Sep 29, 2011

Classic Nissan Skylines and GT-R at JCCS 2011

Classic Nissan Skylines at JCCS 2011. For more information on importing your own classic, over 25 years old head over to

The Nissan GT-R first officially sold in the US in 2008 as a 2009 model even though the Nissan Skyline, and Nissan Skyline GT-R has a long history, and racing history in Japan and worldwide. From the PGC-10 to the R34, the GT-R are iconic cars.  The first GT-R appeared in 1969 with the PGC-10 and in 1970  KPGC-10 coupe . The Hakosuka, or box Skyline was sold from 1969 to 1973

The over fender flares look just so right

Sep 27, 2011

VR38DETT Powered Nissan Super Juke

Has April Fools day come way early, or late this year? The rumors buzzing around the internets are of a Nissan Super Juke with Nissan GT-R power.

The rendering is well, as much a mix of GT-R and Juke as possible.  Some 13 year olds dream?  The Juke is an odd little car with a great engine in normal trim. A 1.6 liter direct injection gas engine.  They make great power for what they are, and even more power with some modifications.  This Super Yuke borders on  ridiculousness.  The expensive parts of the Nissan GT-R are the engine and transmission. I couldn't see Mizuno greenlighting anything related to the Nissan GT-R in a Juke body, not even associated with GT-R parts.  Perhaps this is more like the Dacia Duster than random at Pikes Peak this year.  Some companies one off, or some teenagers wet dream.

Source: Jalopnik


Sep 26, 2011

2013 Nissan GT-R: More Details Revealed

Carbon fiber trunk and wing. Duckbill

Discoragno and theItalian GTR club posted several pictures, along with some information about the 2013 Nissan GT-R at NAGTROC. It looks like this might be a fairly significant change from the 2012 - DBA edition. Nothing too major in the exterior features, but transmission, engine, intake, exhaust, and aero changes.  There are several models, undergoing testing as far as we can figure out. One is similar to the Japan only Club Track edition on slicks, and the other would be the standard 2013(US) Nissan GT-R.
New tires?  No information on these. They might be a rain tire for the track edition

From the rumors, the power on the standard car gets bumped to 570 horsepower. To get the 40 horsepower increase over the 2012 model, their are changes to boost pressure, the intake, and the exhaust.  In addition to the power, Nissan has managed to lower C02 emissions. More power, more green. Tree huggers rejoice, and buy a LEAF.

Sep 23, 2011

2013 Nissan GT-R SpecR? Evo? Nording?

Is this the 2013 Nissan GT-R? Two different wheels

Ben from GTC posted a few pictures from the Nissan GT-R event at Nurburgring today. The pictures really raise more questions than answers. From the pictures posted, the blue car being driven might be either a Nording product, or perhaps the SpecR, or "Evo" Nissan GT-R.

Sep 22, 2011

Manufacturer Testing at Nurburgring Video

My friend and driver of the DG Spec Scion tC, Scott was in Germany a couple weeks ago, and took some footage of manufacturer testing at Nurburgring. This is not the current cars being tested within the last two days.  The 2013 GT-R is according to some sources in Germany going for timed laps tomorrow.  Its not likely those times will be available until the Tokyo Auto Show.

A couple of the cars look like they are really hustling.  One manages to have a little bit of a "moment" on corner exit. 

Video footage of private manufacturer testing on the Nordscheife at the Nurburgring, featuring:
- Porsche 911 Coupe & Cabrio
- Cadillac ATS
- Audi R8
- Jaguar XK
- Nissan GT-R
- Audi RS4 Avant
- BMW M3 & M6
- Mercedes-Benz ML
- Hyundai Genesis Coupe

Greddy 35RX GT-R : 202.5 at Fuji

Jon Sibal the graphic designer/artist recently posted some pictures and results from the R's Meeting at Fuji Speedway 2011. The Greddy 35RX managed to do 202.5 mph on the front straight at the track setting a class record.

4.3 liters - 1100 ps

Greddy's latest demo car sports a 4.3 liter version of their stroker motors pushing 1,100 ps or horsepower.  There is no replacement for displacement. Displacement plus some technology does wonders.

