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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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Willall Racing Launch GT-R Rear LSD Upgrade Kits

December 16th, 2010

Willall Racing WR35DS

Here’s another good idea from Aussie workshop Willall Racing. Instead of ditching the entire rear LSD assembly for a fancy aftermarket job they’ve decided to beef the stock one up to the task. With the goal of making the OEM LSD good enough for circuit abuse they reckon they’ve achieved it with as little as their new WR35DS Rear LSD Super Lock Kit.

Given that the stock diff is a high quality, well machined 1.5 way item with solid steel assemblies to begin with – it made sense to at least have a look in this direction.

This series of hardened and heat treated differential shims is installed to adjust the pre-load on the factory diff to the owners liking. You can go from “mild” to “wild” depending on how many shims you use.

The end result is significantly more grip and an end to the inside wheel spinning during cornering. A good result for the price of just $395. Click the link below for more info…

Link: Willall Racing Website

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HKS GT800 Turbo Kit – Installed and First Impressions

December 2nd, 2010

HKS GT800 Kit for GT-R

After hearing about the development of the HKS Turbo Kit, one particular GT-R owner closely involved with the GT-R community was privvy to some early information on this kit. As a member of NAGTROC forums, his enthusiasm for the GT800 kit brought him in contact with other GT-R owners, HKS pro dealers and HKS USA. Having been satisfied with the quality and results that HKS had seen, “Se7enGTR” was on the edge of his seat waiting for the final release of the kit.

When the day finally came, the HKS pro dealers were able to spill plenty of information over on the NAGTROC forums. They were confident that this kit would back all claims made by the HKS promo video.

Eugene from SP Engineering shared his visual comparison of the HKS GT800 kit vs the competitor’s kit and said, “The HKS GT 800 turbos seem to be capable of multiple things after simple visual comparison. This kit with proper combination of the tune and parts is capable of upto 900 WHP with quick response on our mustang dyno.”

Sean from Iveytune said, “Coming from my experience with the HKS 7640R turbos, I can assume the kit is easily capable of 800+ whp with very quick spool. These turbos have sweet spots after 24 psi. Each turbo flows 52 lbs/min and will max out around 500whp depending on the dynos. We will be testing our kit with shop car soon and will share the result with NAGTROC.”

Jotech Motosports built and delievered 2 kits to customers. Kenny@Jotech said, “We will let the customers to see the results with the kit and comment.”

Lastly, independant tuning company (i.e. not a HKS dealer) T1 Race Develpoment/InjectorDynamics, said, “As we tuned and saw the base result(600 whp 600 wtq just @ 19 psi on race gas) from one customer’s HKS GT800 GTR, we think there will be a lot of impressive results coming from these HKS turbo kits. These turbos are very responsive…”

Driving impression from the owners and the dealer testing will follow soon.

For more info on the HKS GT800 kit, please, contact the HKS prodealers at the forum:

Link: Iveytune: http://www.iveytune.com/
Link: Jotech Motorsports: http://www.jotechracing.com/
Link: ISP Engineering: http://www.sp-power.com/

Editors note: This is a guest blog from Se7enGTR, we’re pretty excited to see this HKS GT800 kit and Se7en has it fitted to his own GT-R. He supplied us with this excelent background piece but also this truckload of photos and we’re looking forward to hearing how he goes with it. – Kris

HKS GT800 Kit for GT-R

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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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SpeedForSale Opening Unveils Dodson GR6 Straight Cut and Custom Ratio Sets

November 18th, 2010

Dodson Straight Cut Gears for GTR

SpeedForSale hosted a grand opening for their new facility in the Atlanta, GA area last weekend and managed some impressive attendance from customers and fans. With a parking lot full of GT-R, Supra, Viper, Corvette, and many more niche sports cars, everyone had the opportunity to chat with their old friends and make some new ones, while also checking out the new shop, equipment, and projects going on at SpeedForSale.

Glenn from Dodson Motorsport was in attendance at the event, and he had some of their upcoming new products on hand to display. The most exciting of these new parts, which have been in demand for quite some time now, are the new custom gear ratio sets available in both standard helical cut and the new heavy duty STRAIGHT cut option. Standard gear ratios are also available in the Straight Cut flavor.

These parts are currently being tested on Dodson’s Tarmac Rally car to ensure quality and reliability prior to being released and will be ready to ship in 2-4 weeks.

SpeedForSale is one of only a select few Dodson Certified Pro Dealers and installers in the world. These new Dodson GR6 items are now available for pre-order on their webstore. Click here to pre-order.

Link: SpeedForSale Grand Opening Gallery
Link: Dodson Gear Sets and GT-R Parts @ SpeedForSale.com
Link: Dodson Motorsports Website

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Tomei Launch Even Bigger Upgraded Procams for the Nissan GT-R

November 13th, 2010

Since launching their first upgrade Poncam camshafts for the VR38 back in March, Tomei has been busily preparing some significantly more hard core camshafts for the more heavy breathing VR38’s around. Recently they announced the availability of these Procams which look to be the biggest set of cams that the VR38 has seen to date.

Adding to the existing 256 degree 10.25 mm IN and 264 degree EX 10.50 mm lift Poncams which come as a fixed set of 4, the Procam range gives tuners the ability to select from a long list of profiles to mix and match on the Intake/Exhaust side. Here’s the full list of cam profiles available:

Once you’ve decided your application and selected your cam profile, price is fixed at just $550 MSRP per side so you’re looking at just $1100 all up for a full set irrespective of the profile you choose.

Hit up the Tomei website for more information or contact your favorite distributor of Tomei parts to order your set.

Link: Tomei Website

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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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Boost Logic Crank Dampener for Nissan GT-R

October 25th, 2010

Parts news update time – something we haven’t done enough of lately. In this installment we highlight the latest release from Boost Logic which is their Crank Dampener/Pulley for the VR38. The guys at Boost Logic had noticed a disturbing trend of irregular main bearing wear during engine teardowns in their workshop which they corroborated with other workshops around that were doing the same.

In their view, this is being caused by crankshaft resonance possibly seen once the GT-R in question is tuned and still running the OEM dampener designed for OEM power.

To solve this issue and the potential bearing problems it can cause over time they’ve released this dampener of their own which uses a larger, higher quality dampener ring than factory which is better suited to balance out the stronger resonance created by engines that produce more torque.

Features:

  • Reduces Torsional Vibration
  • SFI 18.1 Approved
  • 360 Degree Lazer Engraved Timing Marks
  • OEM Crank Pulley Diameter

They’re priced around the $999 mark and you can order one at one of Boost Logic’s distributors.

Link: Boost Logic Crank Pulley / Dampener @ SpeedForSale.com
Link: Boost Logic Website

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AMS Alpha GT-Rs In Record Breaking Territory Again: 9.1 @ 163 mph and More

October 22nd, 2010

Forget everything you read about Nissan GT-R quarter mile records because AMS just went and rewrote the book. They not only just smashed their own quarter mile ET record but they blew up the current Mph record as well.

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.

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Source: NAGTROC
Link: AMS Alpha GT-R Website

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