Sep 30, 2008

WOT is 2009’s Coolest Car? Vote in the XM Coolest Car Challenge!

From Motor Trend

Starting with the more than 160 XM-equipped vehicles, editors trimmed the list down to the coolest 64 cars, trucks and sport-utilities for 2009. These 64 were then seeded in a basketball tournament-style bracket with the editorial teams selecting the winner of each head-to-head matchup, round by round, to determine the XM Coolest Car for 2009.

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Top Gear Australia - GT-R

Top Gear Australia: Nissan GT-R

From Nagtroc. I was looking for this last night, but it wasn't up yet

Australian TG Track Lap Times
Nissan GT-R 1:09.46
911 Carrera S PDK 1:11.69
Lotus Elise 1:12.28
BMW M3 1:13.40
Merc CLS63AMG 1:13.72

Haltechs GT-R.

Sep 29, 2008

MSRP ? Markups ? The ZR1 Lands on Ebay

Who has to have it now ?

The lowest "bid" is 115k and that is reserve not met. One car is at 141k with 15 bids. The highest listed is 185k.

Who was complaining about GT-R markups ?

Cobb Version 1.07 Maps

Via Nagtroc Forums.

These maps will lower boost to approximately 1.15 BAR(+/-.5 Bar) These are designed to work with Hi-Flow or Stock cats. Catless mid and/or fully catless cars may experience higher boost levels. These maps should not run into over boost conditions, however they are BETA releases and further refinement may be required.

Accessport USDM and JDM Maps

USDM 2 102 RON v107 BETA.ptm 1 91 OCT V107 BETA.ptm 1 93 OCT V107 BETA.ptm 1 97 RON v107 BETA.ptm 2 91 OCT v107 BETA.ptm 2 93 OCT v107 BETA.ptm 2 97 RON v107 BETA.ptm 2 100 OCT v107 BETA.ptm

JDM 2 97 RON v107 BETA.ptm 100 OCT v107 BETA.ptm 102 RON v107 BETA.ptm 1 91 OCT v107 BETA.ptm 1 93 OCT v107 BETA.ptm 1 97 RON v107 BETA.ptm 2 91 OCT v107 BETA.ptm 2 93 OCT v107 BETA.ptm

Porsche Accuses Nissan Of Cheating At Nurburgring

From Cars Guide

Porsche has just run its own back-to-back tests with the Japanese company’s GT-R supercar and says it could not get within 25 seconds of Nissan’s claimed record time of seven minutes 29 seconds in April.
We have seen lots of magazine tests and videos so far. Many of them, most of them have the GT-R as quicker on track. The most recent , the Car and Driver Lightning Lap had it as 2 seconds faster than the Corvette Z06. The Z06 with a "standing start" time of 7:40.

Road and Track Buttonwillow Results. GT-R Vs 911 vs Z06

Motor Trends Article on Americas Best Handling car.

BEST LAP (MIN:SEC): 1:42.507

BEST LAP (MIN:SEC): 1:40.453

Two seconds faster than the 911 at Laguna Seca.

But he eventually revealed his team clocked the GT-R at 7 minutes 54 seconds, with the 911 Turbo managing 7:38 and the GT2 getting down to 7:34.
Road and Track - 4 Track Free For All

It was faster than a Porsche 911 GT2 at Streets of Willow,WSIR (Big Track). Just behind the GT2 at the Autocross and at California Speedway.

Add some more fuel to the fire.

2009 Nissan GT-R GTec Run

Decent quality video.

2009 Nissan GTR Launch Control GTEC 1/4 mile run

11.5 @ 121. Believeable. It says 0-60 in 3.3 seconds with a 1.78 60 foot.

More GR6 GT-R Gearbox Failure Thoughts

I was posting on the Forums and had a thought.

Wheel hop. Wheel hop. I have heard wheel hop on a GT-R on a LC launch. Wheel spin and hop.

C5/C6's break rear ends and housings as evidenced by this thread.

Cadillac had a TSB for a wheel hop fix on its CTS-V

Some cars break housings, some break rear ends, some break shafts, some break gears. I see the GT-R breaking gears. Its the loading and unloading of the gear that causes it to break. The wheel hop. Overtime, things loosen up more, and the car may get even more wheel hop.

GR6 Gearbox failure

Password JDM : Hood , Trunk , and Diffuser Blades in Carbon Fiber

From forums

The hood weighed in at 15lbs and 5 lbs for the trunk

Something the GT-R needs more of, weight loss.

Fastest Nissan R35 GT-R's on

The fastest listed so far is Haltechs R35 GT-R with an 11.1 @ 124 mph pass. 1.782 60 foot. 7.2 @ 101mph in the 1/8th mile is pretty fast. Shows 10 second potential. Drop the 60 foot down to a 1.6 and a 10 second pass is there. Maybe they should try out some Nitto 20 inch drag radials.