Greddys 4.3 liter engine
When it was all said and done, the GReddy 35RX GTR made history by posting a new FUJI Speedway track record for top speed in its class going 202.5 mph (326km/h).
Head over to Jon's site for all the pictures, and some extra details on the car.  Hopefully some video should be coming soon.

 Source: Jon Sibal

2013 Nissan GT-R Testing At Nurburgring

A member from NAGTROC posted a few pictures of what looks like the 2013 Nissan GT-R testing at Nurburgring. In the picture below, it shows a carbon fiber trunk, and what looks like a slightly higher carbon fiber rear wing.
Looks a little like the duckbill trunk
This might be the rumored SpecR version of the Nissan GT-R. A replacement of the Nissan GT-R SpecV, or perhaps a foreshadowing of the actual 2013 car. The rumors say that the 2013 car gets a mild power bump.  Maybe 550 hp from the 2012 Nissan GT-R 530 hp?   Will it be enough to put the 2013 into the 10's as a stock car?  Seems like it might be close.

The 2013 will be revealed to my dealer this week-end at the Nür, a very rare few top customers are invited with no camera alowed, I just hope a few smart phones are going to spy shot some cars. For sure we'll have a ton more details next week !!!

Source: NAGTROC  and Carview Japan Blog

Sep 20, 2011

Bugatti Veyron Super Sport vs Porsche Turbo S vs Nissan GT-R

This has to feel pretty good for Nissan. They have taken their sub 100k "supercar", and put it squarely in the sites of most car manufactures, enthusiasts, and comparison tests.

Now with video

In this article and video by Road and Track Magazine, they take three all wheel drive cars, and run some tests, and provide a good amount of data.   The Bugatti Veyron Super Sport comes in at a spare change like $2,700,000. The Porsche Turbo S rings up the cash register at $160,700, and the Nissan GT-R $89,950. It is pretty unlikely that car buyers would be cross shopping the three models.

However, the most important part of the whole article, the Nissan GT-R wins to 100 feet.  I mean, all that really matters is that first hundred feet, after that, who cares?  The Nissan whips up on the Porsche Turbo S, and the Bugatti Veyron. Click though for the video.

Sep 19, 2011

KW Variant 3 Suspension : Blow Out Price : Hurry

One set of KW Variant 3 coil overs for a R35 Nissan GT-R in stock at STILLEN. Call or email for pricing. Just one set at this price. Too low to post. Hurry to get this set.

 KW Coilover suspensions are manufactured for a large number of vehicles, and are sold all around the world. The initials KW, and the trademark colors of yellow and purple, stand for individuality, quality and security.

The Variant 3 systems are state-of-the-art technology for the skilled and experienced driver. The separate and independent compression and rebound damping options allow a truly individual driving set-up. These unique systems with the 3 individually adjustable components, allows for adjustment of the compression of the damper in the low-speed range, while the highspeed set-up, so decisive for driving comfort, has been preset by our engineers.

• Independently adjustable damping technology -rebound and compression damping
• "Inox-line" stainless steel technology
• Individual height adjustment
• German TUEV-tested adjustment parameters
• High-quality components for long life
• Comprehensive documentation for ease of use
• Infinitely adjustable rebound damping
• 14-level adjustable compression damping
• Unique, independently functioning damping power adjustment

Lowering Adjustment Range (F 0.4-1.2" / R 0.8-1.5")
Spring Rates (F 800 / R 460)

Sep 16, 2011

2012 Nissan GT-R Launch Control for 2009-2011 GTR

 One of the upgrades for the 2012 Nissan GT-R, that helps to improve its 0-60 time so much over the 2009-2011 car is the new launch control or LC4. It is called LC4 unofficially as this is the 4th version of launch control, but the first version officially acknowledged by Nissan.  However, it has a few limitations, as it has to be used with VDC(vehicle dynamic control) in R mode. This is fine for a stock car with LC4, however a big power car will spin the tires enough to cause the VDC to kick on, with the car will falling on its face.  In the video below from the Cobb development team, a LC2 TCM was reflashed with LC4, and it has the ability to be launched with VDC Off.

This is a big development for all Nissan GT-R's. The clutch engagement on LC4 is much smoother than the violent wheel hopping clutch drop of LC1.  Check out the videos below.

Sep 15, 2011

How Much Power On Stock Nissan GTR Turbos?

