Nov 28, 2012

2014 Nissan GT-R at the LA Auto Show. Red Interior

Full US Spec 2014 Specs can be found here:

More pictures of the 2014 Nissan GT-R with amber red interior. The red is a pretty dark red, not like a bright red of the black edition.

 View this entire album: 2014 Nissan GT-R LA Auto Show

2014 Nissan GTR Amber Red Interior

In real life it looks almost a brick red. Not as bright as a Black Edition red.

Nov 27, 2012

2014 Nissan GT-R Details

2014 Nissan GT-R at Nurburgring
The LA Auto Show opens up tomorrow for the press, but full details on the 2014 US Spec Nissan GT-R have been released. Along with Nissan's own press release, Autoblog and Road and Track both have details.

2014 Nissan GT-R Specs PDF
2014 Nissan GT-R At a glance PDF
White with the new red amber interior

Center console with a glipse of the new red amber interior. 

Full Nissan Press Release after the break.

Nismo/JRM GT3 Nissan GT-R Featured in Fast Car Magazine

Fast Car Magazine #324 from the UK is a GT-R special issue.

JRM and Nismo collaborated on the GT3 version of the Nissan GT-R.  Check out the magazine for the story on the rear wheel drive 1300 kg(2866 lb) race car, and lots of other Nissan GT-R's.

Source: Fast Car Magazine

Nov 26, 2012

Motor Trend Drives the 2014 Nissan GT-R

2014 Japanese Spec Nissan GT-R (2013)
Its here. The thing that everyone has been waiting on. The 2014 Nissan GT-R. Ok. I take that back, its in Japan, and probably few people have been waiting, because its more or less the same as the 2013 Nissan GT-R with minor improvements. A little nip here, a little tuck there. A 7:18.6 Nurburgring time?

He assures us that the 2014 GT-R’s 545 horsepower; its claimed 3825-pound curb weight (our long-term, 2013 GT-R tipped the scales at 3887 pounds); and sticky, run-flat 20-inch rubber will help the car rocket from 0-60 mph in 2.7 seconds (our long-termer hit 2.8), corner at up to 2.8 g, and stop from 60-to-0 mph in less than 100 feet, even in the wet!

He says that any changes to this ideal “power-weight-tire footprint ratio” would lead to slower times and less stability. “For example, if we were to lighten the GT-R by 200 pounds, its 0-60 mph sprint time would fall from 2.7 seconds to around 3.3 seconds. And its stopping distance (from 60 to zero) would stretch from 99 feet to around 115 feet,” explains Mizuno. “The ratio we have now is the ideal one. Only this time, our modifications make it an even better car to drive!” stresses the man who answers directly to CEO Carlos Ghosn.

Read more:
Only six dudes can handbuild this engine. They now get to tag it. 

Back to that perfect weight and power thing again. Its amusing. Weight really is the enemy of any kind of efficiency. The car is heavy, I get it, but to try and convince people that that weight is perfect is just marketingspeak.  I think he has about 70% of the people on GT-R Life convinced that the weight is perfect.  At least the last time I tried to argue the point about weight, tires, brakes, and life it was pretty much me vs the world.

Red Interior, because its faster. 

Another little interesting side note, the actual Nurburgring lap time for the 2013 Japanese, 2014 US spec Nissan GT-R was 7:19.1, but they had to lift for another car, so they say there was a 0.5 penalty subtracted. Not quite how it works in the real world, but if it helps you to sleep at night.

ASIDE: The new Nurburgring lap time of 7 minutes, 18.6 seconds was in truth 7 minutes, 19.1 seconds. But as another car blocked the GT-R’s progress through one corner, forcing ace driver Toshio Suzuki to come off the gas for a split second, Mizuno’s team calculated that spike in the throttle map to account for a loss of 0.5 seconds. So they subtracted half a second from the 7m 19.1s and came up with 7 min 18.6. Fair? What do you think?