Only 8 cars listed so far. The slowest being a 12.0 @ 114 mph.

If you have run your car, get your time up there listed.

Nissan GT-R R35 on Ebay

A173 items currently.

GT-R Vspec - SpecV in January 2009 ?

Kris over at GT-R Blog got some information from the R35 GT-R Club,Japan

...Miyazaki-san from Nissan he let slip that the Spec-V is due for a January release in Japan.

The price is going to be key. Expect 100k plus. I would suspect we will see in the 115k-130k range. Something in that range. Comparable maybe a little more than the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1.

I still hate the SpecV name. Thats still a Sentra here in the US.

SP Engineering Installs HKS GT570 Kit

SP Engineering is installing an HKS 570 kit here in the US.

They say they are going to dyno it on 91 octane and MS109 unleaded fuel.

SP Engineering.424 Turnbull Canyon Rd. Telephone: (626) 333-5398 Fax: (626) 333-8355
City of Industry, CA 91745

1- Turbo Outlet Straight Pipes
2- Downpipes with Straight pipes
3- Inter cooler pipes with joints and Clamps
4- Intake pipes with HKS SQV BOV
5- HKS Boost Cut Defense
6- HKS EVC VI Boost controller preprogrammed for GTR with cool Red R35 Label
7- HKS upgraded Turbo actuators
8- HKS one heat range colder Spark Plugs

Sep 28, 2008

Tarmac Magazine - Donut King R35 GT-R

Tarmac Magazine

The Spring 2008 issue of Tarmac Magazine has coverage of the Donut King R35 GT-R that ran in the Targa Tasmania on April 15th , 2008. The car had minor modifications at the point it attempted to run the event. Mines ECU , Mines Titanium exhaust , Mines 400 mm brake rotors , Autech Suspension. Tsukada from ATTKD collaborated with the Donut King team on the suspension.

After day one, the Donut King team was 23rd. However on Leg Two , The Sideling , going around a corner two of the tires blew. They ended up withdrawing the car as they didnt trust the tires they had. Personally I would have went down to an 19 or 18 inch tire. Especially for something like a tarmac rally. They are going over a combination of terrains and road conditions. We have already tried 18 inch wheels on the car and they fit fine. The smaller diameter wheel would have also allowed a little more sidewall. It might not have been as quick, but in order to finish first, first you must finish.

Sep 26, 2008

Car And Driver Lightning Lap 2008

Car and Drivers "Time Attack". Virginia International Raceway (VIR) has been used as their standard for the last three years.

Controlled environment means racetrack, and for Lightning Lap that means the 4.2-mile Grand Course at Virginia International Raceway, near Danville, Virginia. This beautiful road circuit is an outstanding blend of fast chutes, blind-entry corners, and lots of changes in ­elevation, including a series of climbing esses that’s one of the most challenging sections of racetrack in America

The important GT-R related information. 4th fastest overall...

However equipped, the GT-R is certainly quick—its 2:55.6 lap time bettered last year’s Corvette Z06 by more than two seconds—if not the most rewarding car to drive fast on a track.

11.529@121 mph

From . It says its stock. Looks like the car is from New York.

1/4 Mile ET: 11.529
1/4 Mile MPH: 121.700
1/8 Mile ET: 7.508
1/8 Mile MPH: 93.860
0-60 Foot ET: 1.815

A 1.815 60 foot is pretty good. 121 mph is on the high side of what we are seeing for stock R35 GT-R's. So far haven't seen a 10 second time slip yet. Seen a few 11.1's. Time slip..

Axis Wheels Yellow R35 GT-R

From CBA-R35

Look, its a yellow R35 GT-R. I wonder where I will see this car next... I wonder...

GT-R shootout anyone ? There is one coming up...

ASR's/360 Forged new stock Nissan Skyline GTR vs Modded Porsche 997TT.

ASR's/360 Forged new stock Nissan Skyline GTR was gonna go head-2-head a Modded Porsche 997TT.

Sep 25, 2008

Mines R35 GT-R vs Spoon NSX-R GT Video - GT Channel

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Mines R35 GT-R vs Spoon NSX-R GT

Darkside Motoring R35 GT-R For The SEMA Show

Darkside Motoring is working on an R35 GT-R for the Hot Import Nights booth at the 2008 SEMA Show.

An old friend and neighbor of mine that works at Darkside is working on this project. When he first told me about it, I let him know that there is really a limited supply of aftermarket items for the R35 GT-R currently. Mostly just bolt on items. They are working on the car currently, and look forward to having it showcased at the SEMA Show.

