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Eisenmann Exhaust for Nissan GT-R

March 31, 2009 Comments off

Eisenmann Exhaust for Nissan GT-R

Stuttgart based Euro exhaust specialists Eisenmann have been secretly developing a new exhaust for the Nissan GT-R. At the behest of a Japanese customer wanting that trademark Eisenmann sound, they’ve built a Y-Pipe back prototype in full 304/306 stainless steel.

Pricing and technical details should be released in the near future but those from a European tuner background should have something to look forward to.

Thanks to GT Motoring for the heads up and photos.

Link: GT Motoring Blog

BRANEW Customer Cars: Dynamic Version Aero

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BRANEW have sold a few of their controversially styled Dynamic Version aero kits now and here’s a couple of photos of the latest installs on customer cars.

First up is the white with black grille insert look on black wheels. Since all we’ve seen so far of this kit is the white with silver demo car the white on black is just a small departure. The difference it makes is huge however and I think there’s no better way to do this kit.

Next up is the Dark Metal Grey GT-R again with Dynamic Version BRANEW front bumper. Click through the photo gallery below to see that as well as the BRANEW Black Edition demo car.

Nissan Tochigi Plant: GTRBlog and NAGTROC’s Pilgrimage 2009

March 30, 2009 Comments off

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In January of 2009, seven members of the North American GT-R Owners Club as well as two of us from GTRBlog took a trip to the ancestral home of the Nissan GT-R in Tochigi Japan – Nissan’s Tochigi Plant. To say the experience as anything less than a defining moment in my life would be to discount the scale of the event. It was intense and I’ve found new passion to continue doing what I do here at the ‘blog since.

I think many of the guys who were there from NAGTROC feel the same way and Davin (Tekknikal) does especially. He’s been writing and producing this article since and has now completed it for distribution.

The document is linked here in it’s original PDF format, it weighs in at 17mb since it includes some of the high-res photos but it’s certainly worth the download to experience the Tochigi Plant tour for yourself.

Link: Nissan Tochigi Plant Tour Writeup – NAGTROC Visit Tochigi Plant

Tochigi Test Track - GTRBlog Rides Along

Yokohama Superlap 2009: Nissan GT-R Photo Gallery

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This Sunday was the second annual Superlap Time Attack event at Oran Park Raceway outside Sydney Australia. Some seriously modified cars were in attendance with some pretty serious drivers behind the wheels.

It was a GT-R fest all round with many examples in attendance from R32 Skyline GT-Rs all the way up to the R35 GT-R from RGM Racing driven by Russ Newman.

On the topic of the RGM Racing R35, they’re running a little different to the setup from Superlap 2008. The car was prepped for tarmac rally events and indeed it will be entering into Targa Tasmania but really, such modifications barely change it from standard specification. Including a roll cage, timing gear, fire extinguisher, racing seats and harnesses the car cannot stray far from standard weight due to the class rules. What did change were the wheels and tires.

This year they ran the 19″ Volk TE37 wheels wrapped in Toyo Proxes R888 tires. The choice of going with 19″ wheels was made due to difficulty of fitting 400mm rotors (a common upgrade on the R35) under 18″ wheels while giving options for R-Compound tires that a 20″ wheel currently doesn’t.

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Unfortunately the combination didn’t work to the GT-Rs advantage and seemed to work against the cars weight and cornering forces resulting in an abundance of oversteer and lack of grip on corner exit. Understeer was reduced but you can see in the photo gallery that the soft sidewalls were pushed to their limit. Russel reported the entire feel of the setup to be slippery compared to the standard OEM delivered Dunlop 20″ DSST 600 street tires.

Wanting to save his OEM rubber for Targa Tamania coming up in late April, Russ was content to run lower times and have a great day doing it managing a 1:18.769 a full 1.6 seconds slower than last years best time on 1:17.1 with a standard car on Dunlop tires.

Another exciting event this weekend was the debut of the Advan/Hi Octane Racing Time Attack R34 GT-R. A serious weapon that will likely represent Australia at an international level of time attack motor racing. This full ground up prepared R34 GT-R has just about every dream component that the best of Japan and Australia’s RB and GT-R engineering minds can come up with. Even in it’s incomplete state, the car ran second fastest on the day running deep into the 1:13s suffering with some serious grip issues. We’ll be making a separate article on this one in the next week or so.

Thanks to the organisers of Superlap for the great event, Yokohama and the other Superlap sponsors and RGM Racing for the access and information on the R35 GT-R.

We have a truck load of GT-R photos from the day so hit up the Read More link and check them out…

Link: Superlap Official Website
Link: Superlap related articles on GTRBlog.com

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SouthSide Performance Upgrades for Nissan GT-R Clutch Packs

March 29, 2009 Comments off

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It’s been a long product development cycle for SouthSide Performance on these. We originally got word that they were developing them back in October 2008. They’ve made it happen though and today they’ve announced the results of their efforts.

Two different clutch pack products are going on sale, from SSP the first of the two is the SS Clutch Pack. These are the first aftermarket OEM style clutch replacement solution for Nissan GT-R owners. Right now even Nissan will not replace a clutch on the GT-Rs sophisticated GR6 dual-clutch transmission so this is a godsend for anyone who’s modified their car and worn the clutches already. The SS Clutch Pack comes with 12 friction discs that are direct replacements for your factory items.

