What makes it so devastatingly quick is beyond my comprehension. My Lamborghini LP560, with 550 BHP and less weight, is not this quick. Nor is it so damn well equipped, with every luxury conceivable thrown into the mix. Sat nav, dual zone climate control, cruise, bluetooth, iphone integration, heated leather seats - and four seats with a boot.
It makes a compelling argument against the supercar establishment. Certainly, in pure performance figures, if you remove the Nissan name, you have a car that can destroy all but the most functional track devices on road and off. So why do we still aspire to the illogical, impracticalities of super car ownership when the GTR gives us more than we’ll ever need? We’ll come back to this later. It’s a conundrum, make no mistake.
AMS Leads The Way For Solid Tuning Solutions
The AMS Alpha MAP Sensor is a solid, plug and play solution for precise boost control over 24 psi. Following the success of the Alpha MAF Sensor Upgrade, the first on the market to solve drivability problems for high hp GTR’s, we quickly found it necessary to upgrade the MAP sensor for the R35 GTR. We noted that higher boost levels created inaccurate boost control with the R35 GT-R and we needed a bullet proof solution.
What's The Problem With The Factory MAP Sensor?
The factory MAP sensor only reads to 24 psi reliably which leaves very little room to have a working boost cut in case of an over-boost situation. The factory boost control is also pressure based so after 24 psi there is no longer any ‘control’. The boost will run whatever it wants to in relation to air temperature and density for that day. There is also no way to log or tell how much boost a car is running when it is over this limit currently.
Add Safety And Reliability When Increasing Boost Levels
AMS now brings you a simple solution for reliable and precise boost control with a simple, seamless integration into your GT-R. By utilizing a 4-bar sensor we were able to regain control of the boost accurately up to 44 psi. This will not only give you regained control over boost but allows for better data collection for the Tuner resulting in a more accurate and safer tune on the dyno.
AMS Makes Upgrading MAP Sensors Easy To Install And Calibrate
Every set of Alpha MAP Sensors includes the necessary calibration parameters and tuning tips which will allow for plug and play installation without a lot of guess work for the tuner. Installation requires no cutting of wiring because it has the same stock connector to plug right into the factory harness. The AMS Alpha MAP Sensors will work with the stock ECU or any aftermarket engine management system available.
* Greater safety by retaining factory boost cut feature
* Accurate control of boost over 24 psi
* 4 bar absolute pressure sensor allows for up to 44psi to be measured reliably
* Allows for better data collection by the tuner for the better tuning results
* Plug-and-play installation using factory hardware
* No need to cut into your vehicle harness! Connector is the same as factory!
* Will work with stock ECU or any aftermarket engine management system
$159.95 Each sensor
|Deep Pearl Blue 2012 GTR|
|Steve Ott #98 GT-R , and Tony Rivera #97 GT-R|
|Front left tire showing a lot of load|
This is the first season that the Pirelli World Challenge cars have been shod with Pirelli Racing Slicks. Previously, the series ran on DOT-approved treaded tires. Every class record was broken during yesterday's qualifying. Long will start on the GT and overall pole after a lap of 1:15.071. Skeen, Sofronas, Pobst, and Crescentini also start in the top five.
The 2012 US (2011 world)Nissan GT-R has several key improvements over the 2009-2011 CBA-R35. These improvements that include a bump in horsepower to 530, have helped to lower the GT-R's Nurburgring time to a 7:24:22 in less than optimal conditions. If the conditions were better, how fast would it have gone? We may get to find out later on this year.
We dyno tested the 2012 Nissan GT-R on a Mustang AWD dyno at HP Logic in West Palm Beach, FL where it put down 474 horsepower and 420 ft-lbs of torque to all 4 wheels.Check out the video below and the full story, time slips, and dyno chart over at Dragtimes. On a better air day, we should see some stock 2012's break into the 10 second range. Modified DBA's should be easily able to break into the 10's.
