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Mine’s Complete Engine: First Driving Impressions

November 20, 2009 Comments off

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We’ve seen Mine’s President Niikura-san talk about the individual components and the concept of the Mine’s Complete VR38 engine for the Nissan GT-R before but now it’s getting closer to release. The engine is built and in the Mine’s demo car and, while it may still need tweaking before performance figures can be shown, they’re already confident enough to release their initial impressions:

Although it is not ready to be released yet and still in the process of being tested, today our president has test driven our R35 GT-R demo car with this amazing Mine’s Complete Engine [above].

He was commenting “This is absolutely an amazing VR38DETT. It feels like as many as about 500kg lighter than the stock R35 when you drive your R35 with this awesome engine installed. Very responsive, very exhilarating, and extremely enjoyable engine. It was absolutely fantastic. The moment you drive this, you’ll definitely want this remarkable engine!!”

Would you like to test drive it?

I think the answer to that last question Niikura-san is, yes. Can I book it in for tomorrow please?

Source: Mine’s Overseas Blog
Link: Mine’s Official Site (English)

HKS Kansai Front LSD Upgrades for Nissan GT-R

November 19, 2009 Comments off

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Two new LSDs for the Nissan GT-R in three total configurations have been released by tuning house HKS Kansai recently. The HKS Kansai front LSD Spec 1 and the Spec 2 are available to meet different applications of the Nissan GT-R and are both 1 way limited slip differentials. With a 1 way front LSD, effects are only felt under acceleration and the aim is to improve handling when in and exiting corners under acceleration. It also improves grip when accelerating in a straight line.

The HKS Kansai Front LSD Spec-1 is a street and light circuit oriented diff. It comes in two types depending on how agressive you want it. The specifications are as follows:

  • Cam angle (accelerating/coasting): 35°/0° or 45°/0°
  • Initial Torque: 5-6 kgf
  • Friction Plates: 8 per side, 16 total

The HKS Kansai Front LSD Spec-2 is a competition oriented differential and comes only in one type. It also excels at getting you maximum traction off the line in high powered drag GT-Rs. The specifications are:

  • Cam angle (accelerating/coasting): 55°/0°
  • Initial Torque: 10-12 kgf
  • Friction Plates: 8 per side, 16 total

Whether you want the mild street, light circuit or full competition spec front LSD, the price is the same at 205,800 yen. Contact your local HKS Kansai distributor for local pricing and availability.

Updated: Corrected initial torque values

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Images/Source: GTR-World.net
Link: HKS Kansai Website

Top Racing HK: The Skinny on Lambo Style Doors for the GT-R

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Judging by the feedback I get on the blog, there’s a huge variety in what people find tasteful when modifying cars. Some love 22 inch chrome wheels and bright purple vinyl wraps and some hate them. I’m trying to be unbiased as much as I can so I present the Top Racing HK LSD install.

Top Racing have got the first set of LSD doors in Hong Kong. The hinges come pre-assembled and include the various gadgets and such needed for installation. They’re a specific fit for the Nissan GT-R.

The way they work is that the LSD hinge allows the door to open normally for about 30 degrees, then a gas strut takes over to lift the door vertically. Once you exit the car, be careful of the women flocking towards you.

If this is something in your field of interest and you’re based in the Hong Kong region, hit up Top Racing for more information.

Link: Top Racing HK

Inheritance – Nissan GT-R Short Film by Dylan Osborn

November 18, 2009 Comments off

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This is no ordinary Youtube clip, film maker Dylan Osborn put together this short film to show what the Nissan GT-R is capable of and tell a story at the same time. You’ll love the ending too.

A family gathers to read their father’s will, but his final wish forces them into a high speed race. Will a Nissan GT-R give the estranged daughter Emily the edge she needs to earn her inheritance?

A Dylan Osborn film written by Sarah Haskins. Starring Victoria Haynes, Patrick Flynne, Sanam Erfani, Josh Lubin-Levy, Sarah-Doe Osborne, and Chuck McMahon. Director of photography Scott Uhlfelder. Produced by Seth Low-Tufo. Consulting producer Catherine Schuler. Original score by Eliot Gray Fisher.

Thanks to Dylan for the submission and keep it up!

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TommyKaira Nissan GT-R to Debut at Tokyo AutoSalon 2010

November 17, 2009 Comments off

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Tokyo AutoSalon 2010 is coming up fast, if you plan on attending it’s about time to book your airfares and get your accomodation in order. One of the big unveils we’re looking forward to this year is the Tommy Kaira Nissan GT-R.

Much anticipated since we followed the production of the kit via the Tommy Kaira development blog we have yet to see the fully completed car.

