Archive for December, 2009

SpeedForSale Offer Holiday Savings for GTRBlog Readers

December 19, 2009 Comments off

Jeremy from SpeedForSale has extended our readers a discount offer for the holiday period! If you order ANY GT-R aftermarket parts online at and mention this promotion in the order they’ll take 3% off! This offer is available until the 15th of January 2010 so you have time to get your orders in.

On top of that, they’ve also launched a few awesome brake upgrade packages for the GT-R. The first package is a AMS Rotor, Carbotech pad and MOTUL Brake Fluid pack specifically for your street driven GT-R. It comes with the following:

  • AMS Max Slot front rotors (hats optional)
  • AMS Max Slot rear rotors (hats are optional)
  • Carbotech Bobcat 1521 Front Pads
  • Carbotech Bobcat 1521 Rear Pads
  • SFS Spec D.O.T. approved stainless steel braided lines
  • 2x bottles of Motul RBF600 brake fluid

All up it’s around the $1999 mark including free shipping, but less if you apply the GTRBlog coupon!

They also have a track oriented package featuring AP Racing J-Hook rotor replacements with pads and fluids for $3000 (again before GTRBlog coupon savings).

Head on over to SpeedForSale to take advantage of the savings and read up more information.

Link: – GT-R Street Brake Upgrade Package
Link: – GT-R Track Brake Upgrade Package

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Mine’s Meeting Event 2010: Come Visit Mine’s in Japan – January 15th – 18th

December 18, 2009 Comments off

Mine's R35 Demo Car at Sodagaura Circuit

As you probably know, Tokyo Auto Salon 2010 is right around the corner so if you’re attending this one it’s time to start planning your trip. We’re happy to announce on behalf of Mine’s that, around the same time, they will be holding a open shop Mine’s Meeting event where visitors from all over the world are welcome to come and check out the latest in Mine’s developments.

The event will be held at their Yokosuka workshop just about an hour out of Tokyo on the train.

Come along and check out as yet unreleased GT-R products in the flesh such as the Mine’s Dry Carbon Front Bumper and the exciting new Mine’s Complete Engine.

Ordinarily, visiting such a legendary a tuning shop around Tokyo AutoSalon time is difficult at best. Workshops are working overtime to finish cars for the show and dont have time to entertain guests. Mine’s are making special arrangements for visitors at this time as they will unfortunately not be holding a booth at TAS this year.

Still, that’s all the more reason to plan a side trip to the Mine’s workshop to checkout their R35 and previous generation GT-Rs. If you’re a Mine’s distributor, customer, or fan, you’re invited so book it in!

Speaking of Mine’s parts, check out these sneak peak photos of the Mine’s Complete Engine at it’s shakedown testing at Sodegaura Circuit in Chiba taken yesterday. Love the look but can’t wait to hear it in the flesh in January…

Link: Mine’s R35 GT-R Website (English)
Map: Mine’s Shop, Yokosuka, Google Map

Mine's Complete Engine Shakedown

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Sunline Racing Dry Carbon Roof for Nissan GT-R

December 17, 2009 Comments off


Sunline Racing have released their dry carbon roof for the Nissan GT-R. This roof is said to be designed for high strength while it’s 0.8mm thickness lends itself to being extremely lightweight.

It comes with a UV protection coating to ensure it keeps looking good for a long time to come and sells for 241,500 yen in Japan.

I’m surprised that not too many companies have done carbon roofs for the GT-R so far. There’s something good about that unpainted carbon look on the roof that I love…

Link: Sunline Racing Website

AMS Performance 1000hp GT-R Build High Tech Introduction

December 16, 2009 Comments off

Well you may know by now that AMS has taken on the task of building Chuck H from NAGTROC’s Nissan GT-R into something of a beast. A Sen-bariki no bakemono if you will indulge me.

Well by now they’ve jumped right into the build and have already dropped the well loved but much abused original VR38 out of the engine bay. While it’s out they’ve gone completely high tech using a Stinger CMM (Co-ordinate Measuring Machine) to digitize the inside of the engine bay and the dimensions of the engine. With this data they can layout the stonking great turbos they’ll need to shoehorn in on a simulated GT-R before they need to start mocking up parts in fabrication.

Just another example of how you do things right the first time and how serious AMS are about the end product being perfect.

Check out the video but don’t forget you can follow the progress (with loads more pics) on AMS’s blog and get pinged on updates on their Twitter!

Link: AMS Website / Blog / Twitter


COBB Tuning Silicone Intake Hose and Clamp Kit for Nissan GT-R

December 15, 2009 Comments off


COBB are choosing a fine time to launch a new reasonably priced GT-R product, just in time for Christmas? Maybe it wont make it in time to find it’s way under your tree this year but check it out.