After missing the second half of the 2010 World Challenge season, Brass Monkey Racing returns with a vengeance in 2011 with its pair of Nissan GT-Rs. The Pirelli World Challenge season starts March 25-27 at the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, in Florida.
Brass Monkey introduced the Nissan GT-R to North American racing in 2010, but the season was cut short after five of 12 races; the team electing to focus the rest of the year on development for 2011. The team expects that development will put its pair of orange GT-Rs at the front of the field, battling for race wins, the Manufacturers' Championship and the Driver’s Championship with pilots Tony Rivera and Steve Ott.
Team Manager Rivera, of Angleton, Texas, focused the off-season development on the car’s suspension. “The GT-R is a supercar and tuned to be a world-beater on the street,” Rivera said. “One of the goals of this project has been to utilize as many stock components as possible—more than the other cars in World Challenge GT. While the suspension is well suited for street performance, it didn’t quite translate to the racetrack, at least not in World Challenge. “There were a few modifications that we needed to spend time on in the chassis and suspension department and I believe that the changes we’ve made will really improve the car on the track, particularly with the new Pirelli slick tires.”
Rivera returns for this third season of World Challenge competition. He was the breakout star of the 2009 season, winning his first-career race (Sebring) and adding another victory (Road America) en route to a third-place finish in the Championship driving a Porsche. He will again pilot the #97 Brass Monkey Racing Nissan.
Ott, of Houston, Texas, is anxious to get to St. Petersburg. “I’m looking forward to getting back on the track,” Ott said. “It feels like forever since we last raced [Mosport in May 2010] and I’m excited to see how the changes help us stack up against the competition.” The former Continental Tire and Atlantic Series standout has stayed sharp since May competing in a variety of Club Racing events. Ott will be back in the same, albeit improved, GT-R as 2010, but changes from #96 to #98.
Owned by A.J. Brass and located at MSR-Houston in Angleton, Texas, Brass Monkey Racing would like to thank its sponsors for their support, including Nissan North America, Eurotech Industries Inc., Penske Shocks, AMS Performance and Seibon Carbon. For more information, please visit www.brassmonkeyracing.com.
Managed by WC Vision and sanctioned by SCCA Pro Racing, the Pirelli World Challenge Championships represent the best production-based racing in the world. Utilizing a single driver format and standing starts for the 50-minute races, the series offers non-stop action in each of its three categories—GT, GTS and Touring Car. The series features 12 races at eight different venues in 2011, starting with a doubleheader weekend at the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg in conjunction with the IZOD IndyCar Series, March 25-27. Each race will be broadcast on a tape-delayed basis on Versus, with the St. Pete races airing Saturday, April 9 at 4:30 pm EDT. For more information, visit www.world-challenge.com.
Image of Brass Monkey Nissan GT-R from St. Petersburg in 2010. (Mark Weber Images). Contact: Brass Monkey Racing, email@example.com
9.10 @ 159.97 mph Tim Sanders Alpha 12 GTR w/John Shepherd driving, New World Record! 3.58 seconds 60-130mph time
At this point we have eclipsed what is currently possible with the stock ECU using only a COBB AP for tuning. Turning up the power further is not currently possible due to a lack of control of the stock ECU's load strategy.
|G loads on the piston and rod combination|
|Cosworth coated piston on top, OEM piston on the bottom|
The piston is usually the most fragile internal component of the bottom end and yet it takes the bulk of the forces created by combustion events. It is has to deal with thermal shock by being constantly massively heated and instantly cooled, accelerated and forced up and down by massive forces, has to transfer these forces to the wristpin and connecting rod all 720° of crank rotation, and all the while it has to be able to live in harmony with smaller components that are inserted into it that are made of unlike steel alloy materials such as wristpins, piston rings, and clips.
|Milled underside of Cosworth piston|
The Cosworth VR38 connecting rods have also just been released. These rods were designed for 200 hp EACH. The rods are made from EN40B (similar to SAE4340). The pin end bushes are a high quality bronze material superior to most stock shelf rods and all Chinese rods. Cosworth rod bolts are made of H11 tool steel. Also notice the lightening pockets on the big end to the sides of the big end bore. This is another detail added to further reduce rotational mass without sacrificing strength.
|Radial trussed small end to help reduce reciprocating mass|
This year JRM Group is running four Nissan GT-R’s in the FIA GT1 Championship, two under the SUMO power banner, and two under the JR Motorsports. The team headed to Circuit Zolder in Belgium for a test prior to the start of the season.