Darkside Motoring, Inc.
21758 Devonshire St.
Chatsworth, CA 91311
818.349.6221 office
818.349.6234 fax

Tomica Yellow Hat Nissan GT-R Super GT Car

From Toy Car Collectors Malaysia Blog

Who cares if its VK45 powered ?

I don't have this one yet. I have too many others though.

Mines R35 GT-R vs Spoon NSX-R GT Video - GT Channel

And here is the rest of it.

Mines R35 GT-R Video

And here is the rest of it.

Bling Quartet - Road and Track Magazine

Road and Track Magazine

Mr Sam Mitani, friend of the aftermarket and international editor for Road and Track Magazine tests four modified vehicles

Noted GT-R tuner, Mine's, shipped the world's first seriously tweaked Nissan GT-R (R35) to us from Japan. Also making the trek across the Pacific was Honda's preeminent tuner and race specialist, Spoon, and its Honda NSX-R GT. From Europe came TechArt's amazing GTstreet, based on the 997 Porsche 911 Turbo, and representing the stars and stripes is D3 and its impressive Cadillac CTS.

Spoon NSX-R GT

Lap Time: 1:31.09

There's simply no debate: The Spoon NSX-R GT is the most thrilling and fun-to-drive car in this group...perhaps the world.

The Techart 911 mouth is dope.

Its 480-bhp turbocharged flat-6 and road-carving all-wheel-drive handling have made it one of the world's best sports cars, and it demonstrated its prowess around the Streets of Willow Springs by tearing through its 16 corners in 1:30.69.

Sixty mph comes in 3.0 sec., 100 mph in 6.9. Its quarter-mile time is in motorcycle territory, getting to the mark in 11.1 sec. at 127.4 mph.

Lap Time: 1:25.79

By now, you have no doubt heard of the new Nissan GT-R. This $70,000 2+2 has burst onto the world sports-car stage with a prodigious bang, boasting performance that's comparable to cars costing two to three times more.

2009 Motor Trend Magazine Car of the Year Contenders

Motor Trend Magazine

Judging for 2009 Motor Trend Car of the Year -- our signature award - is underway. We're in the midst of our exhaustive evaluation process that features intensive performance testing and flogging at the Hyundai/Kia testing facility in Mojave, California, with each of year's field of 17 contenders. The field is then whittled down to 10 finalists, and then we evaluate them further on a demanding road loop. From econoboxes like the Toyota Corolla, to midsize sedans such as the Mazda6 and Audi A4, to the Nissan GT-R supercar, this year's field is one of the strongest in some time.

Who is going to win ?


* Acura TL
* Acura TSX
* Audi A4
* BMW 1 Series
* Dodge Challenger
* Honda Fit
* Hyundai Genesis
* Jaguar XF
* Lincoln MKS
* Mazda6
* Nissan GT-R
* Nissan Maxima
* Pontiac G8
* Pontiac Vibe
* Toyota Corolla
* Toyota Matrix
* Volkswagen CC

GT-R Black Box Causes a Canceled Order

From Autoweek

A bit over dramatized in order to try and prove a point. The guy canceling the order was an attorney, so of course he is trying to set a precedent.

Weires says he's uncomfortable with the fact that every GT-R has a recording device strapped to its chassis, an electronic black box that monitors how each owner drives his or her GT-R.
I have been trying to find some more specifics about this recording device. I got some information from the NAGTROC forums a little while ago, but the last few weeks I haven't had time to look into it more.

EDRs soon will collect a bewildering amount of data in keeping with pending federal regulations aimed at standardizing information available from the devices. Those regulations, finalized earlier this year and set to go into effect Sept. 1, 2012 (on 2013-model-year vehicles), specify exactly how much and what types of information must be collected and saved electronically in the event of a crash or airbag deployment.

In 2006, the National High-way Traffic Safety Administration reported that 64 percent of manufacturers were equipping vehicles with EDRs, a number the agency says hasn't radically changed. But an informal survey indicates that most automakers--with some notable exceptions--are embracing the devices

Nissan has already had an on board data recorder in most of its cars. Something that is accessible though "Deep Consult".

It's that part about "warranty repairs" that has Weires worried. He says data collected by the VSDR could allow Nissan arbitrarily to invalidate all or part of the car's warranty. For instance, Nissan specifically warns owners that they could void warranty protection by running a car with its vehicle dynamic control (VDC), governing traction and stability, turned off. (In fairness to Nissan, the owner's manual does allow owners to defeat VDC when wheelspin is needed to rock a car that's stuck in snow or mud.)

I broke the transmission when I was rocking the car when I was stuck in snow or mud. Good excuse. Probably will not fly with the dealer.

