Aug 31, 2010

2012 Nissan GT-R DBA - R35 : 530 hp





GT-R Blog is reporting a few more updates, and more detailed information on the new 2012 Nissan GT-R to be  officially shown around October 2010.

The higher than expected number is an estimated 530-540 ps, or 532 hp, a big jump from the 2011's 485 hp.  There is no information on how this increase is achieved, but at a 2011 boost pressure of 10.2 psi, there was plenty of headroom to allow for more boost.







Nissan has worked on refining the suspension for 2012, with a change in the lower mounting position for the damper, the sway bar, castor angles, and the rear lower roll center. Moving the damper and damper mounting position closer to the wheel, changes the motion ratio of the suspension. It also changes the angle of the damper, which changes its effectiveness.

New tire options in the Bridgestone and Dunlop, along with 3kg lighter wheels, help to reduce weight, and improve performance. Aerodynamic changes have helped improved the coefficient of drag by 10%.

Will all of these changes add up to a big improvement on the 7:26.7 Nurburgring lap time? The never published SpecV time, was supposedly a 7:18, are these changes enough to put the 2012 DBA under 7:20?

GT-R Blog is also reporting that the SpecM, or Gentlemans edition R35 GT-R, will be labeled an Egoist.  This is a bit of an odd name, as it has negative connotations in English. It would almost seem like someone is pulling an April Fools joke a little early.  We will have to see how true some of the information actually is, come October.


Source: GT-R Blog

Aug 30, 2010

Team Daishin to Compete in Super Taikyu Okayama Round



After a 10 year absence from Super Taikyu, Team Daishin will compete in the Okayama (formerly TI) round of Super Taikyu, September 5th, 2010. At the helm of the #81 ST1 class GT-R will be Ooyagi Nobuyuki, Takayuki Aoki, and Tetsuya Tanaka.
Team Daishin Super Taikyu R34 N1 Skyline GT-R


Source: GT-R World

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Peter Major in Nissan GT-R Victorious at QUIT Targa West 2010









Nissan GT-R's took wins in the Competition Modern, and the Challenge Modern classes at the 2010 QUIT Targa West rally in Australia. Heres a couple of videos, and the press release from the organizers.

GT-R's seem to be the cars of choice for the winners.






Peter Major has won his first QUIT Targa West Competition Modern crown holding off Jim Richards to take the outright rally win in Perth today.

Major and his co-driver Kim Screaigh (Nissan GTR 35) took top spot on the timing sheets from Richards midway into Leg 1 and continued to stretch their advantage across the final two Leg’s of the tarmac rally, ultimately taking victory by 51 seconds.

Competing in the rally for the third time Major’s previous best result was seventh outright.

“We’re over the moon the car was fantastic it did everything we wanted it to do,” Major said.

“It was great racing against Jimmy (Jim Richards), you know he’s going to come hard and no matter what he does he’s going to be fast.

“You never know how hard he’s pushing so we just tried to stay on it and stay as quick as we could, luckily we were able to keep that gap we gained in the first leg,” he continued. 

Richards and Barry Oliver (Porsche GT2) crossed the final stop control in second outright with Peter Rullo and Simon Iseppi (Nissan GTR 35) holding off Ross Hamilton and Tony Robson (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 8) to take third.

Defending Competition Modern Champion Steve Jones, who was hoping to become the first driver to win three QUIT Targa West crowns in a row, was forced to retire from the rally at the end of SS1 due to an engine failure.

QUIT Targa West 2010 concluded in spectacular fashion with the Killarnée City of Perth Super Stage run along the Swan River Foreshore.

It was the first time in the rally’s six-year history that a stage had been run in the heart of the city and more than 6000 spectators converged on the Esplanade to enjoy the action.

After holding a clear advantage over the Competition Classic class for the majority of the rally disaster struck Tolley Challis on the liaison to SS30 – the second last stage - when his Porsche 911 RS caught fire.

“I believe we’ve had a bit of a fuel issue, resulting in the air filter catching fire, hopefully we’ll be ok and we’ll do our best to get back out there,” Challis said at the time.

The crew were able to fix the car in within the required time frame, however, the organisers had already closed the stage which meant they were unable to start and received a derived time for SS30 before rejoining the rally for the final stage, SS31.

