Aug 31, 2008

Nissan GT-R Nurburgring Video - Marketing Video Nissan Europe

More dramatic version of the 7:29

Prettier version

Alcon Brakes , Trust Exhaust , Wishlist for Nissan R35 GT-R

People are not paying attention to their owners manual.

Right there. Do not modify your R35. For all those not paying attention to that here are a few new parts sneaking up on the cars.

From the GT-R Blog and CBA-R35 GT-R Blog

Trust exhaust

This exhaust does not look like a preztel or some kind of metal bending experiment. Stainless 80 mm piping with titanium tips. 378,000 yen. R35 tax added in there.

Alcon Rotors 1kg 2.2 lbs lighter than the stock rotors. They are also not cross drilled. Cross drilled rotors have a tendency to crack. Slotted is better for durability.They are around $1000 each for the rotor and hat.

The CBA-R35 GT-R Wishlist.. Wheels, tires, ECU upgrades, suspension, etc. See if you agree with what he likes for parts.

295/30/18" Hoosiers on 18 x 10.5 +2 TE-37's on the Front of an R35 GT-R

edited: 18 x 10.5 +22 with 295 Hoosiers

I had these pictures from a while ago. I don't know if I ever posted them in the blog. I couldn't find them, so I will repost them. The wheels are an 18 x 10.5+22. The tires are a 295/30/18 Hoosier. The Hoosiers are a little wide for there size usually.

Aug 29, 2008

Americas Best Handling Cars - Motor Trend

Motor Trend The winner. Audi R8

2nd place - Nissan GT-R

2009 Nissan GT R Rear Three Quarters View

Pobst wasn't blown away by Godzilla, ranking it only fifth due to a tendency to snap into oversteer at the limit (a behavior easily mitigated by not switching off the various stability systems). The rest of us, though, came away from our handling test thoroughly bowled over by the Nissan GT-R (2nd place). A review of the numbers shows high finishes everywhere: third in ride quality, fastest lane change, fifth in step-steer reaction time, quickest off-center steering response, a near-textbook figure-eight trace. Nissan's computerized, all-wheel-drive superstar works wonders, delivering lofty performance numbers and the deft handling feel that enthusiasts crave. So why didn't it win? As noted, its limit behavior when its stability computers are sleeping can be tricky. And while the GT-R is undeniably majestic at full bore, at more routine chores its supercar breeding vanishes. "Almost boring when all the computers aren't firing away," said tech editor Reynolds. "On the cruise home it felt like a Sentra."

Nismo Tuning Packages for R35 GT-R

Nismo Japan

From what I can tell from the Google translation. September 1st release.

The Nismo Sports Club package will be ¥ 5,460,000 ($50,854.44) including installation. It even includes a 3 year 60,000km warranty. Cheap package for 1/2 again the price of the car. Who said the Vspec wasn't going to be $130,000 ?

The carbon seats were jointly developed with Recaro and weigh 6kg(13.2 lbs) each. They are pretty inexpensive at 1,890,000 Japanese yen =$ 17,603.46 U.S. dollars

Gangsta. Thats all I have to say about the $17,603.46 titanium exhaust. It includes a new rear diffuser. Complain much about a $5k exhaust?

There are a couple of weird things listed in the translation. Have to dig around a little more on the parts specifics.

Engrish translation from Google

Aug 28, 2008

Nissan GT-R vs 03 Mustang Cobra

Nissan R35 GTR VS 03 Cobra Roll Race

Dead stock GTR vs Cobra with bolt ons + smaller pulley + possibly more?!?.

Racing from a roll....the car with more power wins.

Dodge Viper ACR 7:22.1 at Nurburgring - Not Impressed

Motor Trend

Video of the 7:22.1 run

Street legal racecar vs street cars. Its fast, but I am not that impressed. The ZR1 and the GT-R are both real street cars. Both with full amenities. The Dodge is a stripped out street car on real DOT R compound tires.

