Feb 27, 2013

JRM Racing signs Dumbreck and Luhr For Blancpain Endurance Series Nissan GT-R GT3

2013 Nissan GT-R GT3

JRM Racing has signed two drivers to their effort for the 2013 Blancpain Endurance Series. Both drivers have experience with JRM in the GT1 Nissan GT-R from 2011. The first race at Oulton Park, April 1st, 2013. Check out the Press Release and full 2013 Nissan GT-R GT3 specifications below.

JRM Racing signs Dumbreck and Luhr For Blancpain Endurance Series campaign

British sportscar team JRM Racing is delighted to confirm Scot Peter Dumbreck and German Lucas Luhr will race its Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3 in this year's Blancpain Endurance Series. Peter and Lucas will team up in the Pro-car entry submitted by the team to contest the 2013 championship.

Lucas, 33, returns to the JRM fold following his 2011 FIA GT1 World Championship win with the team. In his title-winning year Lucas scored four wins with the Nissan GT-R Nismo GT1 alongside team-mate Michael Krumm. Lucas' prestigious career has also included a further GT1 championship title, five ALMS class titles, class wins at Sebring, Daytona and the 24 Hours of Le Mans and stints in the German touring car championship, the DTM, with Audi.

Peter Dumbreck, 39, who hails from Kirkcaldy, has a long history of competition with the British-based JRM squad. In 2010 he joined forces with Sumo Power GT, the predecessor to JRM Racing, when the FIA GT1 World Championship was re-launched. Peter also competed in the inaugural FIA World Endurance Championship with JRM in 2012, securing sixth position overall at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, with four further privateer podiums in the championship. His extensive racing experience also includes spells in the Super GT championship in Japan and five Le Mans campaigns, plus the DTM.

Speaking of his return to JRM, Lucas commented, 'I'm pleased and excited to join up with JRM again, and to get back behind the wheel of the Nissan GT-R. I know the team very well from the 2011 season and the Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3 I'll be racing is based on the GT1 car I won the GT1 championship with, so I believe there is huge potential. The car looks good and clearly has the performance to do well in this championship so I’m very hopeful of a good year.'

Peter added, 'Continuing with JRM this year was a natural move after the success we've had together in the past three seasons. Blancpain is a competitive series and the car we have is capable of doing very well. I know that JRM and Nismo have been working hard to get the most from the Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3 and I really think we can show that this year. I'm looking forward to getting out on track and mixing it up with the rest of the field.'

Team principal James Rumsey commented, 'Peter and Lucas are a formidable driving pair, with extensive experience of the Nissan GT-R Nismo GT1 from which the GT3 car is derived. Having them in the team is a major benefit for JRM and our customers as they will bring out the performance and drivability of the car based on their understanding of the GT3 and their racing expertise. Both drivers also know the team exceptionally well, with Peter with the team since its inception and Lucas our world champion from 2011. We are talking to a number of drivers about the third seat and hope to finalise this very soon.'
2013 Nissan GT-R GT3

Feb 26, 2013

NISMO Nissan GT-R Speculation for 2015 in the US

2013 NISMO GT3 Nissan GT-R
 Nissan and NISMO have just announced a NISMO version of the streetgoing Nissan GT-R for 2014. Here in the US, we are already working on "our" 2014 Nissan GT-R, which is the 2013 worldwide car. Got it?  The above picture is a GT3 version of a Nissan GT-R built by Nismo in conjunction with JRM from the UK. In this case the car is rear wheel drive and VR38DETT powered for GT3.  We see wider front fenders,lots more splitter, canards, and openings in the front of the car, rear over fenders, side exit exhaust, rear inlets which may be for brake/transmission cooling, a large wing, and the various other bits and pieces that make up a race car.

I have talked to several Nissan GT-R owners on and offline, and I will run some speculation on what they might want to see, and what we might expect to see in the 2015 Nismo Nissan GT-R.  I think that the NISMO version will be built off the yet unreleased in the US Track Edition. There are only going to be 150 of the Track Edition sold in the US(2014), so a NISMO built off what is already there for the NISMO(2015) is a pretty likely scenario.

