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Global GT-R Nismo ST1 Spec GT-R Debuts in Altech GT Challenge South Africa

November 25th, 2010

Global GTR South Africa

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.

This includes not only the Nismo ClubSport Package but also makes them the first NHPC outside Japan to sell the Nismo RC ST1 race car which until now had only been seen during 2010 Japanese Super Taikyu series.

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.

Source/Link: Global GT-R Website

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FIA GT1 2010: Nissan GT-Rs at Spa Francochamps

August 13th, 2010

It was not a great round for the Nissan GT-R teams Sumo Power GT and Swiss Racing Team but nontheless it was a great day for some stunning GT-R photos. Enjoy the photo gallery and full race report from Nissan below…

Heartbreak for Sumo Power GT at Spa

– FIA GT1 World Championship Round 5 Championship Race –
July 31st, Spa Francorchamps (Belgium)

The Sumo Power GT team came tantalisingly close to taking a second place finish in today’s FIA GT1 Championship race at Spa today but the No.23 Nissan GT-R retired just two minutes before the chequered flag fell. It would have been a huge achievement for Peter Dumbreck and Michael Krumm who had hauled themselves back from yesterday’s disappointing qualifying result.

… continued

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Super Taikyu: NISMO GT-R RC Race Car Debut at Fuji Speedway

June 25th, 2010

Well today was the day that Nismo could finally let the finished R35 GT-R RC out of the bag so to speak in final demonstration livery. The GT-R RC is seen here as it is preparing for Sunday’s final race as it’s entered into the Super Taikyu round 4 as an ST-1 class competitor.

The car you see here is what customers will be able to buy from Nismo in the near future in a similar vein to the Fairlady Z NISMO 380RS-C. Nismo hopes to show off the GT-R’s pace this weekend in order to attract buyers and they certainly have the right drivers for it. Hopefully all goes well for the guys and we’ll bring the results as we get them.

For now enjoy this massive photo gallery of the all new Nismo GT-R RC…

Photos: (C) Nissan

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Nismo Super Taikyu ST-1 GT-R Specs Unveiled and New Spy Video

June 18th, 2010

Nismo has released the specifications for their latest GT-R race car creation. The 2010 Super Taikyu ST-1 Class NISMO Nissan GT-R will debut in it’s first race next weekend at Fuji Speedway for Round 4 of the Super Taikyu 2010 series. The goal is to demonstrate the car in action for race teams to field in 2011 in much the same way as the 2010 GT1 spec GT-R raced 4 races in 2009 FIA GT Championships.

While we’ve translated the specifications, nothing super exciting is gleaned from them. Instead we spotted this video uploaded to Youtube of the car testing.

Length 4,650 mm
Width 1,895 mm
Wheelbase 2,780 mm
Track (front) 1,640 mm
Track (rear) 1,640 mm
Tare Weight Over 1,480 kg
Engine Type VR38DETT
Displacement 3,799 cc
Power Output Over 485ps/6,400rpm
Torque Output Over 60kgm/3,200-5,200rpm
Transmission Type GR6 Dual Clutch Transmission
Brakes (Front) Ventilated rotors (6 piston monoblock calipers)
Brakes (Rear) Ventilated rotors (4 piston monoblock calipers)
Suspension (Front) Double Wishbone
Suspension (Rear) Multi Link
Drive System 4 wheel drive
Wheels (Front) R20 x 10.5JJ
Wheels (Rear) R20 x 10.5JJ
Tires(Front) 290/710 R20
Tires(Rear) 290/710 R20
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Nismo’s Super Taikyu GT-R Testing at Fuji Speedway

June 13th, 2010

Due to make it’s testing debut later in the month, the Nismo guys have been less hesitant at getting their wares out for the public to see. Looking mighty tidy the Super Taikyi ST-1 spec Nismo GT-R is chock full of carbon goodness.

Look forward to the weekend of the 26th of June for some more close ups and info on this latest creation of the Omori Factory…

Sources: GTR-World.net and AutoSport Web

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NISMO to Debut Super Taikyu ST-1 Spec GT-R this Month!

June 1st, 2010

NISMO has just announced their intention to field a ST1 specification Nissan GT-R at round 4 of the 2010 Super Taikyu series at Fuji Speedway on the 26th – 27th of June! The drivers will be Masemi Kageyama, Tetsuya Tanaka and Kazuki Hoshino and the car will wear the legendary #23.

This is great news as until now we’ve had barely any official acknowledgment of the ST1 spec car until now except that we had photos of it from Nismo Festival in December 2009.

Update: NISMO have release images of the livery the car will wear. See the image below!

Link: NISMO News Release (Japanese)
Link: Super Taikyu Website

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FIA GT1 2010: Podium Finish for Nissan GT-R at Brno for Round 3

May 23rd, 2010

A great weekend for the Sumo Power GT team as they bring home another podium finish for the #23 FIA GT1 Nissan GT-R at Brno in the Czech Republic. The drivers Michael Krumm and Peter Dumbreck were able to pull off a superb double podium weekend in fact after they finished the main event in third place after also taking third place honors in the qualifying race.

At the start of the race Krumm found himself in front as the Aston Martin DB9 in second spot on the grid fell back with trouble and the first place Maserati MC12 was penalized for jumping the gun. With this unexpected breathing room he tried to open up some space behind but the safety car ended that idea quickly.