Well, they could (and did) bug Dodge-specifically, the Street & Racing Technology team-to the point that SRT said, What the heck, let's go for it. So SRT rented the Nordschleife for a half-day (at a cost of $2000 Euro per hour), shipped two ACRs over to Germany, hired a pro driver through Zakspeed (a race team that runs Vipers in the ADAC Zurich 24h Race at the Nrburgring), and hoped for good weather and, more important, a lap time quicker than 7:26.

This car was a 10 percenter not a 90 percenter.

A note on the two Viper ACRs: Except for a Racetech seat with a six-point harness, each ACR is factory stock and fitted with the Hard Core package, a no-cost option that cuts 40 pounds off the curb weight. About 10 percent of ACR customers order the HCP, which deletes the audio system, trunk carpet, rear cabin sound insulation, tire inflator kit, hood insulator, and steel battery cover.

A "stock" car that comes with engineers and 14 postion multi adjustable coil over suspension. You can do the same thing,you just need an engineer.

To address Coronel's complaints that the ACR is displaying light understeer in medium- to high-speed turns and its steering feels a little light, engineers stiffen the front dampers for both compression and rebound (up three clicks to position 11, out of 14 total) and the rear dampers for compression (again, up three clicks to 11). The adjustable rear wing, which offers seven hole positions with the seventh offering the most down force, remains in position three, while the front splitter stays at its initial setting (0) as does the ride height (0.5 inch lower than stock).

On the fourth run, another single hot lap, Coronel puts down the best time of the day, a 7:22.1, slicing over four seconds from the ZR1's time. It's not a sub-7:20, but it'll more than do. Per Shinedling, "Had we shortened the gearing and had more than a day to develop the car for the Nordshcleife, we probably could have dipped below 7:20, but we're very happy with our time, nonetheless." So is Coronel, who suggests the team celebrate with a round of beer at the famous Pistenklause restaurant. Everyone obliges, as there is much to rejoice and, let's face it, likely little time to enjoy it-undoubtedly, the ZR1 will be back as will the GT-R (rumors abound that a V-Spec version has lapped a 7:25). But for now, the Viper ACR is the most lethal 'Ringer around.

Shorten the gearing ? Again is this a racecar or a street car. A tuner GT-R would be faster than this car at the ring. Apples to Apples comparision. A ZR1 on a real tire would be faster. Strip a couple hundred pounds out of the ZR1 and the GT-R and they will kill the ACR. Put the Cobb R35 GT-R or Amuse R35 GT-R at the Nurburgring and see what they do. Pro driver and an Engineer. I am not impressed.

Aug 27, 2008

GR6 Transmission fail safe mode

One fail safe mode of the GR6 DSG transmission in the Nissan GT-R

You need an OBD II scanner to be able to read the trouble codes. P0700 P0715 P0729 P0732 P0745 P0746 P0750 P0755 P0795 P0797 P0840 or :

How to Read and Clear Codes Without A Scan Tool

Americas Best Handling Cars - Motor Trend - Track Testing

Motor Trend Motor Trend did subjective testing on how the cars felt, and ran the numbers for lap times, peak G's and average G's over the Laguna Seca track. . The R8 finished on top. The GT-R was 5th by the subjective testing. Subjectively the Dodge Viper ACR was first, then the GT-R , Audi R8. The Viper ACR is fast. Almost as fast as a World Challenge Viper.

BEST LAP (MIN:SEC): 1:40.453

"Sweet!" gushes Pobst after his maximum laps in Godzilla. "Really comfortable on the track. GT-R can easily handle its power-I want more! Minimal body roll, but still good control. I could break the rear end loose when I wanted to, but when it went it really went. Steering is quick, very quick responding-which allowed me to catch the car easily. Really, it's a beastly car-not necessarily in a bad way. It's a visceral car to drive. A lot of fun." Which begs the obvious question: Given his enthusiasm, and the GT-R's impressive track numbers, why didn't Pobst rank the GT-R higher than fifth? "While it predominately understeers slightly, it can easily be provoked into snap oversteer. That was fun, but the GT-R is violent when it breaks loose; the R8, in contrast, drifts sweetly. The "R" mode really isn't a race mode-there's still a lot of stability control working, which is fine for the average guy but frustrating for me as a race driver. And before you turn stability control completely off, boy, you'd better have a lot of car-control clinics under your belt. The R8 is much more refined, a muscular dancer. The GT-R is a wrestler."

