Jan 31, 2010

All Wheel Drive Controller for R35 GT-R ?

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Nissan's and Subaru's have shared the same suppliers for many of their parts. Sometimes little things, sometimes larger things. The first time I got into a WRX I noticed the window switches were the same as a Nissan Skyline GT-R R34.
The Nissan Skyline GT-R R32-R34 used an all wheel drive system called ATTESA.  The ATTESA system was a wet clutch in the center differential that was locked up, or engaged though hydraulic pressure from the ATTESA pump. The ATTESA system uses the wheel speeds, TPS, and G-Sensor to vary the output pressure of the ATTESA pump. A few companies, and even some individuals have made ATTESA system controllers, that allow them to tune the ATTESA system to their liking.  HKS has their ETC, Grid has a Dancer, Field had a toque split controller. Autospeed posted an article called “Godzilla Tamed”, with an explanation of what they disliked about the ATTESA system in the R32 GT-R and what they did to change it.   So far I haven’t noticed any parts for the R35, but that may be changing soon.

Jan 28, 2010

Tune Only GT-R in the 10’s

I have had this up in a tab for about a month, meaning to post on it.  Better late than never. 

1/4 Mile ET: 10.950
1/4 Mile MPH: 126.790
1/8 Mile ET: 7.100
1/8 Mile MPH: 101.750
0-60 Foot ET: 1.708

Jan 26, 2010

GT-R Transmission Flash Tuning Via OBD II Port

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Joe from Cobb Tuning has just posted some information on Beta testing that is starting on the TCM (Transmission Control Module) for the R35 GT-R GR6 Transmission. The post is fairly detailed, so I will copy it and post it here in its entirety.

Nissan GT-R FIA GT1 News

The Swiss Racing Team has announced two of their four drivers for the FIA GT1 championship .  Former F1 driver Karl Wendlinger will be the first of two drivers in one of the cars, Swedish driver Max Nilsson will be the first of two drivers in the second car.
Sumo Power GT

Nissan Postage Stamps


Wired posted a story about Nissan postage stamps that are being sold in Japan between February 1st and August 31. If you are into Nissans and in Japan, you can pick some up.

Both sets are 80-yen stamps, 10 to a sheet. They’re sold by the sheet only and will cost you 1,200 yen per. You’ve gotta get ‘em in person. Mail order? Sorry, “Not available,” postal officials say.

Read More http://www.wired.com/autopia/2010/01/nissan-postage-stamps/#ixzz0dmHECcIY

Jan 24, 2010

Nissan GT-R's at Nurburgring

One real, and one in GT5.  The real video is from a BMW camera car following a couple of R35’s at Nurburgring.  The virtual lap is from the Grand Turismo 5 video game that has been “delayed indefinitely”.

Bad Batch of Engines Sends 309 GT-R’s in For Repair in Europe

There has been some buzzing in some of the European forums about a bad batch of VR38DETT engines in vehicles in Europe. The crankshaft bearings in early left hand drive cars have had an issue, and 309 cars are being recalled, engines and all ancillaries replaced, and returned to the owners. The affected vehicles are only in Europe, and this engine replacement does NOT affect the US, Japan, or the UK. 

Jan 23, 2010

Nissan Skyline GT-R Acceleration Video

This R33 is pretty intense.  I really like the camera angle, it really helps to give you the feeling of acceleration. I will have to see if I can get that camera angle with a wide angle lens for some videos.

Tokyo Auto Salon 2010 Setup

Tokyo Auto Salon is an annual aftermarket car show that showcases what the Japanese aftermarket has to offer.  Dino from Speedhunters posted up a few pictures of the event, here are a couple of the good ones. Head over to their articles for some more information and pictures


Tommy Kaira Ebbrezza-R R35


4 Door ER34 Nissan Skyline. Dino says he is going to post some more information on this car soon.  Z-Tune Fenders , R34 GT-R wing,and a few carbon fiber bits add to the aesthetic.