 View this entire album: 2014 Nissan GT-R Track Edition

Feb 25, 2013

Nissan Confirms New, Higher-Performance GT-R NISMO Model For 2014

2014 Nissan GT-R. Nismo pictures to come soon

The U-Stream from Nissan and Nismo just confirmed that a new Nismo edition of the Nissan GT-R would be coming in 2014. Looking forward to what we might see with that car.

2015 Nismo Nissan GT-R Speculation

Next NISMO road car will be higher performance version of Nissan’s iconic flagship sports car – the GT-R NISMO – joins JUKE NISMO and 370Z NISMO
Extensive experience with GT-R race cars will inspire NISMO to create the ultimate GT-R for the road
YOKOHAMA, Japan (February 26, 2013) – NISMO is about to work its magic on the famed Nissan GT-R as the flagship of a new range of performance models.

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd announced today that NISMO, its dedicated global performance road car and motorsports arm, is developing a new, higher-powered road version of the iconic Nissan GT-R.
The GT-R NISMO will be the third NISMO-badged model to emerge from Nissan’s performance-oriented brand as part of a strategy to add a range of exciting, innovative performance models across the Nissan range.
NISMO, with a new global headquarters near Yokohama, Japan officially opening today, already has deep experience in developing and preparing the Nissan GT-R for the racetrack. That expertise will go into creating GT-R NISMO.
“It would be unthinkable for us to develop a range of NISMO road cars without including the GT-R,” said Nissan President and Chief Executive Officer Carlos Ghosn. “The standard road car is a global supercar and the GT-R’s performance on track reflects the passion and talents of the NISMO team. The GT-R NISMO will be special and I can’t wait to drive it.”
Already a legendary name to millions of video gamers and motorsports fans around the world thanks to Sony’s Gran Turismo® video racing series and Skyline’s on-track success since 1969, it’s no wonder that, together with acclaim for its road-going versions from leading automotive publications, the GT-R has achieved cult status.
The NISMO team’s intimate knowledge comes from their involvement in racing the GT-R and is a good precursor to the development of the new NISMO road car which will be based on the 2014 GT-R.
“We know that enthusiasts around the world will be itching to know more about the forthcoming GT-R NISMO,” said NISMO President Shoichi Miyatani. “It’s too early to share any details yet, but fans can be certain we’ll be applying all of our motorsport expertise to creating a GT-R NISMO worthy of the name.”
The production 2014 model year Nissan GT-R has received evolutionary design and engineering enhancements based around feedback from competing in last year’s 24-Hours Nürburgring, and its success in Super GT and Global GT series.

As a result, the vehicle's overall performance has been dramatically increased, high-speed stability improved and ride quality vastly more refined.

In development now, the new GT-R NISMO will sit at the top of the new Nissan NISMO range of performance vehicles, and be available alongside the standard model in Nissan’s specialized GT-R dealerships next year.
Technical specifications and performance figures will be released closer to launch.

# # #
In Japan, Nismo sold a Club Sports Package for the Nissan GT-R. See the brochure here:

Nismo R32 Nissan Skyline GT-R. Only 560 made. 

Source: Nissan News

Nismo Livestream :2013 Motorsports Announcement

Coming up soon, 5pm on the West Coast, the 2013 Nismo Motorsports Annoucement. Live video stream is below. Check it out.

Video streaming by Ustream

Feb 24, 2013

Know Your GT-R History : Group A

What does Group A mean to you? I can’t really say I paid much attention in the heyday of Group A. I was old enough to notice, and old enough to care about racing, but since I was in the US, it’s just not something we got a chance to see here in the 1990’s.

The FIA or Federation Internationale de l'Automobile  introduced Group A in 1982 to replace modern touring cars, and Group N to replace standard touring cars.
Normal FIA Group A requirements stated that a minimum of 2500 cars had to be produced to qualify, until 1991, then 5000 were required as a minimum. The FIA however allowed Evolution models to be homologated with a minimum of 500 cars like the Nismo Nissan Skyline GT-R(560 produced).  Check out some of the Group A and Australian touring car videos above. Below, there is also the first 5 pages of the FIA Group A Homologation paperwork for the Nismo R32 Skyline GT-R. 

My Nismo Nissan Skyline GT-R. #500

Feb 22, 2013

Nismo Major News Annoucement Set for 2:26:13

According to a report at Endurance Info.com, Nissan is planning a major announcement in regarding to Nismo, and Nissan Motorsports. So far Nismo has shown the Juke Nismo, with a Nismo 370Z to be expected at the Geneva Auto Show.  Nismo has already been producing versions of their cars for the US market, but we expect a more hard edged focus on future Nismo product.