BEST LAP (MIN:SEC): 1:35.117

On the numbers boards, the Dodge Viper ACR devastated the field. Quickest in the figure eight by nearly half a second. Most lateral grip by far. Fastest lap time by almost five seconds. Ah, but that was almost a given: With its adjustable suspension (tuned by a Dodge engineer prior to our track laps), downforce-churning rear wing, and huge, barely legal Michelin Pilot Sport Cup tires, the Viper ACR is in all fairness a race car you can drive on the street. Pobst loves it. "We just made the jump to light speed! Just raised the limits of cornering and braking into another dimension. Tires felt grippier than many full-slicks cars I've raced. But when they break away, it's quick and it's big. Still, I felt in complete control." So how did this big black bat finish only seventh on Pobst's scorecard? "The Viper is high in terms of numbers," he says. "But it's brutal. It's like riding a bull. It's tremendous fun, and I love that there aren't any electronic stability controls, but if you're going to drive the Viper anywhere near its limit, you had better know what you're doing. It's not a finesse car. It's enjoyable but crude."

Aug 26, 2008

Nissan GT-R vs BMW M5 vs CL65 Videos

GR6 Transmission Clutch Settings

There are 15 different settings for the clutch touch point, and capacity.
I think in order to "tune" the new GT-R, you are going to have to go into the transmission ECU as much as the engine ECU.
ROM tuned transmissions soon ? Reflash your transmissions capacity ? Lockup points ? Launch RPM ?

Now(2010) there is the Cobb AccessPORT with TCM support. Or the NIS006.  

The AccessPORT with TCM support offers Clutch Capacity adjustment, which controls the hydraulic pressure applied to the clutch plates. Yet another on the fly adjustment without the need for a reflash, simply select Clutch Capacity from the AccessPORT menu to reveal +/-7 levels of adjustment to control clutch clamping force.

MC Performance R35 GT-R on the Dyno

I am surprised this car was not very pissed off with just the rear drive shaft removed.

HKS Legamax Exhaust - AKA the Pretzel

SHH CarShop Blog

The exhaust looks kind of like a pretzel.

Quad titanium tip. Stainless steel construction

From now on this is dubbed the HKS Pretzel exhaust

Nissan R35 GT-R vs Mitsubishi Evo X Video

Nissa GTR R35 vs Evo X

GT-R vs Evo X.

Aug 25, 2008

Americas Best Handling Cars - Motor Trend

From Motor Trend via CBA-R35 Blog

The contenders, starting from the humble front-drive end of the field include Chevy's turbo-direct-injected Cobalt SS coupe and the Mini Cooper S. Front-engine/rear-drivers include a Mazda RX-8 with the new R3 handling package, BMW's rev-happy V-8 M3, Ford's highest-performing Mustang ever, the Shelby GT500KR, and Dodge's race-ready Viper ACR. Front-engine all-wheelers include the new Mitsubishi Evolution MR and newer Nissan GT-R. Contesting the mighty 911 Turbo in the mid- or rear-engine supercar class is Audi's stunning R8.

El Toro for some handling tests, then Mr Hotshoe himself - Randy Pobst in the cars at Laguna Seca.

STAY TUNED: Part two of our Best Handling competition will run this Wednesday (Aug. 27) and the winner story will run this Friday (Aug. 29). We'll have more videos throughout the week on each car.

Driving the 2009 Corvette ZR1

Popular Science Blog

The ZR1 produces momentous car-geek numbers: zero to 60 in 3.4 seconds, a 205-mph top speed, 7.26 seconds around Germany’s Nürburgring, 638 horsepower, and 604 pounds-feet of torque. To put it in context, there’s only a factor of 0.001 between the ZR1 and being punched full-on by Kimbo Slice.

