Mar 30, 2013

SoCal GT-R Invasion 2 : Cars and Coffee to Formula Drift Tech Day


The last SoCal GT-R Invasion was a big hit, with 40 Nissan GT-R's showing up at  Cars and Coffee, and then a cruise over to Crystal Cove for breakfast. This time the SoCal GT-R group got together at Cars and Coffee, but on the roof of the public parking structure. This gave everyone enough space to park, and get out early.

Looking towards the normal Cars and Coffee parking area
After Cars and Coffee the group headed over to the Irvine Spectrum for a group photo shoot. From the shoot, we headed over to the Formula Drift Tech Day and Car Meet.  The total car count for the day was 52 cars according to Ryan, with the group hanging out at around 40 cars.

 Three R32's, two Hakosukas, and the rest were all R35's.  More videos will be coming up soon. Until then, check out the pictures.

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Mar 29, 2013

JRM Racing geared up for Avon Tyres British GT championship opener at Oulton Park on April 1

JRM Racing geared up for Avon Tyres British GT championship opener at Oulton Park

JRM Racing is gearing up for its first race of the 2013 season this weekend; the opening round of the Avon Tyres British GT championship at Oulton Park. The Daventry-based squad will field two Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3 cars in the series opener, which will feature two one-hour races on 1 April.

JRM has worked round the clock to prepare the two cars, having confirmed its presence at the Cheshire event just three days ago following the conclusion of a deal with rising star of British endurance racing, Jody Fannin, and returning racer, Mark Cole.

In an almost unprecedented move in British GT racing, Jody and Mark will be the sole driver in each V6, 550bhp machine, which will be liveried in the distinctive black and red colours of JRM Racing. Nineteen-year-old Jody will pilot car #230 while Mark gets behind the wheel of #320.

The decision to run Mark and Jody in separate cars was taken in close consultation with the drivers on account of the penalties applied to a silver-silver driver pairing. Following his British GT4 championship drivers’ crown in 2012, Jody is rated as a silver, while Mark is similarly graded as a result of his past successes, which include the Porsche Club GB GT3 Cup title in 2002 and championship runner-up in the 2001 Autobytel Lotus Elise Series.

JRM Racing team principal James Rumsey explained the decision in more detail, ‘Should the two drivers race together, the regulation is such that two silvers must carry a 65kg weight penalty for the entire race. This penalty is disproportionate to the performance advantage we will gain from having a silver driver racing against a bronze, for the 14 laps the situation is expected. The motivation of JRM Racing, and the drivers, is to find competitive bronze drivers to extend this weekend’s race into a full championship campaign. We will therefore take a time penalty of 20secs, which will be added onto the pit stop time. This is much more in line with offsetting the pace of the silver drivers against the bronze drivers, and will hopefully see a much more representative performance from the car and drivers.’

As reigning GT4 champion, this weekend will be Jody’s racing debut in a GT3 car, but he takes confidence in the fact he won at Oulton in 2010 and 2012 and rates the undulating circuit as one of his favourites on the calendar. Allied to this, Jody also familiarised himself with the team and the Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3 at a test in Snetterton earlier this week: ‘I got some decent laps in the car at Snetterton,’ commented Jody. ‘I was happy with my pace and felt I gelled with everyone, which is really important considering the first race is so close.’

Jody’s impressions of the Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3 were also very positive. ‘It’s a massive step up from the GT4 I am used to, with a lot more power, but overall, the car is very easy to jump into and be fast. The main difference is the increased power so you need to be a lot more gentle on the throttle on the exits of the corners. There is also more high-speed grip and it carries more speed through the corners, but the low end torque of the engine is also great, which will be important out of Oulton’s slow corners.’

The challenge of driving solo in his first-ever GT3 race clearly does not daunt the half South African, half British racer; ‘I’ll obviously be driving on my own in two one hour races, but I am really looking forward to it – I’ve been training hard and Oulton is one of my favourite tracks! There is obviously a very competitive field this year, probably the toughest the championship has ever seen, so we’ll go in with an open mind and see where we are in practice and qualifying. We’re aiming for a good result, but we need to be realistic with the limited testing we have had.’

