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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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TAS 2011: Axell Auto Producing Wide Body GT-R Kit for AutoSalon

December 28th, 2010

Axell Auto Wide Body GT-R

In what is becoming a tradition, January’s Tokyo Auto Salon will debut another wild wide body kit for the Nissan GT-R, this time from Axell Auto. After spending 2010 clothed in the Tommy Kaira Ebrezza-R full aero kit, Axell Auto decided to get even more extreme with the GT-R than their contemporaries have so far.

While it’s not completely finished yet, the concept drawings can give you a sneak peek at how they expect it to look when it debuts in January at Auto Salon. The guys at Axell look to have the proto kit in the finishing touch stages before assembly and paint judging from these workshop pics.

The kit will have pumped front fenders, rear fenders, a completely new front and rear bumper and chunky side skirts. The GT-R’s rear wing will be replaced with a taller stylized wing as well.

What else Axell Auto will do to the GT-R isn’t clear yet but we’re looking forward to seeing the finished product, even if it may not be everyone’s cup of tea.

Tokyo Auto Salon runs from the 14th to the 16th of January 2011 at Makuhari Messe in Tokyo Japan.

Source: Jon Sibal’s Blog
Link: Axell Auto Website
Axell Auto Wide Body GT-R

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Tokyo AutoSalon 2011: Mine’s New GT-R Sneak Peek and Meeting Event 2011

December 18th, 2010

Mines DBA-R35 GT-R

Good news for Mine’s fans the world over as Tokyo AutoSalon 2011 bears down on us quickly. Not only will the Mine’s GT-R be in attendance but the all new Mine’s 2011 (DBA-R35) GT-R Demo Car will be star of the show of the Option Magazine booth.

If you haven’t done so already, this might be all the incentive you need to start booking that trip to Tokyo. AutoSalon dates for 2011 are the 14th – 16th of January.

If you’re interested in that you’re also going to want to extend your stay because Mine’s are again staging their Mine’s Annual New Year Meeting Event! From 17th to the 23rd of January 2011, you can get along to Mine’s HQ in Yokosuka, Japan and experience all the Mine’s products in person.

We attended the Mine’s Meeting Event in 2010 and had a great time getting hands on with the newest GT-R gear. Highly recommend, if you’re in town anyway, do yourself a favor and e-mail Mine’s @ mines@mines-wave.com a brief introduction of yourself to setup the best time to go visit.

Link: Mine’s Website
Link: Tokyo AutoSalon Website

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Paris 2010: Nissan GT-R Spec-M / Egoist First Video

September 30th, 2010

As predicted by many, the brand new 2012 GT-R has most certainly turned up at the 2010 Paris Motorshow which starts October 2nd. Debuting in Paris is also evidently the luxury Nissan GT-R Egoist (aka SpecM). One lucky member of GTBOARD.com was able to get in early and scope it out in advance.

The GT-R in the video is fully decked out in R-Red leather interior, Rays SpecV wheels and SpecV carbon rear spoiler. Also visible in the engine bay is that new red engine cover. Absent though is any badge of any kind denoting the official model though it’s expected to keep it’s SpecM name in Europe.

We’ve run a post with a full list of SpecM / Egoist interior color options, head here to check it out…

Source: GTBoard.com / Youtube

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Tokyo AutoSalon 2010: Midori, Hashimoto, Power Enterprise and Others

February 5th, 2010

Time for a combined post wrapping up the rest of my strictly GT-R related photos from Friday morning the first day of TAS2010. Take a peek as we browse the halls to snap up some interesting tidbits.

First up is Midori Seibi Center’s nice looking GT-R with their new Silent Power NR exhaust fitted up. They also had some extremely hot Rays Volk G2 wheels in the formula silver fitted outside some tasty Alcon rotors.

Speaking of Alcon, we took a look up close at their caliper upgrades for Nissan GT-R and they look damn serious. Alcon make brakes for everything from street cars to F1 cars and lots inbetween. Next to the GT-R brakes was a caliper from a SuperGT car. It was crazy lightweight due to it’s construction but not really in the same league as the F1 caliper next to that. Constructed from goldGold anodized, it was lighter again.

