Feb 27, 2012

Jay Leno's Garage: SP Engineering GT-R

SP Engineering Nissan GT-R

Jay Leno had one of SP Engineerings R35 GT-R's on his Jay Leno's Garage Show. Alex looked a little nervous, but he did pretty well. SP Engineering has been big GT-R tuners for a number of years, and have built a lot of cars.
What has 480 at the factory and 800 when SP Engineering gets done with it? Meet Alex Shen, who's quietly been boosting and upgrading Ferraris, Nissans and Lamborghinis with his SPE kits to outperform your wildest dreams!


Source: Jay Leno's Garage

Feb 26, 2012

Infiniti Emerg-E Supercar Concept


Infiniti has just released the first offical pictures of its Emerg-E Supercar Concept. The car is scheduled to debut at the Geneva International Auto Show.

Infiniti has said that the Emerg-E will be propelled by a mid-mounted range-extender drivetrain comprising an electric motor and an internal combustion engine.
Mid mounted VR38DETT? Some direct injection VQ?  Check out the video below and stay tuned for some more details in a few weeks.

Some rumors now say the engine is a 1.2 liter. Just basically a small range extender.


 Source:Carscoop

Nissan to Race GT3 GT-R in Super GT

GT300 Nissan GT-R
Does the headline make any sense to you?  It makes perfect sense to me, but perhaps not to people that don't know Japanese racing. Nissan/Nismo has been running a V-8 powered GT-R in Japanese Super GT Racing GT500(500 hp) class, and a Nissan Z33 in the GT300 (300hp)class.  For 2012 Nissan is going to be racing a rear wheel drive GT3 spec Nissan GT-R. The Nissan GT-R will have a VR38DETT, restricted to 300 hp.
Nissan will field only one GT-R Nismo GT3 in the GT300 class of the 2012 Super GT season, with the car being run by the Nissan Driver Development Program team, which is headed by Masahiro Hasemi and includes up-and-coming drivers Yuhi Sekiguchi and Katsumasa Chiyo.
March 31, 2012 is the first race of the season, at Okayama. Head over to the Super GT site for lots of information, in Japanese.

Source: NAGTROC and Motor Authority

Feb 25, 2012

Bathurst 12 Hour 2012: Donut King GT-R


The Donut King finished 6th overall in the 12 Hours of Bathurst, not bad for a Class C car, winning Class C.  The full results are at the Bathurst 12 Hour website. It looked very wet for the contest, an advantage for the all wheel drive R35


Another car taking advantage of the conditions and the problems befalling the front runners is the Donut King Nissan R35 GTR, which is running 7th outright to lead it's class in Class C.



Not a lot of information out there about this car. It ran a few Targas a couple of years ago, and it participated in this race last year.  This year its doing pretty well.

Check out Oz Wrap Up for up to the hour race updates.

Team America Nissan Skyline GT-R : Time Attack VQ35

Now this is different. Eric Hsu, formerly of XS Engineering, now working at Cosworth, has hatched a plan for World Domination.  Well, world domination at Time Attack.  The plan is to take his old R32 GT-R, and transplant an all wheel drive VQ35 into the car. Kind of a light weight R35 GT-R? Over at MotoIQ, Eric has laid out his plan and his team, for World Domination, in Time Attack.

Blue Steel
Blue, widebody, RB26 displacing 2.8 liters, twin 3037's. The car ran both a Holinger sequential, and a Getrag transmission.  The future plans include the Holinger.

We decided to run it one more time in 2006 where we put a new engine in it (we killed a rod bearing in the engine before we got to America Touge 3) with dry sump oiling and cut a little more weight out of the car getting it down to 3007 lbs wet, without driver. The car ran a best of of a 1:49.210 at Buttonwillow with Tarzan Yamada behind the wheel back in 2006. Come to think of it, the car was run once in 2007 also, but without proper testing, a different transmission, and Mr. Kobayashi from MCR Japan behind the wheel, the car ran a 1:51.xx. 
Eric said he only ran it at around 630 hp, I call bullshit. Looks like a couple ticks more than that in the video below.

Feb 24, 2012

Carbon Ceramic Brake Kit for Nissan GT-R : CCM-X

The STILLEN R&D team continues to develop industry-leading performance products with long-standing technical partner AP Racing. Their hard work has resulted in the release of the next generation in Carbon-Ceramic Matrix (CCM-X) brakes for the Nissan GTR. This kit utilizes a new High Thermal Capacity (HTC) process which helps pull the heat from the CCM disc surface deeper into the 3D core to allow the discs to operate cooler through more efficient use of internal venting and air flow.