Despite the drama Challis and Flood held onto the top spot in the Competition Classic class by more than one minute, his best result at QUIT Targa West.

Mark and Mitchell O’Kane also recorded their best result at the rally since they made the switch to the Competition Classic class several years ago, second outright in their (Holden Torana A9X).

David and Vicki Moir (Datsun 240Z) have achieved second in the class for the past three years and while they once again missed out on taking the coveted winners trophy they rounded out the top three.

Mark and Andrew Conacher (Nissan GTR 35) returned to defend their 2009 Challenge Modern crown and proved once again to the crew to beat.

Robert Darrington and David Abetz upgraded to a (Nissan GTR 35) in the hope of reclaiming the trophy they held in 2007 but were unable to match the pace of the Conacher brothers out the front.  A further 7 minutes and 35 seconds behind were Keith and Russell Hawley (Holden VU Ute) who held onto third in the class.

The Challenge Classic class was taken out by Robert Buys/Sanja Aksamija (Porsche 911) who put in a dominate display across all three Leg’s of the rally to take the class by 2 minutes 48 seconds. They were followed by Paul and Mitchell Thompson (Porsche 911 RS) in second and Martin and Sharon Eyer (Triumph TR8) in third.

QUIT Targa West was held from the 26th - 29th August 2010 in the Shires of Kalamunda and Toodyay and the City of Swan and City of Perth.

Source: Quit Targa West

Super Taikyu ST1 R35 GT-R Startup Video and Specifications



Some information on the R35 GT-R ST1 specifications for 2011/2012 have been released by GT-R World, and GT-R Blog.  The ST1(Super Tec) car from Nissan/Nismo costs approximately 23,000,000 yen.

Super Taikyu is an endurance race series from Japan. Super Taikyu race cars are production based cars with modifications to bring them up to race levels. The tires used are full slick tires mounted on 20" Volk Racing G2 wheels.





In its first race, the ST1 Nissan GT-R started in 3rd, and finished in 8th place in a rain soaked debut at Fuji Speedway July 26-27, 2010.    The next Super Taikyu race on the schedule is September 4th-5th. 

Source: Super Taikyu Website GT-R World , GT-R Blog , You Tube

Aug 27, 2010

STILLEN Stage 1 Performance Parts Upgrades for Nissan R35 GT-R

The R35 Nissan GT-R is a very capable car, stock. From 2009-2011 magazines and owners have found:  11 second quarter mile times, 0-60 in 3.5 seconds(or under).  193 mph top speeds.  7:26:7 at Nurburgring. 1:56.9 at Buttonwillow. 1:19.7 on the Top Gear test track. No matter what you drive, those times are quick.  Quick, but we can do better.


STILLEN Stage 1 Package takes your standard Nissan GT-R  VR38DETT and increases horsepower and torque over 100 whp, and 130 ft-lbs. Not only do you have impressive horsepower gains, the parts weigh 25 lbs less than stock parts.

Aug 25, 2010

What’s Fastest? : Autocar.co.uk

In this video from Autocar.co.uk, they put the Mercedes SLS vs the Lexus LFA, and the Nissan GT-R vs the Porsche 911 Turbo S. 478 hp vs 533 hp.  They say the Nissan GT-R does not have launch control, but actually the later GT-R’s have what we call LC3.

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Source: Autocar.co.uk

COBB Tuning SF Intakes for Nissan GT-R

PRODUCTION UPDATE: COBB Tuning has determined that the polished aluminum finish on these intakes does not meet our standards for durability. The GT-R SF Intakes will receive a powder-coat finish which will be significantly more resistant to scratching and scuffing. Please provide your feedback regarding your powder coating color of preference in the GT-R SF Intake Color Survey. This will delay the availability of the SF Intake until they are refinished. The new color will be announced shortly.


COBB Tuning's popular SF intake system is now available for the Nissan R35 GT-R. Constructed of polished 2.75-inch diameter aluminum tubing with K&N dry-fabric, cone filter elements and 3-ply silicone couplers; the SF Intake System is easy to install and requires no special tuning.

