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COBB Tuning Release AccessTUNER Race for Nissan GT-R

November 7th, 2010

COBB’s famous AccessTUNER Pro software for the Nissan GT-R COBB AccessPORT has traditionally only been available to approved AccessTUNER workshops. This is fine for the majority of end users but for race teams or for experienced tuners, returning back to base for a touch up has been restrictive.

AccessTUNER Race end-user tuning software comes to the rescue here offering the ability to do everything from modifying existing maps to touch them up to building completely new maps from the ground up for a major retune.

AccessTUNER provides control of vital engine parameters to the user, such as; intake cam advance, wastegate duty cycle, fuel injector scalar, boost control tables, knock sensitivity, rev limiters, speed limiters and many more. Customizable data monitors let the user choose which channels are monitored to see how changes impact the behavior of the engine. The built-in data logging capability captures data from up to 30 channels across the entire rev-range, allowing detailed data analysis after a dynamometer test. 3-D graphical mapping gives the user a comprehensive view of engine behavior across three axis to evaluate where performance can be maximized. An integral dashboard shows the user-chosen gauges to be displayed during the tuning process.

It seems pretty full featured, in fact it looks almost exactly like the Pro version except that it is locked to a single AccessPORT. So no tuning your friends GT-Rs with the Race version unfortunately.

Still it’s great value all the same, on top of the already giant bang for your buck AccessPORT. It sells for $695.

More info on the AccessTUNER Race and how to download your unique copy at the link below…

Link: COBB Tuning Website

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COBB Tuning Release TCM Tuning Support for AccessPORT

October 26th, 2010

Big update from the guys at COBB Tuning today that is likely to bring a smile to a lot of GT-R owners faces. The tried and trusted AccessPORT just got even better with the official launch of transmission control module (TCM) support! Now with the one tool, owners can upload and change between maps for both the R35’s ECM and TCM.

What exactly does this new AP-NIS-006 with TCM support get you? Here’s some info from the official release:

Installing the AccessPORT on the TCM starts with downloading the OEM TCM ROM for safekeeping, so the TCM can be returned to its stock configuration at any time. Once the OEM TCM ROM is stored, the AccessPORT flashes a new Level 1 map onto the TCM that is based on the Nissan LC2 logic upgrade, but increases launch revs to 3,300RPM and includes more aggressive clutch engagement and throttle curves than stock LC2 logic. The result is a positive launch
that gets the GT-R off and running harder than the stock LC2 logic, but with smoother clutch engagement than the previous LC1 logic. Still not enough for you? A simple reflash of the TCM with the Level 2 map will have you experiencing the increased punch from raising the launch revs to 3,750RPM!

Adjustment of the GT-Rs sophisticated dual clutch system is now also available at the touch of a few buttons. Without reflashing, or visiting a dealer, the end user can now adjust clutch touch points on the fly.

Clutch relearn mode can also be activated using the AccessPORT just by following the simple step by step procedure. This should not only help keep your transmission in a healthy state it could lessen your time consuming trips to the dealership to have simple services performed.

The AP-NIS-006 also comes with all of the usual awesome AccessPORT features like off the shelf power up maps, ability to load custom maps from AccessTuner workshops, data logging, on the fly fast map switching, dash warning indicators and so on.

A new AP-NIS-006 will set you back $1,495 which makes it easily the biggest value modification you can get for the GT-R. Existing AP-NIS-005 owners can upgrade theirs for just $500.

For more information head over to the COBB Tuning website!

Link: COBB Tuning Website

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Cobb Tuning Limited Edition Adjustable Rear Endlinks for Nissan GT-R

August 3rd, 2010

COBB Tuning let me know that they received this limited run of only 25 sets of adjustable rear endlinks for the Nissan GT-R and to get in quick if anyone wanted a set. Attractive and purposeful, these bad boys even manage to evade the GT-R tax at just $265 a set. Check out the full description from Cobb below…

COBB Tuning Adjustable Rear Anti-swaybar Endlinks for the GT-R are threaded to easily remove all preload from the bar and provides consistent handling balance in right and left turns. The construction of these endlinks starts with carbon steel bearing rod ends utilizing a PTFE (Polytetrafluoroethylene) self lubricating corrosion resistant coating. The CAD designed and CNC machined spindles are 6061-T6 aluminum and hard anodized for a long lasting finish. Our endlinks were designed and assembled in-house for optimal strength, performance and durability. Adjustment is as easy as loosening the jam nuts and turning the spindle to lengthen or shorten the endlink while installed on the car.