I have heard from a friend, that he ran a Z06 up to 200 mph, measuring his speed with an electric eye sensor. I suspect the ZR1 will do 205 pretty easily.

Carbon-ceramic brakes from Brembo provide the kind of stoppage you’d expect from an arriving 737. These are the same high-heat-handling discs used in the Ferrari Enzo. Actually, as one engineer said, they’re the size of those on the track-only Ferrari FXX in the front and the lesser Enzo in the rear (did I just say “lesser Enzo”?).
I wonder what the spec on the Spec V's brakes will be ?

Ultimately, the 2009 Corvette ZR1 may never score a single kudo from kids with pictures of Lamborghinis and Elisha Cuthbert in their lockers. Japanophiles who deify the 2009 Nissan GT-R will go on posting put-downs on Internet fan forums. And Chevrolet engineers who worked the ZR1 program will still sleep soundly as kittens. Yes, the ZR1 is that good.

Can't we all just get along? Actually I own more GM vehciles than Japanese vehicles. Well at least personally.

Nice Picture

Somewhere in Japan

Found on someones blog that doesnt want to have a blog.

Building the Nissan GT-R Engine : VR38DETT

Automobile Magazine Blog

This is a few weeks old, but I never posted it up. Just ran across it again.

Each VR38 engine is built by a single, specially trained operator, who assembles about 700 parts during the 100 minutes that Nissan judiciously allots for completion of the task. According to Nissan, five primary steps make up the process of finishing the incredible 480-hp, 430-lb-ft, 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged monster V-6:

An exploded VR38DETT - edit - I didn't look at the picture too closely. Thats not a VR38..

Wrong picture in that Automobile article. Not literally exploded.

Elsewhere in the factory, which builds four other types of engines, robotized carts roll around on tracks in the floor, carrying parts from station to station. Hilariously, the carts are accompanied by a sound track much like that of an American ice-cream truck, playing songs including “It’s a Small World” and “Swan Lake.”

Build VR38's and get this cool shirt.

Car Talk Canada - Nissan GT-R

Car Talk Canada
That’s right, I wrote beauty. From the photos, many judge the GT-R as an ugly duckling, but from my unscientific poll of the dozens of people poring over the car at work today, I’d say the GT-R is one of those cars that is just not photogenic. It really is striking in person. Personally, I like the side profile best: it reminds me of a fighter jet.

..but there is still nothing that can prepare you for the sheer exhilaration of mashing the throttle for the first time in the GT-R. I can tell you it is fast (oh, and it is), but until you feel your stomach in your throat — unfortunately, you just won’t get it.

I think its pretty fast from the drivers seat, but scary from the passenger side. I have driven a few 500, 600, 700 wheel horsepower cars. The GT-R feels like it is, a 400 whp car. Thats a fast car. In real life though, with the quick shifting, it adds up to be a little quicker than a 400 whp , 3800 lb car.

Fast and Furious 4 Trailer

Fast & Furious

If you look carefully you might see my feet.

I have seen that first scene about

Takata Impreza STI and R35 GT-R at Road Atlanta Video

From CBA-R35 Blog.

James found his fastest lap during the cool 2nd session on Sunday while chasing a new Nissan GTR R35. His lap time of 1.36.200, was nearly a four second improvement over his TTA lap record setting time last year. The time earned the Takata Impreza the honor of being the Fastest Limited Qualifier for the Super Lap Battle,
The GT-R was not slow. 3rd overall from what I can see from the standings.

1:36.200 for the Impreza . 1:36.875 for the GT-R

More US R35 GT-R's on the Dyno

From CBA-R35

Here is a US spec R35 GT-R on 91 octane fuel dynoed on Harman Motives Dyno. It does 403 whp, which again is not bad on this type of dyno on pump fuel.

Dyno chart after the jump

Aug 22, 2008

Cobb Access Port ver 1.04 Maps Are Available Online

Cobb Access Port

Stage1 for stock vehicles with 91 octane fuel. Stage 1 on the GT-R increases peak torque +60 lb. ft, peak horsepower increases by +55 WHP.