For 2011, eight drivers will share the four cars. Michael Krumm and Peter Dumbreck will be in one JR Motorsports car, and Lucas Luhr and Richard Westbrook will be in the other. In the SUMO power cars Enrique Bernoldi, and Riccardo Zonta will be in one car, and Jamie Campbell Walter, and David Brabbham in another.
“For the FIA GT1 World Championship and for NISMO, it is important to have four Nissan GT-Rs running in this year’s series”, explains JRM Group Executive Director James Rumsey. “Therefore, acquiring another two cars means that, not only does this satisfy these two issues, but it also strengthens our association with NISMO and gives us, as a group, a greater opportunity for success.”
Source: The Racesite.com
Yas Marina, UAE 25-Mar-2011 -
Zolder, BEL 08-Apr-2011 -
Algarve, PRT 06-May-2011 -
Sachsenring, DEU 13-May-2011 -
Silverstone, GBR 03-Jun-2011 -
Navarra, ESP 01-Jul-2011 -
Paul Ricard HTTT, FRA 15-Jul-2011 -
Ordos, CHN 02-Sep-2011 -
Curitiba, BRA 21-Oct-2011 -
San Luis, ARG 04-Nov-2011 -
See the powerful new 2012 Nissan GT-R. Watch as the development team takes the supercar to Germany's legendary Nürburgring and challenges the world's most demanding race course.
If are in the business of selling parts, selling tuning parts and packages for cars, you want to produce a good demonstration of those parts. In this video, Hennessey Performance puts a 650 hp Cadillac CTS-V wagon, vs a 485 hp Nissan GT-R. The Cadillac was on a drag radial, the GT-R was stock. It wouldn’t be much of a video, if the Cadillac lost to the Nissan GT-R, so in this one, the Cadillac wins. It makes a point, but if you own a 650 hp Cadilliac Wagon on drag radials, it wouldn’t be a good idea to pick many races with GT-R’s, especially if it’s a 530 hp 2012 GT-R.
|STILLEN Canards,and APR splitter|
These canards accentuate the STILLEN GT-R Front Lip Spoiler for a more aggressive appearance. The aerodynamic advantages are applied with the Canards adding downforce to the front of the car.
No painting necessary, installs in minutes!
The fitment was very good and they are easy to install if you don't mind drilling holes in your front bumper. I already have holes for my splitter stays so it didn't matter to me. I would suggest that you use some blue masking tape to mark where you want each end to be. I used the measurements in the instructions as a starting point and then adjusted to get the best fitment.
By the way, I also got the Stillen mud flaps and they do help cut down on the track rash from the marbles.
The Phantom G-Stop kits take that performance and kick it up a notch, utilizing stainless hose ends, banjos and bolts, as well as feature black poly-coating to the stainless steel hoses. Even the brackets and hardware are protective coated, creating a superior appearance, and ensuring durability.
All of the benefits of the best brakeline manufacturer, Goodridge, with upgraded hardware and coatings makes this a great modification for any enthusiast!
While the testing at Road Atlanta wasn't perfect this weekend do to traffic on track I still feel like we made progress in learning what the car needs. Turn 12 gave us the extreme conditions we needed in order to test the support with the stock shocks, and the esses confirmed the fact that the car still has a bit of aero balance to worked out.
We knew going into the weekend that a NASA event wasn't the best place to turn a lap time, but there was progress made, and we had fun!