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For more info on COBB or to order, hitup their website linked below!

Link: Cobb Tuning Website

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COBB Tuning Release Boost Control by Gear and Throttle Position

July 1st, 2010

It was a breakthrough achievement when COBB Tuning rolled out their updated AccessPORT product with proportional boost gain control (RPM based boost control). The GT-R tuning industry were finally able to navigate the hump of boost spikes that had been holding back the basic bolt on tuning scene to that point.

Now we’ve heard that Cobb have taken boost control on their AccessPORT product to the next level with the ability to limit boost by gear and throttle position. They say this will give the tuner ultimate control over boost to prevent undesirable spikes or bursts of acceleration mid-corner when the throttle is only partly applied.

Gear and Throttle Wastegate Multiplier:

The gear and throttle wastegate multiplier is a gear and throttle position-dependent boost control strategy that behaves like traction control. However, instead of using the brakes and other conventional drivetrain-based methods to limit wheel spin, the ECU alters wastegate duty cycle to limit turbo spool. This in turn limits toque and power output effectively limiting low-end torque and wheel spin.

To go with this new development, the included canned maps are updated and if you’re using an included map you should flash your car’s ECU with one of these updates. On the other hand if you’re running a custom tune, you’ll need to consult your tuner for a new map that takes advantage of this updated capability.

For more information, check out the Cobb Tuning press release in the link below…

Link: Cobb Tuning Press Release

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Cobb Motorsports GT-R Engine Rebuild Captured in Time Lapse

May 27th, 2010

Cobb Tuning sent over this link today to their latest video showing the rebuild of their GT-R’s VR38. After their existing engine had succumbed to the torture of the Redline Time Attack series so far, they decided to tear down and rebuild using all new forged internals and new heads.

The engine built here is now ready to race for round 4 of the series this weekend at Auto Club Speedway, Fontana, California!

Link: Redline Time Attack Website
Link: Cobb Tuning Blog

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Redline TimeAttack: Brian Lock Race Recap and Next Round Info

April 17th, 2010

Continuing the updates from the Redline TimeAttack series, Cobb Motorsports’ pro driver Brian Lock has written up his race recap over on the COBB Tuning blog including how the guys were dealing with those pesky eletrical problems until the last minute.

Just when I thought COBB Motorsports was cursed with the worst bad luck on the planet (I could write a book on missed deadlines from vendors over the past two months), it got worse. The most random, confusing, undiagnosable limp mode was rearing its ugly head all day Sunday at the track. After pulling all-nighters, driving all around California to find a new motor for the GT-R, and just busting butt all week to get the GT-R repaired after the failure at Buttonwillow, to have the car possibly not finish the New Jersey event was almost more than I could bare. I saw the long faces in the paddock showing the disappointment in the prospect that we might not finish.

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There’s also a nice onboard video of a lap of the New Jersey Motorsports Park with Brian driving to checkout below. Click over to the COBB Tuning blog at the link below to read up on the whole recap.

Redline TimeAttack: Round 3 This Weekend

On the subject of the Redline TimeAttack series, round three is coming up soon in Las Vegas. This should be a great one for GT-R fans as COBB are bound to putup a fight to make it back to back wins and it looks like quite a few NAGTROC members will be in attendance as well.

It’s on at Las Vegas Speedway from the 23rd – 25th of April and the organizers have announced a few new pricing plans for those wishing to take part and get their own car on the track from as little as $100 (if you sign up online for Friday). Las Vegas Speedway track time for $100!?! That even includes driver instruction and lap timing. Sweet deal. Head on over to their website for more information and to signup.

Link: COBB Tuning Blog
Link: RedLine TimeAttack Website

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COBB Motorsports Win Big at Redline TimeAttack Round 2

April 12th, 2010

The huge 3,000 mile trek to New Jersey Motorsports Park for COBB Tuning Racing Team has paid off with an overall win for Brian Lock in the COBB Motorsports Modified class GT-R for round 2 of the Redline TimeAttack Series for 2010.

It wasn’t a walkover however and electrical problems with the GT-R causing limp conditions were damping their efforts to go all out in Sunday’s practice sessions. The guys worked hard on securing the cars electrical connections to ensure they couldn’t move about under high cornering loads and were rewarded when they were able to eliminate all trace of the problem. The GT-R’s laptimes improved instantly and they were able to turn an amazing 1:06.768!

This laptime was the quickest of the entire event meaning that, for the first time in Redline TimeAttack history, an overall win was given to a Modified Class car. The team also take home the Modified AWD and Modified Class trophies for the round.