Increased Power

Aug 24, 2010

2012 Nissan GT-R : DBA-R35

DBA-R35?  You probably were not aware but the current chassis code of the “R35” is actually CBA-R35. The 2012 US(2011 Japan) Nissan GT-R gets a new chassis designation – DBA-R35.  Tekknikal from NAGTROC wrote an excellent post explaining some of the new changes for the DBA.  Head over to NAGTROC for the full post.
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Some of the changes for 2012
  • Chassis reinforcement in the strut towers
  • Chassis reinforcement under the dashboard
  • New spring rates and dampers
  • New suspension geometry
  • 390mm brake rotors, up 10mm from the CBA-R35
  • ABS and VDC upgrades
  • Engine power up to 500+hp
  • New tire options
  • New lighter wheels
  • New fuel save mode
  • Launch control 4 (4,000 rpm)
  • 2 wheel drive mode
  • Front bumper changes
  • Rear diffuser changes
  • Seat redesign
  • New colors
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More information will be available over the next few days, and the full official specifications should be released in October.

Source: NAGTROC

DSPORT Magazine 2011 New Cars, and 2011 Car of the Year






DSPORT Magazine pitted a big group of 2011 cars against each other in a Car of the Year test featuring dyno, dragstrip,  and road course testing.
Included with the video is a 70 minute DVD covering all the aspects of the testing.  The quickest car on the road course, and at the dragstrip was the Nissan GT-R.   Overall the Nissan GT-R was DSPORTS car of the year for 2011.  Wait until they have a chance to test the 2012 version.





Check out the link below for a chance to win $2000 in STILLEN bucks.


Aug 23, 2010

2012 Nissan GT-R

GT-R Blog is reporting on some leaked information about the 2012 US Nissan GT-R.

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The rumors and speculation have been floating around the internet on some of the changes for the 2012 MY GT-R. There are a few noticeable differences, and some that we are going to have to point out.  First off the front bumper has been altered to open it up for increased airflow. The upper grill opening now follows the bumper design, and the intercooler inlet has been opened up. In addition, LED lights, and a 3rd mini canard have been added. The rear difuser has been altered to give a 10% improvement in downforce, and the overall coefficient of drag has been lowered to 0.268(more faster).

There are two new colors for 2012, neither of which have been confirmed for the US market.  Aurora Flare Blue Pearl – RAY , and a new black called Nebula Opal Black – GAG (choke?).  Part of that GAG may be the Premium price increase of 210,000 yen to 9,450,000 yen in Japan ($110,811 USD).  Will the US market Premium car be able to be under $100,000? In 2008-2009 the conversion was about 110-100 yen to a dollar. As you can see, this is a huge change on a $70k car. 9,450,000 yen at the 110 yen to a dollar rate would be around $85,900 USD. At 100 yen to a dollar $94,500.

New Rays wheels are 6.6 lbs lighter , and stronger than the 2009-2011 GT-R wheels, taking a total of 26.4 lbs of unsprung, rotating weight off the 2012 GT-R.

Head over to GT-R Blog for some more detailed pictures, and some more upcoming information on the engine changes.

Source: GT-R Blog

Aug 22, 2010

Racecar Engineering : Nissan GT-R GT1

This is from last months issue, but I just picked the issue up off the newsstand.  The V8 is not my favorite way to see a Nissan GT-R raced, but it is how Nissan has seen some success with its racing platforms within the Super GT, and now GT1 rules.

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Featured in the Volume 20, number 8 issue is the Sumo Power GT1 R35 GT-R.  The V8 engine is a VK56DE, putting out about 600 hp in accordance with the rules.  The body shell is based on the production car, but it  has a lot of tricks to bring it down to 1250 kg total.  Nismo ditched the VR38DETT, and the all wheel drive, and replaced it with the V8 and a Ricardo transaxle. The clutch is a 5.5 inch AP racing triple plate, brake are Brembo carbon.

Check out the magazine for the full technical specifications and pictures.

Source: Racecar Engineering.

Aug 21, 2010

WILTON HOUSE SUPERCAR DAY 2010

David Yu of Auto Journals, and Purple Zilla notoriety, had the chance to attend the Wilton House Supercar day.

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Not only did they have a bit of a show, they also had some go time at Thruxton race circuit, to strech some of the supercars legs.

