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.
After making it’s Super Taikyu debut and track debuts in 2010, Nismo has finally put the finishing touches on the production model Nissan Nismo GT-R RC race car. Coinciding with Tokyo Auto Salon 2011, the car is now officially available for customers to buy both in and outside Japan.
The NISSAN NISMO GT-R RC is the latest entry to the RC (Racing Competition) line of high performance, production model race cars developed and outfitted by NISMO. It’s built up from the world renowned, top performance NISSAN GT-R (R35) road car. The body has been lightened, fitted for slick tires and equipped with safety equipment to ready it for competition use. During the car’s development, it was entered in the 2010 SUPER TAIKYU Round 4 at Fuji, where it confirmed its high performance, reliability and durability.
Fitted with the same VR38DETT and GR6 transmission that powers the road car, Nismo aren’t giving the exact power/torque specifications away except to say that they exceed 485ps and exceeds 60 kg/m of torque. We’ve seen the GT-R RC quite a few times on here before so the special aero, carbon and race preparations are certainly not new to you.
What is news though is the price, Nismo will build you a GT-R RC to order for 20,790,000 yen or around $250k USD for a circuit ready race car.
NISMO GT-R RC Specifications:
VR38DETT DOHC V6
Bore 95.5 mm X Stroke 88.4 mm
over 357 horsepower @ 6,400 rpm (485ps/6,400rpm)
over 588 N?m @ 5,200 rpm (60kgm/5,200rpm)
Fuel Feed System
NISSAN EGI, electronic concentrated control fuel injection system
Specially developed by NISMO for high performance driving (height adjustable)
Ventilated Disc Brake (rotor Ã¸410 mm)
Ventilated Disc Brake (rotor Ã¸380 mmÂj
GR6 Dual Clutch Transmission
Wheels (Fr / Rr)
specialized for 10.5J X 20 +25mm size wheels
Tires (Fr / RrÂj
ADVAN 290/710 R20 slick tire, standard for all RC models
Back in September Nismo announced that they were adding an additional authorized NHPC outside of Japan that would be able to offer Nismo’s special edition GT-Rs. Global GT-R in South Africa was given this honor.
The first Nismo RC ST1 spec car in South Africa, the Global GT-R, made it’s racing debut in the Altech Challenge Series this month pit up against some serious GT cars at Kyalami Circuit. Racing in class A, they ended up in third place on the podium by the end of the day. Not a bad first day out.
Looks like the guys from Global GT-R have a full 2011 season ahead of them and hopefully they will continue to race and develop the Nismo RC ST1 car. It’s really great to see it on the track.
Perfect for the track day warrior who prefers to have something a little less full on than a full roll cage but wants to go with a proper harness all the same. This GT-R specific harness bar is completely bolt in – no drilling – no cutting. It comes with a seat rail mounting hole based “Tank Plate” which is designed to allow you to rapidly install and remove the setup in under an hour with hand tools.
With this harness bar fitted, you can continue to use the stock seatbelts for your drive home and the seat retains it’s full range of forward/backward motion.
More info? Click over to the Speedware Motorsports site below…
With time to tweak the car since the first 9.33 second outing back in early October the guys took the car back to the track and managed a best time of 9.192 at 163.12 mph. Over two tenths quicker and a full 10 mph faster down the strip than their previous Alpha-10 best time. A serious improvement and seriously closer to 8 seconds.
Not content with just setting the outright quarter mile records all in one day they also went on to break the pump gas R35 quarter mile record in the Alpha-9 package GT-R. The Alpha-9 GT-R is the Nissan GT-R to dip into the 9’s on pump gas with a 9.95 ET @ 141.01 mph.
One of the best things about the AMS’s Alpha GT-Rs isn’t related to how damn fast they are but how streetable they remain with all that grunt under the hood. After running 9’s in the Alpha-9 the guys will begin an epic cross USA roadtrip beginning in Chicago, driving through Colorado and Nevada and ending up in SoCal. Over 2,000 miles of cross country driving with a full writeup expected. Check the video below for a taste of the Alpha-10’s daily drivability…
AMS Nissan GT-R Alpha 10 Package
Acceleration that leaves you breathless. Speed like nothing you have experienced. A power package that will leave any Super Car in its wake.
