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Nordring GT-R Parts to Bear Authorised GT-R Parts Logo

January 9th, 2010

There’s been a potentially interesting development over the past few days on the topic of modifying the Nissan GT-R. Historically we’ve all been aware of Nissan’s dislike of people modifying the GT-R in any way. From ruling it out in the owners manual to voiding parts of the warranty in some cases.

As you may remember, Toshio Suzuki-san, Chief Test Driver for Nissan has set himself up in business producing top end carbon parts for the GT-R.

While checking out their latest website update with new photos of their gear, I noticed they are now sporting this new authorized parts logo. Is it really true that Nissan isn’t just turning a blind eye to modified GT-Rs but actively allowing the promotion of it’s authorisation?

If so it’s quite a step forward and a welcome one I’m sure if they can extend this to more manufacturers?

On the topic of Nordring, Suzuki-san will be at Tokyo Autosalon with a Nordring kitted out GT-R so we will most certainly try and catch up with him and check out his new products.

Link: Nordring Website

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Nordring: Toshio Suzuki Tunes the Nissan GT-R with Launch of Own Brand

September 6th, 2009

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There’s really nothing like the way Suzuki-san can drive the Nissan GT-R through the many turns of the Nordschleife. The laptimes he sets are secondary to the brute force journey he takes each lap to get there. I asked him myself how he does it and he craftily managed to remain humble.

Recently Suzuki-san decided to put the development know how gained from being the R35 GT-R development test driver go-to guy for quite a handful of years now to further use. He’s setup shop in Iruma, Saitama Prefecture, Japan where he plans to service GT-Rs as well as develop a tuning brand.

The shop is known as Nordring and out front hangs a tribute to the GT-R’s 7:26.70 laptime. Inside the theme continues with the actual Dunlop tires used on the record lap time mounted on displays behind the V35 Skyline VR38 drivetrain test mule. The test mule is one of the more interesting exhibits as this is the first time I’ve seen photos of it since very early testing days. Good to know this piece of history is still kicking around.

Suzuki-san’s Nordring brand has already demonstrated the Nordring Aero Kit during the workshop grand opening event attended by many of the R35 GT-R Club of Japan (including Ado-san, club President who rocked up in his SpecV riding on Neez EI8GHT Eurocross-R wheels).

Further plans include developing an original exhaust and suspension components for the GT-R. We’ll stay tuned and keep you guys posted. Until then check out some photos of the launch event thanks to GTRBlog reader Onkyo who attended the event.

Thanks to Mindlessoath for putting me on the scent of this story.

Link: Nordring Corporation Website
Photos: ONKYO @ Minkara

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Nissan GT-R Nurburgring Record Beaten – 7:27.56 for Base Model

April 16th, 2009

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The assault on the Nurburgring for 2009 has begun as promised. After just a few testing days Nissan Chief Test Driver Toshio Suzuki-san has managed to beat his previous best of 7:29 in a base model series II Nissan GT-R with a 7:27.56 lap. The car was standard except for being fitted with optional Nismo ClubSport package Rays 20″ forged aluminium wheels. Dunlop tires were fitted to the Rays wheels.

The laptime was set at 6.52pm on the 15th of April. Ambient temperature was 21 degrees C, track temp was 26 degrees and relative humidity was 25%. They’re back out again today trying to go faster again.

As promised, to keep everything above board, members of the press were in attendance as well as representatives from Porsche Stuttgart.

Why exactly they’re using this combination of wheels and tires we will hope to find out soon. We’re also chasing up some further imagery to show you. As for the photo you see above – it is not the car in question but is a SpecV Nissan GT-R being tested at the Nurburgring earlier this week.

Source: NissanSportz.com
Photo: Mark aus Moers

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