Nissan officials are quick to clarify that VSDR data would be used only as a secondary way to verify that a car had been abused or raced. And only the damaged part might not be covered by warranty; a record of hard use wouldn't invalidate the warranty for the entire car.

"We don't say you can't drive your car in high-performance situations," said Hibma. "We do realize that some customers will take their car to the track for all-out driving. But racing is different."

Track / all out driving. Racing. Where exactly is the line drawn ? That would be the question.

ARC Exhausts for R35 GT-R

From forums and Ben at

Next is the ARC Titanium Exhaust Type-G. This is aimed at those looking for a less obnoxious exhaust. Weighing in a 10.4kg it’s lighter than stock while maintaining great flow and a relatively low noise output. The ARC exhausts all have the single opening elliptical tips. Some may not like these. Price is 448,000 yen and part number is TSR35-G.

Lastly is the ARC Titanium Exhaust Type-S. This is a louder more circuit spec exhaust with a lighter weight (6.8kg) and louder noise. The price is also cheaper due to less materials used at 315,000 yen. Part number is TSR35-S.

Some intercooler information from ARC

First up the ARC intercoolers, shown above, will retail at 398,000 yen. Part number is M079R35G. Release date is September 2008.

Broken GT-R Transmission

From CBA-R35 Blog

I have seen a few pictures of broken gearboxes, but nothing I have found so far on the internet.

I have mentioned a few times on forums that its not just the clutches that are giving up, but the gears within the transmission. I have heard a couple different reasons for it, but if its like most transmissions its from the gears slamming together. However in a twin clutch transmission, I would think that we wouldn't see something like this.

I wonder what Redline Shockproof Light would do to the transmission and clutch assembly. The stock GR6 fluid is a type of ATF. We have run Redline Shockproof in place of ATF's in certain transmissions. The transmission in the R34 GT-R, the Getrag V160 does not like Shockproof gearoil. The GR6 also may not like it as the clutch is wet, and adding a thicker fluid may effect the lockup of the clutch.

Ian at CBA-R35 seems to think its excessive launch control, however I don't think thats what actually did this.

Sep 23, 2008

Power House Amuse Founder Passes Away

From Dino's J Style Blog

The Power House Amuse President and Founder Hideki Tanabe passed away September 20th. If you have played Gran Turismo 5 Prolouge, you have seen some of his cars in it.

Over the years he never hired a pro driver to drive his cars, always preferring to set lap records himself. He was always on pace and the R35 GTR record he set at Tsukuba and Fuji with the Phantom R earlier in the year are still there.

Power House Amuse and Ericsson will continue to run as usual with Tanabe-san’s wife running things like she has been doing for the last few months. So if you are looking for Amuse and Ericsson products contact your local dealers for more information.

Sep 19, 2008

Samco Intercooler and Radiator Hoses for R35 GT-R

From the Corner Balance Blog

I noticed a press release for Samco hoses in Turbo Magazine yesterday. Heres a link to some pictures. Samco hoses are available in a number of colors.

3 piece kit for the radiator and a 10 piece kit for the intercooler hoses.

More pictures of ho se. -Taking Delivery of Their GT-R . 0-650 Miles

From Part one of a series of information from Streetfire on their Nissan GT-R. Big ups for the mention of this blog. I'll get it back up to date, and on top of things the next week.

15 years. That’s how long I’ve waited to own Godzilla, and here I find myself on a plane flying into tropical storm Fay pounding Atlanta the day I take delivery. Even though my wife and I had recently moved with StreetFire from Atlanta to Los Angeles, we chose Nalley Nissan in Atlanta, Georgia to order our car back in February. I had been smitten with romantic images of taking our new arrival around Road Atlanta shortly after delivery, perhaps even a visit to the Tail of the Dragon. Now I realize we are going to have to arrange transport back West as I don’t want to break the car in on the never ending monotony that is I40.

Despite missing a proper Road Atlanta track day, I’m happy Fay gave me a little wet weather exposure. The GT-R is Los Angeles bound, and doomed to a future of dry desert mountains and eternal sunshine.

Coming soon, Part 2: How to transport a car cross country.

Mid -Ohio Scion Results

Nothing to do with Nissan GT-R's, however the last couple weeks I was helping my friend Dan out with his trip out to the NASA Nationals. He ended up winning the national championship in the PTC class. I towed the car the 2300 miles each way alone. On the way home, right as the event was finishing, Ohio caught the tail end of Hurricane Ike. 75 mile per hour winds helped to solidify me staying an extra night at Mid-Ohio. Power outages, and 1 am fire alarms just helped to top the week off.
From Nissan Skyline GT-R s in the USA Blog

Jackson-Dawson and Scion Win National Championship

Historic Milestone Marks World’s First National Road Racing Title for Scion

TORRANCE, Calif. — It wasn’t really supposed to happen. A Scion taking a national championship in road racing. But that’s exactly what happened at NASA’s third annual national championship at Mid-Ohio Sportscar Course this past weekend. Driver Dan Gardner and the Jackson-Dawson team brought home the title in Performance Touring C. And they also won overall in Race Group J, being the first car to cross the finish line out of almost 60. It’s a world first for Scion, a brand launched just five short years ago.

