is definitely the biggest, baddest toy on the block.

The GT-R is essentially a race car made for the street. Production cars don't generally squeeze 480 horsepower out of a V-6, or have the transmission mounted at the rear axle. And the incredibly rigid suspension feels as if it was made for a race car. The car looks impressive and brutish, a theme that carries into the cabin and the driving feel. The Corvette Z06 has some scary competition in the GT-R.

Surprisingly, the GT-R is in no way stripped down, except maybe for the lack of an iPod port. Nissan put all of its excellent cabin electronics in the dashboard, which includes a hard-drive-based navigation system, an impressive stereo with plenty of digital music capability, and even Bluetooth cell phone integration. And those electronics share space with an incredibly detailed performance computer. This Nissan GT-R just doesn't compromise in its car tech. "

"As of this review, fuel economy numbers for the 2009 Nissan GT-R haven't been published. But don't expect them to be good, considering the amount of horsepower the engine produces. During our time with the car, we got about 14 mpg. On the plus side, and something we find impressive given the GT-R's supercar status, is that it is expected to meet California's Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle standard, one better than the minimal LEV requirement."

2009 Nissan GT-R Supercar Deliveries Set to Begin July 7th, 70 Percent of First-Year Allocation Already Sold

"NASHVILLE, Tenn., June 27 -- Nissan today announced that deliveries of the all-new 2009 Nissan GT-R are scheduled to begin on Monday, July 7, 2008. More than 1,700 of the exotic 480-horsepower GT-R supercars, or approximately 70 percent of the first year allocation for the United States market, have already been spoken for since the announcement of a pre-sale ordering program last January.

The 2009 Nissan GT-R has a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP)* of $69,850 for the GT-R and $71,900 for the GT-R Premium model. Destination & Handling (D&H) is $1,000. The GT-R is available only through officially certified Nissan dealers that have met a number of strict sales, service and facilities commitments, including dedicating a master technician to GT-R service. A searchable listing of the 671 GT-R Certified Nissan dealers is available to consumers on nissanusa.com.

"After years of speculation and anticipation, the wait for a U.S.-spec Nissan GT-R is over," said Al Castignetti, vice president and general manager, Nissan Division, Nissan North America, Inc. "GT-R is one supercar that more than lives up to its promise, with independent testing by the leading auto enthusiasts magazines and online sites producing performance results that only a handful of production cars have ever attained - much less at a $70,000 MSRP." "


A 2009 Nissan GT-R, equipped with a standard 480-horsepower, twin-turbo 3.8-liter V6 engine and advanced 6-speed dual clutch automatic transmission, recently set a lap time of 7 minutes 29 seconds at the famed Nurburgring Nordschleife, one of the fastest times achieved by a production-spec vehicle to date.

About the 2009 Nissan GT-R

The all-new 2009 Nissan GT-R, the fifth-generation of the legendary Nissan supercar, is a multi-dimensional performance machine that lives up to the concept of "the ultimate supercar that can be driven by anyone, anytime, anywhere."

It features an all-new 3.8-liter twin turbo V6 producing 480 horsepower and 430 lb-ft of torque, backed by an all-new, paddle-shifted, GR6-type dual clutch rear transmission. The Nissan GT-R is built on an exclusive, all-new Premium Midship platform. This new platform enables the use of a world's first independent rear transaxle ATTESA E-TS all-wheel drive system, which places the transmission, transfer case and final drive at the rear of the vehicle, optimizing weight distribution and maximizing handling capability.

The Nissan GT-R's functional styling utilizes advanced aerodynamics, evoking the lines of a well-trained athlete. GT-R's hybrid body construction combines steel, carbon fiber and die-cast aluminum, and features a low coefficient of drag of 0.27, while achieving high front and rear downforce. GT-R's four-passenger cabin features a sloping "aero blade canopy" roofline and curved C-pillar "sword edge," as well as GT-R's hallmark four-ring taillights, functional rear carbon fiber underbody diffuser, rear spoiler and large, integrated quad exhaust tips.