TopSpeed tried an experiment on a customers car, with a built engine, stock turbos, and E85. The car is going to be eventually getting upgraded turbos, but they wanted to see how far they could push the stock turbos.

At 24 psi peak, and 19 psi by redline the car made huge power and torque. Nearly 700 ft-lbs of torque, 642 horsepower at the wheels. At that much boost, those little turbos are pushing a lot of hot air. They say they are running it at the drag strip soon. Looking forward to some results.
The goal was pretty simple...MAX the stock turbos out on E85! The car will be getting bigger turbos in the very near future, but until then we decided to have a little fun.

Nissan GT-R Wheel and Tire Fitment

Neo's widebody Nissan GTR

A question that comes up often around the Nissan GT-R community, is the question of wheels and tires. Do I have to use stock tires?  What diameter wheels fit over the brakes? Which are best for the street? Which tires are best for the track?  Below is a group of notes that I have gathered both from my own dealings, and from some GT-R owners on NAGTROC. It covers the stock wheel and tires, 18 inch, 19 inch, 20 inch, and even 21 inch wheel and tires for the R35 GTR. I will be adding more pictures of wheels, and fits, and new information as I get it.
2009 Nissan GTR wheel. Base/winter color
updated 9/15/11
Stock GT-R Wheels (2009-2014)
Front   20 x 9.5  45 offset
Rear    20 x 10.5 25 offset

Tires (2009-2014)
255/40/20 Front  28” diameter
285/35/20 Rear  27.9” diameter

2012 Premium Nissan GTR Wheel
There have been some reports that the offsets were different in some of the years, however this isn't true. There may have been a misprint in some of  Nissan's press materials on the GTR.  From 2009-2011 in the US the Nissan GT-R wheels were the same style 7 spoke, for 2012 there are two wheels. The standard Premium wheel, and the Black Edition wheel. 

2012  Nissan GTR Black Edition Wheel

Black Edition 20" Factory Wheel w/ Tire Weighed in at:
Front: 60 lbs / Back: 65 lbs
Volk G2 20" Weights with Nitto N05 Tires Weighed in at:
Front: 55 lbs / Back: 60 lbs

2012/2013 Premium Wheel weight
Fronts = 25lbs
Rears = 27lbs
2015 wheel seen in Japan

Aftermarket Wheel Fitments

 18 inch

18 inch Volk TE37 wheels
Volk Racing-TE37-
18x9.5 +22 front
18x10.5 +15 rear

Volk Racing TE37 (aggressive)
Front: 18×9.5 +22
Rear: 18×10.5 +15

19 inch

19 inch Volk RE30
19x10 +30 front
19x11 +25 rear

Volk RE30 (somewhat aggressive)
Front: 19×10 +30
Rear: 19×11 +25

Fire Extinguisher Mount for Nissan GT-R

If you take your GT-R to the track for an HPDE day, many organizations require a fire extinguisher to be within reach of the driver.  Gotboost from the Nissan GT-R forums posted some information on a mount that he fabricated. No extra holes are required as it uses existing holes and hardware.
 The cool feature of this mount is that it is fastened to the seat and will move with the electric seat slider, so you won't loose the ability to use full range of motion for the seat.

Fire is not fun, and you don't want to ever have to use it.  That one time you need it though, it might save your car, or your life. I have scars on my hands from trying to put a fire out without an extinguisher.  I now carry one around with me in my daily driver.

Fire is not fun - Wrecked Exotics

AMS Alpha 12 GT-R Vs Underground Racing Lamborghini

Here is the video that a lot of people have been waiting for, since the Moscow 500 was postponed because of rain. The Moscow 500 has been rescheduled for October 1st, but in the meantime, two of the big dogs decided to do a little race. Both cars on C16, both on Toyo R888 tires. They say the UGR Lamborghini Superleggera is on 21 psi, no boost given for the AMS Alpha 12 GT-R, but it takes a bit to make over 1200hp out of 4.0 liters. Check out the video below.

Sep 14, 2011

Motor Trend Best Handling Car 2011

 Motor Trend  Best Handling Car Test

I am all about the tech. All about the numbers. I like to look at them, compare them, but I also understand there is more to everything than the pure numbers. Even Ferrari can't figure out the numbers on the GT-R, as evidenced by the recent Motor Trend Magazine Best Handling Car 2011 article.