Stage1 for stock vehicles with 93 octane fuel. Stage 1 on the GT-R increases peak torque +70 lb. ft, peak horsepower increases by +63 WHP.

Stage2 for vehicles with high-flow downpipes, race pipes, or turbo-back exhaust systems with 100 octane fuel. Stage 2 on the GT-R increases peak torque +90 lb. ft, peak horsepower increased by +70 WHP.

This should wake up a few GT-R's for people.

Maps for 91,93,97,100,102 RON

R35 GT-R in Middle East Dyno Tested

Husan from MC Performance posted up the dyno chart from their R35 GT-R on the Forum

They ran the car in 4th and 5th gear, rear wheel drive on a 2 wheel Dynojet. Interesting, I would have thought the car would be all pissed off if you tried to dyno it rear wheel drive. 436 horsepower - 430 lb-ft of torque in 4th gear. Peaking at 14 psi of boost , dropping down to just above 10 psi.

Not too bad on power.

Aug 21, 2008

Ask Ranks GT-R on Top of Summer Car List

Ask Top 25 Summer Cars.

Ask ranks the Nissan GT-R as the #1 Babe Magnet . I don't think whoever ranked these cars has actually spent anytime with Nissan GT-R's. If they had spent any time with one, they would realize its actually the opposite. Great guy magnet. Probably perfect for ugly women or gay men. Just like the older GT-R's. Its a mans car for men secure in their manhood.

Ah, yeah. If you need a car to pick up women, maybe you really should rethink more than your car.

Maisto 1/24th Scale Nissan GT-R

Maisto Blog

Heres some pictures of the Maisto pre-production Nissan R35 GT-R.

According to Maisto these are going to retail around $10 each. Not quite the details of some 1/43rd diecast models, but about 1/3rd the price. Less expensive R35 GT-R for everyone.

Mines R35 GT-R vs Spoon NSX-R GT

From NSX Prime coming soon to GT Channel

The NSX-R GT looked very smooth and balanced out on the track clocking a 1:25xx. (Billy can comment on this as he also drove it, I respectfully declined the offer out of fear.) The Mine’s R35 also clocked a 1:25xx which was also very impressive. So head to head it was pretty much even! It was good to see an older tech car with less hp and RWD be able to hang with today’s new AWD Japanese Super Car.

I took a few photos of the NSX-R GT when I stopped by M-Workz last week.

For those interested the videos will be shown on in the near future, its definitely worth watching as it compares the stock NA2 to the Spoon NSX-R GT to the Factor X Racing Unlimited NSX. Thank you Taro and crew at Zig Zag Asia!

RB26 Powered Mustang for Sale

RB26 Powered Mustang

The Skystang.Built for Fast and Furious Tokyo Drift. The car was actually pretty quick. I never got around to really tuning the car. I just made sure it ran and drove. Only running 13 psi of boost it did a mid 13 second @ 109 mph quarter mile on the 19 inch tires.

Aug 20, 2008

AutoExpress : Nissan GT-R Takes Top Honours in the Sporting Car Catagory

Auto Express

I find it interesting that it won the catagory, when the car is not actually on sale in the UK yet. Not until next year actually. Their contest, their rules.

“Every so often, a new car comes along which is so far ahead of everything else that’s gone before, it sends shockwaves through the market. That’s what happened with the Nissan GT-R this year. It’s so good, it offers more than many models costing twice the price.”
The cars in the Sporting Car Catagory

• Aston Martin V8 Vantage
• Audi R8
• BMW M3
• Lexus IS F
• Mercedes C63 AMG
• Mitsubishi Evo X
• Nissan 350Z
• Nissan GT-R
• Porsche 911
• Porsche Boxster
• Porsche Cayman
• Subaru Impreza WRX STi
• Vauxhall VXR8

What is the GT-R's Real Horsepower ?

Car and

Despite what Nissan claims, the GT-R is not making the advertised 480 horsepower.