GT-R's interior balances functionality with a sense of ease and comfort. It features sculpted performance bucket seats for an optimal driving position, a cockpit-style instrument panel with a large center-mounted tachometer and multi-function display - which includes mechanical and driving information, as well as an on-board driving recorder.

In North America, Nissan's operations include automotive styling, engineering, consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and manufacturing. Nissan is dedicated to improving the environment under the Nissan Green Program 2010, whose key priorities are reducing CO2 emissions, cutting other emissions and increasing recycling."

Corvette ZR1 runs a 7:26.4 at Nurburgring . Faster than a stock Nissan GT-R

From Autoblog

"Jim Mero, GM's development engineer, drove the ZR1 around the Nurburgring in 7:26.4. According to the GMNext blog, the run took place earlier this morning and that conditions were good on the track, with the exception of a strong headwind down the main straight. Mero mentioned that he felt there were a few places where he could have gone faster, although no details were provided about why and where.

Juechter makes it clear that the ZR1 that lapped the 'Ring was instock trim, with the exception of safety and communications equipment. As such, the ZR1 was wearing the same Michelin Pilot Sport 2s found on the production model, the chassis alignment and vehicle height were set to factory specs and the unmodified engine was running on pump gas.

The lap began with a rolling start – which falls in line with current industry practices – and the time was confirmed both through an electronic timing system and two hand-held stopwatches. The ZR1 team will be posting a video of their run when they return from Germany and we'll be keeping our eye out for it when it's online the week of July 7th."

I wonder if Nissan had something saved for this day. Something with the standard GT-R, not the SpecV GT-R

Cobb R32 GT-R on the Dyno

From CBA-R35

486.7hp & 475.6ft/lbs torque

Jun 24, 2008

7/7/08 : Your GT-R has arrived

Edmunds Inside Line Reports that the official release date of the Nissan GT-R in the US is July 7, 2008. The cars are at the ports, just waiting for new homes.

I went down and took photos a week before these guys did.http://picasaweb.google.com/tyndago/R35AtPort/photo#5211510417095122978

Jun 22, 2008

Nissan GT-R , Chief Vehicle Engineer Interview

From GT Channel

Nissan GT-R

Car and Driver Magazine : August 2008

From NICO forums

""The Ultimate Track Test!"

The order:
4th Place: Chevrolet Corvette Z06
3rd Place: Dodge Viper ACR
2nd Place: Porsche 911 GT2
1st Place: Nissan GT-R"
Some more information... cut and pasted

"Car 0-60 1/4 mph top speed track time mag ranking

Corvette 3.8 11.9 124 198 2:01.7 4

Viper 3.4 11.8 126 180 1:55.7 3

GT-R 4.1 12.6 111 191 2:01.1 1

911 gt2 3.7 11.8 121 206 1:59.7 2 "

Pretty weak results for the GT-R. About a second slower in the quarter. 2:01 is about 5 seconds slower than Steve Millen went around the track in a an R35 during the Road and Track test.

The issue should be out soon. More information then. Its funny how different, magazines test results can be. Just goes to show you have to take everything with a grain of salt.

Jun 21, 2008

2011 Acura NSX : 7:37 at Nurburgring

From Edmunds Inside Line.

"With one shooter manning a handheld stopwatch, KGP Photography reports the NSX is closing in on the GT-R's 7:29 hot lap, registering a 7:37 lap around the Nordschleife.

Eight seconds off the GT-R's best time isn't bad considering this is the NSX's first known visit to the Nürburgring in full production form."

The first thing that popped into my head was "The heat is on" song from Beverly Hills Cop. I forget who sings it.

Top Gear : GT-R vs Bullet Train

From Top Gear.

Series 11 countdown: GT-R v Bullet Train

The Nissan GT-R is clearly quite a car.

The kind of car that's built with such obsession that its tyres are filled with nitrogen so they don't suffer excessive pressure change when they get hot.

The kind of car that has an engine hand-built in a hermetically sealed room to ensure absolute precision and cleanliness.