What we have learned since the last update we made on the aero design is that Tommy Kaira will be upgrading the interior and suspension of the car as part of the complete package. The interior will be swathed in hand stitched red leather trim.

Tokyo AutoSalon will be held on the 15th, 16th and 17th of January 2010 at Makuhari Messe near Tokyo Japan. Until that time, these sketches in the gallery will have to tide you over.

Link: Tommy Kaira Website

SP Engineering Stage 1 SPE750 Turbo Upgrade Package

November 16, 2009 Comments off

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SP Engineering have announced their own 750hp+ stage one performance upgrade for the Nissan GT-R based on their SPE750 upgraded turbochargers. The turbos, based on standard IHI ones, are honed out and have their internals replaced with ball bearing type cartridges. There’s an increase in the compressor and exhaust wheel size but this is probably countered by the improved ball bearing design to maintain response.

The package also includes JET coating on the integrated exhaust manifolds. This will help keeping heat out of the engine bay and in the exhaust. This keeps exhaust gas temps higher and improves gas flow. Obviously it also takes heat out of the engine bay as well which benefits the cooling system overall.

The full SPE750 package will consist of supporting modifications to help owners get the most from the turbos including 800cc injectors, upgraded fuel pressure regulator with lines, upgraded dual 255 litre/hour fuel pumps.

A HKS GT570 kit is included as well to cover the exhaust, intake, boost control, ignition and wastegate control side of things. To control all this, owners will be supplied with a Cobb AccessPORT map specifically for the SPE750 setup.

MSRP for the full setup is set at $18,500 installed.

For those wanting to push the GT-R even further, SP Engineering have a GReddy TD06-20G twin turbo based SPE900 kit as well but pricing is yet to come for that.

Check the link below for more info.

Link: SP Engineering Website

SuperGT 2009: Final Round Official Race Report and High Res Photos

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The season is over and while the results are not the back to back championships we hoped for it’s still not a horrible result. To think it all came down to one tire not holding up…

Thanks to Nissan who again provide a race report and high res photos. This is the last we’ll see of SuperGT until Nismo Festival, just under one month away where they will all reappear for one last battle.

NISSAN GT-R finishes third in the Championship
— SUPER GT Round 9 Race Report —

November 8th, Twin ring Motegi (Tochigi prefecture)
Sunday, November 8th saw the final round of the 2009 SUPER GT series taken place at Twin Ring Motegi. Aiming at title glory, the MOTUL AUTECH GT-R (#1 – Satoshi Motoyama / Benoit Treuyer) qualified in fifth place and put in a spirited drive in the race until tyre trouble slowed the car’s progress. The results netted third place for Satoshi Motoyama in the Driver’s standings, while NISMO were third in the Team’s title fight.

Read more…

Willall Racing Release WR35CP Clutch Upgrades for Nissan GT-R

November 15, 2009 Comments off

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Willall Racing have just taken the wraps off their latest upgrade for the Nissan GT-R’s famous GR6 DSG transmission. These clutch packs replace the 12 OE clutch packs with high friction carbon kevlar composite discs and claim to offer 30% increase in clamping friction over standard.

Here’s a full list of the technical benefits:

  • Material: Composite Kevlar carbon high friction
  • Drive Coeff: up to 33% improvement with 0.125 friction index
  • Surface Area: up to 16% improvement in clutch face surface area vs factory
  • Temperature handling: Increase maximum clutch temperature point 400F versus 350F factory
  • Bonding: Double bonded up to 600F resistant, chemical resistant
  • Stiffness: Heat treated high strength steel construction at 68 Rockwell
  • Drainage: Deep wide fluid transfer slots for maximum fluid scavenging and heat transfer
  • Compatibility: Designed to work with factory and Willall transmission fluids

A full set of Willall WR35CP clutches will set you back $995.

Link: Willall Racing Website

SEMA 2009: The White Black Bison – WALD Nissan GT-R

November 14, 2009 Comments off

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The WALD Nissan GT-R is one of those cars you either love or hate. It’s grown on me a lot since the first debut in January this year. A full Black Bison fitted white R35 was camped out in the south hall so we grabbed a few photos of it.

For more info you can check out our WALD category for past posts including pricing and so on.

Images: Copyright (C) GTRBlog.com

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Nissan GT-R All Dubai’d Out with Chrome Wrap

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It’s only being defined as a saying on Autoblog a couple days back but we already have an example of a Nissan GT-R that exactly fits the bill of “All Dubai’d Out”.

This GT-R owner in the UK has applied the most eyecatching wrap possible to his previously tasty looking white R35. The process he says was more complex than the average wrap and more expensive as well.

It doesn’t look as bad as I imagined really but I definately preferred the white…

Source: GTR UK Forums