Nov 30, 2011

How to Make a Nissan Juke-R Handle: Part 8

 The Nissan Juke-R videos keep rolling in, and this time they show a little of what goes into making it all work. They are pretty serious about this thing being more than just a show piece. Check out the video below.
VIDEO 8 - HANDLING - The Juke-R is a project that turns the Nissan Juke into a supercar crossover. In order to make it handle like a GT-R, the Juke-R features a purpose-built roll cage to provide the rigidity required to handle the GT-R's speed and power, and subtly different suspension to compensate for the car's different weight and height.

Watch all the videos following the build of this amazing car on the Official Juke YouTube Channel and give us your thoughts on the Nissan JUKE Official Facebook page:

Nov 25, 2011

2013 Nissan GT-R Video Review

2013 Nissan GT-R Video Review

2013 Nissan GT-R Video Review from Sugo Raceway.
Testing the 2013 model Nissan GT-R at Sugo Sportsland raceway in northern Japan. 0-60 in 2.7 secs, quarter-mile in 10.8.

Nov 23, 2011

Nissan GT-R Track Pack : First Drive

2012(Japan) Nissan GT-R Track Pack

The Nissan GT-R Track Pack, if you are located in the US, is something that you won't get to see.At least from all reports not likely to see.  Nissan does not seem to be slowing down on producing several different models of the Nissan GT-R.  Base, Premium, SpecV, Egoist, and Pure.  Now that the SpecV is discontinued, a lighter and higher performance model was lacking in the lineup.  Motor Trend took a first drive of the 2013 Track Pack and just put it up on their site. Head on over there and check out the full article and pictures.

The narrow brake ducts built into the front lip spoiler and the unique Rays alloys on the Track Pack special edition are about it. Inside, mod-spotting is a little easier as the Track Pack gets specially fitted slip-resistant seats and, well, no seats in the back. Spring rates at all four corners have also been modified to generate a more compliant ride while delivering even flatter cornering potential.

Road and Track Magazine : Aftermarket Supercar Test

Road and Track Magazine took a gaggle of aftermarket tuned supercars, and put them to the test.  The fastest car in the test, by far was the Greddy tuned 4.3 liter Nissan GT-R.

We did a double-take when the car’s acceleration results appeared on our VBOX monitor. The GR43 GT-R hit 60 mph in 2.5 sec. and flew to the century mark in 5.1. It broke the 10-sec. barrier in the quarter mile, going 9.9 sec. with a trap speed of 144.5 mph.
Check out the video below, and head over to the magazine for the full story.

AP Racing Brake Rotors On Sale *** TODAY ONLY ****

Follow the link to the prices -  Curved Vane Rotor Upgrade
Sorry GT-R rotors are not free pads, but the prices on rotors nearly make them free.

The GT-R’s original equipment (OE) brake discs just don’t have the staying power when pushed to the limits. Premature brake disc cracking is something no one wants to see after a day of fun. It didn’t take long for many to realize this is one of the few areas of weakness in an otherwise incredible car.

Quickly responding to customer demand, STILLEN is now offering AP Racing upgraded discs that mount straight onto the OE brake hats. These discs have been track proven (Nürburgring, Silverstone and more) on GT-R’s in extreme conditions by professional drivers. They not only lasted much longer without cracking, several drivers reported improved brake pedal feel and easier pedal modulation. The best thing is that these upgraded discs cost even less than standard factory replacements.

Click HERE for a video explaining the benefits of these rotors.

Here are the highlights:

- Top quality, proprietary iron alloy with multi-stage thermal processing.
- Curved-vane core (48 vanes) for better thermal management under extreme use. More expensive to make, but improved cooling over the OE pillar vane design.
- Available in both Slotted and J-Hook Patterns (not drilled!) to improve pad bite and resist cracking under severe use.
- Precisely balanced at high RPM for smooth operation at any vehicle speed.
- Friction faces finished on the latest generation twin-turning equipment, better DTV (Disc Thickness Variation) and less runout than typical double-disc grinding machines.
- Includes fresh hardware for track-day confidence every day.
- Added bonus: Even priced less than the standard OE discs! 

