Archive for December, 2009

AAM Now Stocking Ferrea Valves for Nissan GT-R

December 30, 2009 Comments off

With all the big horsepower GT-Rs in the works it’s good to know someone is thinking about upgrades in head of these beastly VR38s. AAM have sourced these heavy duty intake and exhaust valves from Ferrea.

On the exhaust side, they’re built from Ferrea’s Nimonic90 Super Alloy which should be able to handle the heat even in the most extreme VR38 builds.

Intake wise, AAM selected the Ferrea Competition Plus Alloy valves as a solid upgrade over the standard items.

If you’re looking at a huge build, it might be something to think about and give Clint a call at AAM

Link: AAM Website

Forged Performance’s First Set of Arias FP Spec Pistons for Nissan GT-R

December 29, 2009 Comments off

Forged Performance have been seeing great results using Arias FP Spec pistons in their VQ motor builds for years now so they decided to spec out and order a set up for a VR38DETT build they’re carrying out for a customer.

These are made from Zero Silicon Aluminum for maximum strength and feature tool steel offset wrist pins, and a pressure seal groove. They’re moly coated for lower friction and are capable of supporting a 1000hp build. The specs are 95.5mm, standard bore and built for a 9.0:1 comp ration.

Forged have these in stock in 95.5m so if these sound like something that might interest you, hit up the guys at Forged Performance to have a chat to see how they can help you…

Link: Forged Performance Website

SuperGT: GT-R’s Biggest Threat in 2010? Honda’s NSX Replacement Spotted

December 28, 2009 Comments off

SuperGT 2009 is over and with it is the long career of the GT500 Honda NSX that was a staple of the series for so long. In it’s place, Honda have ressurected the cancelled NSX replacement, and sought a rule exemption to do so, for the 2010 season.

The GT500 class HSV-10 GT will debut in the first race of 2010 but was captured here testing at Suzuka circuit in Japan.

It certainly looks like Honda are well into the development on this car and that it’s an attractive beast. Should be an exciting season opener in March 2010 as the GT-R fights off the newcomer!

Videos of the testing at the link below…

Source: Motors Blog

Midori Silent High Power NR Titanium Exhaust for Nissan GT-R

December 27, 2009 Comments off

Well 2010 is about upon us so it’s time to roll out new noise regulations across Japan. The first aftermarket titanium exhaust we’ve seen that’s certified to the new standard is the Midori Silent High Power NR Titanium system proving it’s not all bad news for GT-R owners over there.

The Midori exhaust system is a mid-pipe back system that offers improved exhaust flow efficiency while keeping the loudness in check. In fact at full throttle it’s just 0.6db louder than a standard exhaust. At idle howerver it sounds more grumbly and bassy which at lot of us will appreciate and seek in an aftermarket exhaust.

Due to use of lightweight materials, the muffler section weighs in at just 8.65kg, a saving of 1.2kg over the standard OEM item.

Link: Midori Seibei Center Website

COBB Tuning Launch AccessPORT v2.0 Maps for Nissan GT-R

December 26, 2009 Comments off

Merry Christmas to all and I hope you’ve all had a great weekend with the family pigging out on tonnes of food and getting stuck into your gifts and gift giving with loved ones.

Cobb Tuning are in the giving mood this festive season as well as they’ve completed the finishing touches on a set of brand spanking new canned tunes for Nissan GT-R AccessPORT owners.

You may have heard by now of the latest breakthrough innovation in tuning the GT-R. A method known as proportional gain boost control which allows more elegant control of the GT-R’s boost. This helps especially at the top end where boost spikes and wastegate creep were turning into big big problems indeed. With these problems resolved, the Cobb AccessPORT has gone on to power some monster GT-Rs with one over 785awhp.

While 787hp may not be everyone’s goal, over the past week we have also seen a “AccessPORT tune only” but otherwise completely standard GT-R break the 10 second barrier (10.953@126.79) at the drag strip. Quite a nice result with the new way of mapping boost control.

These new maps are available for download now from the Cobb Tuning website for all AccessPORT owners. This includes globally delivered models such as the JDM, Australian, East Asian, USDM, and South African GT-Rs! Maps are also broken down into fuel type so you can pick the most appropriate to flash based on available fuel in your area.

Link: COBB Tuning AccessPORT Map Downloads
Link: Dyno Charts Online – AccessPORT v2.00 Maps vs. Stock
Link: Cobb Tuning Blog – Press Release

Willall Racing Announce Victory Spec Transmission Fluid for the Nissan GT-R

December 24, 2009 Comments off

After already finding success in protecting a large number of tuner and end user GT-R gearboxes from accelerated wear, Willall Racing are releasing another product that goes even further. Named Willal Racing Transmission Fluid Victory Specification (WR35TMVS), this is a DCT fluid that shares the same proven formulation of the WR35TM with extra protection for those who need it. Whether its launches at the drag strip or bags of power from upgraded turbos, this fluid sets out to protect your precious gearbox internals.