In this case its more power. Nissans answer has been an efficient driveline. It might be efficient, or maybe this car just rewrites some of the correction factors that people use.

On MotorCity Speed’s Mustang dyno in Commerce Township, Michigan, GT-R No. 4 produced a peak of 415 horsepower at the wheels. Based on our 20-percent loss estimate, the engine output was 519, or 39 horsepower more than Nissan’s stated 480.

So what’s up? We called Nissan, and the company says the first four cars we tested were early-build versions that received regular engine-computer software updates, which may account for the varied results we recorded. We then wondered which engine-computer calibration was the one real-world GT-R buyers would receive.

Three weeks later, a fifth GT-R arrived. This one, allegedly, was a production version with the latest—and final—engine calibration. We took it both to the test track and MotorCity’s dyno.

This car performed nearly identically to the fourth car. It smoked the quarter-mile in 11.6 seconds at 120 mph and produced 420 wheel horsepower. We also measured the turbo boost pressure in both cars, and the curves were basically identical.

There are a couple of dyno charts, and boost pressure charts on the Car and Driver site. The prototype car actually made less boost than the production car. GT-R Superstore Goes Live

GTR Twenty Three. Two in Japanese is Ni , three in Japanese is San.



Introducing our new website decidated to the new Nissan R35 GT-R (early release verson, much more to follow)

23 is the most famous number used for the race cars for many years in Lemans, Super GT and other Racing series. Lucky Number !

Bought to you by the people at GTC, we introduce the very best stand alone website for GT-R performance parts. In Partnership / association with Super Brands Sunline Auto, Auto Select, Power House Amuse, Zele Harrison, Cobb Tuning, Midori, HKS Kansai, Blitz, Endless brake technology, 5Zigen, Top Secret and many others who support & work with us.

First in Europe to test on the dyno, and surprise surprise we found Nissan had in fact underestimated power figures, we saw 502 bhp, which is 22bhp over factory claimed 480 BHP. We also saw an even more impressive 520bhp using BP Ultimate 102 Unleaded.

First to add an aftermarket exhaust and not just any run of the mill exhaust, we insisted on the very best Sunline Auto GT Titanium, this saw a fantastic response of 30bhp extra with just cat back exhaust and front pipe…and a sweet sound that is unique to Japanese Titanium, increasing the stock 88db to 98 db.

First to reflash the stock ecu using the fantastic Cobb Tunning accessPORT. We also reviewed the chassis and suspension set up. We have had our GT-R at a number of the most challenging race tracks in UK; Silverstone, Brands hatch, Donnington, Anglesey and even the infamous Dundsfold Top Gear track ! on a day out with Mclaren vs their SLR722

For over 6 years GTC has been providing a highly competitive service that enables our customers to source amazing tuning parts from USA and Japan. Our friendly and efficient service is aimed at providing complete customer satisfaction and most of our business comes by word of mouth through previous customers.

Please browse our site and find out what we are able to offer you. If you don´t see what you want, or if you have any questions, please contact us. Whatever your requirements, you’re in safe, experienced hands.

GTR 23 has arrived in style to cater for the JDM, US and soon to be released European model of the Nissan GT-R. The website contains 100’s of aftermarket Japanese made tuning and styling products for the new GT-R and is updated regularly to feature the most up to date content ! backed by the very best Japanese brands & tuning houses. In association with our friends around the world we can make available the very latest news on all things GT-R. Many thanks goes to GTRBLOG, GTR-WORLD, CBA-R35, 2009GTR, Kultivate and many more… where possible we’ll do our best to not only break the news but also make it :)

As well as being Europe’s premier performance parts distributor, we can offer technical advise and servicing on your GT-R. Forget hearsay on the net, we know which oils should be used on the increadible GT-R gear box, engine and LSD. We have fault finding and error codes clearing diagnostic equipment. We can reflash your ecu for different levels of tune (further details can be found on our tuning page).

Lots more updates to the site to come

Best Wishes
Benji Linney

More sources for Japanese and other parts overseas.