Could the event win set a precedent for the rest of the series? We know the guys have the right car and the right driver to get there!

Congratulations guys and good luck for round 3 @ Las Vegas Motor Speedway on the 23rd – 25th of April!

Link: COBB Tuning Blog
Link: Redline TimeAttack Website

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Redline Time Attack 2010: Season Opener This Weekend at Buttonwillow Raceway

March 25th, 2010

Redline Time Attack is back and this year is promising to be better than ever. Round 1 is this weekend at Buttonwillow Raceway and along with the time attack events there’s also a two day Battle of the Bands, Miss Redline Spokes Model Search as well as Show N Shine, video games and beer garden.

Most interesting to us of course are the GT-R’s that will be attending and competing in the event. Here’s Cobb’s GT-R that is now fully decked out and ready for Brian Lock to take the pilots seat.

The latest upgrades to the Cobb Motorsports GT-R include fitting an all new AIT carbon wide body kit and the OS Giken TCD spec rear LSD. The LSD upgrade has done wonders for the driveability of the car:

“My first impression was “WOW!” What a difference the TCD LSD made! As I started my first hot laps I could feel the difference in the rear of the car. Now the chassis just seemed to hunch down in the back and squirt out of the corners with no rear inside wheel spin at all. Plus it was much easier to use the throttle to help steer the car out of the corners. With the inside wheel spin gone, I could easily modulate rear slip angle with my right foot, encouraging corner exit rotation by feeding in just a bit more throttle.”

– Brian Lock, for COBB Motorsports

They took the car out to Cali Speedway to gather test data, the video and MoTeC data logs you can check out over on their blog. The bottom line is the car is way more controllable at the corner exit which is going to help them turn some even more respectable laptimes.

Good luck to Brian and Cobb for this weekend and all the other teams competing. We’ll be keeping a close eye on things and be posting up results as we hear them.

For more information or to read the full press release, hit up the giant red read more link below….

Thanks to Brandon from WebRidesTV and Gary from Cobb Tuning for the input and help on this.

Link: RedlineTimeAttack Website
Link: Cobb Tuning Blog

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Cobb Tuning Announce Redline Time Attack Series Entry for 2010 Season

February 25th, 2010

The Redline Time Attack series kicks off in March on the 26th at Buttonwillow in California and Cobb Tuning have announced their three car entry for the season. Most exciting to GT-R fans is that Cobb’s GT-R will be there and that they have wrangled pro driver Brian Lock into the Cobb R35 GT-R.

GTRBlog readers will know Brian as the pilot of the GOTO:Racing über GT-R. He will race the 2010 Cobb Tuning GT-R in the Modified class.

“Everyone at COBB Tuning is fired up about our return to racing”, said Gary Sheehan, Director of Marketing. “Our company is made up of auto enthusiasts that love power, speed and competition! We are putting a lot of effort into Redline Time Attack this year as we think it is THE place to show off our passion as tuners, fabricators and racers. We are really looking forward to meeting up and spending time with fellow enthusiasts at these exciting events all over the country.”

Quite a few changes to the Redline Time Attack series this year including the addition of Sebring and Infineon Raceway to the competition. Ten rounds in total there’s sure to be a lot of solid competitors.

Can’t wait to check it out!

Link: Cobb Tuning Announcement

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HP Logic E85 and Cobb AccessPort Powered 10 Second Drag GT-R

February 19th, 2010

Cobb AccessPORT ProTuners, HP Logic have been have been experimenting with E85 fuels on behalf of a customer with some great results lately. With some modifications to this GT-R’s fuel system the car ran an amazing 10.48 ET @ 133.21 mph at the drag strip.

Other than the fuel and exhaust system, the car was stock standard down to the turbos, actuators, wheels and even the heavy runflat tires.

With the E85 tune, this GT-R makes 573whp and 577ft-lb of torque as measured on a Mustang Dyno but of course, it does chew through the fuel to get there. It needs 950cc injectors and dual Walbro fuel pumps to supply enough of the go juice to make this power. The benefits are plenty though including great power and cooler burning which actually helps keep overall engine temps down.

The owner is running the car with it’s E85 tune and fuel again in the next few days and has now upgraded his wheels and tires so should be interesting to see how car he can push the combination of standard turbos and E85. Follow his progress in the NAGTROC thread below…

Link: Forum Discussion Thread @ NAGTROC
Link: HP Logic Website
Link: Cobb Tuning Blog

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