The key to the WR35TMVS is it’s proactive cushioning between gear faces by way of a solid boundary additive.

Think of it as millions of tiny plastic balls in each 10L container of WR35TMVS that forms a plasticised barrier between the gear contact faces, bringing down the shock of gear engagement at high power and torque, whilst still allowing the GTR transmission to shift at its super-rapid factory set timing interval …

“The GTR transmission is at most risk when being rapidly loaded, thats means shifting at full power while the car is light over a crest or partially airborne, or in the case of some of the 1000hp super GTRs being built simply from shifting at full throttle. WR35TMVS addresses these all important issues and offers that extra layer of protection the GTR needs in these extreme applications whilst still retaining the same excellent base clutch friction properties of WR35TM and wide extended service intervals. – Willall Racing

Sounds just crazy enough to work to me. Solid data on this new lubricant is due to be released in January which will coincide with it’s launch at distributors worldwide.

Each 10L container of WR35TMVS suits one GT-R for one complete fluid change with a little extra for a top up. Included in the price is trans fluid lab analysis for the next 12 months to help you plan your service schedule with hard science data to back it.

No exact pricing is available yet but keep your eyes peeled and we’ll let you know soon.

Link: Willall Racing Website

HKS Intercooler Kit for Nissan GT-R Coming Soon

December 23, 2009 Comments off

HKS continue to come up with some new ideas in the R35 GT-R parts business, especially this week in the intake air cooling arena where suprisingly few companies have succesfully ventured so far. Perhaps the standard cooling solution is difficult to improve upon? Either way the HKS Intercooler Kit for the Nissan GT-R is a shift in the right direction I feel.

What HKS has done is ditched the standard intake air guide/ducting system and replaced it with their own carbon version. This allows them to choose a longer core (400×260) and gain important surface area in doing so. Available surface area in an intercooler can mean more efficient cooling but in this case HKS went with a thinner core (65mm) to do so. What you usually end up with when doing this is an increase in pressure drop across the intercooler but, this is something that HKS have thought of in advance and they’ve tried to design this away with a new inner fin design. The thin core design also helps in lessening the effect of blocking airflow to the radiator.

The HKS Intercoolers offer all this and at a lower weight as well losing 1.6kg over the standard items. There’s no pricing as yet but we’ll let you know when we find out around January 2010.

Link: HKS Website

Runduce Kickoff 600hp Full Carbon Aero GT-R Project

December 22, 2009 Comments off

Japan tuning house Original Runduce have embarked on an epic tuning project this week. Finally sinking their teeth into some serious R35 work, their plans are to take this innocent looking black GT-R of theirs and turn it into a full carbon bodied weapon with at least 600hp at the wheels.

Judging by their concept art, we should see some pumped front and rear fenders with a matching front bumper. The bumper looks like they might keep it real with some more simple styling. The aero hood looks aggressive but functional and the rear spoiler to match.

Expect to see Runduce at Tokyo AutoSalon 2010, with exactly what on show we wont know but we don’t have to wait long to find out…

Link: Original Runduce Official Site

S2CarbonWorks TIG Welded Aluminum Evac Tank Kit

December 21, 2009 Comments off

S2CarbonWorks has entered the GT-R parts business with this first of it’s kind combination oil catch can and radiator coolant resevoir. Made from attractive TIG welded aluminum it’s 18″ in length and a lot of capacity. Some of the other features of the tank are:

  • 4 Large Inlets to Catch Can w/ Drain Valve
  • 1 Large Inlet to Coolant Reservoir w/ Sight Gauge
  • Internal Baffle in Catch Can
  • Catch Can Lower Drain Valve
  • Pre-installed Brackets
  • Hose Kit and Clamps

It certainly is an improvement over the stock, out of place looking plastic monstrosity. It’s available in Satin Silver or Anodized black, with or without the etched GT-R logo. You can pick yours up online for the price of $649.99.

Link: S2CarbonWorks Website

COBB Tuning Release Stainless Midpipes for Nissan GT-R

December 20, 2009 Comments off

COBB Tuning have completed yet another addition to their lineup just days after announcing their Intake Hose Kit for the GT-R. This time it’s a range of 3.5″ stainless steel midpipes for the GT-R which are built to the typical top quality finish of other COBB Tuning products.

The midpipes are constructed from 304 grade stainless steel and are tig welded and the flex sections are internally lined for extra durability. The primary pipe diameter is 2x 3″ which feeds into a single 3.5″ pipe downstream.

The catless version predictably deletes the two secondary catalytic converters on the OEM version while the catted version features two fixed high flow cat coverters to keep the exhaust nice and street legal.

The guys at COBB have seen some decent gains from this midpipe and have published the dyno charts using this really cool online dyno graph tool.

Head on over to the link below to check out just how much extra power they can squeeze out from just this simple to bolt up part…

Link: COBB Tuning Midpipes @ Official Website