Nov 22, 2011

0-62 mph in 2.84 Seconds - 2013 Nissan GT-R

3 seconds 0-62 mph is so last decade. This video shows a 2013 Nissan GT-R tackling this yardstick of performance, 0-100 km/hr in 2.84 seconds. With a 15 horsepower bump over the 2012 model, the GT-R has managed to pick up some speed. 0-60 mph is expected to be 2.72 seconds, quarter mile times in the 10's. It should take more than just 15 hp to put them in the 10's, but that is what Nissan is currently saying. There might be some extra special sauce thrown in there for good measure. LC5?  Check out the video below.

Nov 19, 2011

18 Inch Wheels Over 2012 Nissan GT-R Brakes

 I asked this question a while back, and Chaz from NAGTROC took me up on the question.  Does an 18 inch wheel fit over a 390 mm 2012 Nissan GT-R rotor?  The answer is affimative, as long as its the right wheel, and the wheel weights are placed at the back of the wheel not the front.

18 inch TE37 over a 390 mm rotor

TE37 Goodness for GT-R
The two wheels we tested for clearance were Volk TE37s 18x9.5 +22 and Advan TCIIIs 18x10 +35. Both wheels cleared the calipers with about 3mm's worth on the TEs and 5mm's worth on the TCIIIs. The only thing you'd have to do to mount these is to make sure when you balance the wheel the weights are placed in the back or at least away from the calipers.

Nov 17, 2011

Nissan Juke-R Official Photos and Video 6 and 7

Here is some more of the crazy two off, one left hand and one right hand drive Nissan Juke-R's. These three videos go over interior ergonomics, and exterior styling, with a bonus video thrown in for good measure.  It is still an insane project.
The front....the front....oh my the front...

This is a much better look

The interior is really well done. Looks serious
Click though for the rest of the pictures and videos:

650 Horsepower Though the Streets of Dubai

Check out this cool video of a 650 hp Nissan GT-R though the streets of Dubai.  The guys from Clash Productions really know how to make awesome videos. If you aren't already, you should head to their channel and subscribe.

Nov 16, 2011

2012 Nissan GT-R Carbon Ceramic Brake Rotors from STILLEN/AP Racing

STILLEN has been offering carbon ceramic brake rotor upgrades for the Nissan GT-R for several years. The 2012(US) Nissan GT-R upgraded the front brake rotors from 380mm to 390 mm, but went thinner from 34 mm to 32.8 mm.  The STILLEN/AP Racing CCM brake upgrade includes 400 mm x 34 mm front rotors, and 400 mm x 30 mm rear rotors. As a set, the CCM's are 38 pounds lighter than the factory rotors and hats. 38 pounds of rotating, unsprung weight.  DSport Magazine recently put a set of CCM's on their R35, as part of an entire package of weight loss, and exhibited it at the 2011 SEMA show.

Test fitting on the DSport R35
Once found only on the world’s most expensive supercars, Carbon-Ceramic Matrix (CCM) brakes have been developed for the first specifically-tuned aftermarket application – the Nissan R35 GT-R. These 400mm disc assemblies are 20mm larger than the standard 380mm OE iron discs, yet reduce weight by nearly half. This is rotating and unsprung weight, leading to improvements in all performance categories: acceleration, handling and braking.

After three decades of using carbon-carbon brakes on racing vehicles (even longer on fighter jets), AP Racing CCM discs are the next technological platform. Advancements in materials, process technologies and nanoparticle technology make it possible to use a special carbon fiber precursor along with new, patented process techniques. The unidirectional precursor is needled into a 3-Dimensional, continuous carbon fiber preform. This differs from lower cost technologies that use loose, chopped strand fibers and thin woven face plies bonded on as a friction surface. A true 3D matrix is stronger, more robust and provides longer life than the more brittle alternative. As a comparison, think quality hardwood versus particle board or MDF with a veneer.

Converting the 3D preform to carbon-carbon is done under high heat and pressure via methane cracking during a special carbon vapor infiltration (CVI) process. After initial machine work, a final conversion process results in a full matrix carbon-silicon carbide (CSiC). We call it Carbon-Ceramic Matrix, or CCM for short. The discs are then sent through the final machining, grinding, and balancing. Of course, the CCM discs are now so hard that only special diamond tooling can be used!

Who uses these ultimate CCM discs? The most up-to-date version is found on the Koenigsegg CCX and McLaren MP4-12C. And now - STILLEN and AP Racing have optimized a specific set for your R35 GT-R and its factory brake calipers.