The second clutch pack is the RS Clutch pack. These have a larger (25% larger) friction surface area in order to handle the big power some of these modified GT-Rs are beginning to make. We’re told these RS Clutch Packs are perfect for those seeking up to 700 hp at the wheels.

Installation is relatively easy, something that can be undertaken at any competent transmission workshop. This is really good news for those who may not have too many R35 experienced techs in their neighborhood.

Price for the SS Clutch Pack is $1,399 with the RS Clutch Pack coming in at $1,599. Both should be ready to ship to customers at the end of April. For more information on ordering them, we urge you to go direct to SouthSide Performance at the link below.

For the full press release click the Read More link below…

Link: SouthSide Performance Website

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Nissan GT-R SpecM for 2010, Announcement Rumoured for Tokyo Motor Show 2009

March 28, 2009 Comments off

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When Nissan launched the GT-R at the Tokyo MotorShow in 2007 the deal was that each year we’d seen an evolutionary step taken and a new model released. Exactly what this meant we didn’t know at the time but so far Mizuno-san has kept his promise by launching the GT-R SpecV in January 2009. What’s next though?

Well even before the SpecV had been officially launched the rumours of the next evolutionary step were being spun by the Japanese print media. We’ve now heard that Mizuno-san’s plan is to have the Nissan GT-R SpecM on sale in 2010.

An additional rumour is that Nissan plans to announce the SpecM’s official launch at the 41st Tokyo MotorShow 2009 in October 2009. The timing seems awfully convenient so I do not doubt the source here. Orders to be taken late 2009 and deliveries in early 2010 would seem to fit the mould nicely.

So what is a SpecM? As many would know the R34 GT-R was the first GT-R to come bearing the nameplate “M-Spec” in two guises, the “M-Spec” and “M-Spec Nur”. Each was an upmarket GT-R aimed at the well-to-do gentleman buyer who prefers a little more class in their top of the range Skyline.

The base M-Spec was equipped with the V-Spec II level of equipment minus the carbon hood which was standard on the V-Spec II. The M-Spec had the base model’s aluminium item but got the interior swathed in black leather. The M-Spec suspension was tuned with a different spring arrangement and tuned dampers providing a more supple ride.

How will the R35 GT-R SpecM improve over the base model? Best Car magazine recently published that the GT-R SpecM would be customisable from the paint colour down to a choice of interior materials.

While the R35 GT-R SpecM base price is expected to start lower than the SpecV, I’m sure you can customise it to be quite pricey. Just tick that carbon-ceramic brake package box and see how you go.

7Tune wrote a little more on this a couple of weeks back, check their link for a bit more detail on the customization.

For now we’re keeping our ears to the ground to scope out whatever information we can…

Link: 7Tune.com – SpecM Goes Customizable

Motor Trend: Godzilla Gone Nuclear

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In another first drive article (was an NDA lifted today?) Motor Trend have gone for a slightly more creative title. Too bad about the rest of the article though. Everyone else went to Tochigi but Motor Trend went to Sendai? I must be slacking off my advanced geography studies…

Without photos in the article to say either way I guess it matters not. The article itself is worthy of quoting for the one closing remark:

As we left the track, Mizuno hinted that the least his new charger would do is to better the Corvette ZR1’s 7-min/26-sec lap. “That’s not hard,” he said. “Be ready for a quick time.” We are Mizuno-san, you betcha.

Interesting times right around the corner…

Link: Motor Trend: First Drive: Nissan GT-R SpecV

Road & Track: Nissan GT-R SpecV Driving Impressions

March 27, 2009 Comments off

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It’s officially Nissan GT-R SpecV driving impressions day today – Road & Track Magazine have just published their own writeup along with an interesting video taken out at Nissan’s Tochigi Plant test track.

Slightly different numbers versus what we saw in the Edmunds article but different test methodologies are going to have to take the blame for that. Overall worth a click to listen to the awesome sound track of the SpecV’s VR38DETT titanium exhaust note.

Link: Road & Track: 2009 Nissan GT-R SpecV Test Video
Link: Road & Track: Driving Impression: 2009 Nissan GT-R SpecV

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Edmunds: Nissan GT-R SpecV Full Test

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Edmunds’ Peter Lyon has been to Nissan’s Tochigi Plant to get his hands on the Nissan GT-R SpecV. There he was able to not only drive the car but push it quite hard and bring back some performance numbers via the VBOX data recorder.

Overall interesting points to note are the improved steering feel, the improved handling at the limit by reduction of the understeer tendancy of the base GT-R as well as improved acceleration. On the skidpad test they managed 1.12g, a significant improvement over their numbers on the standard car of 0.93g.

Lastly he leaves us with an interesting quote from Mizuno:

Mizuno tells us, “The SpecV, in contrast to what you might be thinking, is not the high-performance version of the GT-R.” That’s right. Mr. GT-R has more magic up his sleeve.

Overall a good read and worth your time…

Link: Edmunds Inside Line: Nissan GT-R SpecV Full Test

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TiTek Carbon Parts Update for Nissan GT-R

March 26, 2009 Comments off

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TiTek have extended their range of GT-R carbon parts this week with the completion of their prototype carbon fibre lip, rear wing and engine covers.

The rear wing and front lip will be available in two finishes, a gloss and a matte finish with both dry and wet carbon fibre versions planned.

Want to know more? Check out the NAGTROC thread for updates as they develop…

Link: SP Engineering Website
Link: TiTek related articles on GTRBlog