Nissan has invested in an entirely new facility for Nismo's operations, redeveloping a former production site to give it a new home with expanded technological capacity. The new site replaces Nismo's prior location in Omori, Japan, and includes a larger showroom for up to eight vehicles plus a retail outlet
Nissan has already begun introducing Nismo-badged performance versions of its road car products.
The first Nissan road car to get the Nismo treatment, the Juke Nismo, is already on sale in Europe and Japan and will be launched in the U.S. in the second quarter of this year. The next model to come will be a new version of the 370Z Nismo which will make its public debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show in March.
Nismo is also expected to reveal more about its future motorsport activities at the event.
 Check out the story and links to a few teaser videos at Endurance-Info.com

 View this entire album: Nismo GT Channel Shoot

R35 GTR In-depth w/ Ken Nomura and Top Secret's "Smokey" VIDEO OPTION Vol.166 Part 17

R35 GTR In-depth w/ Ken Nomura and Top Secret's "Smokey" VIDEO OPTION Vol.166 Part 17

http://www.gtchannel.com for more exclusive content. The legendary Japanese video magazine, VIDEO OPTION is finally here on GTChannel in English! From the creators of Drift Tengoku and Street Legal, this series will blow you away. Part 17: Nomuken is called to the Japan Automotive University (NATS).
Previous Episode: http://bit.ly/V4PwR0 
Playlist: http://bit.ly/UL3JzQ 
About Video Option: In Video Option you will find drift, drag, time attack, speed challenges and Wangan races featuring Daijiro Inada and many other JDM heroes such as Manabu Orido, Keiichi Tsuchiya, Tarzan Yamada and Ken Nomura. This is the video that started it all! The English version of Video Option is brought to you by GTChannel LLC under license by Sunpros of Japan.

Nissan GT-R Track Pack Driven : In South Africa

2013 Nissan GT-R Track Pack
The Times Live from South Africa had a chance to take a 2013 MY(2014 US) Nissan GT-R out for a couple laps at Kyalami Racetrack. Their car seems just like the Track Edition the US will see. Only 150 cars for the US, starting in May 2013. Although the car they drove looks like it has the SpecV exhaust tips on it. Word was that the SpecV/Clubsport/Nismo $10,000 titanium exhaust would be an option on the US car.

Now if this, like me, fails to see your pulse quickening then the range-topping Track Pack Edition certainly will. Making its South African debut, this kick-ass package bolts on a lightweight titanium exhaust silencer; 20-inch RAYS forged wheels; Recaro bucket front seats (the plus-twos in the rear have been deleted to shed weight) plus a carbon fibre boot spoiler. There’s also a carbon fibre front splitter fitted with more efficient brake cooling ducts. But the standout feature is something you can’t actually see – a track-focused suspension system developed in partnership between Nissan, Bilstein and the NordRing Corporation.

2013 Nissan GT-R Track Edition with SpecV exhaust
 Head over to the Times for the full article.

Feb 19, 2013

Wide Open Throttle : Motor Trend : AMS Alpha 12 Talk

In this episode of Wide Open Throttle, the panel discusses the AMS Alpha 12 Nissan GT-R.

On this episode of Wide Open Throttle, Jessi Lang, Angus MacKenzie, Scott Mortara, Mike Floyd and Carlos Lago discuss the mighty AMS Alpha 12 GTR. The crew also debate the future of Audi's performance division and discuss Toyota's continuing reign as the world's #1 automaker.
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Feb 18, 2013

1060 Wheel Horsepower Nissan GT-R on the Dyno

You know what is good for a case of the "Mondays"? A 1060 wheel horsepower Nissan GT-R on the Dyno. This car from MC Performance gets it done, with three guys in the trunk to keep it from turning the tires into molten globs of rubber.  Watch the video after the break.

Feb 17, 2013

Nismo Club Sports Package Brochure

The Nismo Club Sports Package is a package of parts that Nismo offers in Japan for the Nissan GT-R. At 5,460,000 yen($58,800 at current exchange rates), this is not an in-expensive package of parts. That does not include the cost of a car. This brochure was in a group of brochures I picked up on ebay.