On the topic of motorsports, over at the Nissan booth they had parked the 2008 SuperGT Championship winning GT500 class Nismo GT-R for a pitwork demo. They performed a tire change while various parts of the car were pulled off so that the presenter could lift them up in front of everyone. I guess those tires don’t weigh much after all.

Power Enterprise had their Four Charger VR38 out on display as well, this year they’ve also got a turbo upgrade for GT-R available. It’s pretty impressive to see this engine in all it’s quad charged glory out of the car. So much work went into this, I really wonder about the results though as we’ve not heard much about it in the last 12 months since it’s debut.

The Hashimoto GT-R was there as well showing off it’s Lamborghini Style Doors. Not such a fan myself but was quite interested to check out their Schmieden front lip spoiler to see how functional it was. Unfortunately it’s all show as there are no brake ducts. Can’t fault the looks though it is attractive. The BBS LM-R wheels look good in the flesh except that the centers feel a little on the small side.

Finally, we end with a few non-R35 GT-Rs that stood out. First up is the ER34 sedan with an R35 look rear end. The rear bar has been moulded to allow for the R35 exhaust to be fitted and give a similar looking center grill section. Really though, if you’re going to modify your R34 GT-T you need to go all out like Final Konnexion did. This wide body kit for the ER34 coupe is wild and actually amazing in fit and finish. Check it out in the gallery below!

Images: Copyright (C) 2010 GTRBlog.com.

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Tokyo AutoSalon 2010: HKS Kansai Product Range for R35 GT-R

February 2nd, 2010

We’re not quite finished with the TAS2010 coverage just yet, we still have a load of photos to sort through for interesting tidbits from the show. Today we’ll cover the HKS Kansai booth who managed a huge showing again at this years AutoSalon. Most interesting this year was getting a chance to check out their lineup in the flesh. Let’s take a look then.

Up there is the HKS Kansai brake air guide system, bigger than I had expected it’s made from carbon and fits up with some nice stainless cap screws. The guide should provide some decent airflow and is probably best combined with some ducts from the front underspoiler. It’s no FIA GT ducting job but it should give you a bit of help on the track keeping the brakes cooler.

We also got a look at the HKS Kansai front mounter transmission cooler. As described a while back, this unit cools the transmission by cooling the engine coolant before it makes its way back to the transmission assembly. This is possibly one of the safest ways to cool your transmission and the quality of the HKS Kansai product is top notch. The ducting you can see is designed to take air from the front bumper to the cooler much the same way as the factor ducting does on the opposite side of the car.

Next up we checked out the HKS Kansai front and rear LSDs for the GT-R. The front LSD we had seen before in the HKS Kansai product release but the rear LSD is new to us. Again these are quality units and are made by a well known Japanese company for HKS Kansai. We’d tell you who but we’re told to keep it quiet for now. The same company makes the other items we saw actually, namely, the GT-R sway bars and adjustable control arms.

These are the first adjustable control arms we’ve seen for the GT-R so far and might be good for guys wants a bit more control over their camber at the front. We haven’t seen them fitted up yet or heard of real world results so we can’t give the specs just yet. They’re still in development for now but hopefully we see a full release soon.

For now you can read up on pricing and specs of product they have released over on the HKS Kansai website. For the new stuff, we’ll keep you posted when we know full details.

Link: HKS Kansai Website

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Tokyo AutoSalon 2010: Blitz FR Drift GT-R and New Gear at the Blitz Booth

January 25th, 2010

Blitz had another strong showing at Tokyo AutoSalon this year. Always a popular booth it can be tough to make your way through as it’s litterally swarming with enthusiasts! We got our hands on the man Kawabata-san again to have a chat about what’s new with Blitz, the drift car and plans for the future.

We were pleased to hear they had been continuing to make progress with the famous Blitz R35 GT-R rear wheel drive drift car. In case you hadn’t heard, Blitz debuted this GT-R at Tokyo AutoSalon 2009 converted to RWD with a Hollinger 6 speed sequential manual transmission bolted firmly to the rear of the VR38. The third pedal looks right at home in the drivers footwell doesn’t it?

Other modifications to the drivetrain include fitting an R34GT-R NISMO GT rear LSD and an ORC709 R35 SPL clutch.