Over Twice The Horsepower Of A Stock GT-R Yet Mild Mannered For Daily Driving
The AMS Alpha 10 package for the Nissan GT-R combines the stock like driveablity of the Nissan GT-R with 1100+ horsepower. Typically power like this comes at the cost of reliability and comfort. That is not the case with the Alpha 10 as every aspect of this package was fine tuned to allow for a true Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Your GT-R will go from mild mannered and streetable one moment to white knuckled power the next.
It’s the season for it, record breaking R35 GT-R quarter mile times that is. Switzer have joined in the fun after some serious R&D to see how their latest R1K package will perform at the drag strip.
“Damn well” was the result as they reeled off a 9.38 best ET at 155.29 mph. Enough to bump heads with the Alpha-10 GT-R by AMS Performance. They had the track to themselves so kept at it and took home a record for the day’s work for fastest mph for an R35 GT-R at 156.44 mph.
Something pretty exciting is happening over in Chicago lately. The first of the AMS Alpha-10 Package fitted GT-Rs is making it’s track debut trying to set new standards for ultra fast GT-Rs.
In it’s first outing, this complete street trim GT-R reeled off a 9.523 @ 150.62 mph. Well enough to get kicked off the track for not having a full cage, hell it’s quick enough not to technically be allowed near a drag strip without a parachute but even that wasn’t quick enough.
With some obvious smooth talking the guys were able to get one last run in and backed it up with an even more amazing 9.33 @ 153 mph!! The car made around 900awhp on AMS‘ dyno before the run.
The amount of mind bending acceleration generated by this car is difficult to grasp, AMS put together the above teaser video showing just the gauges to give you an idea but it’s hard to compute.
What’s crazier still is the Alpha GT-R range doesn’t stop here, a bigger, faster, more powerful Alpha-12 GT-R is still in the works. An 8 second club is in sight from here…
Huge congrats to Tim, the owner and big ups to AMS and Sheptrans for their work on these behemoths.
Team Sumo Power were on top of things this weekend for round 7 of the FIA GT1 World Championships 2010 after the #23 GT-R of Krumm/Dumbreck battled it out for the win in the qualifying race on Saturday. The strong performance put them on pole position for Sundays race, a position the held until the pit stop when an air hose broke away costing them precious seconds.
The team managed to fight back from this minor setback however into fourth position finish, a result that nets Sumo Power GT into third place in the championships but without the worry of having to run success ballast in round 8!
It was almost a non-start for the #22 Sumo GT-R though. Hit at the start of the race, they were forced to retire immediately.
Swiss Racing team’s weekend was again marred by issues, the #3 GT-R finishing in the pits and the #4 GT-R finishing in 18th place after a spin.
Held annually in co-operation with the Z Nationals even, this road course, drag race, car show, and banquet event draws hundreds of Z, GT-R, and G cars each year to the Talladega/Atlanta area, along with GT-R and Z program representatives from Nissan North America. GT-R owners have came from as far away as Wisconsin, South Dakota, Indiana, and Z owners came from the United Kingdom and Jamaica.
As in past years, SpeedForSale, co-founder of the event, will also attend the event giving free technical advice and support to GT-R owners at each venue. They will also be offering over $7,000 worth of GT-R parts prizes and raffles!
For this year, the schedule for the weekend looks like this:
Friday, September 24 at Talladega Gran Prix Raceway for the road course event. Free instructors are provided if needed. Dinner afterward.
Saturday the 25th at Z1 Motorsports for the car show, dyno shootout, and vendor booths. Dinner banquet, awards, and late party afterward.
Sunday the 26th at Alabama International Raceway for 1/4 mile drag racing open sessions.
Of course sponsors such as Yokohama, GReddy, Garret, Tomei and more will also be there with booths and such. For more information I highly recommend heading over to the link below…
NISMO have succeeded in spawning their first NISMO GT-R RC fielding race team with Team Daishin accepting the reins to their new R35 for the debut at round 5 of the Super Taikyu 2010 Championship series at Okayama Circuit, Japan.
The weekend started well for the team proving that the GT-R RC is already potent so early in it’s career as they managed to lap third fastest in qualifying and finishing third in the qualifying race behind the well established Petronas Z4M BMW cars.
Come race time however, hotter than expected track temperatures saw tire choices become critical. While the team was running strong in 3rd and 4th positions for most of the race, at lap 94 a front left tire blowout caused the GT-R to leave the track. While the team was able to make it back to pits, the time it cost was too great and they were forced to accept a 6th position in class finish (21st overall).
While the result is not the best the team is happy with the amount of data they collected on their debut outing and looks forward to the next round.