Like the one about Ferrari's zillion-dollar supercomputer simulator. Essentially, you dump a given car's vital stats into the system, and the simulator tells you how fast that car can go around a given track. "Knowing what we know, we can't figure out how the GT-R goes around the Nurburgring so fast."
2012 Nissan GT-R at the Corkscrew Laguna Seca
 Randy Pobst's reply was that the car gives you confidence. Or, the Nissan GT-R is easy to drive fast. Its not like some of the other rear wheel drive cars, that some people call "exciting". They are "exciting" because they are trying to kill you.  The fastest cars, the fastest drivers look smooth. From corner to corner, nothing is exciting, nothing odd is happening, the car is just going fast. Justin Bell another pro driver had this to say about the 2012 Nissan GT-R.

As for Justin, Laguna Seca was his first time driving our former Car of the Year winner. The majority of his reaction involved him standing and staring at me. "I'd heard the car was good, but this thing is bloody incredible!"

In first place in the test was the $287,654 Ferrari 458. The 458 is a great revolution on what the Ferrari 430 was.  Motor Trend heaps tons of praise on the car, calling it one of the best cars ever.

With the exception of the Corvette and its race-compound tires, the 458 was the fastest car around Laguna Seca. It was the second-quickest to 60 mph (3.2 seconds), and the second-fastest through the quarter mile at 11.3 seconds, just a tenth behind the GT-R and its AWD drag-racing advantage. More telling, the 458's trap speed of 125.6 mph was nearly 5 mph faster than the Nissan's. If you look at the chassis' slip angle, the difference between average and maximum is identical to the GT-R's at 1.2 degrees. The understeer angle between the two cars is virtually identical (52.3 for the Ferrari, 53.0 for the Nissan). Point being, a tenth here and a tick there, sure, but the two cars perform in virtually the same manner.
So finishing 2nd to what the journalists at Motor Trend call the best car ever, isn't bad for the 2012 Nissan GT-R.  Head over to Motor Trend for the full results, videos, feedback from the drivers, and story.

Source: Motor Trend

IDRC Finals October 16, 2011

The IDRC Finals are being held at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, October 16,2011. Entry to race is $80, Spectators pay just $20. Racing starts at 9am, with classes for everything from fun runs for street cars, to eight second drag cars.

It would be great to see a few more GT-R's out at the events again. It has been a little while since we have done a meet at the event. It seems like most people would rather go to a car show and hardpark, than run their car down the dragstrip.

Sunday October 16th, 2011 at Auto Club Dragway, Fontana, CA.
| Gates Open at 7:00am | Racing Starts at 9:00am |


Racer Entry - $80

Fun Run Entry - $40

General Admission / Spectators: $20

Children (6 - 11): $5


08:00am Gates Open
09:00am Time Trials Begin
01:00pm Eliminations Begin
04:00pm Finals
05:00pm Closing Ceremonies


E.T. Bracket Class
Are you ready to run what you brung? It doesn't matter how fast your car is or isn't. There's a bracket class for you to win within the IDRC's bracket classes. Open to all import and high-tech domestics from stock to dragsters. The bracket classes feature the best foot brake (no delay box) racing action. Vehicles can be mild to wild, full race or full street. Bring mom's car, it's time to have fun!
SUPER MOD - 13.00-seconds and up dial
SUPER COMP - 7.50-seconds to 12.99 dial
Fun Run / Shake Down
A perfect time to just enjoy your car on the 1/4 mile drag strip or to do some test passes to see what your vehicle is really capable of.


Looking for real street performance? Check out the IDRC's True Street Class. With all cars running on D.O.T. radial tires, through the mufflers and in "street legal" trim, the IDRC gives the local "Kings of the Street" a chance to become national heroes.

All vehicles in this class maintain factory chassis construction. A minimum class qualifying time of 13.99 must be met to make the qualifying field
Similar to the Quick and Street classes, all vehicles in this class are encouraged to maintain the factory chassis construction. Variations from the factory chassis restrictions will result in additional weight asessments as outlined herein.
The original "heads up" import drag racing class continues to the sport most popular. Pioneered by Turbo and Hi-Tech Performance Magazine, this class has evolved to present leading edge technologies while still maintaining its original purpose - to showcase the performance available from today's production compacts. All vehicles in this class maintain the factory chassis construction. The highly developed quick class rules allow many different makes and models to be competitive in the same class. This allows for manufacturer rivalries, as well as the constant front-wheel drive versus rear-wheel drive showdowns. Competitive cars currently run in the 9's or 10's at sea-level tracks.