For Mark Cole, this weekend will be his return to car racing after stepping away from the sport for more five years as he focused on business interests. However over this time he also took the unusual step of racing motorcycles as a means to remaining race sharp. 'Racing bikes was a mega experience that I would recommend to any car racer to try, ' said Berkshire-based Mark. 'If you think a race car is quick, then think again once you enter the world of bike racing. The concept is exactly the same: we are all racing on the same tarmac to win, the skill sets are also similar to a point, but applied in different techniques. The consequences of mistakes on a bike can however be catastrophic so it encourages even more finesse, smoothness and accuracy since the slightest inputs from you have a huge impact on the overall performance of the machine. Once you have that sort of experience, nothing else daunts you. There also nice skills that if managed correctly, can be very beneficial in a race car…let's see this weekend!’

Mark however does not underestimate the challenge ahead, which will also see him taking on the daunting Oulton circuit single-handed. ‘I took the Snett test relatively easy so I could get up to speed. I did about 20 laps, and got a good impression of the car from that limited time. The biggest surprise was actually the braking effort required – this is something I’ll have to work on over the weekend, but once I get used to it I am sure it will be fine. All the same I’d like to leave the event thinking I’ve done myself justice. Of course driving solo in two races will be tough, and it’s a hugely competitive field so I’m under no illusions about how difficult it will be. Oulton is one of my favourite tracks though and I’ve won there in Porsches and Lotus so I’m going to try to enjoy it and see where we are at the end.’

Team manager and chief engineer Nigel Stepney echoed the drivers’ thoughts following the test this week, which saw both cars shaken down ahead of the Oulton round. ‘We covered over 500km with the two cars at Snetterton, with Jody and Mark covering close to 40 laps in total. It was good to get this experience of working together before the race weekend – and for Jody and Mark to get some running with the 2013 upgrade package for the Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3. Given the short lead time, any running counts!

‘Both the drivers and ourselves as a team have got ambitions to do as well as we can in this season opener. Preparing two cars in just two days – including for the test at Snetterton – was no mean feat, but we are all positive about what this weekend will bring.’

The 2013 British GT championship opens with an impressively large grid, with more than 30 cars scheduled to take the start. The JRM Racing Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3 will be pitted against prestigious cars including the Ferrari 458 Italia GT3, McLaren MP4-12C GT3, Porsche 997 GT3 R and Audi R8 LMS Ultra, while Jody and Mark will line up against star drivers including ex-F1 driver and Le Mans winner, Mark Blundell, sportscar veteran Warren Hughes and BTCC driver Michael Caine.

The racing weekend features two one-hour racing sessions and two 15 minute qualifying sessions on Saturday 30 March with two one-hour races on Easter Monday. With no driver pairing winning more than two races last season, the form is completely open. The GT action is supported by the F3 Cup championship.

Source: JRM Racing forum for discussion about importing vehicles over 25 years old to the US.

Will the Next Generation Nissan GT-R Be a Hybrid?

Infiniti Essence concpet build on a Nissan GT-R chassis

Motor Trend magazine is reporting that during the New York Auto Show, Nissan North America senior vice president of sales and marketing mentioned a little tounge in check that later this year, there would be news that "electrified" their legions of GT-R fans worldwide. Hybrid is no longer a dirty world in the performance world. F1 race cars, Lemans racers, Porsche race cars, future Porsche street cars, Ferrari street cars all have some kind of hybrid gasoline electric setup. Lets see what the future holds. Weight has always been a concern with the GT-R, so maybe they can figure a way to better integrate the all wheel drive and electric motors to eliminate part of the mechanical all wheel drive system.

2014 Nissan GT-R Track Edition

At the auto show, Nissan North America’s senior vice president of sales and marketing Jose Munoz said, “…Stay tuned later this year for news that will electrify our legions of GT-R fans worldwide. [MT emphasis added]”
Bad pun aside, Munoz’ quote is likely a clue that the next-gen GT-R will get a hybrid powertrain. We last reported that the GT-R’s successor, which could arrive by 2017, may get a hybrid system similar to that of the Infiniti Essence concept of 2009. That car featured a twin-turbo 3.7-liter V-6, reduced slightly in displacement from the GT-R’s 3.8-liter, paired with a high-output electric motor. Another system Nissan engineers are reportedly looking into is a hybrid setup similar to that of the Infiniti M35h.

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Mar 28, 2013

2014 Nissan GT-R - The Car Gauntlet on GTChannel

2014 Nissan GT-R - The Car Gauntlet on GTChannel

Sam Mitani, Duncan Ende, and Alexis Boyett team up to test the 2014 Nissan GT-R on GT Channels new series - The Car Gauntlet. Check out the video below.