The kind of car that got Jeremy so excited he was prepared to fly all the way to Japan to drive it.

Unfortunately, Richard and James insisted on tagging along too, so the Top Gear office came up with a very special race.

Could Clarkson in his technofest Nissan get from one side of Japan to the other before Hammond and May could do the same trip using public transport?

But not just any public transport. Japanese public transport: the most reliable and, thanks to the famous 186mph Bullet Train, the fastest mass transit network in the world.

As we said, the Nissan GT-R is clearly quite a car. But then, against that sort of adversary, it needs to be.

The new series of Top Gear kicks off at 8pm on Sunday June 22 on BBC Two."

I think the Shinkansen wins.

Nissan Limited Edition R35 GT-R 1/64th Scale

Limited Edition

HPI 1/43rd Scale Nissan R35 GT-R

A bit steep on price.

Jun 19, 2008

Nissan GT-R Transformers Toy

From Transformers News

"TakaraTomy Transformers display at Tokyo Toy Show 2008 featuring upcoming Henkei! Henkei! Transformers, Masterpiece MP-7 Thundercracker and a prototype of the upcoming Transformers Alternity (aka Binaltech) Nissan GT-R Convoy"

Nissan R35 GT-R

Nissan Race Academy

Nissan has launched its innovative ‘Race Academy’ for GT-R pre-order customers that could lead to them obtaining a full racing licence.

UK GT-R customers will be offered the opportunity to participate in Race Academy events at Silverstone or the spiritual home of the GT-R, the Nürburgring in Germany.

Every GT-R customer will be invited to Race Academy launch events during August and September to have their first opportunity to get up close and personal with the GT-R, long before taking delivery of their own vehicle.

With a focus on one-on-one tuition and over 45 minutes behind the wheel of the GT-R, Nissan will give their customers a memorable track-day experience. As well as flat out, on track action in a GT-R, there will be the opportunity to learn how to ‘drift’ in a Nissan 350Z.

Participants will also receive guidance on getting the most from their GT-R in the controlled environment of a track where the performance of the car can be fully exploited.

Furthermore, participants will be offered the opportunity to build upon the experience and craft their driving skills even further, eventually leading to obtaining a Motor Sport Association (MSA) approved racing licence.

Marketing Director Vincent Wijnen for Nissan Motor (GB) Limited states: “The GT-R epitomises Nissan’s passion for cars and we want to share the excitement and the thrill of the GT-R with our customers. To do that, we will give those GT-R customers the chance to spend some quality time with the car before they take delivery of theirs. On the one hand, these tailor-made customer events will whet their appetite for a car which the world’s press is already hailing as one of the most capable all-round supercars on sale today, while at the same time bringing together passionate, enthusiastic GT-R fans.”

Stephane Cottin, Vice President, Marketing for Nissan in Europe, said: “All of us at Nissan who have been working on the launch of this fantastic car want to provide a customer experience for GT-R customers which reflect the passion they have for GT-R, a passion which is matched by our own. It’s important to us that GT-R customers enjoy everything about the car - and these customer events will give customers the opportunity to fully enjoy the GT-R’s capabilities on a track, while they await delivery of their car.”

This is just one element of the customer focused programme for GT-R owners, designed to create enthusiastic owners who share Nissan’s passion for cars.

They really need to do this in the US. Force people to take the school prior to picking up a car. Many GT-R owners will run out of talent. Its happened already overseas. Most cars head in.

Jun 18, 2008

2009 Corvette ZR1 to cost $105,000

"A fully loaded ZR1, equipped with a $10,000 optional interior package and $2,000 chrome wheels, is priced at $117,000. The options package includes power-adjustable, heated and leather-trimmed sport seats with the ZR1 logo, side airbags, Bose premium audio system, navigation system, Bluetooth, power telescoping steering column and a custom leather-wrapped interior.

Chevrolet said the 638-hp ZR1 with the 6.2-liter supercharged V8 sprints from zero to 60 mph in 3.4 seconds and confirmed the supercar has a top speed of 205 mph, "making it the fastest Corvette ever produced." The 205 mph top speed was no secret, since Chevrolet had been touting that particular number for weeks. It noted that the ZR1's 0-60-mph performance is 0.3 second quicker than the Corvette Z06."