All racers MUST scale after every pass. Failure to scale during qualifying means the run will not count. Failure to scale during eliminations will result in disqualification and reinstatement of the losing competitor, providing they also scale and make minimum weight.

Sep 13, 2011

CNBC Rates the 10 Fastest Cars of 2011

This is not a Black Edition Nissan GT-R. Don't let CNBC fool you.

CNBC rates the 10 fastest cars of 2011, and picks the 2012 Nissan GT-R for the top spot. However, like a lot of non car related people, talking about cars, they get the technical information wrong. For 2012 there are two trims of the Nissan GT-R, a Premium and a Black Edition. Other than the wheels, which are slightly lighter on the Black Edition, there is no performance advantage over the Premium.  However for 2012, the power increase to 530 hp, and new launch control get the car into the low 3 second range to 60 mph. 

"Previous models since 2009 have gone from zero to 60 in 3.6 seconds, but the Black Edition does the job in 3.1 seconds, earning its place at the top of this list. "
 So perhaps the point is, you should take what non car people say about cars with a grain of salt. Even Dan Neil from the Wall Street Journal, and now the Car Show got his information on the 2012 Nissan GT-R very wrong in his article. I wondered if he had even actually driven it, rather just collected information from other sources on the internet.

Source: CNBC

Sep 12, 2011

11 Wide Drag Race - Motor Trend Video

2011 Motor Trend Magazine Best Drivers Car Test
Motor Trend Magazine staged a 11 car wide drag race, mostly for dramatic effect during its Best Drivers Car Test, but its interesting to watch anyway. With 11 cars, it would be difficult to get 11 perfect passes out of 11 different drivers. $1.5 million in cars, and nearly 5,000 horsepower thundering down a improvised drag strip/runway.

Sep 10, 2011

2011 Nissan GT-R - 9.92 Video with LC3 - 2009 GTR with LC4

A few weeks back, I posted up some information on John Shepherd's Nissan GTR from Sheptrans who was the first to 10's with his 2011 and now is as far as I know, first into the 9's with a 2011.
The R35 GTR is equipped with the AMS Alpha 9 package, runs on E85, and even more impressively is doing it on the all season Dunlop radials. He is using the ProEFI to control the engine, and did some experimenting with it to get the car off the line harder. His best 60 foot, on the all seasons, was a 1.52.

 60 foot - 1.69
 1/8th mile - 6.50 at 115.85 mph
 1/4 mile - 9.923 at 144.8 mph

One more video, Cobb has been experimenting with installing the 2012 Nissan GT-R launch control in earlier cars.  In this video - Godzilla2009's Nissan GT-R is on a ProEFI, and building a little boost on the line, this is the backfire you can hear. Then it is launching with the 4000 rpms of LC4, but it is traction limited by the drag strip it is on. Next, it seems like the earlier cars, an ATTESA controller to put a little more torque to the front wheels might be in order.  However, like the early cars, there is a limit. Above that limit, front axles, and diffs start to come apart.  Check out the video below.


Sep 9, 2011

Torque Limits of the VR38DETT Rods

A couple of bent rods
Everything has a limit, a point where it will fail. The VR38DETT has been proven to be a strong engine when modified, seeing over 1300 wheel horsepower in several cars.  In stock form 480-485-530 horsepower at the engine, the VR38 should last the life of the car. However, if you start to increase horsepower, you will shorten the life of the engine as you are putting extra stress on the components above and beyond their design loads.  Recently there has been some discussion on NAGTROC about the limits of the VR38 engine in the Nissan GT-R, with several tuners chiming in with their experience.

When we talk about cars, and engines, everyone always quotes horsepower. It makes 150 hp, 500 hp, 700hp, however we don't normally measure horsepower what we are measuring is torque and rpm.  Horsepower is a calculated value from torque(ft-lb) x rpm/5252.  The constant 5252 comes from (33,000 ft·lbf/min)/(2π rad/rev).