We have also homologated a new  Pagid RSX1 pad material designed specifically for our new CCM-X discs for easier bedding and higher performance, these pads are ideal for use on the street and for track days.

The CCM-X disc assembly hardware has now been updated to include anti-rattle springs that still allow the full benefit of a floating disc, yet eliminates the “noise” associated with this style of disc.

During extreme performance testing at Auto Club Raceway in Fontana, CA, performing back-to-back repetitive testing runs pushing the limits of brake temperatures, the new combination of HTC CCM-X discs and Pagid RSX1 pad material reduced disc temperatures from an average of 1488F to 1346F, that’s 142 degrees cooler than the previous generation CCM. These real-world tests confirmed the results of our brake dyno testing at AP Racings lab in Coventry, England.

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 larger than the standard 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

Key benefits:

Discs run cooler vs. our original CCM under the same brake load

Pad material specifically designed for our 3D CCM

Easier to bed (like cast iron)

Quicker recovery from high temperature use

Anti rattle springs now part of the disc assembly hardware


List Price     $18,995.00

On Sale:        $17,995.00

APCC1000A for 2009-2011 US Market cars

APCC1100A for 2012-2013 US Market cars.

Feb 23, 2012

Top Gear Interviews Mr GT-R


I can't say I agree with everything that Mizuno has to say about weight in this Top Gear interview. I think that there are compromises when you build a car, and in this case to build a car as technically advanced as the Nissan GT-R, it ended up being heavy. Adding all the safety and convenience items added up to a 3800+ lb curb weight.

"Thinking that my car is too heavy is a mistake!" he says, clapping his hands together for emphasis. "All journalists say [affects a funny voice]: ‘GT-R is heavy, heavy, heavy - it should be lighter, lighter, lighter!' I say, journalists need to develop a more professional level of thinking! More study! More thought! The GT-R needs to be this weight. A car with less weight does not handle. Lighter weight can be dangerous. And it will not be drivable by all customers. You have a responsibility for the customer. I have a big responsibility for the customer!"
Anyone that has ever been involved with a race car might not agree with that. We do everything we can to get our race cars down to a minimum weight. The car accelerates faster, corners better, stops better, uses less gas, uses less brake pad, and uses less tire the lighter it is. However, some people don't agree, and we are having a healthy discussion over at the NAGTROC Forum.

The mighty 3.8-litre, twin-turbo V6 gets revised heads, sodium-filled valves, and a new intake system, to improve drivability, throttle response and reduce emissions and consumption. Power is up to 542bhp (at 6,400rpm, a 12bhp boost on the 2011 model), and torque increased to 466lb ft. The dual-clutch transmission is smoother-shifting, and overall body stiffness has been beefed up.
The European 2012 GT-R is our US market 2013 GT-R. They call it 542bhp, we call it 545hp.  So whats next for the GT-R in 2014? More of the same, or changes? Are we going to see a 7 speed transmission, or direct injection any time soon?

Source: Top Gear
 

Feb 22, 2012

Best Driver’s Car 2011 Motor Trend On YouTube


Best Driver’s Car 2011 Motor Trend On YouTube
2012 Nissan GT-R
Magazines are now becoming more than just what you hold in your hand. Expanding their coverage, giving the readers behind the scenes videos from their comparison testing. In this video from Motor Trend, part 1 of 3 in their Best Drivers Car 2011, Johnny Lieberman takes Justin Bell on a ride in a 2012 Nissan GT-R during testing of the competitors. Everything from a Ferrari 458, to a Lexus LF-A.
Lieberman starts off taking Bell out for an impromptu 0-60 run in the 2012 Nissan GT-R, with (naturally) launch control engaged. Bell’s reaction to the Nissan’s brutal acceleration is “that was truly magnificent!”
Read more: http://wot.motortrend.com/best-drivers-car-2011-downshift-episode-4-motor-trend-youtube-channel-172179.html#ixzz1nAodqfYG



Source: Motor Trend

Ferodo Racing Brake Pads for Nissan GT-R

Ferodo (a division of Federal-Mogul) has been making high quality brake pads from road cars to professional racing series since 1897.
 