AThe Nurburgring time is.....what ? Not posted yet. Who wants to guess what the GT-R Spec V will come in at ? Just enough to undercut the ZR1 is my guess. Just enough.

Jun 16, 2008

Cobb Tuning R35 GT-R Access Port Beta Testing

From Cobb Blog/Forums

"Beta testing is now underway in a few locations though out the world for the 2008-2009 GT-R AccessPORT. As of right now the 2008-2009 GT-R AccessPORT only supports the JDM model but it will support US and other world models as they are released, and we get our hands on them"
"As for the Mapping that is being tested our maps with follow the same generally rules as with most our other AccessPORT supported vehicles. The setup for the maps will more then likely change as we rap up our beta testing but here is general break down of the tunes that we are currently working on.

Stock Style tune: This will be stock a stock tune with the only change being that the speed limiter will be removed.

Stage1 = Stock vehicles and or stock vehicles with a cat-back exhaust system.

Stage2 = Vehicles with high follow cats or test pipes.

US based ECU tunes.

Jun 15, 2008

Ebbro 1/ 43rd scale R35 GT-R's for Presale on Ebay

They say by the end of the month or so. About the time the real cars should be around here in the US.

Jun 14, 2008

Maisto Nissan R35 GT-R Model Tools

Maisto Blog

"The tooling model is 50% larger than the finished model will be (this makes it 1:18 scale). The reasons for this is that it is easier to work in a larger size and that when it is reduced by 2/3 to make the steel molds (called “tools” in the trade) any little variations will be even less visible."

These will retail for about $10 according to the Maisto Blog. Check out their blog for more pictures and details.

Jun 13, 2008

Nissan R35 GT-R 's at the Port in Los Angeles

Is your car here ?

After seeing the other cars from Hawaii, I knew there had to be some down at the Long Beach/ LA Port. Yes. A few of them there.

Jun 11, 2008

2011 Nissan GT-R Vspec

I refuse to call it Spec V. From Car and Driver

"Larry Dominique, Nissan North America vice president in charge of product planning, says he wants to see how the regular GT-R plays out and save the Spec V for when the buzz dies down and demand starts to fall off"

"Volumes for the Spec V will be even smaller than the limited run for the GT-R. And if customers are clamoring for the higher-performance version from day one, Dominique says he is fine with years of anticipation."

Some platform sharing news for Infiniti...

"In addition to the Spec V, the platform will yield products for Infiniti, Nissan’s luxury brand. We likely will get our first glimpse of what’s to come with a new full-size Infiniti concept slated to be unveiled in less than a year. It will reflect the brand’s new design language for the second generation of Infiniti products. And, presumably, it fills the division’s need for a flagship as Nissan continues to roll out its luxury brand globally and aims to make it a true tier-one luxury marque."

The platform makes more sense if you can build more cars on the same platform.

I think from here things will change fairly dramatically in the world. Lets see how this whole $5 a gallon gasoline thing plays out. Lots of places in the world are already more than $5 a gallon,but here in the US, its going to take a little while for people to get used to.

R35 GT-R's in Dubai are Nissan Test Cars

We have all seen the pictures of left hand drive R35 GT-R's already in the middle east. It raised speculation that the middle east was getting their cars before the US. According to this article , the cars are Nissans test cars. They have them in the middle east to test them in the middle eastern environment, prior to offering them for sale.

"Nissan GT-R Chief Vehicle Engineer and Chief Product Specialist, Kazutoshi Mizuno, along with his team arrived specially from Japan to conduct several tests as part of the local assessment programme before the supercar is introduced to Middle East markets in early 2009. "

Nissan Middle East Website

Its funny how rumors and things get spread. Several people were telling me, that they were privately owned cars.

R35 GT-R Nurburgring

From Flikr
Its pretty funny what you can find on the internet. Someone at the Nurburgring, getting ready to take their R35 GT-R on a lap. Driver and passenger from the looks of it.