The STILLEN-AP Racing CCM brake upgrade kit includes:
• Front & Rear CCM brake disc/hat assemblies
• Front & Rear CCM-specific street & light track use brake pads
• Caliper spacers
• Active brake cooling package available for Track Users (Not Shown - Sold separately and can also be used with Iron Rotors)

Nov 12, 2011

Automobile Magazine: First Drive 2013 Nissan GT-R

Automobile Magazine had a chance to drive a newly updated 2013 (2012 Euro) version Nissan GT-R at Silverstone circuit, and gives us their impressions.

 The 2012 GT-R, introduced 12 months ago, wasn't exactly growing long in the tooth. It could embarrass a Ferrari 458 in a straight line and out-handle most things this side of a racecar, but Nissan has gone and moved the goal posts, again. A raft of updates for calendar year 2012 (model year 2013 in the U.S.) -- bring yet more power, a bizarre asymmetrical suspension setup and a handful of tweaks to the interior.

 Several of the first drive journalists have commented on the top end charge of the 2013 car.  Perhaps it really does have better breathing.

 Up to 5,000 rpm, it's a familiar experience -- as if I've become accustomed to the GT-R's other-worldly performance over the years and that initial slug has lost some of its sting -- but as the revolutions rise, the way this revised car charges for the rev limiter is all new.

 When will people be trying the new intake manifold on the early cars?  We will have to see if its any kind of real gain, or just a small incremental gain. The 2012 inlet pipes seemed to give the early cars over 10 hp.

In true GT-R style, the power boost has been achieved the hard way: not by reprogramming the ECU and bolting on a bigger exhaust, but by upgrading the V6's internals. There's sodium-filled valves in the exhaust pipe for improved cooling, tweaked cylinder heads, and a freer flowing intake manifold. Of course, the other benefit of improving the engine's efficiency this way is boost in fuel economy of 0.4 mpg -- Greenpeace won't be applauding, but every little helps.

 Four more years?  R35 GT-R until 2017 from the sounds of it.  So does that mean R36 in 2018 now? Some hybrid/electric runs on cat urine beast?

What will really have the GT-R's rivals quaking in their boots though is that the GT-R still has four more annual updates to come before it's replaced. In the words of Mizuno, "the current car is about 80 percent of what's possible, there's still 20 percent still to come."

 They estimate the 2013 price to be right at $100,000. That will be a significant jump from 2012.  Head over to Automobile Magazine for the full impressions. 

Source: Automobile Magazine

Nov 10, 2011

Petition for 25 Year Old to 15 Year Old :

Thanks for your interest in We the People, a new tool on that allows all Americans to ask the Obama Administration to take action on a range of important issues facing our country. 

The petition you are trying to access has expired, because it failed to meet the signature threshold. While you can’t sign this petition, there may be other petitions on We the People on a similar issue that you’d like to add your name to. Or, you can create your own petition.

One seized Skyline GT-R
1050 signatures so far - 11-12-11
2383 11-14-11
4295 11-15-11
5326 11-16-11
7902 11-17-11
8891 11-18-11
9558 11-19-11 - keep posting it up
9851 11-20-11 - more push needed
10343 11-21-11
10550 11-22-11
10803 11-23-11 - way too slow
11367 11-28-11- slow over the holiday
11462 11-29-11 - only about 100 a day
11606 12-1-11
11891 12-6-11 - only 3 days left, and we need 13109 signatures. 

Doing our best to get this petition out there. Not sure how this will really effect anything, but Toby started it, and I will help to spread it around a bit.  Its going to require much more than a simple online petition to do much. No one really cares about a bunch of old cars.  Then when they do care, you just end up with Prius lovers bashing the old "turbocharged, gas eating, dangerous, blah, blah" whatever they can come up with.

It has a goal of 25k signatures. It has 117 with my name on it now.  Head over sign up, sign in, and put a name on it.   The laws can be changed, and this is one step, but in order to do it, a lot more would have to be done. Anything is possible, it just all requires effort from more than just a few people.

I figured it felt like the right time to throw a bit of effort behind it. I know a lot of people, that know a lot of people, that know a lot of people. This is the reason the Nissan Skyline is illegal in the US.

What we really need is about 1,000 people a day signing the petition. People forget, mean to do it, don't get around to it, so the people that care, and are trying to make it happen, have to make sure those people sign up. Just takes a couple minutes, and it might be the start for a movement.

