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Official Australian R35 GT-R Launch

February 29, 2008 Comments off

GTRBlog.com was at the Melbourne Motor Show this morning for the official Australian launch of the R35 Nissan GT-R. Nissan Australia CEO Shinya Hannya set expectations of first deliveries in early 2009 while remaining tight lipped on pricing. Nissan PR was overheard mentioning that they would struggle to release the car in 2008 but the mention of that alone gives hope for them actually meeting the 2009 deadline.

To mark the launch Nissan had a silver Japanese Spec GT-R on display which we will feature in an upcoming photo gallery but for now enjoy these preview images.

R35 GT-R Official Australian Launch: Early 2009 Delivery

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GTRBlog.com was at the Melbourne Motor Show this morning for the official Australian launch of the R35 Nissan GT-R. Nissan Australia CEO Shinya Hannya set expectations of first deliveries in early 2009 while remaining tight lipped on pricing. Nissan PR was overheard mentioning that they would struggle to release the car in 2008 but the mention of that alone gives hope for them actually meeting the 2009 deadline.

To mark the launch Nissan had a silver Japanese Spec GT-R on display which we will feature in an upcoming photo gallery but for now enjoy these preview images.

Click the continue reading link below to check out the preview photo gallery!

Link: Preview Photo Gallery – Official Australian Nissan R35 GT-R Launch

More Details on M-Workz R35 GT-Rs

February 28, 2008 Comments off

JDM-Insider blog has a good report with some more details coming out of the M-Workz workshop in Gardena, CA. They had the engine out of the car while they re-assembled it after importation so had a good opportunity to look over the thing. A good set of photos accompany the post so go and check it out at the link below.

Link/Source: Beyond the Dyno – R35 GT-R @ M-Workz

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J-Spec Connect R35 GT-R Re-Assembled

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Doing it the hard way, two private owners imported GT-R’s into the US in pieces due to strict import regulations. Importing the shell separately from the engine and transmission they needed to re-assemble the cars after landing. The first of the GT-R’s is back together today.

Source: 2009gtr.com

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Harrison Exhaust and Rear Differential Cooler

February 26, 2008 Comments off

Harrison have completed their cat-back titanium exhaust for the R35 GT-R. You will certainly remember Harrison from their striking Lamborghini orange R35 GT-R which debuted at Tokyo AutoSalon 2008. The parts from this car have been slowly trickling into production like the carbon NACA ducts.

The interesting part about the Harrison exhaust is that it exits on only one side of the car. While a weight saving and obviously an improvement for flow it does look kinda odd.

Link: Harrison R35 GT-R @ Zele-International
Link: Harrison GT-R Photo Gallery

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Fifth Gear Review R35 GT-R: It’s Out

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UK channel 5 have aired episode 13×06 of Fifth Gear tonight with the GT-R review by Jason Plato. For those who missed it the episode may be available for download via the usual methods as of now. If you can’t find it, I should have a YouTube link shortly. Stay tuned for updates.

Update: YouTube version now available!

Update 2: Uploaded to Veoh for better quality

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GT-R Review From a Porsche GT3 Owner

February 25, 2008 Comments off

Blowdog from the UK GTR Register has written up his experiences in the new R35 GT-R coming from the perspective of a 911 GT3 driver. A well written article is full of gems like:

And the car handles it with consummate ease with its trick suspension and 4WD super chassis doing an incredible job of telling Einstein that all his theories were wrong and in fact we’ve been studying the wrong laws of physics. It’s true, the GTR demonstrated that E most definitely doesn’t equal MC squared. How else can a car with 1700KG appear to be so lithe and nimble, so fast and manoeuvrable? That apple was rotten, Newton.

Definitely worth the read and while your there don’t forget to checkout the photos which are indeed automotive porn.

Link: And so I drove the GTR today (Thanks Ben!)

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Autocar UK Test R35 GT-R Versus Porsche 997 GT3 and BMW E92 M3

February 23, 2008 Comments off
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A fantastic test by the guys over at Autocar.co.uk. They managed to get their hands on a Japanese spec R35 GT-R and put it to the test on the track versus a 997 GT3 and an E92 M3. Of course both the GT3 and GT-R easily beat the BMW but it’s a valid point since they cost the same amount of money. The real suprise is how the GT-R does against what is regarded as the best Porsche 997 out.

If the embedded video above doesn’t work in your browser check out parts one and two at the links below (Windows media plug-in required):

Video Links:
AutoCar.co.uk: Part 1: Nissan GT-R vs 911 GT3 vs M3
AutoCar.co.uk: Part 2: Nissan GT-R vs 911 GT3 vs M3

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MCR at Fuji Speedway Testing Endless Setup

February 22, 2008 Comments off

MCR spent today in the sunshine out at Fuji Speedway testing their new Endless brake and suspension setup. The new brake and suspension setup is the same as advertised on the Endless R35 GT-R at Tokyo AutoSalon in January. We don’t have any lap times just yet but we will keep our ear to the ground and update when we know more.

Update: During this testing MCR managed a 1.52.216 lap time which is their best in the R35 GT-R. The ARC exhaust resulted in a noticeable power increase, the brakes are an improvement and the suspension worked well. More development on the settings will yield greater times again I’m sure.

Sunline Back at TI Circuit Aida with a 1:41

February 21, 2008 Comments off

Track testing their new de-cat front pipes on Saturday Sunline have produced a laptime of 1 minute 41 seconds around TI Circuit Aida with a set of worn Dunlop tyres. This is about 1 second faster than their previous best at this circuit of 1:42.

During the testing Sunline used both the OEM Bridgestone tyres as well as the Dunlops and found the Dunlops to produce consistently better lap times while sacrificing longevity of the tyres. It’s estimated by Sunline that the Dunlops would be good for just 30 laps while the Bridgestone’s would go 50.

For the test they also fitted up a new Bride GIAS seat for evaluation noting that it provided a good driving position.

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