Interweb, everywhere, all the time.

Jun 7, 2008

Jeremy Clarkson on the Nissan GT-R

Times Online

"... when I went to Japan last month, I got myself a 193mph, 473bhp four-wheel-drive, trixied up, hunkered down, road-burning controlled explosion. I got myself the new Nissan GT-R.

It’s funny. In Japan, among the termite hill of kei cars, it felt like I was in a heavy metal blast from the past. It felt like I was blasting through a Girls Aloud gig in a rock dinosaur. But over here, things ought to be very different . . . "
"On the road, then, this £53,000 car – with its rear-mounted double-clutch gearbox and its handmade 3.8 litre twin turbo motor and its infinitely variable four-wheel-drive system – is quite simply, how can I put this . . . very underwhelming. The noise it makes is normal. The ride is normal. The steering is normal. You can adjust all the settings as much as you like but it’ll make no difference. It still feels like a big Sunny."

"This, then, is an extraordinary car, quite unlike anything I’ve driven before. You might expect it, with all its yaw sensors and its G readout on the dash, to feel like a laptop. Or you might expect, with all that heavy engineering, for it to feel like a road-going racer. But it is neither of these things. It certainly doesn’t feel like it could do a 7.29minute lap of the Ring. Even though I’ve seen a film of it doing just that."

Tamiya 1/10th Scale R35 GT-R RC Car

I will get one eventually. Then I can actually drive an R35. Or control one.

Jun 5, 2008

Left hand drive R35 GT-R 's in Abu Dhabi.

From GT-R Blog

The first delivered R35 GT-R's in left hand drive according to the information that Kris at GT-R blog has put out.

"These GTRs have been officially Distributed by Nissan Middle East to Al Masaood Automobiles in Abu Dhabi and come with their warranties. The white car is going to be the first GT-R police car in the world. The other cars have already been delivered."

The US spec cars can not be too far away now. I should go to the port and check it out. Might be some there already.

Jun 4, 2008

Got My R35 GTR Today

Out of the box.

Tamiya 1/24th scale. The only GT-R I can afford.

This looks more difficult to put together than the real ones.

Jun 3, 2008

7:29 Nurburgring Video - Good Sound and Video

From GT-R Blog

I like what Kris said on his blog : ".....If not then feel free to counter by posting a link to your favorite manufacturer’s video of their Nurburgring lap time to show how differently they’re doing them."

I actually think that there could be a quicker lap out there still for this car. Maybe a 28 or 27 in the bag. Just in case.

C - West Demo R34 GT-R for Sale on Yahoo Auctions

Auction Link. C-West never drove the car much, always in the showroom or in storage. They put about 8,000km on the car as a demo car but never raced it or drove it hard. Neither did I. I put the Nismo 320k speedometer in brand new when I got the car from them and now it is just over 2000km. So in total the car has about 10k, easy driving. I did have C-West tune the engine from stock after I bought the car from the C-West owner Omoto san about 5 years ago. Also I had them repaint it afterward. Yellow was only produced in 1999 and very limited production. The Japanese don't like yellow much, they like white and black or silver. So yellow was rarely ordered. I've only seen a few R34 GT-R in all my years in yellow. But C-West took the Lightning bolt Nissan yellow which was a bit bland and repainted in the color you see. Now it's on par with Ferrari or Porsche or Lamborghini colors, something Nissan never had sense to do, but it's still the original color... yellow. It does turn heads everywhere I go. Funny, C-West produced the die cast model (limited 500 pieces) in the same color. That was even before they repainted the real car for me. So this big car got the same color the die cast model had. These three points are some of the best selling points for the car. The whole exterior of the car is aero C-West kit. One other sales point is I changed out the whole interior to M-Spec Nur leather heated seats and panels and kouki white stitch. Also I added the kouki bigger rear brakes and calipers. Later upgrades like the rear wing and carbon trunk C-West came out with, I put on this car. I made it racey, but kept it drivable like a good street car, and looking like the original demo car. I think it's about 480 horse power, maybe 500. Since the engine with was tuned from stock with new parts, it has been driven just over 2000 kilometers by me only, and it reads so on the clock, the Nismo 320k speedo I put in at that time new.