Car enthusiasts need to be a little more vocal. Don't let the few loud, over power us quiet many. We get pushed around doing what we enjoy doing. The "green" movement seems like it might be strong, but we need to be stronger.

We need to leverage social media. We need to leverage those email lists. We need to leverage those blogs. We need to leverage those forums.

Sign the petition here:

Stop using Homeland Security funds to seize imported vehicles, and change the DOT/EPA exemption to 15 years.

 The Department of Homeland Security spends a shockingly disproportionate amount of its budget not on security initiatives, but on customs seizures. In particular, importers of grey-market vehicles have been targeted by monies taxpayers have intended to be used to secure our country against terrorism and terrorist activity. We call upon the Executive Branch to immediately cease this wasteful activity, and furthermore to change the DOT/EPA exemption time on grey-market vehicles from 25 years to 15 years (to match the vehicle regulations of Canada), recognizing that the 25-year rule was enacted due to support from special interests such as Mercedes Benz North America.
The petition made it to Autoblog. Thank you guys.
Edmunds Inside Line  posted it up on their blog.  Thanks.
Jalopnik also posted up an article.  Thanks Mike Spinelli.
Z-Car Blog posted up a request. Thanks Rob. 
MotoIQ : Don't Tread on Me
Hemmings posted it in their blog
Japanese Nostalgic Car blog put it up.
Thanks to Wrecked Magazine for posting the petition link.
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If you are looking to import a 25 years or older car, you can find some more information at: 

Some more information on imported vehicle seizures
Kaizo import and seizures.

First Drive: 2013 Nissan GT-R : Inside Line

2013 Nissan GT-R

Inside Line had a chance to drive the 2013 US market, 2012 rest of the World Nissan GT-R at a test in Europe in October. This is a first drive, so its not a full test, just some impressions, and numbers from Nissan.

When the R35 was introduced in 2007, it was initially criticized for being too anodyne. It was as if the Japanese passion for electronics had subsumed the role of the driver. Stung by the criticism, Mizuno has evolved the car to reveal its soul. "It is very important that a supersport should be challenging to drive," he says. "There should be communication between the car and the driver."
 This is an often quote by journalists, that a GT-R isn't exciting to drive.  I see exciting meaning the car is scary. If the car is scary, its probably not fast.  The GT-R is fast in most peoples hands, and fast enough to make most manufacturers scratch their heads when in the hands of a quick driver.

Nissan is now claiming zero to 60 mph in 2.8 seconds (down from the 3.1 seconds we achieved in the 2012 GT-R), although the 193-mph top speed is unchanged and is defined by the car's gearing. These are the only figures officially released by Nissan, but Mizuno admitted he's hoping that independent testing will show a standing quarter-mile in 10.6 or 10.7 seconds. 
On some of the charts from Nissan, they said they had seen a 2.72 0-60 time.    10.6 or 10.7 is pretty optimistic. They might drop a tenth in 60 foot, gain 1 mph in the quarter. That should put the car in the 10.9- 11.0 range.
Track Pack: Not for US

In Europe and Japan, Nissan is developing a special track pack with a small aero kit, uprated wheels, suspension, brake cooling and a tweaked interior. Sadly, there are no plans to bring this car to the U.S., although Nissan admits that might change if enough customers request it.
No track pack for the US as usual. Although they say it might be possible.  Rif, they are calling to you.

Source: Inside Line

In Car Video : STILLEN GT-R Targa 2011

Targa rallys are such a tough motorsports event. Start in one place, and drive hard over closed public roads for 5 days. This is the second year that Steve Millen has competed in the Targa with the STILLEN Nissan GT-R. The car is still relatively stock- engine, transmission, turbos, but is going up against some very modified, and very quick cars.  Last year Steve finished 3rd, this year he finished in 4th. The competition really stepped up. Check out the video below, that shows just how hard Steve pushes the car though the stages, and head over to the Road and Track blog for more reports and pictures.   STILLEN is making plans for next year, that will bring more car to the event.
Steve and Jen pushed hard all week and were able to bring the car home with a fourth place finish. The event winner, Tony Quinn in his R35, won the Targa for the fourth time. Glenn Inkster, in his high horsepower Mitsubishi Evo VI, came in second just a few seconds behind Quinn despite having a couple of offs and having to take a tire penalty. Glenn Smith rounded out the top 3 in his 600+ horsepower Mitsubishi Evo X — which we all thought looked like it had just come out of a video game! Steve and Jen fought hard coming in fourth, securing their spot in the top five.