Ferodo DS2500 - Street & Light Track Use


Ferodo recommends the DS2500 compound for high-performance street driving and occasional track day use. The good cold friction properties of this pad help it to respond quickly and predictably right out of the box. The DS2500 provides good driver feedback due to less compressibility. While able to take a good amount of abuse from lighter cars with moderate horsepower, For example the GT-R’s power and weight (3,900 lbs.) will start to induce brake fade if pushed hard on the track (max. operating temperature = 950°F).

Ferodo DS1.11 - Track Use Only

Ferodo’s DS1.11 Racing Compound is a new development based upon Siloxane Technology. This compound offers a constant friction coefficient across a wide range of temperatures and speeds for better modulation and higher confidence in the braking zone. Developed for extreme conditions, it features lower disc wear and better pad life than many race pads. When getting serious at the track, STILLEN recommends the DS1.11 compound for fade-free performance. This compound is for RACING ONLY and is NOT suitable for the street.

 Ferodo DS2.11 - Track Use Only

DS2.11 is the sister compound to DS1.11. It is based on the same siloxane technology and shares many of DS1.11's characteristics (unvarying performance, short pedal, excellent control) but has some additional features, notably it's extremely high bite and friction coefficient. Pad life is slightly lower than DS1.11. It is especially recommended for rally (WRC race proven), but is suitable for any other application where very high friction, bite and a rising torque profile are desired. DS2.11 is in the course of being substituted by DSUNO.

  As a general guide we recommend that you consider the following when making your material compound selection:
  • 4WD cars:
    same compound, front and rear
  • Rear traction cars:
    same compound, front and rear
  • Front traction cars:
    high friction level in the front axle (i.e. DS3000), lower friction level on the rear axle (i.e. DS2500, 4003)

 

Feb 21, 2012

Nissan GT-R Burnout Video



The Nissan GT-R has a sophisticated all wheel drive system called ATTESA. The ATTESA system uses a set of clutches in the transmission assembly to send power to the front wheels. Severn Valley Motorsports have come up with a defeat switch for the ATTESA system, and in this video, they put it to the test with a little burnout in a 1200 horsepower R35 GT-R.

Subtle is not this car, nicknamed "The Hulk". The UK GT-R forums have a huge thread on the car build.  It was great to see that they removed the hideous lambo doors.  The green is a bit over the top, but it is a demo car, and you want it to stand out.

Check out the video and spec sheet after the jump.

Feb 16, 2012

1012 AWHP on 93 Octane : AMS Alpha 12

The season is upon us. The first shot fired this year in the AMS vs Switzer battle was 927 AWHP by the Switzer Ultimate Street GT-R. Now AMS fires back with an Alpha 12. This particular Alpha 12 is a beast, with over 1265 AWHP on C16, spinning the tires on the dyno.  This car is about 2.5 times as powerful as a stock car, on the same 93 octane fuel a stock car can use.   Now we just need to be able to get something other than our 91 octane fuel, that we see in California. It should still be able to do in the 900hp range on 91.
Tim's GT-R is a little different than most ALPHA 12's. IN addition to full blown ALPHA 12 he added the following:

ALPHA Ported Throttle Bodies
ALPHA Prototype Intake manifold
ALPHA Prototype Race intercooler kit
 

1012 horspower - 799 ft lbs of torque
 Source: NAGTROC

Feb 15, 2012

Chris Harris Video: BMW M5 VS Nissan GT-R


Pistonheads posted a video from Chris Harris, comparing the BMW M5 vs the Nissan GT-R. Autocar did it earlier in the week, in this video, in rainy old England, Chris throws these two cars together.

Chris Harris reviews the new 2012 BMW M5 and Nissan GT-R, in the rain. Do these two cars belong together? Probably not - but it's perfect for YouTube search results, and thats why we're doing it. Watch as Chris reviews the two cars on the street and on the track.

Check the video out after the break.

927 AWHP on 93 Octane: Switzer Ultimate Street Edition

2012 Nissan GT-R Black Edition
Switzer Performance Innovation in Ohio has been working their magic on the Nissan GT-R since it was released in the US.  Known for their meticulous attention to detail, SPI's latest package is a good one. 1000+ horsepower cars, unless they cost $1.7 million plus, exhibit characteristics closer to race cars than street cars. Loud exhausts, loud brakes, loud tires, loud clutches, loud transmissions.  The stock GT-R makes some noise, but once you get up over 1000 horsepower, the car can get pretty difficult to tolerate as a daily driver. Some guys love the noises, some guys hate them.
2012 Nissan GT-R Interior
One owner of an R1KX was getting close to taking delivery of his car, but he had a little bit of a change of heart. His R1KX is currently the 2nd quickest Nissan GT-R in the world with a 9.0 pass.  When he asked the Switzer guys, they told him that they might have what he is looking for.