Read more:
Head over to the Motor Trend article for all the pictures, and all the little improvements that are stacking up for the 2013 Japan, 2014 US Nissan GT-R. Expect to see the US Spec Nissan GT-R very soon, at the LA Auto Show.

Source: Motor Trend

History of the GT-R Manga Comic - Part 30

History of the GT-R Manga Comic - Part 30

Pages 58 and 59 of the Nissan GT-R history. The R32 GT-R was released August 21, 1989. In 1990 the GT-R hit the race track in Group A racing in Japan. Over four years, a Nissan GT-R won all 29 races in Group A.

Nov 25, 2012

History of the GT-R Manga Comic - Part 29

Pages 56 and 57 of the Nissan GT-R history. The R32 GT-R was released August 21, 1989. In 1990 the GT-R hit the race track in Group A racing in Japan.

Nov 23, 2012

Nissan GT-R to be Featured on National Geographic TV

National Geographic Channel is going to be featuring Nissan, and the Nissan GT-R on their show Megafactories, called Ultimate Factories in the US. Its debuting December 13th at 7PM in the US.
Trailer video of National Geographic Channel documentary "Megafactories" featuring Nissan GT-R. Please visit for broadcast schedule in your region
Check out the trailer below.

Nissan Juke-R 1054 Wheel Horsepower

Remember the Juke-R?  A Nissan Juke with a Nissan GT-R drivetrain under it?  Well it seems a few guys that purchased the ~$600k specialty vehicle decided that 545 horsepower was just not enough, and they commissioned SP Engineering to pump up the power a little bit.

A little bit in the GT-R world being 1054 horsepower at the wheels. There is a video of one car on the dyno at the 2BarTuning Facebook page, with some info saying they will be testing the Juke's over the next few days.

Nov 22, 2012

Usain Bolt Custom Nissan GT-R For Charity on Ebay

Nissan has teamed up with the fastest man in the world, Usain Bolt, to build and sell a car for his charity, the Usain Bolt Foundation. The 2014US(2013 rest of the world) Nissan GT-R has been painted a unique color - Bolt Gold.  Bidding starts at $120,000, and it is a 10 day auction.

The Nissan GT-R® is a multi-dimensional performance machine that lives up to the concept of “the ultimate supercar that can be driven by anyone, anytime, anywhere.” Since its introduction to the Japanese market in 2007, the Nissan GT-R® has gone through continuous evolution but always remained cutting-edge. It has also been acclaimed globally, winning more than 50 top awards in various categories.
Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt and the Nissan GT-R® are both known for their unforgettable performances on the world stage. On October 11, 2012, Nissan brought the two together when it unveiled the gold GT-R®, in honor of their new Director of Excitement—Mr. Bolt. Now, all the power, speed and performance of this unique supercar—painted in Bolt Gold—could be yours.

With 550PS* and a torque of 632Nm/3200-5800rpm*. It also has a revolutionary 4WD system that makes it the supercar that anyone can drive.

All proceeds from this charity auction will be donated to the Usain Bolt Foundation.

It’s yours for the taking. Are you ready to go for Bolt Gold?

Once the winning bid is final, your GT-R® will be built to your region’s specifications and requirements, and then delivered to the nearest dealership.

Only available to bidders in regions where the GT-R® is sold.

*Japan specifications, varies by region.











*2014 model in US.


Nov 20, 2012

Rotors on Sale at STILLEN Including Nissan GT-R CCM

STILLEN is having its one day doorbuster sale - November 21 on rotors including $2,099 off CCM rotors for the Nissan GT-R.  For more brake rotor info - click here.

The ultimate brake upgrade for the Nissan GT-R, available for the 2009-2011(stock 380 mm) and 2012-2013(stock 390mm) cars is the STILLEN/AP Racing CCM-X carbon ceramic matrix brake rotors.

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(38 lbs lighter than the stock brakes). This is rotating and unsprung weight, leading to improvements in all performance categories: acceleration, handling and braking.