Source: Road and Track

Nov 9, 2011

Nissan GT-R vs Lamborghini vs Lamborghini

The guys in Russia are pretty crazy. In this nicely produced video, a couple of Lamborghinis go up against a Nissan GT-R. The GT-R can get out in front of the Lambo's, but eventually they go screaming past. That is, until they die. Both the Lamborghinis have to be carted out by tow truck.

Check out the video after the break. 

2012 Nissan GT-R Front Lip Spoiler and Skidplate

The front lip on a Nissan GT-R is low. Most owners front lips end up taking the brunt of driveway entrances and exits. We have two products to protect, and enhance the front lip of 2012 and also 2009-2011 Nissan GT-R's.  The part numbers for the early cars(2009-2011US) are different than the late car(2012US up).

2012 Nissan GT-R
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.

Another major benefit of the front lip spoiler is the durability.  Constructed out of high-quality polyurethane, this front spoiler is nearly indestructible and carries a limited lifetime warranty. This means it can stand up to the hazards of the race track or the drive around town with 100% driver/owner confidence.

The STILLEN Skidplate is a popular product that helps protect the $1800 front lip. With it installed, it blends in with the factory look.   One customer commented that the skidplate helps the front of the car to slide over any obstacles that he encountered like deep driveways.

Skidplate installed

Nov 8, 2011

Nissan Global Interview Video

Mizuno the CVE of the Nissan GT-R answers some questions about the R35 and its continuing development and improvement.

Q1. What are the key points of the 2012 Nissan GT-R?

The GT-R is evolving each year. The background behind this is that the car is for hobby or pleasure. The customers don't regard this as just a car, rather as a close friend or a lover. It is important to grow up, just as the Formula 1 car gets faster every year, or the records of athletes are revised each year.

We'd like to show that to the customer. They feel as if it's a loved one, or a child, growing up. I believe that's the characteristics or requirement of this car segment. We entered the global supercar segment with the GT-R in 2007. We are not just selling a car. We wanted to provide "kando", or emotion. We wanted to penetrate the hearts of customers.

There are two kinds of cars. One is a car that helps to create the future and contributes to society for the next generations through environmental friendliness, or what we call eco-cars.

Another gives power or energy to one's life by offering the ultimate driving performance. The motivation for working hard during the weekdays is to enjoy driving this car on weekends.

The former example would be electric vehicles – eco-cars. The latter is the GT-R, with kando, passion and emotion. I believe the world needs the balance of these two.

The reason we can develop and produce the GT-R is because Nissan has the LEAF as well. We can say this is like a double-edged blade, or the synchronized wheels of a car.

Q2: How has the GT-R grown?


The concept of a "multi-performance supercar" has been consistent since its launch in 2007. Traditionally, supercars were a closed market and only a few people could enjoy the high-performance in limited conditions.

On the contrary, though, GT-R is aimed at creating an open market, which everyone can enjoy. We didn't intend to compete with and then defeat competitors. Rather, we'd wanted to create a completely new market. The multi-performance supercar was key to achieve that goal.

What do we mean by that? You can cruise on the autobahn at 300kmh with a week of clothes loaded in the trunk. You can go shopping in town comfortably using the automatic transmission mode, while you could also be the fastest driving on the track. This is what we wanted to achieve with the GT-R to create an open market globally.

For the first three years, we have been concentrating on improving that dynamic performance. In a minor change when we launched the 2011 model, we worked on improving the utility, in addition toperformance. For the 2012 model, we went back to the basics and improved the performance as the basis for the future changes.

Customers want their own, original GT-Rs, just like having a lover. To fulfill their needs, we are now offering the factory option to customize the car. For the 2012 model, we have redesigned the engine and made it to have more power using less fuel, meaning a leaner air-fuel mixture ratio.

As a result we have achieved a higher engine output and better fuel economy, reducing carbon dioxide emissions. As for engine characteristics, you can feel the high response and torque around 5,000rpm, and more at a level above 6,000rpm.

We can say this is a world first: We've adopted the asymmetric suspension settings for the 2012 model. The specifications differ between left and right. When stationary, the front-right wheel carries more weight, for the right-hand drive car. We have changed the suspension setting on both to make equal weight distribution while the car is in motion – a stiffer front-right spring, and a higher rear-left suspension alignment.

