Jul 27, 2012

Nissan GT-R Road Car vs GT-R Nismo GT3 Race Car

Who would have thought that someone playing racing video games would ever end up driving real race cars. In this video featuring the 2011 GT Academy winner Jann Mardenborough, he goes over what makes the Nissan GT-R GT3 race car different, and the same as the Nissan GT-R street car.
2011 GT Academy winner, Jann Mardenborough, has never been to Spa-Francorchamps before. But during yesterday’s first practice session for this weekend’s 24 Hour race he was 6th fastest out of 66 cars. And he’s annoyed at not being higher up the time sheets.

Check out the video comparing the GT-R street car vs the GT-R GT3 race car after the break.

No R36 For You : Next Generation GT-R in Doubt

Inside Line is reporting that the next generation of Nissan GT-R is in doubt.  Inside Line has a good inside line(ha ha?) on what goes on with the Nissan GT-R, and seems to be one of their favorite cars to report on.  They say with the cars Chief Engineer - Katutoshi Mizuno now retired, that the green light has not been given to start engineering and development on the next car.  The last statements from Mizuno said that the current car would still be undergoing continuous tweaks for about the next 5 years, which puts a new car in the 2018 time frame.

Original speculation was that the R36 would show up around 2014, but that seemed way too early for a car like the Nissan GT-R, based on its past history with modern Nissan Skyline GT-R's.  The R32-R33-R34 GT-R spanned from 1989- 2002, with the same engine, and similar drivetrain, with some chassis modifications, and updates for each generation.  However, the major systems were all very similar though its 13 year run.

Now, it's increasingly looking like that's not going to happen. At first, rumors began to circulate that the next GT-R (R36) was delayed to the 2018 model year and it would receive another face-lift in 2013 to try to keep the car fresh for longer. Then we dug a little deeper and found out that development of the R36 hasn't even started yet.

Personally I feel there is a good chance that there will not be an R36.  In 2002, the time wasn't right for the R35, and we didn't see a car until late 2007/2008.

Source: Inside Line

Jul 25, 2012

History of the GT-R Manga Comic - Part 25

History of the GT-R Manga Comic - Part 25

Pages 48 and 49 from the Nissan GT-R history. The last Nissan GT-R was produced in 1973.  Though the 70's and most of the 80's the Skyline was more of a luxury car than a competitive race car. The plan's were put into place, for a dominating Skyline, that would eventually become the R32 GT-R.

For more information on importing your own Nissan Skyline, or any other vehicle over 25 years old, head over to: http://www.importavehicle.com

Jul 24, 2012

Eight Second Nissan GT-R Streetcar

Eight second street car.
What can you do in eight seconds?  Don't answer that, I don't actually want to know. AMS has been working with one of their customers for a long time on his Alpha 12 GT-R, and just last week it did an eight second quarter mile pass. The car is full weight with the whole interior, and an exhaust.   Check out the post and video from NAGTROC.

Click though for the video.

Jul 22, 2012

SVM 16 Disc Carbon clutch pack for R35 GTR

Joe from Boostlogic posted some information up in the NAGTROC forum about a new carbon disk clutch pack for the GR6 Nissan GT-R transmission.  The current go to clutch for big builds is from Dodson, and this looks like a promising alternative to the loud and expensive Promax clutch.

  • 16 Carbon Plates
  • 20% Greater Surface area (Larger diameter plates and steels)
  • Billet Machined Baskets for Superior Strength (larger sizes to carry above)
  • 1000bhp + and above Capability 
  • 12 Months Development
  • Tested by SVM Cars
  • Designed, Engineered & Manufactured in UK
It is the first world's "wide plate" carbon clutch system on the market
The route SVM have chosen, is to make a multi plate system using oem thickness plates, wider and made of carbon composite material, Unfortunately in practice getting 16 larger sized plates to fit,requires some clever engineering.

Jul 21, 2012

Ultimate Street Edition Nissan GT-R From Switzer

Switzer Ultimate Street Edition Nissan GT-R

Switzer has been building bad ass Nissan GT-R's for several years. With their latest version, the Ultimate Street Edition (USE), they bring over 1000 hp at the crank. The car puts over 900 horsepower to the ground, and Switzer claims its the kind of car that can be daily driven on premium pump gas.
Press release and more pictures below:

Jul 19, 2012

History of the GT-R Manga Comic - Part 24

Pages 46 and 47 from the Nissan GT-R history. The last Nissan GT-R was produced in 1973.  Though the 70's and most of the 80's the Skyline was more of a luxury car than a competitive race car. The plan's were put into place, for a dominating Skyline, that would eventually become the R32 GT-R

For more information on importing your own Nissan Skyline, or any other vehicle over 25 years old, head over to: http://www.importavehicle.com

911 Twin Turbo vs Nissan GT-R Over a Standing Mile

 The Russian guys really like this standing mile event. In this video from Dragtimes.info, a AMS modified Alpha 12 Nissan GT-R races against a Protomotive modified 911 twin turbo.  950 horsepower vs 1150 horsepower.  It should be pretty obvious who should win. Click past the break for the video. Is that duct tape on the front of the car?