Unlim 500+ From DragTimes.Info 2012 "Sport cars" Top 3

The Unlim 500+ is a standing mile event for cars that make more than 500 horsepower, well at first it was for cars that make more than 500 horsepower. It seems they are breaking the cars out by class. In this "Sport Cars" class, it seems the Nissan GT-R dominates taking the #1 though the #9 position. The #10 spot being held by a Porsche 911 turbo.  Check out the video of the top three Nissan GT-R's below.

Nov 19, 2012

Drag Times 2012 Championship- Russia

This video from puts an artistic spin on a 2012 Drag Racing Championship in Russia. Its not traditional in the layouts or cuts of what you might expect from a drag racing video.  Lots of quick Nissan Skyline GT-R's, and Nissan GT-R's inside.Check out the video below.

Gran Turismo Kaz Yamauchi GT Academy, GT Awards and Racing SEMA 2012

Gran Turismo Kaz Yamauchi GT Academy, GT Awards and Racing SEMA 2012
Dai Yoshihara from GT Channel sits down with Kazunori Yamauchi the creator of Gran Turismo for an interview. Yamauchi-san even talks a little about his experience racing at Nurburgring in a Nissan GT-R. Kazunori Yamauchi the creator of PS3's Gran Turismo franchise sits down with 2011 Formula D Champion Daijiro Yoshihara for an exclusive interview. Kazunori and Dai discuss drifting, GT Awards, GT Academy at SEMA and the GT Academy now being broadcasted on Spike TV.
See Kazunori taking drifting lessons from Daijiro:
Dai's 2012 Formula D Season:
Some how I ended up at the track with Yamauchi-san during the drifting lessions.
My wife, me dressed as Rutledge Wood(it was Halloween), and Kazunori Yamauchi

My full SEMA album.

Can a 2013 Nissan GT-R Make You Sick?

Inside a 2013 Nissan GT-R Black Editon
Car and Driver editor Basem Wasef takes his wife for a ride in the canyons around Los Angeles in an effort to make her sick to her stomach. Can he succeed? Seems like it might have been faked a little bit, but she does get tossed around the inside of the 2013 Nissan GT-R Black Edition a bit.
CAR: Nissan GT-R
LOCATION: California
MAG EDITORS: Basem Wasef
Connect To Car and Driver:

Check out the video below.

Nov 15, 2012

Switzer P800 Nissan GT-R 0-180 MPH Video

Check out this Nissan GT-R, tuned by Switzer, a P800 going 0-180mph. A Switzer P800 makes a little over 700 awhp, and a torque curve as flat and straight as a ruler.

BrianZuk records a Switzer P800 GTR accelerating from 0 to 180mph on a private air strip! The Switzer P800 also has Password JDM exhaust, test pipes, x-pipe, and more. More footage of this GTR coming soon! :)

BrianZuk's Facebook Here!

Some more information on the Switzer P800 package.

Godzilla lives up to its name with a Switzer P800 kit installed. These cars are ready and able to chase down anything on the road, from exotic Italian supercars to the fastest streetbikes around, the Switzer P800 GTR Nissan is the ultimate pump-gas performer - yet remains smooth enough to drive every day. 


Autoblog Takes the 2013 Nissan GT-R Black Edition on a Quick Spin

2013 Nissan GT-R Black Edition
Autoblog had the chance to take a 2013 Nissan GT-R Black Edition on a quick spin, and posted their impressions. The Black Edition makes the same 545 horsepower as the Premium model, but adds specific wheels, carbon fiber wing element, seats, and headliner.

Since July, I've been fortunate enough to be in some wickedly quick cars, including an SLS AMG Coupe and Roadster, Camaro ZL1, Corvette 427 Convertible, TT RS, Panamera GTS, 911 Carrera S, E63 AMG Wagon and Shelby GT500. I think that under real-world road conditions, though, this Black Edition has got to be the quickest one of them – and not by a little.
The GT-R has been derided as an unemotional car by some enthusiasts – we've heard that driving it is "too easy" or that it's so accomplished that it's boring to go fast in this car. Rubbish. While it isn't as tactile as, say, a 911, the GT-R still demands quite a bit from its driver,
A fast car, a fast car on the track should be easy to drive. If it scares you, if you think you might be headed backwards in a screaming flaming death though the next corner, you will drive and be slower.  The GT-R has caught the condescending "easy to drive" thing since the R32 GT-R days.  Normally its by the guys that own some other brand, and have to prove some other way that their car is superior, or their driving talents are superior.