For the specific regions we now offer the factory-option package called "For Track Pack." This is for those who want to use the GT-R daily on the road, but also enjoy track driving. This includes un-installing the rear seat to lower the weight, like the Spec-V interior, and using newly-developed material for the front seat in which the seat cloth itself grips the driver's body. A traditional sports seat holds the driver with its bucket-shape, and this innovative seat material holds the driver like a suction cup.

For the brakes, For Track Pack offers the same cooling system as the Spec-V, using the same system used with carbon brakes for the steel brakes, to be suitable for the circuit driving. We'd like to improve the line up of factory options so that customers can createtheir own, original GT-Rs.

When we started the GT-R project we promised CEO Carlos Ghosn that we would develop this car as a company flagship model, using Nissan's most-advanced technologies, to make it loved by people all over the world.

In Europe, Nissan or Japanese cars had not appeared on the shopping lists of higher-end consumers – racing drivers, company executives, stars and celebrities. The GT-R now attracts these types of people and Nissan's name is becoming widely known.

Also, in dealerships, employees are now proud of selling Nissan cars because they have the GT-R in the line up. I feel that the GT-R is gradually serving its role as a Nissan flagship.

Last week we had an exclusive pre-launch marketing event at a circuit in the Middle East, inviting VIPs including racing drivers and members of royal families. Everyone was associating the brand name Nissan with the GT-R, calling it the "Nissan GT-R". I strongly believe GT-R is contributing to raising Nissan's brand power. That's on theexternal side.

On the internal side, I would like to say that if a person can forge such an idea using the power of imagination then they can help to change a car to a great extent. Lots of people in the company think the work is just doing what they are told to – doing a fixed task with fixed rules. However, if we look at the GT-R launched in 2007, and the evolution of the car since then, I want to show that people's inspiration and creativity can lead to incredible results.

For instance, with the 2012 model, 0-100kmh acceleration now takes less than 3 seconds; it has the potential to make less than 7 minutes 20 seconds at its Nurburgring test. There is no stress on snow; not only it can go up to 300kmh, but the driver can comfortably cruise at that speed on the autobahn.

Is this the end of the development? No, because the car can further improve if we use our creativity. I want to provide a spark for our employees to consider "What is our job?"

We have unlimited creativity and possibilities, and I want to show that a product can evolve incredibly if we concentrate greatly. I want to tell our employees there are more things we can do in the auto industry.

Q3: What is the future of the GT-R?


The EV is a car contributing to society to create a better future but the GT-R is a treat for yourself. The power to work and to live. The keyword is kando – to move the customer's heart.

We are not selling a car, we are creating kando and that's the world of GT-R. We want to expand that world, including its power and dynamic performance, customizing options to build your own GT-R, putting the DNA of driving pleasure to a high level that no one has experienced before.

In other words, you can expect future GT-Rs to increase key elements involving kando; it can be customization, improvement of power train efficiency and advancedtechnologies, or even providing other amazing capabilities.


Nov 7, 2011

2013 US Nissan GT-R at Nurburgring Video

Testing a 2013US Nissan GT-R

Nissan has been working on, slanging, a Nissan GT-R around Nurburgring since the R32 GT-R. From the mid 8 minute mark for the R32, to the 7:59 mark for the R33 GT-R, the times keep dropping further and further towards the 6 minute mark.  In this video, the latest car, the 2012 MY global car, or the 2013 US car gets hustled around the green hell.  7 minutes and 21 seconds later, the trip is over, and its time to insert another 100 yen, or quarter.

Even though this is the time that Nissan has shown for the GT-R, don't think that the 7:21 was the quickest time they have done.

Check out the video after the break.

Nissan GT-R Track Pack for Overseas Markets

Track Pack GT-R

The US hardly ever gets the special edition models. Our DOT and EPA standards make it difficult for auto manufacturers to do limited production vehicles.

The Track Pack is built on a PURE - or "Base" edition Nissan GT-R, that is not sold in the US.