Power modifications wise, the Blitz drifter is actually running now, as opposed to last year where it was barely bolted together. It’s tuned by a MoTeC M800 DBW4 SKM ECU and breaths through a Blitz intake piping kit and Blitz‘s new Intercooler CS for the R35 GT-R. The turbo’s as stock and their internal wastegates are actuated by a pair of Blitz Upgrade Actuators for R35. Out back there’s a Blitz Nur-Spec C-Ti Quad exhaust system.

On the inside Bride seats hold Nomuken in place and Blitz Racepak IQ3 with an array of Blitz Racing Meter’s (Boost, Temp) in carbon fixtures keep him informed.

The car is fitted with a custom DG-5 suspension setup particular to this very unusual car and stops with the help of Blitz MR-VS brake pads. The wheels are the ultra nice BRW-09 forged magnesium deals in 20×9.5 +38 up front and 20×10 +18 in back and come wrapped with Dunlop SP Sport DSST tyres thanks to their sponsor.

We’re hoping to see this car in action this year but when I asked Blitz, they were kind of shy about answering. I really think they may be shooting for next season to debut this car. Even some friendly encouragement about the American’s and their Dynamic AutoSports/Hankook drift GT-R couldn’t pursuade him to commit to 2010.

Either way it’ll be interesting when it debuts.

Also at the booth was Blitz’s current and planned lineup of parts for the GT-R. We have this front mount intercooler unit which is another take on the dual core single unit design that is really popular. It’s known as the Intercooler CS-R which means it features the “Chemical Shine” coating for extra shiny appearance with added durability. It’s also corrosion resistant which is a plus. The price marked was 260,400 yen.

Blitz also had their new wastegate actuators on display. These were some stand out actuators but too bad you’ll never see them buried way under your turbo and piping.

Next to the actuators were a set of Carillo conrods for the GT-R and CP pistons as well, what they were doing there we weren’t able to find out.

In terms of new parts on the horizon, Blitz is shortly going to release a new set of air filters for the GT-R. A replacement kit for the airbox utilising the filters you see here. Obviously they will ship with an intake piping kit of some sort but where they will finally mount I’m not sure.

Lastly, Blitz announced that they will be developing a version of their latest data logging multifunction display computer, known as the Touch Brain for the GT-R. It will connect up via OBDII port and possibly solve a lot of the data logging type problems. We asked if it would record output to flash memory and they couldn’t confirm at this stage of the development. We hope so really.

Well that’s about it from the Blitz booth 2010, if I remember anything else I’ll pop an update in this article. For now, check out the rest of the photos in the gallery below!

Link: Blitz Website

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Tokyo AutoSalon 2010: JUN Camshafts TypeZero and Short Block with Liners

January 21st, 2010

Well the work-in-progress JUN 1000ps build with big cams is a great thing no doubt but not everyone is shooting for that level of ultimate power so they need a camshaft that will operate reliably with a more standard engine build. To fill that need, JUN Auto have produced this High Lift Camshaft TypeZero for the Nissan GT-R’s VR38DETT suitable for use with the standard ECU.

These camshafts feature identical duration and lift on both intake and exhaust sides which is 256 degrees duration and 10.3mm of lift. Not the 264 degrees and 10.5mm lift we heard for their big power build.

The price for these is set at a interesting 84,000 yen in Japan and about the $1,200 USD mark over in the states.

Update: You can now pick up a set for lower than our estimate, just $1150, online @ GT-RR

On the short block front, JUN Auto were also showing off their VR38 bare blocks with liners fitted. This is the kind of thing useful when you’ve spent the cash on the JUN Auto 4.0l stroker kit.

No pricing on the short blocks with liners just yet.

Link: JUN Camshafts, buy online @ GT-RR.com
Link: JUN Auto TypeZero Camshafts Website
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Tokyo AutoSalon 2010: Nordring Carbon Fibre and Suspension Parts for Nissan GT-R

January 18th, 2010

As expected the Nordring GT-R attended the 2010 Tokyo AutoSalon which gave us a great opportunity to check it out in the flesh for the first time. Let us take you on a tour around the car to get a good feel for the Nordring gear.