"It still hasn’t quite sunk in,” said Gardner. "I knew we had the juice to have a respectable finish, but to win it…to win the national championship, that’s something special. It was no cakewalk; that’s for sure. We battled until the end. For me personally, coming off a broken right foot, it was a huge challenge. This is just so sweet. The team is so excited to bring this home for Scion and for all of our committed sponsors who were always there to support us. And to all the owners out there, thanks for cheering us on. This win is for you.”

The week started off with a decent-enough practice day on Thursday, but the team wouldn’t know what the weather gods had in store until the next morning. Weather patterns seemed to be shifting every 15 minutes, and just five minutes before going on track it was unclear what the track conditions would be. Some teams had wet and dry tires at the ready even in pre-grid.

The JD team would routinely put the car on jackstands and have both a wet and a dry set of tires ready to go on at a moment’s notice. They were also ready to make speedy sway bar and shock adjustments as needed.

On Friday morning the track was already a mess, as rain had been pouring down. Some race groups were running in the wet, and others were running in what seemed to be a monsoon. It was a total crapshoot, but at least in the morning, the decision was easy…rain tires or die.

Crew chief Brad Allen disconnected the rear sway bar before the morning practice. No huge shock changes were made, as the team had already dropped to softer springs the day before.

“It’s really like splitting aces,” said Allen. “When it rains, we pull the rear bar. It’s pretty quick actually. We just disconnect one endlink and then zip tie it up so it’s not flopping all around. Especially with as big a rear bar as we run, it’s important to dial out some of the oversteering tendencies when conditions get slick.”

Practice went well, as Gardner felt out the limits of the car in the wet. He was shifting his foot position on the brake pedal, as the day before had sent sharp waves of pain through his foot, still on the mend after a significant fracture. Still, the car was tearing up the wet track, passing other cars almost at will.

By the time Friday Qualifying came, it was betwixt and between. The track had started to dry out a bit, but menacing clouds loomed overhead. Less than five minutes before going out on track, the JD team decided to throw rains on. Other cars, including the high-powered Mazda RX-8 factory team, were still on dries. One minute before track time, the rain began to fall again. One Mazda actually pulled out of grid to swap to rains, as they had gambled that conditions would stay dry.

Gardner qualified well, putting the car second on grid for the start of the first Qualifying Race. Again, the track would be rain-soaked, so the team maintained the same setup. Gardner would start in the first row on the outside, alongside Speed World Challenge and Grand-Am driver, Jim Daniels. When the green flew, both drivers got a good jump and were neck and neck, until Gardner started to pull ever so slowly on the RX-8. Still, in the braking zone, the Mazda had the edge, as the two cars went side by side inches apart going into the first turn.

Gardner was hounding Daniels in the rain, as pressure came from behind by other RX-8s and the turbo Miata. In the Carousel, Gardner’s Scion got sideways and spun. As Gardner tried to save it, it kept going. Finally, in order not to leave the track surface, Gardner put the brakes on hard, and wound up facing traffic, but still on the track.

It was a brutal waiting game, as a train of 15 cars were coming, and Gardner had to wait around 30 seconds before he was able to find a break, do a lighting-fast U-turn, and then rejoin the race. His 2:07 lap time in the rain was the third fastest in the group, and within two-and-a-half laps he would run down the pack, catching and passing cars, sometimes three at a time.

Halfway through the last lap of the race, Gardner was beating on the back bumper of the second-place RX-8. Gardner went side by side in the Carousel, but would be chopped down on hard by the Mazda, who at the same time went hard on the brakes. As soon as the brake lights went off, Gardner put the go pedal to the floor and swung to the inside of the front straight. It was a drag race to the finish, but the Scion’s supercharged power would prevail, finishing less than 50 thousandths of a second ahead. It truly was a photo finish, and a great rain-driving clinic, as Gardner worked his way back through the field to take second place.

Saturday’s morning warm-up session began with a light rain and wet conditions again. Just a couple laps into the session, the skies opened up. It was virtual blindness as wipers on full speed could not clear the water fast enough, despite the copious amounts of Rain-X the team had put on the windshield. Down the back straight Gardner couldn’t see a thing going 120 mph in a downpour while rooster tail spray from the cars in front pounded the windshield. Then the windshield fogged up, and it was simply too dangerous to continue. Gardner got on the radio to tell his crew he was coming in, only to learn that most other drivers were doing the same thing.

