Mine’s Meeting 2012: Come Visit the Legendary Mine’s Workshop

January 11th, 2012

Mines 2012 Nissan GT-R

No doubt that many of our readers have already all set to attend Tokyo Auto Salon which begins tomorrow. Many of you may be sticking around after the show to do a little sightseeing or enjoy your Japanese vacation. Mine’s let me know that, as usual their annual Mine’s Meeting event will be held this year from January 14th – January 21st 2012.

Mine’s has asked me to let our English speaking friends know that if you do want to visit, why not send them a quick note to let them know in advance so they can organize to have English speaking staff onsite:

While in Japan for the period of the 2012 Tokyo Auto Salon from Jan 14 – Jan 21 all customers/fans are more than welcome to visit our shop in Yokosuka and see first hand where our work is done. To make your visit worthwhile we would like to prepare an English speaker for your visit and request that you give us notice beforehand by E-mail to the account below so we can make arrangements.

mines@mines-wave.com

If you do get along, say hi to the guys from me!

Link: Mine’s Website (English)
Link: Tokyo Autosalon Website

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brand_RR: Dual HID Headlight Conversion Debut

July 25th, 2011

After a number of years going relatively unchanged the GT-R’s headlights have now  found their first significant upgrade. brand_RR recently debuted a new headlight upgrade which replaces the high beam bezel’s halogen bulb with a  bi-xenon projector.

The headlights themselves receive extensive custom work to seamlessly adopt the secondary HID system. If no other modifications or custom painting is performed the results are comparable to what you would see on the Nissan showroom. Naturally however most people will want to do additional custom work while the headlights are under the knife. The white car shown is one such customer who optioned for nearly all of the available additions.

Aside from the bi-xenon dual HID conversion, brand_RR states that the following options are available:

- Painted inside assembly (white car shown has satin black painted assembly)
- Painted headlight surrounds (white car shown as satin black painted surrounds)
- CCFL illumination surround on each projector (not pictured)
- LED illumination surround on each projector with integrated amber turn signal activated switchback (installed on white car)
- Painted interior headlight assembly bezel (white car has our one-off carbon fiber conversion to this piece)
- LED headlight turn signal with white LED and switch to amber led when turn signal activated (not pictured)

The GT-R from the factory has a HID low beam capable of good lateral range however they are lacking in brightness and distance. brand_RR’s approach is to increase visibility by keeping the lateral range unchanged from the factory low beam HID and adding the second bi-xenon unit for straight ahead brightness and distance (and also it can switch to hi-beam mode). The photo below illustrates:

For further information the product can be found and purchased here:

http://gt-rr.com/product.html?m=brand_rr&n=ultimate_spec_headlight_-_dual_hid_projector_conversion&id=1541

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Mine’s Release Carbon Grille for 2012+ GT-Rs

June 10th, 2011

Mine's Carbon Grill for DBA-R35

Improving on the look of the new DBA-R35 is tough but Mine’s don’t back down from a challenge. Following in the path laid down years before for the CBA-R35 Mine’s have firstly tackled the grill to add a splash of carbon to the front end.

This wet carbon grille replacement is a straight fit item that will go on without modifications. It’s slightly different from standard in that it features three fins that give it a slightly aggressive appearance. It comes pre-applied with a UV protecting clear coat and will set you back around the 59,000 yen mark in Japan.

Link: Mine’s Official Website (English)

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GT-RR Debuts New Suspension Package

May 11th, 2011

The guys over at GT-RR.com have furthered their brand_RR lineup of parts with this new suspension. GT-RR has a history of working with the top producers for their projects, having also worked on collaborative projects with Amuse and Cosworth. In this case they’ve enlisted two of the leading suspension component producers to partner with them on the project. JRZ was sourced to provide the desired specification shocks for the system. Swift Springs of Japan was included to provide the 8 springs which are included (main and assist springs on each corner).

GT-RR calls this suspension their Ultimate Spec. They label it that because they’ve taken what they consider to be the best of the shock and spring world and combined it with a variable ride height lift system. The result they say is the ultimate suspension for GT-Rs which are used on both street and track. The suspension allows 3 inches of lift at the push of a button which allows for a low ride setting but for instant clearance upon demand. There is a video of their 2012 GT-R using the lift system which can be seen below.

Swift Springs out of Japan has been supplying Nissan’s official GT-R Super Taikyu team with springs and also supplies for Super GT race cars. GT-RR has told us that Swift and JRZ has both had a considerable hand in determining the final specifications of this suspension.

You can find more information on this system as well other JRZ and Swift products at GT-RR.

Link: Suspension kit

Link: JRZs on GT-RR

Link: Swift on GT-RR

 

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FIA GT1 2011: Follow Nismo GT1 Driver Michael Krumm’s Video Diary

April 9th, 2011

I think it’s great Nissan are improving the visibility of their FIA GT1 teams with more and more of this kind of social media. Michael Krumm is a fantastic ambassador for Nissan Motorsports in Japan, Europe and all over the world. This year he drives for the JR-Motorsports team in the #23 GT1 spec Nissan GT-R.

Take a tour with him from round 1 of the 2011 FIA GT1 World Championship season at Abu Dhabi where he’ll take you behind the scenes. Introduce team mates and other drivers and give some personal insights into the cars performance of late.