Despite being on worn Toyo R888s, P Zilla made light of the conditions and seemed to be the fastest car of the morning, although Lord Pembroke was apparently the most sideways driver in his beloved Bayside Blue R34 Nissan Skyline GT-R V-Spec II! (He wisely left the Veyron in the paddock...)

Check out the video from inside the Purple Zilla.

Source: GTR.co.UK Forums

Who's 21st Birthday is Today?

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If you guessed R32 Nissan Skyline GT-R, then you would be correct.  21 years old. Legal to drink in the US. Cars don’t drink though. Well, nothing that makes them drive funny, unless by funny you mean fast.

So what does 21 years old really mean, when we are talking about cars ?  Not originally imported cars ? 
http://vehicleimport.blogspot.com/2008/12/overview-of-vehicle-import-requirements.html


1. Vehicles 21 Years Old Or Older
If the vehicle is at least 21 years old, there are no EPA compliance requirements upon importation. The age of the vehicle is determined by subtracting the calendar year of manufacture from the calendar year of importation. If the calendar year of manufacture is unavailable, the importer may substitute the model year or year of first registration. For instance, to qualify in 2001, the vehicle must have been manufactured in 1980 or earlier. The vehicle must be in its original unmodified configuration. Vehicles at least 21 years old with replacement engines are not eligible for this exemption unless they contain equivalent or newer EPA certified engines.

No approval or Customs bond is required by EPA. The importer must also prove to Customs, as required, that the vehicle or engine was manufactured prior to EPA regulation. Documents such as a title, or letter from the original manufacturer may be used for this purpose.The importer must file with Customs, upon entry, an EPA Form 3520-1 and declare code "E" on that form.

However , as with many other things government related that make no sense, you still must meet DOT, FMVSS requirements.  Well, at least until its 25th birthday, then you are also DOT exempt.  AND yet another HOWEVER, is California requirements, if you are in California.

Aug 20, 2010

Autocar New Zealand ; STILLEN R35 Nissan GT-R

With the STILLEN GT-R down in New Zealand for both the Speedshow (NZ’s largest auto show) where it was on display with the matching orange STILLEN Ford GT, and the upcoming Targa New Zealand Rally,  it was the perfect opportunity for Steve Millen to meet with Kyle Cassidy, Editor of NZ Autocar, and get his take after experiencing the STILLEN-built R35 GT-R.

To quote Kyle Cassidy from the September 2010 issue of NZ Autocar:

“For crushing performance, we thought we couldn’t do much better than the Nissan   GT-R – but we were wrong. Strapped into a modified STILLEN version, we recorded our fastest four-wheeled 80-120km/h time ever.”

“…it’s ludicrously loud, and the ride is uncompromising, but the leap in performance of the STILLEN car over the alerady quick stock offering is staggering.”





Source : STILLEN Blog

Aug 19, 2010

JAMBOREE Drag Racing in Australia STREAMS LIVE this weekend!

Drag racing is alive and well in Australia this weekend.  Cars from all over the world are headed to Willowbank drag strip in Australia

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Gather round Australia, this weekend we defend our honour against the invading hordes from Puerto Rico; as well as from our more traditional rivals – the Kiwis!

For the first time ever, Jamboree will be streamed live on the Internet where Drag-Racing fans from 38 different countries can log in to watch live racing action on both days comprising of four cameras covering the 250+ entrants.

There will be a 150km exclusion zone for the South East Queensland pocket, if you live within this zone, your only opportunity to catch the action is to attend Jamboree and soak up the atmosphere in person.

“The Jamboree is the epicenter of Custom Car Culture in Australia, the ‘must attend’ event each year for Australia’s wildest and most expensive rides. With more than 120 Custom Cars set to feature across the weekend, including Queen Street’s 24 karat Gold Plated BMW M3 which is worth a cool million bucks, there won’t be a dull moment.

Saturday will see qualifying from 9.30am to 7.30pm, before racing takes place on Sunday from 9.30am to 5.00pm.  Please see below for a full event schedule. Visit the www.westreamlive.com.au website, where you can pre-register and access live streaming for just $5 a day, that’s incredible value!

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A full Racing Schedule is available from the website so you will know approximate times of each race bracket, please remember that this is live Racing action so accidents may cause minor delays to the programmed schedule on each day. For more information on Willowbank Raceway or the Jamboree please visit www.sportcompact.net.au

Gruppe S GT-R Does Playboy TV

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If Playboy TV asked you to bring your car out for a photoshoot, what would you say?  Robbie Nishida got an opportunity to be involved with a video shoot for a new show airing September 14th on Playboy TV called “Bassass.”

