Archive for April, 2008

Arios Nissan GT-R Update

April 30, 2008 Comments off

Arios have recently splurged on some new gear for their R35 demo car in the form of some new red leather Bride seats, MCR’s new carbon fiber paddle set, an OMP Racing steering wheel and some custom colour Rays GT30 wheels in 20″.

Read the follow up after the jump to see the rest of the pics.

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Video: GT-R Legend with GT5: Prologue Producer

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I just watched this whole video sent in to us and it’s quite fascinating. Kazunori Yamauchi, producer of the video gate series Gran Turismo takes the new Nissan GT-R out on the Nurburgring and the German autobahn (over 300km/h).

He also sits down for an interview with GT-R head developer Kazutoshi Mizuno and explains that the original Nissan Skyline GT-R’s were part of his inspiration to create Gran Turismo.

Great watch.

Source: GameTrailers via John from SAU

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First Look: BBS LM-DBK Wheels on Nissan GT-R

April 29, 2008 Comments off

The BBS LM-DBK 20″ wheels that were first announced back in March are finally due to go out those who pre-ordered. Well this guy has already had his fitted up with a set of Bridgestone RE070’s to go with them.

The wheels are a limited run of 100 sets only and are only for the Japanese market. They look good but I might need a few more angles before I’m sold.

Update: Third photo added

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It’s Road Trip Japan Time

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Pack your bags and get your airfares sorted it time for a road trip across Japan in your (rented) Nissan GT-R. Yes you read right, you can now rent a new Nissan GT-R in Japan to see what all the fuss is about.

Check out this photo… Looks like Koei Rent-A-Car are putting in a little track time before they hand over the keys to customers. Why not!?

As for pricing, Koei weren’t immediately responding to inquiries on this but we’ll let you know soon.

Update: We have spoken to Koei this morning. Pricing is 60,000 yen for 24hrs plus mileage and is available to members only. Not sure what that last part is but I’m a member of Blockbuster if that helps.

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Jay Leno’s Garage: 2009 Nissan GT-R

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Jay Leno takes his first look at the new Nissan GT-R, seems skeptical at first but can’t seem to get that smile off his face after he starts driving it. Jay gets emotionally attached to cars and is man enough to admit it! What a guy…

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Sendai Hi-Land Raceway’s Official Car

April 28, 2008 Comments off

Well Sendai Hi-Land raceway is a great track situated a few hours north of Tokyo on the east coast of Japan. It’s also the track Nissan let the media run wild with the GT-R on back in December 2007. Here are a couple of photos of the track’s official car, a Nissan R35 GT-R. See if you can spot the interesting detail about this car. If you can’t don’t worry just follow the jump to see what it is.

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Phoenix Power’s R35 GT-R Upgrades

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Phoenix Power SPL have updated their offerings for the Nissan R35 GT-R recently and pricing is now released. They have a three stage offering as of now including:

  • Stage 1 – Speed Limiter removal (ECU reflash) and dyno power run. 105,000 yen.
  • Stage 2 – Step 1 plus muffler exchange, ECU tune (Fuel map, ignition map, IN/EX valve timing, and throttle map optimisation) car will still run standard boost. 134,400 yen.
  • Stage 3 – Step 2 plus ECU tune for boost increase plus boost controller install. Still in development but should cost around 155,400 yen plus the cost of a boost controller.

Phoenix Power are charging 10,500 yen on top of this to perform the ECU removal in their workshops in Fukui and Kyoto or alternatively you can mail them your ECU much the same way as other workshops like Mine’s are doing it. Great if you’re overseas!

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SuperGT Round 3 Fuji Speedway 500km Race

April 27, 2008 Comments off

Round three of Japan’s SuperGT series is coming up this Sunday, May 4th at the 4.5km long Fuji Speedway. Racing at the event will be the Nissan GT-R SuperGT GT500 class cars who have thus far cleaned up 1st and 2nd position in rounds 1 and 2 of their debut season.

As per the rules of the SuperGT format the winning Xanavi/Nismo GT-R is carrying even more weight penalty this round. A huge 115kg’s is added to the base weight. The Calsonic/IMPUL GT-R has 30kg penalty and the Motul/Autech GT-R carries a 20kg weight penalty.

Practice kicks off on Friday, 2nd of May with initial timings available after each of the two practice sessions which usually gives a hint to how well each team is prepared.

Qualifying will happen on Saturday, after 2 qualifying sessions the top 10 cars will compete in a Super Lap battle at 3.45pm to determine their top 10 grid positions. Winner of the Super Lap will start in pole. Sunday will see teams have one more practice and finally the race start is scheduled for 2pm JST.

As usual, GTRBlog will keep you up to date on all the happenings so check back often!

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Lazy Sunday: Nissan Porsche GT-R… What?

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This owner has an identity crisis on his hands… Not sure why he wanted to badge it as a lesser car though? *zing*

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Poor GT-R’s Unfortunate Need For Duct Tape Repairs

April 26, 2008 Comments off

Looks like another GT-R has met with an unfortunate incident. From another source we believe this happened in Tokyo and is now at the Shinagawa NHPC in Tokyo assessing for repairs. This makes me extremely sad, sorry to the owner and I hope your insurance covers it all.

Apologies for the camera phone pic. We’ll update this post when more pics are provided.

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