Source: Autoblog

Nov 13, 2012

Nissan Wants to Beat Dodge Viper ACR at Nurburgring

The Truth About Cars talked to the Nissan GT-R's Chief Engineer Kazutoshi Mizuno about the 2014(US) car heading back to the Nurburgring.  Even though they managed a 7:19.1 or a 7:18.5 time, Mizuno seems to think the car still has room to improve.
When asked whether he thinks the GT-R can best the 7:14 claimed unofficially by the Porsche 918, and even beat the 7:12:13 of the Dodge Viper ACR, the “Godfather of the GT-R” nods.“The car definitely has potential. There is quite a bit of margin in those 7 minutes 18 seconds,” Mizuno says and smiles.
Since there really are no "official" times at Nurburgring at anything other than a race event, its all a bit of chest beating by the OEM's. Bragging rights. Commercials. Played on tele-vision, and the internets. Either way there are disputes, and a little bit of sandbagging on the numbers. The latest 2014(2013 Japan) Nissan GT-R number was just a little faster than the ZR-1 number.

The Club Sport is a little harder edge, but not street legal version of the R35 GT-R. This is not the Track Pack, or even as radical as some of the other GT-R's(see below) that have been seen out on Nurburgring. Mizuno never even offered up a Nurburgring lap time for the SpecV.
“This version here already is good for less than 7 Minutes,” says Mizuno-san, pointing at the new track edition of the GT-R. It features a roll-cage, has most of the GT-R’s luxurious interior removed, exposing the bare metal, but features the same engine as the regulation GT-R. The 550 horses of its engine make contact with the pavement using Dunlop slick tires, developed especially for the GT-R. 

Source: The Truth About Cars

Shift-S3ctor Videos. GTR vs...

If you followed my post from this last weekend, you would have seen a few pictures and videos from the latest Shift-S3ctor 1/2 mile Airstrip Attack.

900 hp Nissan GT-R vs 1150 hp Ford GT. You know what happens? ! ?

 On Saturday, Nico's 900ish horsepower GT-R tuned by Jon Jeebus Tuning took the Unlimited Class against some pretty serious iron.  That is two in a row for Nico, and three in a row for Nissan GT-R's.

And a bonus video: UGR Stage 3 Gallardo SL vs Evo 900HP : What is power without traction?  A loss.

Head over to Shift-S3ctors Facebook page and You Tube channel to stay up to date with their events.

2013 Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 Racecar Released

GT3 Nismo R35 GT-R banging curbs. 

If you have a spare 35,000,000 yen (~$440,000) burning a hole in your pocket, and are looking to go GT3 racing, Nissan and Nismo have just the car for you.  The 2013 MY, which would be like the 2014 US version GT3 Nissan GT-R goes on sale today. The most obbious visual difference for this update vs the previous GT3 GT-R are the front canards.  Check out the video below, the the full press release under that. 

Check out the full Press Release below.

Nov 11, 2012

Super GT R35 GT-R vs Group A Nismo R32 GT-R at Suzuka Circuit

In this video, you get to see what 20 years of race car development looks like.  The Super GT R35 GT-R looks huge next to the stock bodied Nismo Group A R32 GT-R.  Not sure what happened in the start to either car, but watch the video to see and hear the cars on track.

"To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the opening of Suzuka Circuit over the two days of the day and 2 September 1, 2012 "Anniversary Day 50th Anniversary" will be held, and the R32 "Calsonic Skyline GT-R" of yesteryear, Mr. Kazuyoshi Hoshino manipulate demonstration run by R35 "XANAVI NISMO GT-R" to manipulate Satoshi Motoyama unfolded!

Check out the video after the break.