The show wanted to feature Robbie and his drift GTR that competes in Formula Drift.  Head over to the Gruppe S blog for some more photos and information on the show.

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Source: Gruppe S Blog

Forged Performance Time Attack GT-R NASA TTU 1st Place 1:28 Fast Lap

Forged Performance Owner and GM Sharif Abdelbaset pilots their Time Attack GT-R to fast lap of 1:28 lap at NASA Regional Time Trials at Road Atlanta.

Nissan GT-R vs Lamborghini : Orange County

Nissan GT-R vs Lamborghini.  The GT-R jumps about 4 cars out off the start, but watch for the the surprise ending.

Aug 18, 2010

Switzer – 997 GT2 R911S vs E900 GT-R

Take one 900 hp GT2 Porsche, Take one 900 hp R35 GT-R.  Mix together, and this is what you get. A couple videos are below.  

Switzer – 997 GT2 R911S vs E900 GT-R = Battle of the ultimate bolt ons

Since we had a little spare time in Mexico, we decided to do our own comparison to see which car could claim the title of “King of Bolt ons”. We lined up our 997 GT2 R911S vs our E900 Nissan GT-R to see how they would fare against each other. The race was from 50 - 160 mph.




Source: NAGTROC

Castrol Syntec Top Car Challenge : Darins R35 GT-R



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Source: NAGTROC

FIA GT1 World Championship Nurburgring Road Trip with Sumo Power

The Sumo Power GT team will be racing its two Nissan GT-Rs at Nurburgring on the weekend of the 28/29th August. The event represents the sixth round of the FIA GT1 World Championship and, with Sumo Power GT one of the front-running teams, this pair of awesome machines combined with one of the worlds’ most demanding circuits is going to provide a memorable weekend of not-to-be-missed motorsport.

Each of this season’s 10 FIA GT1 World Championship events feature two, hour-long races, both of which include a compulsory pit stop to change tyres and drivers. The Nissans will be up against a grid of 22 other cars comprising Corvette’s, Ford GTs, Lamborghinis, Aston Martins and Maseratis.

Nissan are using this event as a major publicity drive and, with this in mind, the Sumo Power team are inviting R35 owners to join them for a road trip to the ‘Ring’. This will include pit and paddock passes, hospitality at the Nissan Sports Centre, accommodation in the team hotel and a bag of goodies to mark the occasion. Unfortunately, numbers are limited and there are only nine car spaces available. There will be a nominal charge but, as this is not a profit making exercise, this fee is just to cover cost of the ferry, accommodation and passes into the NSCC for the car, driver and one passenger.




All taking part will meet on Friday morning (27th August) at the Sumo Power team’s workshop in Rye, East Sussex, where special sunstrips will be fitted whilst crews can grab a coffee. After an official photo-shoot, the convoy – headed by company boss James Rumsey in the Sumo Power R35 demo car - will travel to the docks (a one-hour drive) for the ferry. It’s then a run through France, Belgium and then Germany, before arriving at the infamous circuit, where we have arranged for the convoy to park directly in front of the NSCC - for more photos.

All guests will have exclusive access to the Sumo Power pit garage for a guided tour and will have the opportunity to see how an international GT race looks from the team’s perspective.

Cost, based on two people sharing one car, with two nights hotel and catching a late Sunday evening ferry will be c.£400 per-person.

This will be strictly first come first served basis, so please email us ASAP direct on sales@sumopower.com

Source: GTR.CO.UK, and SumoPower Blog

Nissan GT-R Leather Jacket

illPayne recently had a new addition to his closet, a Nissan GT-R branded leather jacket from Universal City Nissan.  Mike Sage is the Nissan GT-R specialist at Universal, and treated Chris to this jacket for being a loyal customer.