Final Connection ER34. Sporting a widebody kit, and big, make that huge color matched lips on the wheels,although it looks a lot more show than go.

Source : Speedhunters

Jan 21, 2010

SSP GTR 1000RR Turbo Kit



SSP GTR1000RR. Godzilla sporting a pair of Precision 57/58 Turbo's with custom billet center sections. Dyno session starts next week.

The 57/58 is rated at 605hp and has a 58mm compressor and 57mm turbine wheel


JUN Auto Camshafts for the VR38DETT


JUN Auto famous in Japan, and well known world wide for their Hyper Lemon, yellow and green cars have released some information on their camshafts for the VR38DETT.

The JUN cams come in as the largest intake side thus far at 264 degrees of duration with 10.5mm of lift .The exhaust side duration and lift is the same as the Tomei, and Mines cams at 264 degrees 10.5 mm of lift.  The stock cams are 238 degrees 9.56 mm on the intake, and 248 degrees 9.88 mm on the exhaust.

Source : GTR Blog

Jan 19, 2010

E85 Fueled GT-R Tuning Results


Tim Bailey, the head calibrator with Cobb tuning recently ran an R35 GT-R with E85 fuel on the dyno and obtained some impressive results.  E85 is a blended fuel of ethanol and gasoline. 85% ethanol and 15% gasoline.  E85 is 105 octane, and a renewable fuel. However it does have some downsides,but as this is an enthusiast blog, I won’t go into them much, look it up.  Here in California we only have a few places that you can purchase E85, and the energy contained within the fuel is lower than gasoline, so it takes more ethanol to go the same distance, and to make the same power. E85 fuel requires a retune, as the fuel requirements are about 30% higher than 100% gasoline.

The positives are that it is relatively cheap compared to a race fuel, and that it is available at the pump in a lot of places in the US.   Bailey took a GT-R with a midpipe, cat back exhaust , twin 255 fuel pumps, and 800 cc injectors, and put it on the dyno.

Because our injectors are mathematically ideal for ~30% higher flow it’s clear that the stock fuel pumps simply cannot keep up with higher duty cycle with 800cc injectors.To combat the lack of fuel we installed two walbro 255s in the place of the stock fuel pumps. The installation took about 4 hours total as the stock in tank fuel surge tank needed heavy but straightforward modification. With new fuel pumps installed we went back to the dyno with high hopes of sufficient fuel delivery.



Stock on 92 octane the car did 435 hp / 435 ft/lb . On 92 octane with the exhaust mods at 16.5 psi the car made 513 hp/512 ft/lbs. With the E85 in the tank, 18 psi of boost, the car made 574 hp/585 ft/lbs.  They think they can make over 600 whp on E85 with a few more tweaks.


Source : Cobb Blog (say that 5 times fast)

Jan 15, 2010

GOTO Racing GT-R at Redline Time Attack

The AccessPORT tuned GOTO:Racing GT-R produces nearly 800 wheel horsepower, dispelling the myth that a stand-alone ecu is required for big HP applications. See why the AccessPORT is the ultimate tuning solution for the Nissan GT-R and racing teams alike


GOTO Racing was planning to run World Challenge races, but how it looks right now, they will be competing in Time Attacks with the R35. There are some rumors out there of another team running in 2010 with two R35 GT-R’s in World Challenge. More on that rumor in the next few weeks.




Source : YouTube

Jan 14, 2010

Nissan GTR 35 vs Nissan Patrol Turbo In Dubai

Dubai. Lots of interesting and crazy cars in Dubai. Quiet a lot of Nissan Patrols. They use them for climbing sand dunes, and sometimes racing against exotics.


In this video from a roll, The Nissan Patrol , well. You watch the video.

FIA GT1 GT-R Teams Announced


Planet Lemans is reporting that Nismo has signed a deal with Sumo Power in Japan to replace the shuttered Gigawave team.  Sumo Power is fairly well known in Japan as a major HKS Dealer.  They have also ran a few drag and time attack cars over the last few years.