Godzilla Motorsports R35 GT-R Runs 6.84@204 mph

Now with video after the break

Godzilla Motorsports from Australia have been out testing their R35 GT-R bodied tube frame race car, and ran a best of 6.84@204 mph.  This should put this car as the quickest, and fastest RB powered car in the world, and the first to run over 200 mph in the quarter mile.

RB30 block with an RB26 head.  3.2 liters
1.1 60 ft 4.4 at 163 to 1/2 lazy from 1/2 track had a blocked fuel filter 
Liberty transmission

Source: NAGTROC and Godzilla Motorsports Facebook

Jul 16, 2012

Switzer Signature Wheels for Nissan GT-R : 20 x 10 and 20 x 12

Switzer Performance from beautiful Oberlin, Ohio,  is well known for tuning the Nissan GT-R to its fullest with their performance packages. From basic parts, to the popular P800 and R1K. They have just released some information on new Signature wheels in a 20 x 10 and 20 x 12 inch size.

Switzer Performance has been building thousand-horsepower street beasts for years now, setting and re-setting the bar for power, reliability, and build-quality. “It’s the quality of our components,” explains Tym Switzer, “the ‘OEM-plus’ level of build quality and material quality that’s enabled us to nearly double an engine’s factory horsepower without compromising reliability.” Anyone who’s ever seen one of the exhausts or turbo manifolds roll out of Switzer Performance’s garage doors knows the company takes the notion of parts and materials quality to heart … and, now, that same dedication to quality has been applied to a new Switzer product: Switzer Signature wheels.

Switzer’s new wheels are machined from a single piece of 6061-T6 forged aluminum, which allows for maximum strength and minimum weight. “Removing weight is critical, especially unsprung weight. The same car, with these wheels instead of the factory wheels, will brake shorter, turn sharper, and accelerate out of corners harder. Removing unsprung weight is really the ‘magic bullet’ when it comes to improved handling.”

The Switzer Signature Wheels feature matching machined centercaps and the Switzer logo embossed into the rim – features that Switzer says will add to the cars’ future collectability. “They’re pretty exclusive items,” says Tym, “these wheels are going on P800s and Ultimate Street Edition GTRs, for the most part. These are cars that are built to last, and we hope that we see Switzer cars at car meets in twenty years getting the same kind of recognition that Shelby cars and early AMG models are getting now. That’s the dream. Little touches like that will help to separate the ‘authentic’ Switzer cars if and when that comes to pass. We’ll see.”

  • 20x10F -24 lbs, 20x12R 27.5 lbs
  • lightweight construction
  • high-quality forged aluminum
  • specifically engineered for R35 GTR

Jul 14, 2012

3D HD Video Rendering of a Red Nissan GT-R

A nice 34 second 3D video rendering of a Nissan GT-R. Its red, which we all know is the faster of any of the Nissan GT-R's.

Jul 12, 2012

History of the GT-R Manga Comic - Part 23

Pages 44 and 45 from the Nissan GT-R history. The last Nissan GT-R was produced in 1973.  Though the 70's and most of the 80's the Skyline was more of a luxury car than a competitive race car. The plan's were put into place, for a dominating Skyline, that would eventually become the R32 GT-R

Jul 4, 2012

June 2012 Nissan GT-R Sales : 104 Cars

The June 2012 sales reports are in, and the Nissan GT-R is slow but steady.  104 total sold in June 2012 vs 99 in June 2011.  Year to date is 583 cars vs 827 in 2011 with the new 2012 Nissan GT-R refresh was released.  Once again Nissan had outstanding Altima sales with 21,812 sold up 11.7 % vs June 2011.  The all electric LEAF sold 535 units down 68.7 % vs June 2011.  370Z was up with 720 cars sold vs 644 in June 2011. 