One day I finally decided I needed to inform Tym of my dilemma. He responds with, “I already have what you’re looking for, but I haven’t released it officially yet”. Turns out he was sitting on a brand-new 2012 Black Edition with a package that he dubbed “Ultimate Street Edition”. It’s a 93-octane only build that made 927 awhp and 734 ft lbs torque. He kept the torque low so you don’t have to run loud Promax clutches and billet gears.

927 all wheel horsepower on a Mustang dyno is impressive. Even more impressive, 93 octane fuel. That is an insane amount of power for that fuel. They kept the torque low, so they wouldn't have to go too far into the clutches and transmission, as those items can introduce a lot of noise.  The car should be able to run 9 second timeslips on 93 octane fuel, and stock runflat tires. With stock wheels, and a stock exterior, it will look like stock, but pack more than double the stock horsepower.

Source: NAGTROC


Feb 13, 2012

STILLEN Nissan GT-R vs Helicopter Poster



During the 2011 Targa New Zealand, the STILLEN Nissan GT-R took on a helicopter in quick down and back race. On the site are links to download the poster as wallpaper, a video, and how to get a copy of the poster for free with your order.

The helicopter in the race is a Eurocopter AS350 (also known as a "Squirrel") powered by a Arriel 1D1 engine making 732shp. 

Head over to the STILLEN mini site for information on getting the poster for free with your order.Good while supplies last.



Feb 8, 2012

Nissan to Compete in Australian V8 Supercar



Long ago, in a galaxy far away, Nissan GT-R's competed on a road course against other touring cars. Or actually that is a isolated country far away, the Nissan Skyline GT-R, R32 competed in Australian Touring Car. Eventually the series would become V8 Supercar, with the Australian Domestic Market Fords and Holdens(GM). No word on which Nissan(sedan?) they will be racing, or exactly which engine they will be using, although there are a few choices that are already used in Super GT, and FIA GT1.

Safety car for the V8 Supercars in 2012

In Australia, V8 Supercar has been a two make series since 1993, when the Nissan Skyline GT-R was banned after dominating in 1991 and 1992. Like NASCAR with the Car of Tomorrow (COT), V8 Supercar has its Car of the Future. The cars saw several changes in NASCAR(lost the wing, splitter), we will see how things pan out for V8 Supercar.

It will not be a purpose built motorsport V8 – but an engine out of Nissan’s road cars (5.0-litre from Infiniti?)
Research has shown that fans wanted to see Nissan return as the third brand.
Unlikely to go above five manufacturers
Nissan GT-R to be the course/safety car
2013 season could see four manufacturers (so another one to join after Nissan?)
The Japanese brand today confirmed it would enter the V8 Supercars championship in 2013, returning to the sport from which it was banned in 1993 after its all-wheel-drive GT-R coupe dominated the series in 1991 and 1992 to earn the nickname ‘Godzilla’.
The chairman of the V8 Supercars commission in Australia is Mark Skaife, who co-drove Nissan Skyline GT-R's in Australian touring car.


Check out the 1990 Nissan Motorsports Promotional Video from Australia after the break.

Nissan Annouces North American Motorsports Participation for 2012



Nissan is staying involved with racing in North America, from Grand Am, to World Challenge in 2012. NASA is going to be setting up the spec 350Z series, which could be very interesting. Spec series can come and go, but the 350Z is plentiful, quick, and a great sports car. No mention in the press release about drifting, although there are many Nissan's in the drift world.

CRP Racing will be campaigning a couple of Nissan GT-R's in the SCCA World Challenge series. According to a Facebook post, CRP says the cars are going to be rear wheel drive, similar to the GT3 Nissan GT-R's.  From rumors, these are the old Brass Monkey cars that had previously been used in the World Challenge series. They never had much development behind them, and never were successful in the series.
GT3 Nissan GT-R. Rear wheel drive


Press Release after the jump:

Autocar UK: Nissan GT-R vs BMW M5


Autocar UK pitted the 2012(2013US) Nissan GT-R against the BMW M5 in this video. Do these two cars really match up? Would buyers cross shop these two vehicles? In either case, check out the video for the results.

The BMW M5 and Nissan GT-R are not conventional rivals, but both have around 550bhp, cost nearly £75k and promise brutal performance. So which one wins our series of tests?