The anti-fog treatment on the glass simply wasn’t enough during a downpour. Crewman Sean Morris got to work, making a run to Radio Shack to buy a mini-fan that could be rigged to help clear the fog from the windshield, should the team be caught in another downpour during a race.

“Our glass looked better than a lot of other cars, which wasn’t saying much,” said Morris. “I found a decent fan and started the wiring and mounting project. I wanted to make sure that the fan wouldn’t be an obstruction, but I also wanted to make sure we had a solution that would work. After all the crazy rain, we wouldn’t even get a chance to try it.”

Saturday’s Qualifying would be dry, so the team went back to their dry setup. Gardner would struggle to find room, only able to place the car third on the grid behind Daniels’s RX-8 and an SRT-4. The start was similar to the previous day, as Gardner got a good jump. He would be in P2, tucking behind Daniels in the first turn. From there it was a game of holding off another RX-8 from the Mazda team.

Gardner made the car wide, making it difficult to be passed. The Scion was clearly faster than the Mazda in places, but was giving it back up in others. Gardner was doing everything he could to keep the Mazda behind. On the final lap, the car would unfortunately bobble for fuel, just enough for the Mazda to get beside the Scion. Fans and announcers were on the edge of their seats as the Scion and Mazda went side by side, inches apart, through the entire last section of turns.

In the end, the RX-8 would get the best of Gardner and the Scion, finishing five or six car lengths ahead. Still, it was a good race, and the fans got a heck of a show.

With the qualifying races over, Daniels earned 200 points, while Gardner and another Mazda RX-8 were tied for second with 175 points a piece. The rules stipulated that ties would be broken by the driver with the fastest lap time during either of the races. Gardner was edged out by a scant single tenth of a second, which would put him in P3 for the start of the National Championship Race on Sunday.

Sunday looked like it would be dry, and during the morning practice Gardner actually secured the fastest laptime of the field, though starting position was already predetermined. Nonetheless, it was a good sign, and a decent start to the day.

Winds would start to blow their way into Mid-Ohio as the day went on. Hurricane Ike’s remnants had clearly made their way inland, as gusts of up to 75 mph hit the track before the day was done.

On the start, Gardner found himself on the inside behind two RX-8s and next to a big-horsepower SRT-4. It was going to take a massive jump to keep the Dodge behind, and that’s exactly what Gardner got. On this start, the Scion rocketed ahead briefly pulling to the inside of the two Mazdas. Gardner thought better of going three wide, and let the Mazdas battle as he tucked in behind and fended off the SRT-4. On several occasions the RX-8s were practically banging doors and fenders as they fought with each other for position through the first several turns. Gardner stayed patient, tucking behind and forming a three-car train around the track.

Going into the Keyhole, the Mazda in P2 made a move to the inside and actually got around the first place car as they headed onto the back straight. Halfway down the straight Gardner went to the inside of the second place car, but didn’t have enough room to get the pass done. Again he tucked in behind as he fended off the SRT-4.

Right before going into Thunder Valley, the Scion and the Mazdas were again locked in a three car train. In an instant, one of the Mazdas found itself having mechanical problems. Gardner and the other RX-8 zoomed by on the inside. Gardner would chase the now-first-place car down, and repeatedly try to get around him.

After three or four laps, Gardner saw an opportunity. As he began to catch lap traffic, Gardner timed a pick-and-pass just right, as he passed an incident and swung to the inside of the Keyhole, using a lower-class Neon as a pick. The RX-8 would get around the Neon as well, but not before Gardner had taken over the position.

Now the Scion was showing the way, leading the class and the entire race group. The Mazda was banging on Gardner’s door trying desperately to get around. He was at the same time fending off the SRT-4, as the Dodge would pass him down the back straight and he would pass him back under braking going into Madness.

Several laps went this way, until a full-course caution brought the pace car out. The pace car collected Gardner who was leading the group. Serious accidents meant that it was unclear if the race would end under double yellow conditions. In the end it was not to be.

After three to four pace laps, the pace car finally pulled off down the back straight, and Gardner waited for the single-file restart. The green flew, and Gardner got another spectacular start, pulling away from the Mazda, who tried to get around the tC under braking. Gardner positioned his Scion in the center of the track and turned in early to thwart the RX-8s attack.

Lap after lap, the Mazda tried to pressure Gardner to force him to make a mistake, but he was experiencing huge pressure of his own from behind, as the SRT-4 was trying to get around him, and sometimes did down the back straight. Gardner was holding onto the position despite the pressure.