Source: illPaynes Blog

Password JDM R35 GT-R Dry Carbon Fiber Induction Snorkel

Password JDM R35 GT-R Dry Carbon Fiber Induction Snorkel







By directly feeding colder outside air into your stock airbox, the PWJDM Ram Air Induction Snorkel will do wonders for your GT-R. At increased speeds, it maintains positive pressure in front of the filter… ramming as much colder air into your intake. This principle alone is what this Ram Air Induction Snorkels are all about. It isn't exactly rocket science... more colder air in, more HP period. By working within the confinements of the stock air box and keeping within CARB compliance, we were able to utilize our expertise and develop a Ram Air Induction Snorkel that perfectly compliments a stock air box and dramatically increases horsepower at increased speeds. It isn't exactly rocket science, but it isn't all that difficult to comprehend either. Getting colder, denser air into your engine makes more horsepower.







• Race proven Ram Air Induction methodology utilized in design
• Directly forces colder air into your stock intake
• Increases Horsepower
• Weighs under 4oz/side
• CARB compliant







Source:  STILLEN Catalog



Fifth Gear: Evo FQ400 vs GTR

Fifth Gear is a TV show from the UK.  In this episode they take a UK delivery Evo FQ(F**king Quick) 400 vs a R35 GT-R.  Watch the video for the results.

Aug 16, 2010

Brake Pad Spring for Anti-Knockback and Noise Quieting

While looking though the 2011 Nissan GT-R Owners manual, I came across this section about the brake pad and a retaining spring to combat pad knockback.






BRAKE PAD

The information and specifications in this section apply only when engaging in performance driving.

NISSAN recommends adding an additional cross spring to the front calipers before engaging in performance driving. The additional spring reduces brake pad movement resulting from cornering forces and will reduce the stroke of the brake pedal.

Contact a GT-R certified NISSAN dealer to purchase the spring and arrange installation.








A few members from NAGTROC stated that they installed the extra spring, based on Nissan tech recommendations, to combat a ticking noise that came from the front wheels/brakes. 

The extra spring does not appear to be an effective way to combat pad knockback.  It will help prevent the pad from rattling around, but not keep the pads in position if the wheel bearings flex enough to push the brake pads back. It would seem to be a better anti noise feature, than a performance driving feature.

AP Racing Calipers have a few features to combat brake pad knockback. They include special seal designs, and springs behind the pistons to keep the brake pads up against the rotors. 

Differences Between Carbon/Carbon and Carbon Ceramic Matrix Brakes

Chris from Brake Pros wrote a great clarification on the differences between carbon-carbon and carbon ceramic matrix brakes.   STILLEN and AP Racing have a 400mm CCM brake upgrade for the R35 Nissan GT-R. Not only are the CCM brakes larger than stock, they are 38 lbs lighter than the factory brakes. This is unsprung and rotating weight that is removed from the driveline. In a car as heavy as a GT-R it is a great way to improve performance.



There is a lot of confusion out there when people hear "carbon brakes". In racing, carbon-carbon (C-C) is used wherever the rules allow it. For high-performance road vehicles, carbon-ceramic matrix (CCM) is the rotor of choice. Carbon-carbon brake systems consume both the rotor and the pads, where CCM brakes are designed to consume only the pad.

There are a few different ways to make CCM rotors. The ones on the Scuderia you mention are made from three pieces, a chopper-gun-like core and two face plies -- and only those face plies are siliconized into carbon-ceramic. The core remains C-C. So far, this style of construction is more delicate and less user-friendly than a full 3D CCM, like those on the STILLEN GT-R upgrade. The 3D version takes longer to make and requires more energy, so they end up being more expensive.

The enemy of CCM brakes is not wear -- they are very, very hard (approaching diamond hard!). The real issue is oxidation. As long as rotor temps are kept below 750°C / 1400°F, they could possibly last the life of the car or even longer. If run for extended periods of time over that temperature, oxidation will start to convert the carbon molecules to carbon dioxide, which just floats away. So it pays to keep track of rotor temps, which is why we apply paint temps at STILLEN before we assemble them to the hats. Cooling kits are a great idea for track use. Keep in mind that the pads will also run hotter as the rotor has less mass to absorb braking energy than iron discs, so the CCM discs will heat up everything around them a bit more.

Now here is another interesting point: If you were to oxidize those Scuderia CCM rotors (or the ones on any Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche, Aston Martin, Audi, ZR-1 Corvette, etc.) you get to throw them away after they lose a prescribed amount of mass. With the Stillen GT-R system, surface oxidation can be ground off to where the rotor looks like new again. This can only be done with a full 3D CCM rotor, not the 3-piece laminated type like on the other cars mentioned above as you would grind right through the thin face plies!