Check out the brochure scan below.

Corvette ZR1 vs Nissan GT-R Video

This was probably shot on a closed course, with professional drivers. Don't try this at home, on the street, near your house, or more like, not near any police. They frown on this kind of thing.  In the last video of a Nissan GT-R vs a Corvette ZR-1 from ThatRacingChannel, the GT-R smoked the ZR-1. Since the last time, the ZR-1 has gained a driver mod, pulley,intake, headers, tune, and 345 Nitto NT05R tires.  The GT-R drops its exhaust, and goes on a bit of a diet. 
Check out the video after the break to see what happens.

Feb 16, 2013

AMS/ALPHA Performance Engineering update: Carbon Fiber Intake Manifold

AMS/ALPHA Performance Engineering update: Carbon Fiber Intake Manifold

It only exists in the virtual world right now, but AMS is saying we should see some of these carbon fiber intake manifolds for Nissan GT-R's coming up in about 5 months. When big power is your thing, AMS has what you want.  The Nissan GT-R aftermarket support is pretty healthy.

Head over to GT-R Life to follow along in the AMS thread on their Carbon Fiber intake plenum for a Nissan GT-R.

Feb 15, 2013

R35 GTR In-depth w/ Ken Nomura and Top Secret's "Smokey" VIDEO OPTION Vol.166 Part 16

Top Secret R35 GT-R to the Wangan

R35 GTR In-depth w/ Ken Nomura and Top Secret's "Smokey" VIDEO OPTION Vol.166 Part 16

Check out this Video Option  Vol 166, brought to You Tube by our friends over at GT Channel. 

http://www.gtchannel.com for more exclusive content. The legendary Japanese video magazine, VIDEO OPTION is finally here on GTChannel in English! From the creators of Drift Tengoku and Street Legal, this series will blow you away. Part 16: Smokey takes the car out to the Wangan Highway.
Previous Episode: http://bit.ly/Wf1mou 

Playlist: http://bit.ly/UL3JzQ 

About Video Option: In Video Option you will find drift, drag, time attack, speed challenges and Wangan races featuring Daijiro Inada and many other JDM heroes such as Manabu Orido, Keiichi Tsuchiya, Tarzan Yamada and Ken Nomura. This is the video that started it all! The English version of Video Option is brought to you by GTChannel LLC under license by Sunpros of Japan.

VVIP Nissan GT-R's From the Middle East

Starting in 2008, Nissan released a limited number of VVIP Nissan GT-R's to buyers in the Middle East. These cars were a special trim package that included several gold accents. For 2012, they even added a gold grille surround.  Like a Black Edition's red accents, but gold.  A few weeks ago I had a chance to check out a few cars that SP Engineering had in their shop. Check out the pictures below.
VVIP Nissan GT-R Interior
VVIP Nissan GT-R Interior

Feb 14, 2013

VR38DETT : Switzer Performance's Take on Exploring the Limits

Over 1500 wheel horsepower

There is, as many say, more than one way to skin a cat. In this case, Switzer Performance makes over 1500 horsepower out of a VR38DETT, or Nissan R35 GT-R engine. That is a recockulous amount of power. Remember we are talking at the wheels. Not some estimated engine bhp, or whatever you want to say number. This is what a dyno registers to the tire.

It’s not as if we haven’t built a stroked engine – we just chose not to offer a stroked engine to our customers,” explains Tym. “Increasing the stroke in any engine increases the piston speeds within a cylinder at any given RPM. That puts greater stresses on the pistons and rods as they accelerate and decelerate that much faster. The loads the pistons put on the cylinder walls themselves increase, creating greater frictional losses within the engine. When we looked at what we’d given up, in terms of reliability and longevity, in our early test engines with different bore and stroke configurations, any low-end and initial turbo response gains we saw just weren’t worth it.”
Switzer Performance News (http://s.tt/1z7cY)
Switzer goes a little different route than the "no replacement for displacement" way.  I can't honestly say I totally agree with it on a turbocharged "small" displacement car.  They have some real numbers to back up their claims and philosophy  and as I said in the start, there is more than one way to skin a cat.