With the race getting close to the end, the SRT-4 turned on the heat, picking up the pace, and passing the RX-8 early down the back straight. Gardner would now be forced to fend off the car with the most power in the class. As they came out of the Keyhole on the final lap of the race, Gardner got a little bit of breathing room, but the SRT-4 was on the gas. Gardner set his car up in the middle of the track, as the Dodge tried to get inside.

Gardner apexed at the turn down the back straight to hold the SRT-4 off, and then blended track left to set up for Madness. A slower RX-7 helped pick the Dodge, forcing him to remain behind the Scion as they went into the curviest part of the track. With the Dodge on his back bumper, Gardner started to get a tiny bit of room between himself and the blue SRT. As he approached the Carousel, Gardner knew if he didn’t make a mistake he would take the win.

As he came onto the front straight, Gardner looked back and saw the SRT-4 at least three car lengths back. As he crossed the finish line, with fist pumping in the air, Gardner would take the National Title, bringing Scion its first-ever in road racing. It was close, with the Scion crossing the line less than half a second ahead of the second-place car. The fight made the victory even sweeter for the team.

All of this came after the team scrambled to put the Scion back together again after the big wreck at Watkins Glen. They weren’t sure if everything would be exactly right, but the car was bulletproof, completely reliable all week. Gardner worked around the mending right foot, using various techniques to keep the pain away. In the end, it would be enough to secure the win, and the victory party would begin!

“What an accomplishment by the JD team,” said Steve Hatanaka, Scion auto shows and special events manager. “They were really able to accomplish something special this past weekend. We are really proud of our first national road racing championship. The tC is developing quite a performance reputation, and this is a great end to an amazing season.”

Final results from the National Championship Race can be found here:

The JD Scion tC team uses

• Scion-supplied OE parts

• TRD-supplied supercharger and intercooler, front big brake kit, and limited-slip diff.

• Nitto 235/40R17 NT-01 tires

• Enkei RPF1 17x8 wheels

• Dezod-supplied AEM standalone engine management, plug-and-play harness, injectors, end links, and stainless clutch line

• Church Automotive Testing dyno tuning

• Moton Suspension coilover shocks

• Vogtland springs

• Progress Technology rear swaybar

• Motul brake fluid, engine oil, transmission fluid, and super coolant

• Racepak IQ3 logger dash

• AEM sensors and EMS

• Kaminari carbon-fiber roof and composite headlights

• Royalty Auto Body body work

• America’s Tire Co. tire mounting and balancing

• Racetech Viper head-restraint race seat and 6-point harnesses

• Centerforce clutch and low-inertia steel flywheel

• AIT carbon-fiber hood and hatch

• Wild Pony Motorsports-supplied camber/caster plates

• Goodridge stainless brake lines and oil cooler and fuel system fittings and lines

• Carbotech XP10 and XP8 brake pads

• G-Force 5-point harnesses, racing suit, gloves, and helmet

• DC Sports header

• Energy Suspension bushings and motor mounts

• HoseTechniques silicone hoses

• M-Workz alignment and corner balancing

• turn3 clothing

• NST 65-mm supercharger pulley and shifter bushings

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With corporate offices in Detroit, MI, Jackson-Dawson also maintains offices in Torrance, CA, Manhattan, NY, and Spring Hill, TN. Jackson-Dawson owns and operates several divisions: Peloton Creative Group, BenMar Communications, Drivers Talk Radio and Drivers Talk Testing.

From Nissan Skyline GT-R s in the USA Blog

Sep 18, 2008

Car dealership to pay ARB $34,750 for installing unapproved retrofits

Release 08-79
September 16, 2008

Gennet Paauwe

Car dealership to pay ARB $34,750 for installing unapproved

SACRAMENTO - Shasta Nissan Subaru in Redding, Calif., was fined
$34,750 by the California Air Resources Board last week for
illegally modifying engines from 2004 through 2007 on their
light- and medium-duty vehicles with an aftermarket part before
they were sold.

The part, the Vortex Fuel Maximizer, is intended to improve gas
mileage and performance in cars by changing the flow of air as
it mixes with the gasoline before combustion.

It is illegal in the state of California to perform
modifications on a new car before it is sold without first
getting ARB approval. Modifying car engines can increase harmful
emissions and may lead to the vehicle failing California's smog

"ARB's work over the years to ensure that clean burning cars are
sold in California has helped us reduce smog levels throughout
the state," said ARB Chairman Mary Nichols. "We always require
dealers to consult with us before adding aftermarket parts that
can increase emissions."