Engine and Drive Train:

HKS GTSS Turbines

Mines Pro II outlets

HKS front pipe 75 x 75 x 80

N1 Exhaust manifold

HKS Step one camshafts

HKS timing gear pulleys

Trust clear timing cover

Apexi Power FC

Apexi Boost controller

Nismo injectors

ARC Radiator

ARC intercooler (10cm)

Tomei fuel pump

Nismo fuel pressure regulator

Trust/Greddy stainless intercooler pipeing

Trust/Greddy oil cooler with engine bay oil element mount

Nismo air flow meters (air mass sensors)

Ogura twin plate carbon racing clutch

Nismo front lower arms and tie rods

Custom modified intake pipe (stock), Polished aluminum with plate welded in

Polished aluminum (stock) turbine inlets X 2

Quantum (English made) suspension, adjustable for height and soft or hard ride

Kouki Vspec II rear calipers and rotors

Stainless Nismo brake lines

Nismo clutch operating cylinder

Nismo stainless operating cylinder line (hose)

C’s short stroke shifter

HKS power flow air cleaners

Nismo muffler and exhaust pipe (8 cm)

Nismo tower bar with brake stopper

Nismo black 18” wheels by RAYS

Interior and Body/Aero parts:

Nismo White 320k speedometer

Nur M-spec front and rear leather seats (fronts have heaters), with M-spec matching door panels and rear seat side panels.

Nismo carbon look garnish behind door window x 2

C-West full aero kit as per original demo car: front/rear bumpers, rocker panels, bonnet, eye liners

C-West later Super Trunk hood, dry carbon 3.4 kg.

C-West later 3D GT II S wing with optional rear flap, which is on all C-West’s actual race cars.

Full respray, by C-West. All glass was removed, doors and trunk

Original demo stickers reapplied by C-West, one sticker replaced by NISMO sticker on doors

Nismo front WHITE blinker lamps and side markers

Die cast replica model of the car in the photos is included with the real car to the buyer or third owner.

Cobb Tuning R35 GT-R Video from Arizona

They are getting it all together.

Cobb Tuning R35 GT-R Coil Over Conversion Kit

From Cobb Blog

"Designed for the original equipment Bilstein dampers on the R35 GT-R, our coil over conversion kit provides ride height adjustment, access to a wide array of spring rates, and rigid upper mounts for precise feedback and control. These can be installed without any permanent modifications to the stock damper assemblies, and allows you to keep the convenience of the stock electronically controlled dampers. This means you can still fully enjoy your R35 at the track on weekends with your dampers in ‘Race’ mode while still enjoying a smooth ride during your commute to work during the week with your dampers in ‘Comfort’ mode."

These should be much less expensive than a full coil over kit, and allow a decent range of adjustablilty. Good for weekend warrior types of people that don't want to spend over $4000 on a set of coil overs.

Jun 2, 2008

R35 GT-R Books , Tamiya Models

More and more stuff showing up on eBay

Power House Amuse R35 GT-R Turbo Upgrades

From GT-R Blog via Option Magazine

Power House Amuse is working on some HKS GT30Pro based GT-R upgrades. The GT30 Pro turbos are good for about 480 horsepower each.

Now how will the transmission and clutch handle this setup?Bigger turbo means it will be slower to react, the transmission may not know how to react to it. The stock clutch pack will start to slip according to other information we have seen. The transmission logic will have to be "tuned" next.

Jun 1, 2008

New Coilovers for R35 GT-R from Quantum and Ohlins

From GT-R Blog

Garage Saurus is trying out some Ohlins coilovers for an R35 GT-R with 14kg front 12 kg rear springs. Espirt is running Quantum coilovers in their R35 GT-R

Clad to see a couple of top brands of suspension for the R35 GT-R.