If we chose to go with the 3-ply route instead of 3D, we could probably lower the price a couple grand -- and then have to deal with the occasional dissatisfied customer who would have to replace a front pair when they were excessively oxidized or if damaged by putting wheels back on the car. In the service manual for the ZR-1, the service tech is required to place a foam ring around the rotor before removing a wheel. If not, the dealership gets to pay for a new rotor if he chips it. While I certainly don't recommend pounding a wheel against the STILLEN/AP Racing CCM rotors, we are much less concerned about careful, routine service creating such a problem.

Even though carbon-carbon has been around since the 70's (I started working with C-C in 1990), the more recent availability of CCM to the general public will continue to cause confusion until we get further down the road. They are not the same as iron in any capacity other than they are roughly the same shape. We can't expect that after 100 years of iron drums and discs that CCM technology will be completely understood by the masses for quite some time. Then add the fact that they are still changing as companies continue to look for ways to reduce the manufacturing costs.

Source: NAGTROC forums

GT-R's in Texas : Greddy Turbo Kit Video



Stage 4, Updated: Dyno Results 709whp / 698wtq

And one more.  Trans Am vs GT-R

Aug 15, 2010

Shea Racing Video : Mid Ohio 2010 : Race 1

Shea Racing's video from Mid-Ohio. 40 cars on track at the same time. 3 classes. GT, GTS, and TC. The Brass Monkey GT-R’s have missed a few events, trying to get more competitive. We have not heard if they are going to be at either of the last two events at VIR, or Miller.   Check out the tap from behind from the RX-8 of Eric Meyer on the #36 of Dan Gardner for third place.

Aug 13, 2010

Spectre Speed Report : Driver Profile : Steve Millen


Awesome sequence shot from the Spectre Speed Report


The Spectre Speed Report posted up its race recap from the 341 Challenge, and included a driver profile of Steve Millen.  Steve drove the STILLEN R35 targa GT-R on the 5.2 mile , 22 turn road course, finishing 2nd overall.

World famous race car driver Steve Millen gives us a tour of his Stillen Nissan GT-R rally car at the Spectre 341 Challenge in Virginia City, Nevada. The Stillen #10 car was one of the fastest competitors at the event and and Steve is now a member of the exclusive 3:41 Club.
Check out the video below for a walk around on the Nissan GT-R.

Mark Gillies in a Viper ACR did the quickest "unoffical" time as he was on 80 treadwear tires.


"The car shows up with 80 tread-wear tires, and for this, our first inaugural event, we had spec’d a 100 tread-wear minimum. We decide to let him run in an exhibition class, and what an exhibition it was! A 3:19."

Lou Gigliotti finished officially in first place in his modified ZR1. 

"The official First Place, with a time of 3:21 goes to Lou Gigliotti in his super bad 2010 Corvette ZR1, bristling with all sorts of LG Motorsports parts..."
Steve Millen finished in 2nd place in the STILLEN GT-R. The GT-R was running stock wheels and tires, and the very next day was taken back to LA for its trip to New Zealand for the Dunlop Targa Rally.

Second place for 2010, with a time of 3:22, goes to Steve Millen. Yes, that Steve Millen, of IMSA, LeMans and Pikes Peak fame and owner of the super parts company Stillen.

In 2002 Amir Rosenbaum set the "all time" record in a modified Ferrari F40.  Its interesting they are even using this number to compare this years numbers, as the F40 was on slicks aka race tires. In the previous runnings of the event, lots of the quickest cars were running slicks.

In 2002, after 13 years of running the hill, I set an all time record of 3:10 in my not so highly modified Ferrari F40. Everyone thought it was highly modified. OK, we ran a cheater hose from the waste gates to fool them into thinking the car was at sea level, which increased the boost a little. That’s about it. The secret to running so fast? It’s all in the intangibles……..

Source: Spectre Speed Report

Red is Faster : STILLEN and Seibon Parts Installed


Red is faster.  Just ask anyone "in the know".  The Nissan GT-R red paint code is A54.































Exhaust and Midpipe Start up video.