Sep 8, 2011

GT-R Memory Box for Setup Switches

The Nissan GT-R has three setup switches, that allow the driver to choose several levels of performance from the car. The three switches are for transmission, suspension, and vehicle dynamic control (VDC). One annoying issue with the switches, is when you turn off the car, they reset to the default position. One owner has come up with a way to lock the positions of the switches, even after the car is turned off and back on.
The video below shows his prototype development box.
Like my other kits, I've made the unit so it is totally plug and play; * Remove the plug from the existing switch * Insert the removed plug in to my unit * Then plug the other white connector in to the switch. Total install time will be 10-15 minutes and need only a Phillips screwdriver. The third(grey) connector may not be on the final kits, it basically allows debugging to be performed on a laptop and allows flashing new firmwares. As suggested, I'm trying to get everything ready to go so when the larger quantities of connectors arrive I can ship out in reasonable quantities. Having said that, I may be taking pre-orders as that date gets closer, so please let me know if you are interested. I'm still finalizing the costs but kit is expected to be ~$275

STILLEN Obtains 50-State Legal Status for Nissan 370Z / Infiniti G37 Supercharger System

STILLEN Obtains 50-State Legal Status for Nissan 370Z / Infiniti G37 Supercharger System

For over 25 years STILLEN has been recognized as a leader in Nissan/Infiniti tuning. With a history of setting “first time” milestones in the aftermarket for these great vehicles, STILLEN has established themselves as the company to follow when it comes to Nissan and Infiniti product development. STILLEN was the first company to develop the HICAS eliminator system for the 300ZX Z32 platform. When the Z33 350Z was introduced, STILLEN was once again the leader with the first forced induction solution, as well as the first to offer CARB legality, and AGAIN the first with a 3-year/36,000 mile engine warranty.

Well, STILLEN has done it again as Team STILLEN is proud to announce the CARB approval of the Nissan 370Z (Z34) G37 Supercharger Kit.

STILLEN has not only been the first company to achieve CARB legality of a forced induction solution on the VQ37, we have also been the first company to achieve such an accomplishment while tuning through Nissan’s sophisticated ECU with larger injectors. This is a major accomplishment for Team STILLEN and one that will join the many other first time landmarks STILLEN has achieved in the Nissan/Infiniti tuning world.

CARB (California Air Resources Board) is the division of the California state government that controls all aspects of air quality and standards. With standards getting stricter it is getting more and more difficult to achieve CARB legality. CARB is recognized as the toughest emissions control in the country and is therefore recognized in all 50 states as an emissions standard for all performance parts. If a performance part achieves CARB legality, it is recognized as 50-state legal.

The power the STILLEN Supercharger system delivers is dramatic, taking the factory 3.7L V6 from 332hp to over 500hp! The system is designed to work with both automatic and 6-speed vehicles, including convertible and AWD models.

The STILLEN VQ37 Supercharger features a new cast aluminum intake manifold engineered specifically for this kit, complete air-to-water intercooler system, and boost is derived from a Vortech V-3 Supercharger unit. The V-3 features a quiet V-belt design, and a self-contained oiling system for easy maintenance.

In the past year STILLEN has shipped supercharger systems around the world. Fantastic reviews and reports are coming in from:

    * Australia
    * New Zealand
    * Singapore
    * Russia
    * Thailand
    * Korea
    * Canada
    * Switzerland
    * Taiwan
    * France
    * Unite Arab Emirates
    * China
    * Hong Kong
    * United Kingdom

Not to mention all of the kits that have been installed with great success across the United States at Nissan/Infiniti dealerships and performance shops. This is a bolt-on system, capable of being installed by any qualified ASE-certified automotive performance shop, or at hundreds of Nissan and Infiniti dealerships across the country, or right here at STILLEN at our in-house install facility.

Once again, STILLEN has successfully accomplished all of its goals with another great forced induction solution for the Nissan/Infiniti vehicles.