Feb 7, 2012

Yokohama ADVAN Nissan GT-R Drift Video



Drift R35 GT-R.

The former Blitz, rear wheel drive converted Nissan GT-R drift car, is now sporting a BenSopra Body kit, and out at the track for a drift session.

Driver Nobuteru Taniguchi drifts a highly modified Ben Sopra Nisan R35 GT-R at Ebisu.

Check out the video after the break.

Feb 6, 2012

Used Nissan GT-R Parts for Sale

Nissan GT-R Used Parts for Sale

If you are looking for an HKS oil pan, some stock wheels,or other parts, Allen has a few for sale. Check out his eBay auctions


Feb 4, 2012

Infiniti Considering GT-R Based Car

Infiniti Essence Concept at the LA Auto Show

Car Magazine is reporting in an interview with Francois Bancon, head of advanced planning for Infiniti in Japan, that Infiniti is considering a GT-R based car.
'It's too good a platform to use only on one model,' said Francois Bancon, head of advanced planning for Infiniti in Tokyo.
Infiniti has already shown the Essence concept car, which is build on a Nissan GT-R chassis. There are some challenges to making a GT-R based Infiniti. Infiniti is a more luxurious, upscale brand so an Infinti based GT-R would also have to fit in line with those requirements.
 'It would have to be softer than the GT-R,' he said. 'And that's extremely difficult to do. You can't easily tweak the GT-R to deliver the sophisticated, more refined performance we would need on an Infiniti.'
Nissan sells the Egoist version of the Nissan GT-R in Japan. The Egoist has some special interior appointments that put it above and beyond the normal GT-R.
Egoist interior
The biggest noise/refinement complaints you hear from owners about GT-R's are the brakes, and transmission noises. The GT-R doesn't have a lot of sound deadening, and the brakes are going for performance over minor issues of noise and dust. The twin shaft GR6 transmission can sound a bit like a box of rocks, but it is something Nissan has been refining from the CBA to the DBA. These kind of items would need to be addressed before Infinti can offer, what might be a $150k-$175k Infinti GT-R.

They say that a halo Infiniti wouldn't see production for about five years. The R35 chassis has been produced in Japan since December 2007.  The Nissan GT-R is selling as a 2013 model in the US, even if it might be a 2017 model, its still about 10 years on the same platform. It raises the question of exactly how long Nissan might use this same platform with minor versus major changes.  Chevrolet, and Porsche are both stepping up and renewing their platforms. If Nissan wants to be able to compete against those cars, eventually they are going to need to make some major versus minor changes.

See a video of the Essence on the stand at the LA Auto after the break.

Feb 3, 2012

Nissan Partners with NASA for Spec 350Z Series



NISSAN PARTNERS WITH NATIONAL AUTO SPORT ASSOCIATION TO CREATE NEW SPEC Z SERIES
Popular 350Z will be the basis of cost-effective racing program

Nissan North America and The National Auto Sport Association (NASA) are pleased to announce the creation of an all-new Spec Z series that will feature the Nissan 350Z®. The NASA Spec Z class will include all trim levels of the 2003-2008 year model Nissan 350Z in a single classification focused on close competition, parity and cost containment that will showcase driving ability and car setup skills.

NASA Spec Z will offer a comprehensive contingency prize program that will reward both Regional and National Championship competitors. Nissan Motorsports will provide significant support for the series, and their contingency prize program provides cash rewards up to $850 for the top three finishers at each regional competition weekend. Additionally, Nissan Motorsports will provide $6,500 in cash support to the top Spec Z finishers at the 2012 NASA Championships.

BFGoodrich tires will be the control tire for the Spec Z class, and BFG has also created a generous contingency prize program for the series. More contingency prize programs for the Spec Z class are being finalized for the series and will be announced shortly.

"We are very excited about Spec Z,” said Jeremy Croiset, NASA Sponsorship Manager. “We have been working closely with Nissan Motorsports on the creation of Spec Z, and it will be an excellent series for anyone looking to step into a spec vehicle that’s fast and relatively inexpensive to build, maintain and race. With the fantastic contingency prize programs that are being provided for Spec Z, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a more rewarding spec series to race in. We look forward to watching Spec Z grow and flourish in the coming years as more racers adopt this new formula.”