Sumo Power GT is an unknown name for most people, although it seems that British JR Motorsports is behind this project. The company ran Mitsubishi Evo Xs in the British Rally Championship and is also behind Sumo Power, “the UK’s number 1 for Japanese performance parts.”

Sumo Power will join the Swiss Racing Team for a total of four Nissan R35 GT-R GT1’s running in the FIA Championship next year.


Source : Planet Lemans

Jan 13, 2010

STILLEN Nissan GTR and Inside STILLEN Tour

The Smoking Tire visits the headquarters of Steve Millen Sportparts, better known as STILLEN, and take an inside look at how STILLEN produces their high-quality aftermarket parts. We then get a ride in the STILLEN Nissan GTR with the man, Steve Millen himself.




STILLEN Nissan GTR and Inside STILLEN Tour

FIA GT1 Championship : Nissans New Team


Autoweek is reporting that Nissan has found a new team to run a pair of R35 GT1’s in the FIA Championship.

Nissan and its motorsport arm, NISMO, were faced with the task of replacing the British Gigawave Motorsport team--which closed its doors just before Christmas--before this Friday's closing date for entries. Series rules dictate that each brand or manufacturer must be represented by two teams, each running a pair of cars.

Read more: http://www.autoweek.com/article/20100113/MOTORSPORTS/100119952#ixzz0cVvtaFfN

Gigawave closed just before Christmas, rumored on financial difficulties. Gigawave participated in four races in the 2009 FIA GT Championship.

The name of the team has not been disclosed yet, as NISMO is finalizing the deal with the team this week.


Source : Autoweek

Evo Magazine Car of the Decade :Result


Evo Magazine from the UK had an online poll on what their readers considered to be the the best and most important car of the last 10 years and the Nissan GT-R won. car_photo_351721_7

Sadly, though, there’s reason to believe the vote was swung in the Nissan’s favour (and the second-place Vauxhall VX220’s) by a brace of enthusiastic owners’ forums. The rest of the contenders were left languishing as the Japanese giant and the Griffin-badged sports car battled it out in a distinctly two-horse race.


In the Evo office though their overwhelming pick for the car of the year was the Porsche 911 GT3 RS.

New ed Nick Trott – ‘the car I most desire among these is the GT3 RS. It’s not the best (GT-R), nor is it the most impressive achievement (again, GT-R) but of all the cars in this list it’s the one I’d  I’d tip my last gallon of fuel into.’



The people voted for the GT-R, the editors while many of them like the GT-R, decided they liked the P car over all others. 

Source : Evo

Swift Sway Bar Set for R35 GT-R



Swift USA and SP Engineering have been working together on a Sway bar upgrade for the R35 GT-R. The new bars are 12 % larger at the front , 34 mm in diameter, weigh in at 14.6 lbs and are hollow.  At the rear the bar is a 3 way adjustable 16 mm diameter, 5.5 lb solid bar. The rates of adjustment are 0% , 13%, and 16% stiffer than stock.


The sway bars and Swift Springs are in stock at SP Engineering now. Source : Nagtroc.


Jan 12, 2010

Super Street Magazine – Mines R35 GT-R

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Super Street has just posted an article online about the Mines R35 GT-R. Anyone that has watched any of the Best Motoring videos online has seen what Mines has done in the past with Nissan Skylines, and it is always impressive, understated, and fast.

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Mine's carefully chose what they wanted to do to improve the overall performance of the GT-R. The ECU was something Mine's specializes in and once they cracked it, they took full advantage of it by increasing performance and improving engine response. The engine itself is stock but covered underneath a black carbon engine cover. The air filter is Mine's VX Air filter. A new lightweight titanium exhaust system was added to compliment the increased outage from the new settings from the ECU. Now there's 550bhp at 6400rpm from 480bhp at 6400rpm stock.


Source: Super Street Magazine

Jan 7, 2010

One Year of Sales for the Nissan GT-R in the US


The Nissan GT-R did not follow traditional year to year sales starting dates like most cars. Normally in the US we see production year /model year start in the September before the model year, ie Sept 09 would be a 2010 model.  Some cars don't adhere to this rule, and overseas they normally go by calendar year.