Starting up front of the Nordring GT-R we can first notice the front bumper cover over the center section of the OEM bumper. This covers the normally gunmetal grey section of the front bumper with carbon which extends down to the engine oil cooler duct area with some horizontal louvres. It’s matched to a dry carbon grille which adds a unique looking lump either side of the GT-R badge. The fitment on these pieces was perfect and the carbon could not be faulted in any area whatsoever.

Continuing downward we next notice the dry carbon front lip and underspoiler. It’s two duct inlets are a welcome sign for many. We verified that they are also indeed functional. The ducts continue to the start of the front wheel well where a second guiding panel (FRP on the demo car but dry carbon for production) takes the stream of outside air and directs it at the front brake rotors. Again the carbon was faultless and fitment perfect against the OEM bumper. The weave was angled precisely to take advantage of the carbon’s pleasing visual effect.

Lastly, we see the headlight finishers and NACA ducts on the hood which add splashes of carbon to the lower edge of the headlights and hood respectively. A nice touch, well executed on both counts.

Moving to the side of the car we notice the carbon sideskirts firstly. These very much keep in the theme of the OEM side skirts with only one small difference. The upper edge is slightly changed at the front to sit flush with the front fender finishers. This was about the only odd part of the car and I couldn’t figure what they were getting at with it.

The dry carbon side mirror covers are a real sweet touch, you can see that the weave of the fibre changing to keep the two “tone” look of the standard mirror. I found that particularly appealing.

Around back now and first up is the the trunk lid which is replaced with an entirely carbon item. It’s OEM in quality and appearance until you notice that there is an integrated rear lip on it. It gives it that unique look and most probably some aero benefit. The fit and finish of this was top notch and it could be a big seller if you ask me.

The full carbon rear wing sits atop and looks very similar to the standard GT-R unit. There’s some minor styling changes but overall most wont pick them without seeing them sitting next to each other.

Moving down, we see the new Nordring carbon rear bumper. A huge piece of carbon with some unique horizontal louvres designed to remove heat from the transmission area above the rear under diffuser. It’s matched with a carbon underspoiler which in turn matches up to a set of rear under diffuser fins.

That pretty much covers the outside of the car, but if we look under the hood now we can see one of the more original engine cover designs seen so far. There’s also a set of engine bay shrouds that wrap around the front of the engine bay as dress up parts more than anything else.

Which brings us to the Toshio Suzuki tuned Bilstein Suspension. This kit offers a damper set replacement, springs not included, which will replace your standard dampers without the side effect of voiding your Nissan factory warranty. The dampers are fully compatible with the GT-R’s adjustable settings for R mode, Normal and Comfort and are designed for street and sports use.

Nordring also say original forged magnesium wheels are on their way but at the show they weren’t on the car. The wheels you see in the photos are actually the Neez EI8GHT Eurocross-R wheels with GT-R centre cap option fitted up. Great wheels all the same.

After checking out the Nordring car, we were able to spend some time catching up with Nordring President and Nissan Chief Test Driver, Toshio Suzuki-san. We asked if he had plans to export the Nordring parts to overseas markets. Unfortunately for us though, it seems that, since the parts are Nissan Motors approved for use with the GT-R, he’d need to jump through quite a few hoops to do that. So at this stage you simply wont be able to buy it directly for export. He didn’t permanantly rule it out, but there may be a long wait before we see this stuff outside Japan.

We also cleared up if Nordring planned any engine tuning modifications, and – so far no. They are happy with the standard car’s performance and to mess with that, we got the feeling, would also likely risk their fortunate position of being the only aftermarket supplier of Nissan approved parts for the GT-R.

Overall, a very conservative and well thought out bunch of upgrades to the GT-R which don’t intefere with the lines of the car. It’s not for everyone however as it comes with the dual baggage of price tag and being difficult to obtain outside Japan.

We got a few photos to browse through but let us know in the comments if you want answers to any more questions and remember to check our previous posts if you want to know about pricing on this stuff.

Link: Nordring Website
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Tokyo AutoSalon 2010: TommyKaira Silver Wolf Edition Nissan GT-R Debut

January 16th, 2010

Well as you are well aware by now, TommyKaira completed the initial phase of their Nissan GT-R project recently for launch at the 2010 Tokyo AutoSalon. We wen’t along to the show and got the opportunity to sit down with and chat with TommyKaira President, Hiei Takayoshi-san, about the latest range of TommyKaira products and the plans for the future.