Ron Stukenberg, Senior Manager, Motorsports Marketing Communications, Nissan North America agrees, and adds, “NASA has a proven track record of growing classes from the ground up, so we are excited to be working with NASA on the new Spec Z series. We have a number of competitors already expressing interest in the series, so the potential for this series is very strong indeed. With our Nissan Motorsports Competition Parts Program and comprehensive contingency prize programs, we are looking to make this a strong offering for those interested in stepping into a very competitive spec series racing the iconic Z car.”

For complete details on the new series rules, please visit http://www.nasaproracing.com/rules.

For details on the newly-announced contingency programs for the Spec Z series, please visit http://www.nasaproracing.com/contingency.

About Nissan North America
In North America, Nissan's operations include automotive styling, design, engineering, consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and manufacturing. Nissan is dedicated to improving the environment under the Nissan Green Program 2010 and has been recognized as a 2010 and 2011 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency. More information about Nissan in North America and the complete line of Nissan and Infiniti vehicles can be found online at www.NissanUSA.com and www.Infiniti.com.

Visit the NISMO performance parts and accessories site at http://www.nissanusa.com/nismo/

Join the Nissan Performance Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/?ref=tn_tnmn#!/nissanperformance

About National Auto Sport Association (NASA)
The National Auto Sport Association (NASA) was formed in 1991 to deliver high quality motorsports events to enthusiasts at major racing venues throughout the nation. NASA has created programs that allow owners of both racecars and high-performance street-driven vehicles to enjoy the full performance capabilities of their cars in a safe and controlled environment. NASA offers many different programs that will allow you to enjoy motorsports on a number of different levels, including our High Performance Driving Events (HPDE), Rally Sport, Time Trial, NASA-X and Competition Racing programs.

Source: Nissan News

Feb 2, 2012

Camaro ZL1 vs Nissan GT-R : Road and Track

ZL1 Camaro vs 2013 Nissan GT-R

Camaro vs GT-R? Isn't this supposed to be Corvette vs GT-R? Inside Line, just recently compared the 2012 Z06, and the Nissan GT-R, but in this test Road and Track magazine pits the new supercharged ZL1 Camaro vs the just updated 2013 Nissan GT-R.
The ZL1 against Godzilla? Yes indeed. As illogical as that may seem, both cars have massive horsepower, weigh 2 tons, have 2+2 seating and feature a variety of go-fast goodies.
On the track, even with the magnetic suspension, PTM traction control, and 580 supercharged horses, the ZL1 Camaro can't keep up with the 545hp GT-R.
Here the Camaro gets its normal view


The clocks show that the ZL1 is 2.8 seconds off the GT-R at Inde. Even with PTM, no-lift shifts and launch control, the ZL1 is simply the harder car to drive. It’s heavier by nearly 200 lb., thanks in part to a beefy 9.9-in. differential that’s built to handle the torque but is nearly twice as heavy as that used in the SS.

Check out the video after the break.

Feb 1, 2012

Nissan North America Sales up 10.4%


Nissans total sales for January 2012  were up 10.4% versus January 2011, however only 20 Nissan GT-R's were sold, down 9.1% from 22 a year earlier. It looks like the buyers were anticipating the 2013 model. Will the slow sales continue for the Nissan GT-R in 2012, or will the release of the 545 hp 2013 show some more sales?

The first 2013 Nissan GT-R's are arriving to dealerships now. We should have some projections of 2012 sales by the end of the month. The GT-R had a healthy price bump to $96,820 on the Premium, and $106,320 on the Black Edition.

Up for the month were the Versa, Altima, and LEAF.  The LEAF sold 676 units.  Down for the month were the Sentra, Cube, Juke, 370Z, and GT-R. The 370Z was down to 417 sales or 26.5% off January 2011. 

Source: Nissan News

CRP Racing to Campaign Nissan GT-R's in World Challenge


CRP Racing have just announced that they are going to be racing a pair of Nissan GT-R's in World Challenge for 2012. Brass Monkey Racing tried racing a couple of GT-R's in 2010, and 2011, but they never got too far with the cars.  Brass Monkey had some issues with cooling, and the transmission. Now a few years along, hopefully CRP will be able to work out those issues.  The car is going to be sponsored by Hawk brakes, and Cragar Wheels. Hawk already produces brake pads for the Nissan GT-R, but I haven't seen anything in Cragars lineup that will fit on a GT-R. Maybe soon. 
World Challenge GT is a tough series, with a number of well established teams, with very fast cars. Coming from the Corvette, a lightweight V8, rear wheel drive car, the GT-R will be a new experience for the team. 
See the full press release after the break.