United States Sales 2008 -2009

147 - July 08
484 - August 08
421 - September 08
321 - October 08
208 - November 08
149 - December 08
94 - January 09
169 - February 09
137 - March 09
171 - April 09
146 - May 09
150 - June 09

Total 2597

United States Sales 2009-2010 though December

128 - July 09
100-August 09
111- September 09
117-October 09
92 -November 09
119 -December 09

Total 667


Source : NAGTROC

GT-R Photo Contest


A couple of members over at NAGTROC are putting together a photo contest. Here are the rules.

1. All photos must be of an R35 Nissan GT-R, any color, any condition, any year, stock or modded.
2. All photos can be shot in full color, B/W, HDR, outdoor, indoor, moving, photo-shopped, whatever style, we want to see extreme pics.
3. Contestants may submit 3 photos for the contest. Photo size must not be larger than 1024(W)x683(H)
4. Contestants can shoot the photos themselves or with the help of a partner.
5. Photos must be of a car from a member here on NAGTROC.org and not random photos borrowed from the Internet.
6. Submissions to be uploaded here to this thread and closed December 31, 2009 for judging.
7. A winner will be decided by total vote count from Dec. 31-2009 - January 10th, 2010.
8. The winner will be announced on January 11th, 2010.
9. The winner will also have a thread dedicated to his/her winning photo!



Prizes will be given out to the top 3 finishers.
The winner will receive: a Hot Wheels die cast GTR. Donated by me.
2nd place: http://gt-rr.com/gt-r/r35/nismo_japan/part...uper_gt/pid/248 Generously donated by Mike @ bulletproofautomotive irock.gif
3rd place: http://gt-rr.com/gt-r/r35/nismo_japan/part...uper_gt/pid/249 Also generously donated by Mike @ bulletproofautomotive
So please cast your votes! Voting ends Jan. 31, 2010 and winners announced Feb. 1st!


The contest is for best photo, so remember that when voting.


Source : Photos  and Voting

Tomei Poncams for the R35 GT-R


Camshafts for the VR38DETT engine have been pretty scarce so far. Only Mines having released a set so far at 138,000 yen($1480).  It has not stopped cars with stock camshafts from pushing over 700 horsepower to the wheels.The more lift and duration a camshaft has, the more potential power, higher in the rev range, a car will make.

While these camshafts are pretty mild, they should make a noticeable difference to the VR38 engine. GT-R Blog posted up some pictures and specifications on Tomei’s cams, and they sound a lot like the Mine’s cams. 256 degrees –10.2 mm lift on the intake side , and 264 degrees 10.5 mm on the exhaust side.  The stock cams are 238 degrees 9.56 mm on the intake, and 248 degrees 9.88 mm on the exhaust.

The Tomei cams are priced at 134,000 yen($1435US) for the set or , 67,200 yen($720US) for the exhaust only. In my experience with the RB26, Tomei produce some of the best hard parts around.


Source : GT-R Blog

Jan 5, 2010

The Ultimate guide to Suspension and Handling Part 1, Wheels and Tires

591486104_twtdq-LThe Ultimate guide to Suspension and Handling Part 1, Wheels and Tires


 MotoIQ's Mike Kojima posted the first part of their ultimate guide to suspension and handling.

Horsepower is sexy and chicks dig it, at least a lot of meatheads think that way. Making horsepower is relatively easy. A lot of competent people know how to make power, lots of it. Until drifting became the rage in this country, handling and cornering prowess was for geeks, the road racing elite and autocrossers. Handling was for dweebs that raced around cones in parking lots, or loners prowling canyon roads at night, not for cool people in the scene.

How to tune a car's suspension was an unknown art in the world of mainstream performance, simply because most people didn’t care about handling. Most people emulated the world of road racing by making their cars low. Low was cool, low was handling.