Mar 24, 2013

2013 Nissan GT-R : Underwater Car

2013 Nissan GT-R Black Edition - Underwater Car

So far in the R35 GT-R's life cycle, water, Tsunamis, and natural disaster hasn't been very nice to the cars. When the earthquake and Tsunami hit Japan in 2011, a good number of 2012 Nissan GT-R's were destroyed.

More recently when Hurricane Sandy and the surge hit the eastern seaboard of the US, several more Nissan GT-R's that were sitting at the port were destroyed.  Just in case you ever run across some "cheap" Nissan GT-R's overseas, you will want to check them against a VIN list of Sandy cars. The one I saw recently, still had water inside. Supposedly sea water in the engine, transmission, and everywhere else.

So far this 2013 Nissan GT-R Black Edition at IAAI is bid up to $51,000 which seems like a lot of money for something that is a very big unknown.  JN1AR5EFXDM261478

Source: IAAI forum for discussion about importing vehicles over 25 years old to the US.

Hawk Performance Nissan GT-R at St. Petersburg

The Hawk Performance Nissan GT-R backed by CRP Racing, finished in 10th spot in the first race of the year on Saturday, with Tim Bell at the wheel. This was Tim Bell's first race in the Nissan GT-R, finishing between a pair of Mercedes Benz SLS GT3 cars. Full Results from Race 1. 

In race 2 on Sunday, the GT-R had a power steering failure, and finished in 14th place. Full Results from Race 2.

After St. Petersburg, the World Challenge GT cars head to Long Beach on April 19th-21st, back to back street courses. Always a tough way to start a year. forum for discussion about importing vehicles over 25 years old to the US.

Mar 23, 2013

NISMO TV Launch on YouTube launches its own channel on YouTube, for all things NISMO. Looking forward to checking it out for new content. Make sure you SUBSCRIBE.

The awesome new YouTube Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3 car! First track shakedown to celebrate the launch of, the global hub for all things Nismo. Subscribe to see regular updates!

Mar 22, 2013

TSM's Alpha12 GT-R WINS TX2K 2013 | 8 Second 1/4 Mile

8 Second Nissan GT-R at TX2K13

Proving more than they can just win two years a row at the One Lap of America, Top Speed Motorsports lays down 8 second passes on their way to a win in the unlimited class drag race event at TX2K13. Wait, isn't something wrong here? Aren't we supposed to prove the drag race guys can turn right and left, rather than the road race guys can go fast straight?

Check out the video after the break.  8's. Wow.

Nissan Juke-R and Jeep SRT-8 Twin Turbo - Unlim 500+ 2012, SUV TOP-3

Here is a unique little car for your Friday. A Nissan Juke-R,not an official one from Nissan, but one produced by a company in Russia. At around 750 horsepower, this thing boogies. They even had it out at the Nurburgring for a lap or two. Here in the Moscow Unlimited 500+, it takes the top spot for the 1 mile standing start drag race, edging out a 1100-1300 horsepower Jeep SRT8. Check out the video and results after the break.

Mar 21, 2013

CRP Racing Signs Mike Skeen for 2013 And Signs Driver Tim Bell To Pilot The Hawk Performance/Nissan GT-R At St. Petersburg

The SCCA Pro World Challenge season starts this weekend in St. Petersburg, Florida.  The CRP Racing backed - Hawk Performance Nissan GT-R will have Tim Bell at the helm. The Nissan GT-R hasn't managed to have much success in World Challenge, lets see how it goes this year.  You can watch the races streamed live, the first race at 4:35 pm EST Saturday, with the second race at 10:10 am EST on Sunday.

2013 Schedule for World Challenge
March 22-24
April 19-21
May 17-19
May 31-Jun 2
July 4-6
July 12-14
Aug 4-6
Aug. 23-25
Oct. 4-6

Press release after the break.

Mar 20, 2013

2015 Nissan GT-R To Get 7 Speed Gearbox

GT Channel is reporting that the 2015 Nissan GT-R will get a 7 speed gearbox. Since their sources are in Japan, and we already have our 2014 car here in the US, its a chance that they are talking about the 2016 US car. Will we see a repeat of what has happened with the GR6 transmission, or will this be an all new supplier?  They also mention that Mizuno wanted to try and drop the current Nurburgring lap time by 3 seconds. GTROC reported on Facebook, that Mizuno was no longer the CPS/CVE for the Nissan GT-R as of the end of February.