Link: Nissan’s Youtube Channel

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AMS Performance: AMS Alpha12 GT-R Updates

April 8th, 2011

It’s been an interesting couple of months for the AMS Performance crew. The culmination of a lot of hard work has seen the AMS Alpha 12 GT-R see a lot of results, especially in Texas. The TX2K11 Nationals event in March saw the Alpha 12 GT-R owned by Tim Sander’s show off it’s muscle to take the first place in the Dyno Comp GT-R Class with 1069 awhp.

In the days that followed they continued to push the GT-R to the limits and at the drag strip came away with another new record – a 9.1 @ 159mph pass. Despite the tune not being fully ironed out the Alpha 12 is still the quickest GT-R around.

There’s quite a lot of other GT-R happenings over at AMS’s blog and there’s more records lined up to fall soon. Two Alpha 12 GT-Rs are getting set to run the Moscow Unlimited event coming up in September. This year it seems the GT-R crowd wont be satisfied with second place in Moscow as it was in 2010.

Looking forward to hearing more as the Alpha12 gets closer to fully tuned. You can find out more from AMS at the links below!

Link: AMS Alpha GT-R Website
Link: AMS Performance Website

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Widebody GT-Rs Part II: Abflug

April 7th, 2011

In the last post, we brought you the new widebody aero from Axell Auto.  In this next installment of GT-R Blog’s feature on widebody GT-Rs, we have the second wide aero kit that debuted at TAS 2011.

This second kit comes from Abflug, a Japanese tuner renowned for their creative and revolutionary aero designs.  Their GT-R kit keeps that reputation alive with its large-mouth front bumper, wide blister fenders and R8-style ducting in the rear bumper.

The “kit” is currently being sold piece-by-piece, with FRP and carbon variations, depending on the part.  Also available is a new high-mount rear wing that replaces the OEM wing, but retains the side base mounts.

For more photos of the car and information regarding all the individual pieces, please visit Abflug’s website.

Link: Abflug Website

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Widebody GT-Rs Part I: Axell Auto

April 1st, 2011

Tokyo Auto Salon saw the debut of what many consider the most radical aero parts for the GT-R ever in Axell Auto’s full widebody kit.

We can let the pictures do the talking…

Prior to their GT-R kit, Axell Auto had been primarily known for their modifications to Japanese luxury vehicles like SUVs and vans, but their GT-R kit is Axell trying their hand in the sports car realm.  Axell’s fascination with the R35 started after the President of Axell purchased his GT-R and began modifying it with off-the-shelf parts.

The kit takes some styling cues from Tommykaira and features wide front and rear fenders, completely new front and rear bumper designs with a carbon fiber rear diffuser, rear wing and side skirts with functional brake ducting.

While pricing hasn’t been released, you can visit Axell’s website for pictures, video and more information.
Link: Axell Auto’s Website

In addition, Axell has enlisted GT-RR to be the first international distributor for the kit.
Link:
Axell Auto on GT-RR.com

This post will be the first in a series  regarding the recent widebody options that have been released for the R35.  Look out for more in the coming week!

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AAM Competition Release R-Maf Upgraded Airflow Sensors for Nissan GT-R

February 11th, 2011

AAM R-MAF for Nissan GT-R

Anyone who’s ever tuned their turbocharged cars and relied on the stock airflow sensors knows that most OEM’s supply MAFs purpose built for the power the car delivers in stock form. Deviate too much from this and you’ll very quickly run out of resolution making tuning problematic.

On the GT-R the problem is worsened by the protective ECU which can throw codes to further complicate matters.

AAM Competition know this problem well and have come up with a solid and permanent solution for those GT-R owners making significantly more power than standard.

AAM’s product description says it best:

AAM Competition, LLC’s new R-MAF Meter is a welcome and important addition to any GT-R making over 550hp with factory air boxes, 625hp with 2 ¾” intakes, or 700hp with 3” intakes (500awhp, 575awhp, and 630-650awhp respectively). A direct bolt-in upgrade with no splicing of any wiring required and a factory functioning air temperature sensor, the R-MAF Meter is engineered to provide stock like idling and low-throttle drivability while doubling the range of the factory MAF sensors. The R- MAF’s extended range allow them to be used with engines with as much as 1,500hp with upgraded tubes.

  • Benefits of the AAM Competition R-MAF Meter: Performance, accuracy and quality
  • Direct replacement to the original MAF sensor & wiring harness (no cutting or splicing, drops and plugs right in)
  • Approximately 2 times more range that the factory sensor
  • Extended range allows it to be used with engines capable of making as much as 1,500 horsepower
  • Calibrated so that their range slightly exceeds that of the intake in which it is installed, so the sensor cannot “peg” yet still has excellent resolution
  • Factory like low-load characteristics, which keep the GT-R’s computer happy, allows the transmission to shift properly, and eliminates limp modes
  • Cures the P0700 Code issue frequently experienced on high power GT-R’s
  • Can be used in almost any intake system configuration (including blow through intake systems)
  • Comes with R-MAF calibration files (including fuel multiplier/tuning recommendations for different power levels)
  • Every sensor is repeatable within OEM specs

The sensors retail at the $429 each mark but if you head over to their website now you can see their currently discounted quite a bit.

Their available for shipping right now but get in quick…

Link: AAM Competition Website

AAM R-MAF Dyno Chart

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DSPORT Magazine 2012 Nissan GT-R Preview

February 5th, 2011

By now most of the print and TV media have had a preview of the new Nissan GT-R but the DSPORT Magazine one struck me as one of the best by far.

If you haven’t already seen it, check it out.

Thanks to Vinh from DSPORT for sending this one in.

Link: DSPORT Channel @ Youtube
Link: DSPORT Magazine Website

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