As you can see from the Traqmate data the second lap this session was a 1:30.6. It was actually his first hotlap on Saturday as well as the first time the car had been on Road Atlanta. In turn 6 Leh got hung up by a Mustang that threw his line off for 7 as well. Then coming over 11 there was also a car he had to work around making entry to 12 a little off. We were running the car in HPDE3 & 4 because they were the only groups open on late notice.
Enjoy this compilation video of clips that we have taken over the last year during development and testing of the Switzer R1K package for the Nissan GTR.
This package dynos at or above 1000awhp and 900awtq
Limited 1/4 mile testing has shown low 9 second passes at over 160mph, capable of running in the 8's should a client wish to do so.
At the time of posting this is the first GTR to run a sub-4 second 60-130mph and hold the world record 60-130mph for a GTR at 3.76 seconds and 100-150mph in 3.71 seconds.
For more information on this package as well as others - contact Switzer Performance:
|Burned cars at the port, after the tsunami|
Vehicle Stock / Sales ImpactEnd - new info
Earthquake Relief Efforts
- Nissan Division rearward days’ supply stands at 47; Infiniti Division rearward days’ supply stands at 49. These figures do not include vehicles in transit from Japan. Nissan Americas does not anticipate any near-term impact on sales or vehicle availability.
- Nissan Americas has visibility of more than 1,500 Nissan LEAF vehicles either in transit from Japan or at port in the U.S. This number includes the shipment of more than 600 Nissan LEAFs which left port in Japan on March 10, the day before the earthquake.
- Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. this week initiated the monitoring of vehicles made in Japan for any traces of radioactive material. Looking ahead, we will continue to implement all appropriate measures to reassure the public that all products from our company remain within globally accepted safety standards and until we are confident that any risk of contamination is completely removed.
- In response to the devastating earthquake and tsunami that severely damaged Japan, Nissan Americas has pledged $1 million (¥80 million) to the American Red Cross in relief effort support for the country.
- Nissan’s global contributions will reach more than $3.75 million (¥400,000,000 million) in cash and in-kind contributions to support earthquake relief efforts. This includes global and regional corporate donations, employee gift matching, as well as the provision of 50 vehicles to support aid agencies in the affected areas of Japan.
Nissan is closing its Tochigi assembly plant and an engine plant – both in the quake zone--at least through Friday. Elsewhere in the country, it is closing four assembly plants and one engine factory through at least Wednesday. The company wouldn't say how many units of production it expects to lose or how its U.S. exports may be affected.Tochigi is the Nissan GT-R production plant, and several of the members of the NAGTROC forums visited the plant during the Tokyo Auto Salon in 2009.
The scope of the effect of the quake and tsunami has yet to be tallied on Japan's car industry, as automakers are still trying to figure out the status of their supply chain. AN reports that Honda alone has 113 suppliers located in quake zones, and they have not yet been able to reach 44 of them.At Nissans Port of Hitachi, thousands of cars have been damaged or burned from the aftermath of destruction behind the tsunami. The stoppages at the plants, plus the damaged infrastructure in the country, could mean it will be months before new cars are once again able to be exported. It will be a long process of rebuilding and getting back to normalcy. You can donate to the American Red Cross to help the Japanese relief effort.
Even Stateside production of cars and trucks may be affected by the natural disaster, as many U.S. plants depend on Japanese factories to supply them with various components.
|The new Deep Blue Pearl (RAY) is stunning in this picture|
|Red top. Carbon fiber brace is visible behind the engine|
The aftermarket fronts won't fit as the caliper spacing isn't right but the bell design is the same.We fitted the old kit as one unit to prove the hub etc was the same. In the picture you can see the 2011 Caliper swung out of the way....the pad is the same size but they have reduced the thickness of the disc from 34mm to 32.8mm and reduced the Air gap. We are not really sure about the exact reasons behind this (there are many) but it probably accounts for why the weight is roughly the same as the original discs.On the exhaust side, there is some increase in the diameter of the exhaust tubing, which helps to improve flow in the exhaust, and overall horsepower. Other than that, the exhaust fit is the same for a CBA.
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