Per the terms of the settlement, Shasta Nissan Subaru will pay a
total of $34,750 to the California Air Pollution Control Fund
which provides funding to research and programs intended to
reduce California's carbon footprint. $17,375 was paid at the
time of the settlement, and the remaining $17,375 is due 90 days

California's air quality measures are in place to prevent
excessive emissions of materials that can be harmful to
residents' health. Ozone, also known as urban smog, can affect
human health in many ways including: itchy, watery eyes,
scratchy throat, difficulty breathing, shortness of breath,
coughs, heightened asthma rates, cardiopulmonary cases and
premature deaths.

The Air Resources Board is a department of the California
Environmental Protection Agency. ARB's mission is to promote and
protect public health, welfare, and ecological resources through
effective reduction of air pollutants while recognizing and
considering effects on the economy. The ARB oversees all air
pollution control efforts in California to attain and maintain
health based air quality standards.

The ARB is nutty. I wonder how much more their is to this story. Taken as I read it, I don't see a problem. Its snake oil the dealer is selling or installing, but I think they are trying ,perhaps

GT-R Vspec Exhaust

These guys say this is a new exhaust. Looks more like the Nismo exhaust that ran Tokachi and is now offered by Nissan. A #1 on the car. More testing ? The trunk looks like a slightly mismatched color...carbon maybe?

Sep 13, 2008

GT-R at Mid Ohio

Sorry been busy out at Mid-Ohio for the NASA Nationals. Helping out Dan Gardner with his Scion TC. There is one GT-R here running. 315 front - 335 rear Hooisers. I talked to the guys from Carbotech, and they have developed brake pads for the GT-R.

1:34.1 in the dry. Wet all weekend.

Sep 8, 2008

Forbes Autos : Most Powerful Cars Under $100k

From 2009 Nissan GT-R
Forbes Auto

Japanese and European manufacturers are also in pursuit of power. Nissan has recently launched its ground-breaking GT-R sports car and Mercedes-Benz its C63 AMG uber-sport sedan.

Nissan GT-R. And all from only 3799cc.

Transformers Alternity Nissan GT-R

Amazon Japan.

This product release date is scheduled for November 21, 2008

Sep 7, 2008

Finally Someone Gets It - Zele Exhaust

From GT-R Blog

From the less is more school of thought.

Single side exit. Less is more.

HKS GT570 Racing Package Video

A little slow on getting this one up. The car sounds pretty loud.

Should get up pretty decent.

Videos of Fabcar GT-R at Quit Targa West Rally

Check out some more videos over at CBA-R35 Blog

Nissan GT-R Takes Overall Victory at Quit Targa West

From GT-R Blog

The Fabcar Nissan GT-R with Steven Jones at the helm has taken the overall victory in the Quit Targa West tarmac rally

This would be the first win at any event for a production R35 Nissan GT-R .

Quit Targa West Results

Harman Motive : GT-R Upgrade Results

Dyno Graph: Stock R35 vs. Final Stage 2(+50whp and +55tq)
Harman Motive Blog

Harman has done a few upgrades to their GT-R. All dyno runs were on a Mustang dyno, on 91 octane fuel.

With the midpipe installed and still running the same Cobb Stage 1 map we saw a gain of 16whp and 13tq. Beyond that huge gains in response and spool can be seen along with a slight increase in boost. The stock midpipe is definitely a major point of restriction on the R35.

Results of Testing

Stock 401 393 11.8 psi
Cobb Stage 1 426 414 14.0 psi
Cobb Stage 1 w/ Harman Motive Midpipe 442 427 14.3 psi
Cobb Stage 2 w/ Harman Motive Midpipe 450 448 14.9 psi

11.44 @ 122 mph US GT-R Video

Not sure on the rest of this story.. From Nagtroc. I am sure someone will let me know. Supposedly not stock.

11.44 @ 122 is fast.

$7k+ MSRP Increase for 2009 Nissan GT-R

From 2009 Nissan GT-R

Sorry a little slow on the news. On the road to Mid-Ohio...

Nissan today announced an interim price adjustment on the 2009 Nissan GT-R due to increased raw materials costs. The Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Prices (MSRP)* of $76,840 for the GT-R and $79,090 for the GT-R Premium model are effective immediately. Destination & Handling (D&H) is $1,000. The adjusted prices do not apply to customer orders already in dealer hands prior to September 5. The initial GT-R pricing was established nearly a year ago.

To date, approximately 70 percent of the first year allocation of GT-Rs for the United States market have been sold as part of a pre-sale program that has been underway since February 2008. The first customer deliveries of the limited production Nissan GT-R supercar began on July 7, 2008. 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 663 GT-R Certified Nissan dealers is available to consumers on

All 2009 Nissan GT-Rs are equipped with a standard 3.8-liter twin turbo V6 producing 480 horsepower and 434 lb-ft of torque, backed by an all-new, paddle-shifted, dual clutch rear transmission and a world's first independent rear transaxle ATTESA E-TS all-wheel drive system.

Prices go up.