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Toyo Proxes R888 Tires Available in Nissan GT-R Sizes Soon?

August 31, 2009 Comments off

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It might have been a bit of a long wait since SEMA 2008 until now but it may just be worth it. According to several suppliers around the net, the semi-slick R888’s will be available in Nissan GT-R suitable sizes like “real soon now”. GT-RR.com are taking calls now and Hashimoto Corp in Japan are already showing off their sets.

Sizes of 285/35-20 and 315/30-20 will be available and after nearly a year of perfecting the formula lets hope these are the perfect compliment to your GT-R whether your a casual track-goer or a utter nutcase for it.

Are you using the final special blend R888’s in 20″ sizes yet? Opinions? Send ’em our way in the comments down there vvv

SuperGT: Nissan High Res Photo Gallery of Round 6 Pokka GT at Suzuka

August 30, 2009 Comments off

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Nissan have published their 10 strong photo gallery in high res from SuperGT round six at Suzuka from last weekend. A couple of good shots that are certainly background worthy for some so inclined.

Check out the gallery and read the full, official race report after the jump…

August 23th, Suzuka Circuit (Suzuka city, Mie prefecture)
Round 6 of SUPER GT, the “INTERNATIONAL Pokka SUMMER SPECIAL” (Suzuka 700km Race) took place at Suzuka Circuit. After qualifying 2nd, the HASEMI TOMICA EBBRO GT-R (#3 Ronnie Quintarelli/Hironobu Yasuda) ran a strong race to take the second step on the podium. In addition, the MOTUL AUTECH GT-R (#1 Satoshi Motoyama/Michael Krumm), which had qualified 12, finished 6th, protecting its position at the top of the championship points’ standings.

Source: Nissan Motors

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STILLEN: Final Specs and Targa Teaser Video for Targa Newfoundland GT-R

August 29, 2009 Comments off

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Zero to Sixty in 2.9 seconds with cornering and stopping performance to match sound like fun? Well thrashing the STILLEN GT-R targa car around Targa Newfoundland is going to be one hell of an experience.

The car is now completed including pre-race testing and tuning and is shipped out. Now it’s fully cooked the guys at STILLEN have photographed it and put a teaser video together.

Getting so close now, hit up the STILLEN blog for more details and pics…

Link: STILLEN Blog

  • Horsepower: ~620 @ 15psi (91 Octane Pump Gas)
  • 0-60mph: 2.9 seconds **
  • 1/4 Mile: 11.0 seconds at 127.9mph **
  • 0-130mph: 11.4 seconds **
  • Lateral Grip: 1.1G+ **
    ** (as tested by Road & Track)

Performance

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TiTek Titanium Race Exhaust Released – Available Now

August 28, 2009 Comments off

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TiTek Innovations extends their range of exhausts this week with the release of their Titanium Race version cat back exhaust. This exhaust features a 90mm main section into 2x76mm resonated sections. These resonators are smaller than the street version which makes them lighter and subsequently louder as well. The whole system tips the scales at just 8.9kgs (19.5lb).

Price? Just $3909 inc shipping if you get it from our friends at SpeedForSale.com

To get a feel for how loud it is check out the Youtube clip below. You can pick one up at the link below.

Link: TiTek Race Exhaust Available now @ SpeedForSale.com
Images/Discussion: TiTek Titanium Race Exhaust Thread @ NAGTROC

GOTO:Racing Win First Event and Set Thunderhill Lap Record

August 27, 2009 Comments off

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The GOTO:Racing Nissan GT-R entered into a NASA Time Trials event in Super Unlimited category over the weekend and came away with a solid win. As you can see in the videos, it was a tough battle with one quick Mustang rumored to be in the 700hp range running 335 wide slicks all round. During the same outing they also managed to take the Thunderhill Time Trial lap record.

Overall the guys seem really happy about the car’s performance but recognize some areas they can improve on. Such events are perfect for exactly this reason, data gathering and planning.

Head on over to NAGTROC and Brian Lock’s website for more details on the race and some great photos.

Link: GOTO:Racing Update @ NAGTROC Forums
Link: GOTO:Racing Website
Link: Brian Lock Racing Website

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Craftsquare Mirrors for Nissan GT-R – GT500 Parts for Your Street GT-R

August 26, 2009 Comments off

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You may or may not be familiar with the name Craftsquare but they’re responsible for building the lightweight aero wing mirrors for Nissan (and many other) team race car mirrors for many years now. Their current lineup of mirrors is the most attractive looking yet and Craftsquare are now making full direct fit carbon fibre wing mirror kits for the R35 Nissan GT-R.

GT-RR has partnered with Craftsquare and is working with Endless USA on getting these kits into your hands for your GT-R. The design is being finalised now, and while, unfortunately, it won’t look much like the GT-R’s SuperGT GT500 mirrors pictured above, the design should still add racing cred to your street GT-R. The final design is said to more resemble the GT300 Lamborghini’s mirrors and comes with the TCA-F designation.

When final pictures become available, we’ll update you but for now you can start the pre-order now to ensure you secure a set of the first production run. The price is set at $795 including all import costs from Japan.