Mike explains some of the basics on tires and wheels, and what people should look for in wheels and tires, obviously more slated to track/street usage than bling.

I am looking forward to the rest of this serious. MotoIQ is full of great tech, you should check it out. 


Source: MotoIQ

Nismo R34 Skyline GT-R Z-tune Time Attack - Best Motoring International

[English Narration & Subtitles] The Legendary Nismo Z-tuned GT-R challenges the new Fuji Speedway. Time attack driven by the the Nismo works racer, Satoshi Motoyama.

R34 Z-Tune

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Nissan GT-R  1:56.961 140 ´08 479 / 1740 Best Motoring

Audi R8 V10 5.2 FSI 1:59.720 137 ´09 525 / 1620 Best Motoring


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Jan 4, 2010

Car of the Year /Car of the Decade

Peoples memories are short.  Over at Autoblog, Damon Lavrinc posed the question of “Whats your vehicle of the Decade ?”. Its been a pretty popular post with 412 comments thus far.  People range from the Bugatti, to the Prius, to the ZR1 and the GT-R. .




Autocar.co.uk’s Dan Stevens picked the Nissan GT-R as his Car of the Decade. 

So it’s my car of the decade because it redefines the idea of a supercar; it doesn’t have to be massively expensive (okay, I can’t afford a new one either, but it’s a lot less than a 911 Turbo and considerably more exclusive) to offer ballistic performance in a full-size bodyshell that makes people stare and small boys point.

The readers at Autocar.co.uk picked the Range Rover as the Car of the Decade. I think none of the people that voted ever actually owned one more than 5 years old. Nearly every single Range Rover I have gotten into, has the dash lit up like a Christmas tree with codes and errors. The last Supercharged one I drove would just cut out suddenly while driving at high speed for a while. They are English, and built in England,so that might have something to do with the voting. 

The readers picks:

Top ten:

1 Range Rover

2 Lotus Elise Mk2

3= Bugatti Veyron and Nissan GT-R

5 Vauxhall VX220

6 Toyota Prius Mk2

7 Tata Nano

8 Mini Cooper

9 Ford Focus

10 Jaguar XF




Nitrobahn picked their top 10 Supercars of 2009, and along with the $400,000 2010 Lexus LFA , 2010 Lamborghini Reventon Roadster,Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren Stirling Moss , 2009 Bertone Mantide , Aston Martin One-77 , Lamborghini Murciélago LP670-4 SuperVeloce , Ferrari 458 Italia , Mercedes Benz SLS AMG , and  McLaren MP4-12C , they picked  the 2009 Nissan GT-R SpecV.

Are you surprised to see a car from Nissan in this top 10 list? The powerful GT-R has now acquired the one thing it needed to hold its head high in the super car league – a six-figure price tag.


Carfront.com put up its best 10 cars of the Decade, and they put the Nissan GT-R at #8 .


Autotrader UK also picked their car of the Decade. Their list was 20 deep with the top spot occupied by the Bugatti Veyron, however the #2 pick might be surprising to some, but not as much of surprise if I am mentioning it here.

The GT-R is the world's hardest, fastest and most technologically advanced car Nissan has ever produced and has given a bloody nose to every single one of the world's supercars - all for just £52,995.

Most notably, it gave the Porsche 911 Turbo - a £100,000 elite supercar - a thrashing around the Nurburgring.

And finally, at least for this installment, Evo is picking their car of the decade.  The nominee for 2008 was the Nissan GT-R, and now the voting is passing over to the forum members. Right now the GT-R is leading.



Jan 2, 2010

Gigawave to close Nissan GT-R GT1 Team




The FIA GT1 team Gigawave is set to close down according to a report in Autosport Magazine.Gigawave and Nissan were development partners on the V-8 GT-R race car in 2009, and were to help coordinate sales and spares for the cars in 2010.

The move is reported to be financial in nature, with Nissan now looking for another European agent and team to run the program in GT1 next year.  The Swiss Racing Team have two additional GT1 GT-Rs they will be entering in 2010.







Source : Autosport