STILLEN 3.7L Supercharger System Features Include:

    * Vortech V-3 Centrifugal Supercharger Unit
    * STILLEN purpose designed cast aluminum intake manifold with long runners for increased torque
    * Installs under the stock hood - No modifications needed
    * Complete system includes pre-assembled Vortech V-3 supercharger assembly, air intake with polished air charge pipe and genuine K&N intake filters, fuel injectors, air-to-water intercooler, UpRev ECU Tuning cable/software and detailed installation instructions.
    * Optional 3-year/36,000 mile powertrain warranty
    * Made in the USA
    * 50-State Emissions Legal (E.O. Number D-436-17)

Sep 3, 2011

License Plate Mount for 2012 Nissan GTR : Also Fits 2009-2011

More than 1/2 the US has requirements to place a front and rear license plate on your vehicle. For some cars, like the Nissan GT-R, that means drilling holes into your front bumper. Many owners want to comply with the law, but don't like the conventional mounting method.

STILLEN has been producing tow hook license plate brackets for several years now. The tow hook is located in the front bumper area, and allows for easy removal in case you have to use the tow hook.

Mounting the plate using the factory bracket requires more than a few simple holes. In fact, major surgery is required, which is nearly impossible to reverse without replacement of the entire bumper assembly. Save yourself the headache and install the STILLEN GT-R Front License Plate Bracket. Uses the pre-existing  for the factory tow hook. This fits from 2009- 2012 Nissan GT-R's.

Picture Source: World License Plates

Sep 2, 2011

2012 Nissan GT-R Front Lip Spoiler From STILLEN

STILLEN has been designing and making urethane parts for cars for over 20 years right in Costa Mesa, CA.  This latest urethane lip spoiler for a 2012 Nissan GT-R takes the hugely popular front lip spoiler and fits it to the newest car. The installation is fairly easy as it installs over the factory lower lip. Instructions are available here:

Enhancing the aerodynamic performance of such a finely tuned car like the GT-R is no small feat.  When developing the car Nissan did a great job of developing an aero package that works well, but left some room for improvement for the true enthusiast.  One of the most common complaints of GT-R owners is the car has a tendency to "push" when exercised hard on a race course (understeer).  Two ways to fix this condition are through the suspension, or increasing downforce via aerodynamics of the car at higher speeds.  Increasing the aerodynamic downforce keeps the front end of the car planted and therefore improving front grip, reducing the "push" effect.

The STILLEN Urethane Lip Spoiler adds 2" of length to the OEM fascia, and installs directly onto the vehicle over the factory piece. This lip spoiler is designed to hold additional air onto the nose, with flares on the side corners producing a canard effect for extra control.

Sep 1, 2011

2011 Nissan GT-R Launch Control Upgrade

The Nissan GT-R has had a poorly kept secret of launch control since it was released in 2007 in Japan. The first launch control was called LC1. Undocumented officially, with the setup switches in R-R-OFF, the car would allow for a 4500 rpm automated clutch drop. This violent clutch drop at high RPM caused a lot of wheel hop. Done a few times is no big deal, however when done 26 times in a row, owners managed to kill gearboxes. Specifically they sheared the teeth off first gear. After a bit of an uproar, the launch control was changed to what we call LC2.  LC2 allowed for 3000 rpm launches and was much less violent than the LC1 launches.  LC2 was retro fitted to most 2009 GT-R's, standard on the 2010 cars.

For 2011 launch control was again revised, and would allow for a 3300 rpm launch with R-R-R.  However, if the car got a lot of wheelspin, the car would bog and loose power, basically falling on its face. This has caused some issues for guys with 2011 cars trying to drag race.  John Shepherd, the GT-R transmission builder of choice for the quickest GT-R's in the world has a 2011 Nissan GT-R.  He has gone as quick as 9.92 with the car, but he felt there was still more in it.  Tym Switzer from Switzer Performance stopped by Sheptrans and helped him out with his transmission reprogramming it to LC1.  Check out the video below.

August 2011 Sales : 112 Nissan GT-R's


Nissan continues have strong sales in 2011 vs 2010.  Their total sales rose 19.2% vs 2010 for a total of 91,541 units.  Infinitis sales were down slightly 4.3%, to 9,024 units.  Infiniti is still feeling the after effects of the earthquake an Tsunami in Japan.   For August Nissan GT-R sales were up to 112 units, bringing the total 2012 sales to 995 units.

The 112 sales were a 24.4% increase vs August 2010, and total to date sales of 995 units were a 46.3% increase vs 2010 year to date.

Source: Nissan News