Almost every team and almost every car on the track pitted under that safety car period which caused a traffic jam in the pits. Nevertheless the #23 GT-R still made it out in good shape, 3rd place behind the Matech Ford and the Aston DB9.

It was a battle for the top three places now with evenly matched machines and superb drivers who gave Dumbreck very little opportunity to work with. They crossed the line in a very respectable third place. Congratulations to team Sumo Power GT and the drivers for a job well done!

The #22 Sumo Power GT GT-R of Hughes / Campbell-Walter didn’t have such a great weekend in contrast. Firstly they were lumped with success ballast after their win in round 2. Next they suffered a mechanical issue in qualifying, finally, they were hit and required two different pit stops which took away their chances during the final race. Next round they go back to the standard race weight so will be gunning for those points.

Swiss Racing Team sound like they’re feeling far more positive about the GT-R’s race performance this round and have found the pace they need. The Wendlinger / Moser #3 GT-R even managed a 10th place points scoring finish. After the pit stop traffic jam however their hopes of finishing higher faded.

Click the read more link for a full race report with quotes from the drivers and teams thanks to Nissan…

Pos Car Drivers Car Time
1 5 Grosjean / Mutsch Ford GT Matech 1:00:46.852
2 7 Enge / Turner Aston Martin DB9 1:00:47.569
3 23 Krumm / Dumbreck NISSAN GT-R 1:00:47.818
4 10 Hirschi / Piccione Aston Martin DB9 1:00:48.405
5 1 Bertolini / Bartels Maserati MC12 1:00:48.618
6 2 Bernoldi / Ramos Maserati MC12 1:00:55.909
7 38 Pastorelli / Schwager Lamborghini Murciélago R-SV 1:01:00.137
8 13 Rosina / Hennerici Corvette Z06 1:01:03.565
9 9 Makowiecki / Sarrazin Aston Martin DB9 1:01:07.726
10 3 Wendlinger / Moser NISSAN GT-R 1:01:09.514
15 4 Ara / Nilsson NISSAN GT-R 1:02:09.183
17 22 Hughes / Campbell-Walter NISSAN GT-R 1:01:00.391

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Nismo Super Taikyu Nissan GT-R Updated Spy Shots

April 14th, 2010

Obviously still in development since we saw it last in December of 2009, the ST-1 specification Nissan GT-R has been spotted again testing on the track in Japan. What’s new now is the carbon fibre front lip spoiler which has been radically redesigned from the previous item which was basically a standard one redone in dry carbon.

This new lip features an extended front splitter, more aerodynamic design and much larger brake ducts. I really would love to see Nismo release this as a tuning part for street GT-Rs. Don’t know if I’d love the price though…

Source: GT-R Magazine
Link: NISMO Super Taikyu ST-1 Nissan GT-R Photo Galleries from Nismo Festival

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Nismo Data Logging MFD Upgrades Officially Released and Priced

March 17th, 2010

Well the official release is here for the Nismo Data Logging MFD upgrade for 2010 Nissan GT-Rs. The Nismo Data Logging MFD BASE kit is out as well as the various lap sensor kits we detailed in our previous post.

The way it works is you buy the BASE kit and receive two USB keys (one Nismo branded, one not branded) and one PC CDROM. You insert the Nismo branded USB key at startup to kickoff software installation into your GT-R’s MFD computer. From here on in you can begin saving data logs to USB memory for the following sensors:

  • Vehicle Speed
  • Engine Speed (RPM)
  • Gear Position
  • Lateral G-Force
  • Acceleration and Braking G-Force
  • Boost Pressure
  • Brake Pressure
  • Steering Angle
  • Throttle position
  • Engine Temperature (coolant)
  • Engine Oil Temperature
  • Transmission Oil Temperature

Once you’ve got the data saved to memory you fire up the old PC with the provided data analysis software loaded to read it back.

Surprisingly the actual main piece is reasonably priced at 26,250 yen and is available from Nismo workshops like Omori Factory as well as NHPCs in Japan. At this time this does not include the GPS sensor integration but that is coming soon.

Nismo’s other MFD integrated products are also released and priced today, namely the two Nismo Lap Sensor Kits. These are priced at 78,750 yen for the Type-M version which relies on your racetrack supporting the magnetic sensor mechanism. Alternatively the Type-B is available which suits any racetrack for 108,150 yen.

Link: Nismo Data Logging MFD Software Official Release
Link: Nismo Lap Sensor Kits Official Release

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Nismo Rear Differential Cooler for Nissan GT-R Coming Soon

March 9th, 2010

On the circuit and even with some hard street driving, GT-R owners will know that the transmission temperature has a habit of rising quite rapidly. To compound that, on the GT-R, the transmission is integrated with the rear differential housing and because of this, heat energy is freely transferred between them.

In Nismo’s testing experience, with their Tokachi 24hrs race car and their Super Taikyu R35, cooling the rear differential has been surprisingly effective at lowering transmission temperatures. So much so that they’re now releasing their in-house developed rear differential cooler as a kit for the GT-R.

The kit features a electric oil pump, braided hoses, cooler core, and wiring harness for automatic or manual in-cabin operation. When installed it increases the diff oil capacity by 2 liters which is a help by itself.

In Nismo’s testing of the ClubSport GT-R on Sodegaura Circuit in Chiba, they were happy to see the diff oil temperature at no time exceeded 140 degrees C. Exactly what the transmission temperature was like during the testing is not known though.

The diff oil cooler is due for release in April and we will have availability details at that time.

Source: GTR-World.net

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