"For TRACK PACK" is a custom option for the Pure Edition designed for customers who want to enjoy a more Spartan-feel driving experience in their Nissan GT-R. Jointly developed with NordRing company in Japan, it features the suspension, air guide for brake cooling (front and rear), and aluminum-alloy wheels made by Rays (with black quartz chrome color coating). The front spoiler with carbon air duct has been exclusively made for this edition and is installed as a set. For reducing the car's weight, this edition is made in a two-seat configuration (without rear seats, with quilted fabric mats). Also adopted are combination seats made with genuine leather and high-grip fabric, newly developed for the "For TRACK PACK" option, which firmly holds the driver through the grip of the seat cloth.
Front brake ducts

Brake Air Guides
Cloth seats with blue trim
Track Pack seat - Not for the US
Nording Suspension
SpecV Rear seat delete, have to use up those leftover SpecV parts

545 Horsepower: Carbon Fiber Rear Wing For 2013 GT-R

- Nissan’s Multi-Dimensional Supercar Receives Engine and Suspension Refinements for New Model Year; Set to Arrive at Select Certified Nissan Dealers Nationwide in January 2012 –
2012 Global, 2013 US GT-R at Nurburgring
Since its introduction, the iconic Nissan GT-R has had one goal in mind – never rest on its laurels. One of the most acclaimed supercars in automotive history, the Nissan GT-R is the ultimate expression of the Nissan brand and its “Innovation for All” philosophy. A multi-dimensional performance machine that lives up to the concept of “the ultimate supercar that can be driven by anyone, anytime, anywhere,” the Nissan GT-R receives a number of engine and suspension refinements for the 2013 model year, all designed to enhance its already legendary performance.

“The 2013 Nissan GT-R once again sends a bold statement that it remains on the leading edge of international sports car design, technology and performance,” said Brian Carolin, senior vice president, Sales and Marketing, Nissan North America, Inc. “It’s our desire to keep pushing the envelope, to never settle for second best or second place – a philosophy that makes Nissan GT-R one of the most coveted and affordable supercars in the world today.”

The major refinements to GT-R’s renowned engineering masterpiece of an engine include improved intake efficiency, reduced airflow resistance including an enlarged air intake duct for the intercooler, and improved exhaust emissions efficiency and enhanced control. The engine is hand-assembled in a special clean room, similar to racing powerplant construction. As a result, horsepower is rated at 545 hp, an increase of 15 hp over the 2012 GT-R’s 530 hp. Similarly, torque has been increased to 463 lb-ft from 448 lb-ft.

Transmission shift feel and quietness have been refined through a strengthened design of the shift fork arm and a firmer fixing bearing for the flywheel housing. Also, high performance differential oil, used in GT-R motorsports competition, is now standard for production models.

In addition, the suspension has been retuned and a handmade dry carbon rear spoiler has also been added to the Nissan GT-R Black Edition model. Other enhancements include the addition of a new blue lighting treatment inside the tachometer ring to match the shift position indicator light, helping provide a more sophisticated cockpit atmosphere. A RearView Monitor is now standard on all models.

The 2013 Nissan GT-R is scheduled to go on sale at select certified Nissan dealers in January 2012.

About the 2013 Nissan GT-R

This is similar to how the Black Edition wing will look.
Following a major revision just last year, the 2013 Nissan GT-R is offered in two models – GT-R Premium and the GT-R Black Edition with special lightweight black aluminum forged RAYS® wheels, unique read and black interior, Recaro® leather-appointed seats and new dry carbon fiber rear spoiler. The 2013 Nissan GT-R is once again anchored by an advanced 3.8-liter twin turbo V6 engine matched with a high-performance 6-speed dual-clutch transmission. Engine efficiency has been improved for the new model year, which helps raise horsepower to 545 hp (versus the previous 530 horsepower) and torque to 463 lb-ft (versus the previous 448 lb-ft). The engine is hand-assembled in a special clean room.

GT-R is built on an exclusive Premium Midship platform, which enables the use of the world’s first independent rear transaxle ATTESA E-TS all-wheel drive system. This system places the transmission, transfer case and final drive at the rear of the vehicle, optimizing weight distribution and maximizing handling capability.

Total vehicle adjustability is provided by a “set-up switch” located in the center of the instrument panel, enabling the driver to adjust transmission shifts, shock absorbers and the Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC-R) among three settings – Normal, Special or “R,” for ultimate handling.

The Nissan GT-R suspension has been retuned for 2013. The vehicle again utilizes a special Bilstein DampTronic system, and the braking system consists of Brembo full-floating drilled rotors, low steel high stiffness brake pads and Brembo monoblock six-piston front and four-piston rear calipers.