Takayoshi-san, as it turns out, is not someone to jump into improving on and already great car without first discovering if he can be passionate about it. Personally he is a Honda NSX-R owner from way back so at first he wasn’t sure if the new Nissan could live up to the hype. You may well know of the NSX-R’s legendary status in Japan so it had quite big shoes to fill.

With an adventurous spirit he jumped in with both feet and tried the GT-R for himself. Immediately he was let taken aback by the GT-R’s sheer ability that we have grown to love ourselves, the whole package of performance and quality which is peerless today. After trying it for himself, he quickly formed the opinion that the sheer value of the GT-R far outweighs it’s pricetag and is easily the match for supercars in the 25million yen range. Obviously, this would be an easy decision to have TommyKaira stamp their own mark on the car.

With Tokyo AutoSalon set as their launch target they had a very short time to complete a very large amount of work. They set to it with a guiding principle to not sacrifice workmanship to meet the end goal. The result shows that they are both willing and able to live up to this.

The concept, and second name for the project Ebbrezza-R, comes from the Italian word Ebbrezza. Translated it means intoxication – that is the vibe Takayoshi-san says he gets when driving the GT-R. The final product is also known as the Silver Wolf Edition and Takayoshi-san comissioned the Silver Wolf artwork from his favourite artist Kazuyuki Takishita-san to capture the essence of the project. That is the artwork you can see across the ceiling of the booth.

Let’s get down to brass tacks though. You’ve probably become familiar with the pricing of the kit as we covered it earlier. You might be wondering about the process of buying TommyKaira parts, especially if you’re familiar with the TommyKaira of days-gone-by. To fill those who aren’t in on the history, TommyKaira was known to sell complete cars at fixed prices. Small options were available but by and large each car was sold complete to end customers.

This practice has changed for the company’s latest products, times have changed and their customer’s have too so now they are far more flexible on what you can buy and how. Smaller subsets of the full aero kit are for sale for example and TommyKaira will also be working with global distributors to get the parts out to the wider world.

For now, the dry carbon version of the aero kit are still in development. That is:

  • Dry Carbon Front Lip Spoiler
  • Dry Carbon Frony Under Diffuser
  • Dry Carbon Rear Underspoiler
  • Dry Carbon Rear Racing Diffuser
  • Dry Carbon Rear Wing

Right now, there is no plan to develop dry carbon versions of the larger parts such as the front bumper and the side skirts however. We asked why that was and Takayoshi-san believes that it’s most likely the clients would want to leave their dry carbon parts unpainted/clear coated only and he felt that would detract from the overall look of the car. TommyKaira recommend for each front bumper and side skirt set to be painted the car’s body colour following their example for best effect. I tend to agree that this does look best really.

While we were there we also got to sit in the drivers seat to get a feel for the TommyKaira interior treatment. The quality of the materials used is top shelf and the final result is, in a word, luxurious. Carbon and red leather is everywhere but it never feels overdone from the perspective of the driver. The red carpeting is bright in the photos but its not overbearing in the flesh. The attention to detail is refreshing with even the interior lock surrounds being remade in carbon fibre. The TommyKaira special edition Recaro seats are tight and hold you well which is to be expected from the masters at Recaro, but larger guys might need to opt for different seating options.

The optional extras like the TommyKaira brakes are all based on proven technology. The brakes are Endless Calipers (Mono 6 & 6R Caliper kit) front and rear and the TommyKaira Titanium exhaust is made by the same people who manufacture the Nissan SpecV exhaust system and is even made from the same Super Tough Titanium (STTI) material.

So pretty much the remainder of this story should be devoted to how it performs right? Well we can’t say right now. TommyKaira aren’t giving any results yet either as they are still tuning the Quantum suspension. What they will say is that the TommyKaira package does not include any engine / ECU tuning packages or options. This demo car for example is completely stock under the hood and the Japanese ECU 180km/h speed limiter is still in place.

Once the suspension is done however, they do plan to take the car to Fuji Speedway to see what sort of improvements the aero, suspension and brakes add up to on the track.

Please enjoy the photo gallery taken at the show and let us know if you have any questions in the comments!

Link: TommyKaira R35 GT-R Silver Wolf Edition Website
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