Hit up the full press release after the jump…

Link: GT-RR.com Website
Link: Craftsquare Website

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Quit Targa West 2009: Back to Back Wins for Steve Jones in the GT-R

August 25, 2009 Comments off

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An amazing result for the Nissan GT-R camp as Steve Jones and Ruari Souter-Dawson take the outright win for the 2009 Quit Targa West held over the weekend in Western Australia. Jones took the lead over rival Nissan GT-R pilot Tony Quinn during Leg 2 of racing and maintained it for the entire third day of racing. Quinn ended up finishing in second place overall for the event but was then excluded from the final results in post race inspection due to an exhaust “irregularity”.

Steve Jones was the youngest winner ever for the Quit Targa West in 2008 so to pull off back to back wins is a damn good effort. Congrats to the team!

In the Modern Challenge class, the GT-R also came away victorious as brothers Mark and Andrew Conacher beat out their next fastest competitor by over 3 and a half minutes.

Great work to all involved and again a great highlight that the GT-R is now the force to be reckoned with in the tarmac rally world.

Link: Quit Targa West Website
Images: Travis Barnes

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SuperGT 2009: Nissan GT-R Second Place Finish for Round 6 Pokka GT at Suzuka

August 24, 2009 Comments off

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In only the second round of 2009 SuperGT season not to be won outright by a Nissan GT-R, the SC430 Toyota campaigning KRAFT team has pulled out a pole to win victory for the 700km Pokka GT 2009 race at Suzuka Circuit. Not to be forgotten however, the #3 Hasemi Tomica Ebbro Nissan GT-R GT500 entry was right behind it managing second place in the long day of racing.

The second place position for this round gives team Hasemi Motor Sport 18 total points for the weekend’s racing. This pushes them into 5th place overall in the team rankings due to their win in round 4. Not a bad thing at all considering their unlucky streak in other races of season 2009.

The #12 IMPUL Calsonic Nissan GT-R entry was the next best placed GT-R on Sunday, finishing in 5th. Surprisingly however, it was closely followed by the #1 MOTUL Autech GT-R which was weighed down with 86kg’s of success ballast making it the heaviest car on the circuit. They began the race from 12th place after a fuel problem in qualifying so to come away with 8 points all said and done is not a bad outcome.

Starting from P12 Motoyama had a tough first stint as he showed to have a good pace that would allow us to run quite at the front, but as he was stuck behind another car, we saw our race kind of slip away already. With over 80 kg of Handicap weight in the car (heaviest car in the field), there was no way to overtake today.

– Michael Krumm, #1 MOTUL Autech Driver – Team NISMO

The race itself was incredibly hot and sticky for the teams, drivers and cars. On track temps soared up to 50 degrees Celsius (122 F) and a fire in the pits involving the #8 ARTA NSX compounded the troubles with confusion and safety car periods.

The results overall for teams are positive however, team Nismo extends it’s lead out by two more points to be 7 in front of nearest rival Petronas TOM’s. Hasemi Motor Sport’s improvement means that two GT-R teams in the top 5 will make for a great latter part of the season as we count down just three more races to go.

Let’s hope the GT-R can make back to back championships for this year so fans get another big party at Nismo Festival 2009 at Fuji Speedway.

Speaking of Fuji Speedway, the next race, round 7 is headed back to Fuji for the second time this season for September 13th. We’ll keep you updated as always here on GTRBlog.com.

Quit Targa West 2009: Jones Retakes the Lead After Day Two

August 23, 2009 Comments off

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In some truly abysmal weather for tarmac rallying, Steve Jones has managed to not only make up the 13 seconds he trailed competing Nissan GT-R driver Tony Quinn, but also put another 22 seconds on top by the end of day two’s racing.

Coming around some corners there were what seemed like rivers of water across the road and you had to concentrate just to keep the car on the road. It’s difficult but I’m having so much fun out there it’s just awesome.”

Steve Jones

Tony Quinn is still in second place however and leaves almost a full minute behind to third place Dean Herridge in a Subaru STi.

In the Modern Challenge class, the Nissan GT-R of Mark and Andrew Conacher leads by 1:19 to the nearest competitor. So each Nissan GT-R entered is in a top spot after day two.

Link: Quit Targa West Website
Link: Quit Targa West Live Updates
Images: Circlework

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STILLEN and AP Racing: More Carbon-Ceramic Brake Details for Nissan GT-R

August 22, 2009 Comments off

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As the Targa Newfoundland rapidly approaches, STILLEN are wrapping up their own first tests of the AP Racing Carbon Ceramic Matrix (CCM) brake kit for the R35 GT-R. While STILLEN FedEx their car across country for the race they also posted a bit more on their website regarding the upcoming product release.

The STILLEN-AP Racing CCM brake upgrade kit will consist of the following:

  • Front & Rear CCM brake disc/hat assemblies
  • Front & Rear CCM-specific street & light track use brake pads
  • Caliper spacers
  • Active brake cooling package

There’s also a couple of new photos of the brakes, closeup and fitted to the STILLEN Targa GT-R (below). While there’s no pricing just yet, you can give STILLEN a call to reserve your place in line to find out as soon as it’s set. For now, check out the STILLEN site for updates regularly.

Link: STILLEN-AP Racing Carbon-Ceramic Matrix (CCM) Brake Kit

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