According to our sources, an extra speed will be added to the current car’s 6-speed dual-clutch gearbox. With seven speeds, the gear ratios will be noticeably altered from that of the current car, so it’s safe to expect quicker acceleration, especially out of corners. From a standstill, inside sources say the car will probably get to 60 mph in 2.7 seconds, knocking off 0.1 sec. from its 0-60 time. But that’s not all the mechanical changes in store for the next GT-R. Also anticipated are suspension tweaking, improved brakes and better tires, so the car will see improvement all around. forum for discussion about importing vehicles over 25 years old to the US.

Source: GT Channel

Switzer Red Katana Nissan GT-R Featured in DSport Magazine

This month, do your part to support print, BUY, checking out this months DSport magazine, that features the 1272 horsepower Switzer Performance tuned Red Katana Nissan GT-R.  What started as some mild upgrades to the interior, turned to some pretty wild interior upgrades. Those ended up being just the start, as eventually the car was sent to Switzer and turned into a 8 second R1K-X. Check out the article online, and in the magazine.

The build started at C2Design in Tampa, Florida, as an exercise in mild tuning. “The performance of the GT-R versus the cost is hard to beat. I just wanted to add a little extra to stand out from a stock GT-R,” the owner mused. With power bumped up to 600 horsepower, the interior was reupholstered. C2Design upgraded the audio system with components from Hertz, JBL and JL Audio. “While the factory electronics looked great, I felt the interior was lacking for a $90,000 car. The Japan-only “Egoist” trim package available for the GT-R caught my eye and C2Design accomplished the look,” he said. forum for discussion about importing vehicles over 25 years old to the US.

Source: DSport Magazine

Mar 18, 2013

2015 Nismo Nissan GT-R Unmasked

Is this the 2015 NISMO Nissan GT-R? 
The GT-R Heritage forum has gathered several images speculating on what we might see for the 2015 NISMO Nissan GT-R, and opened a discussion.  The first image from shows a new front bumper with larger openings, side skirts, and a couple of minor red trimmed parts, and unique wheels to go along with the NISMO theme.

2015 Nismo, or EBA-R35? 
The 2009-2011 Nissan GT-R chassis code was the CBA-R35. The 2012 up car was the DBA. Is the 2015 car going to be the EBA-R35?  It is all just speculation at this point. Check out all the speculation. forum for discussion about importing vehicles over 25 years old to the US.

Mar 13, 2013

Drive Arabia Hits the Track In the 2013 Nissan GT-R for the Middle East

Standard 2012(2013 US) Nissan GT-R for the Middle East
Drive Arabia got a chance to get some seat time with the 2013(2014 US) Nissan GT-R. Journalists along with several Facebook fans got a chance at a few laps in the 2013 models, along with a presentation by Mizuno. It is interesting to see some of the differences for the local markets. The Black car has a Red Amber interior, gold grille, gold side emblems, front lip with brake ducts, Dark Silver(Clubsport) Wheels, and silver brake calipers. They call them 2012 models in the article, but its more likely that they are 2013 models. The Red Amber interior was first introduced in 2013.
Cars like the Nissan GT-R are a rarity nowadays. No other carmaker in the world has managed to create an accessible supercar-beater for the price of a BMW 7-Series. Even the outgoing Lexus LFA and the new Honda NSX are expensive and reserved for the uber-rich, and we’re guessing they still won’t be able to match the GT-R’s capabilities on a twisty track, let alone Ferraris and Lamborghinis. This will likely be Mizuno’s last project before he retires, and he’s going out with a bang.

Interesting car. Gold grill, Red Amber interior. Silver brake calipers. 

Source: Drive Arabia

Nissan GT-R Nismo 2015 Video Teaser

Nissan GT-R NISMO 2015 Video Teaser I don't remember seeing this video prior to the recent NISMO press conference, but here it is a quick teaser clip of what is coming for 2015(2014 World) for the Nissan GT-R. The NISMO R35 GT-R. I speculated at what we might see in this recent post. Looking forward to some more information when it is available. The first car to get the NISMO treatment is the JUKE, so head over to this post for some more information from the CPS, and CVE for NISMO.