The amount of engineering that went into the VR engine was obvious, and it spoke volumes about Nissan’s engineers. The durability of the all-aluminum block and its plasma-sprayed, low-friction cylinders, however, remained to be confirmed at the power levels we intended to run. “We knew what the block and the OEM cylinder linings should have been capable of handling, thanks to our early studies. It wasn’t until our blueprinted engine program was finalized and we were getting serious miles on the cars, though, that we were able to check our early math against real-world data.” The results speak for themselves: dozens of Switzer-built engines with many thousands of hard-driven miles to their credit, and zero bottom-end failures. “My dad (Tym Sr., who runs Switzer’s engine shop and started teaching me the art of engine building at an early age) gets a lot of credit for that record of reliability,” says Tym “but I think he’d be the first guy to tell you it’s the VR38 engine’s superior engineering that makes that possible. The geometry of the VR block is constantly distributing stresses across the block and Nissan’s cylinder lining is fantastic. It was on these observations that we didn’t change the way loads traveled across the block by boring the out the cylinders, and we both adamantly opposed tampering with the block’s closed-deck structure. Even with alternate fuels, which some people thought initially might cause the cylinders to de-laminate the bore lining, we haven’t seen any evidence of this in the plasma sprayed bores.”
Switzer Performance News (http://s.tt/1z7cY)
I have seen a few cracked modified/sleeved blocks. Some of the original iron sleeves that were installed into some VR38's had some issues weaking the block, and causing coolant leaks.  Like anything "new", and pushing limits, new weaknesses are found.  Switzer likes where they are, without anything extra, and they are pushing what they have. 3.8 liters- 1500+ horsepower isn't bad.

“We are steadfast in our stubbornness in regard to not adding any component to a project that doesn’t contribute to the end goal.” 
Switzer Performance News (http://s.tt/1z7cY)
Source: Switzer Performance News 

Feb 13, 2013

Jun Nissan GT-R In Japan

Jun Nissan GT-R
We often hear about JDM this, JDM that, but in this case its USDM that is supporting the Nissan GT-R from Jun. This Ben Sopra bodykitted Nissan GT-R features a Stage 4 GR6 transmission upgrade from Sheptrans in Ohio. Considered the Nissan GT-R, along with some kind of Mitsubishi's, Eagle type car, transmission expert, John is also the "go to" guy for driving fast GT-R's.  I hear he has a pretty quick Talon that he manually shifts.  Heat over to GT-R Heritage for some more information on the build.

John Shepherd has been working on DSM’s since the very beginning back in 1989 at Eagle dealerships where he worked for 10 years. He has been racing DSM’s for over 10 years and has used his on-track experience to R&D the transmissions that he is building today. As the business grew it was time to make the move to a full-time business. Shepherd Racing moved into a small 900 square foot shop and quickly outgrew it. In 2005, a 4,000 square foot shop was built and is continually expanding. At the same time Shepherd Transmission Inc. was formed to focus just on transmissions. In 2008, we are continuing to expand to provide even quicker turnaround times by adding another 1500 sq ft addition for a parts room and sealed clean room.

Feb 10, 2013

GT Academy Nissan GT-R Drivers Are Too Fast For British GT

GT Academy GT3 Nissan GT-R in British GT
Is it possible to be too fast in racing?  Sure it is. If you have never been though the political side of racing, you might be a bit amazed about all the politicking that goes on behind the scenes.  If you are slow no one really pays attention, but if you are fast, everyone is going to complain.  In this case for British GT racing, Nissan paired two GT Academy drivers for the series. The normal setup is a "Pro" level driver, and a "Gentleman" level driver. Sort of a nice way of saying a fast guy, and a guy that pays the bills. In 2012 Jann Mardenborough was the first GT Academy winner to drive, and come within 30 minutes of the championship. In the RJN Motorsport GT3 Nissan GT-R they even scored a win at Brands Hatch. However for 2013, the team was denied entry due to the car and driver pairings being too fast.
GT Academy GT3 Nissan GT-R in British GT

[GT Academy] has shown itself to be a great way to source raw talent and turn that into real racing talent as we saw in British GT last year with Jann Mardenborough. However Nissan’s ability to find such amazing raw talent means that we cannot accept their full season entry for British GT in 2013. Their new recruits have very little racing experience so they have to be on the lowest performance grade. Their talent, going on Jann’s speed last year, doesn’t reflect this lack of experience so it is not fair to put them up against our Pro/Gentleman grid, the basis of British GT3 

Source: GT Planet