FRANKLIN, Tenn. - Nissan North America, Inc. (NNA) today reported June U.S. sales of 92,237 units versus 71,940 units a year earlier, up 28.2 percent. Nissan Division sales increased 24.6 percent for the month at 81,801 units. Sales of Infiniti vehicles were up 66.1 percent over the prior year, to 10,436 units.
  • Nissan Division posted 81,801 sales, a June record and up 24.6 percent from last June's 65,659 units. 
  • Nissan Juke sales of 3,101 units represented an increase of 52.7 percent from the prior year, a June record.
  • Nissan Rogue also achieved best-ever June sales, with 10,999 units marking a 46.8 percent increase over June 2011.
  • Nissan Altima sales of 21,812 increased 11.7 percent from year-ago.
  • All vehicles in Nissan's truck, SUV and crossover lineup posted sales increases, with trucks collectively posting a 38 percent rise in June from a year ago.
"Nissan's sales increase of almost 25 percent in June was driven by double-digit gains for the majority of models across our lineup," said Al Castignetti, vice president and general manager, Nissan Division. "We expect our momentum to continue into July, the first full month of sales for our all-new 2013 Nissan Altima, which is our most innovative mid-size sedan ever."
  • Infiniti today reported sales of 10,436 units for June, an increase of 66.1 percent from 6,281 units a year earlier.
  • Sales of the Infiniti G Sedan for the month were up 48.5 percent to 3,923 units, which was the best in June since 2007.
  • Infiniti M Line sales of 815 represented a 24.8 percent increase, while the Infiniti QX full-size luxury SUV was up 24.4 percent to 1,044 units, its best performance in five years.
  • The all-new Infiniti JX 7-passenger luxury crossover, introduced this March, continued its strong launch with 2,428 sold in June.
  • Overall, this was Infiniti's best June sales performance since 2007.
NOTE: To ensure consistency in global sales reporting, Nissan North America calculates monthly variances on a straight-percentage basis, unadjusted for the number of selling days. June 2012 had 27 selling days, while June 2011 had 26 selling days.
About Nissan North America 
In North America, Nissan's operations include automotive styling, engineering, consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and manufacturing. Nissan is dedicated to improving the environment under the Nissan Green Program and has been recognized as an ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year in 2010, 2011, and 2012 by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency. More information on Nissan in North America and the complete line of Nissan and Infiniti vehicles can be found online at www.NissanUSA.com and www.InfinitiUSA.com.
About Nissan
Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Japan's second largest Japanese automotive company by volume, is headquartered in Yokohama, Japan and is an integral pillar of the Renault-Nissan Alliance. Operating with more than 248,000 employees globally, Nissan provided customers with more than 4.6 million vehicles in 2011. With a strong commitment to developing exciting and innovative products for all, Nissan delivers a comprehensive range of fuel-efficient and low-emissions vehicles under the Nissan and Infiniti brands. A pioneer in zero emission mobility, Nissan made history with the introduction of the Nissan LEAF, the first affordable, mass-market, pure-electric vehicle and winner of numerous international accolades including the prestigious 2011 European Car of the Year award.
For more information on our products, services and commitment to Sustainable Mobility, visit our website at http://www.nissan-global.com/EN/.

Jul 2, 2012

GT3 Nissan GT-R Takes First Win In British GT

The GT3 Nissan GT-R, rear wheel drive, VR38DETT powered Nissan GT-R won its first race at Brands Hatch in British GT in its debut season.  During the two hour race, the GT-R went from 10th to 1st within three laps, and managed to hold off the second place Aston Martin by just 0.022.

Mardenborough/Buncombe take the GTR’s first in British GT – but they had to fight for it from several cars and teams throughout the 2 hour race. After showing promise at Rockingham, with Buncombe leading away only for the safety car and brake problems to deny them the race win, it looked once again at Brands that safety car periods would again deny them. However, Mardeborough held off from a hard and fast charging Jonny Adam in the Aston Martin by just 0.022 – the closest finish in British GT. Adam recovering after Andrew Howard dropped down the order in the slippery conditions of the first few laps. Andrew Howard jokingly mentioning about dropping down the order on purpose to show just how good his team mate is.

Race Results:

2 HOWARD-ADAM – Aston Martin Vantage GT3 +0.022
4 ASHBURN-ARMINDO – Porsche 997 GT3-R +21.707
5 HINES-MURRELLS – Ginetta G55 +25.644
6 DHILLON-SCOTT – Ferrari 458 Italia +25.833
7 LESTER-SIMONSEN – Ferrari 458 Italia +35.261
8 PARISH-JELLEY – Porsche 997 GT3-R ++01:10.8
9 MINSHAW-HARVEY – Porsche 997 GT3-R +01:14.3
10 JONES-JONES – Mercedes AMG SLS GT3 +01:27.7

Season Results as of Brands Hatch:

Current top 10 Championship Standings GT3:
1 GT3 David Ashburn 96.5
2 GT3 Duncan Cameron 88
2 GT3 Matt Griffin 88
3 GT3 Jann Mardenborough 87.5
3 GT3 Alex Buncombe 87.5
4 GT3 Oliver Bryant 69.5
4 GT3 Alasdair McCaig 69.5
5 GT3 Andrew Howard 60
5 GT3 Jonathan Adam 60

Check out some fan video below:

World Challenge Nissan GT-R Video From Laguna Seca

CRP Racing races a pair of Nissan GT-R's in World Challenge GT. This year they are deep in devlopment of the cars. This video from Nissan is a quick clip from a weekend.

The Nissan GT-R is competing on American soil in the GT class of the Pirelli World Challenge Series. Nissan Motorsports tapped the storied Hawk Performance/CRP Racing team to develop the twin-turbo GT-R into a track threat for seasons to come. 

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