This full silicon hose and clamp kit does away with your stock plastic and rubber hoses. The strong 4-ply and 5-ply silicon items are far more durable, heat resistant and resistant to expansion under boost than the OEM type so makes a sensible upgrade.

The clamps included are the T-bolt kind and are superior to the standard hose clamps albeit costlier, probably why OEMs stick with the vanilla flavor. Some may have seen from experience though that with more power than stock the GT-R likes to pop off an intake pipe occasionally.

Available in blue and black colors, the set retails at $695.

While you’re here, if you haven’t seen it yet, why not check out the interview with Trey Cobb at the Seibon booth from SEMA earlier this year embedded below.

Link: Intake Hose Kit @ COBB Tuning Website

Borla Stainless Steel Cat Back Exhaust for Nissan GT-R

December 14, 2009 Comments off

Borla Exhaust for Nissan GT-R

Borla have released this very interesting new exhaust for the Nissan GT-R. A stainless cat back true dual exhaust system. What we mean by that is that the exhaust from each turbocharger is kept seperate for the entire length of the exhaust because they have two large diameter pipes from the downpipes back.

The Borla exhaust deletes the secondary cats and replaces them with resonators in the midpipe section. It retails around the $3,499 mark and is available. now.

Link: Borla Website

Willall Racing WR35WS Brake Cooling System for Nissan GT-R

December 13, 2009 Comments off


There’s many takes on effective methods of brake cooling. You can choose different vented rotors, build large air ducting systems, and now, you can watercool with Willall Racing’s WR35WS system.

It’s not a new invention but it is new to GT-R owners, the system injects water into the center of the rotor and offers many benefits such as, cooler brakes which leads to better braking performance for a longer period of time, prolonged pad life, and prolonged rotor life with fewer cracks developing.

The system consists of a central computer controller, hoses, fittings and brackets to mount enough gear to cool the front two rotors.

While some may see the direct injection of water onto the rotors as a controversial subject, top tier racing teams have been using the same type of technology with great results for many years now. Willall Racing have also conducted their own testing on their R35 system and found the improvement to be dramatic.

Link: Willall Racing Website


Gruppe-S / Dynamic AutoSports Sleeve VR38 for Monster GT-R Engine Build

December 12, 2009 Comments off


Planning to be in the running for one of the toughest GT-R engine builds to date, Gruppe-S has been working with Darton on a set of sleeves that should see them to 1000hp without trouble.

You may recall that we mentioned their stroked VR38 ideas after we first heard about them at SEMA this year. Well with any luck, this block right here will be the first VR43DETT sleeved and ready to go. Yep that’s 4.3 litres of displacement if all goes as planned.

There’s a lot more too it than just a block of course and they guys at Gruppe-S have also teamed up with JE Pistons to create a fully billet piston for the VR38. We’ll keep you updated as more details come to hand.

Link: Gruppe-S Engineering Blog / Gruppe-S Website


Nismo Festival 2009: Nismo Festival Walkthrough Part 3

December 11, 2009 Comments off


Thanks to you guys who have been following this series of articles. We’re going to wrap it up today with a look at some of the celebration side of Nismo Festival. As you may know, Nismo Festival sits right at the far end of the SuperGT season and is a celebration of the season past.

So one of the final events is the fan thankyou and closing ceremony where everyone associated with SuperGT, and now, FIA GT racing for Nismo will get out on the circuit to hear the roar of the fans and give thanks for their support. The drivers themselves will first roll up in their respective rides. Burnouts optional…



Once assembled the fans will salute them, chanting Nissan and waving giant banners adorned with Nissan, GT-R and team emblems. Following this, we hear from team bosses of each SuperGT team as well as the Nismo SuperGT and FIA GT team managers.

At the end of the festivities, each of the SuperGT drivers gets to throw some small gifts into the crowd to again show thanks and wrap up the Festival.


And on that note I want to wrap up the Nismo Festival 2009 coverage from GTRBlog too. It was a great festival this year with a couple of sneak peaks scooped and a lot of friends caught up with. Looking forward to the next big show now which is litterally right around the corner. January 15th – 17th at Makuhari Messe – you got it – it’s Tokyo AutoSalon 2010.

For now, though, I’ll leave you with the remainder of the eye candy from the closing of Nismo Festival 2009!

Images: Copyright (C) 2009



Nismo Festival 2009: Nismo Super Taikyu Nissan GT-R – Part 2

December 10, 2009 Comments off


Time to get to the real meat of the latest race spec Nissan GT-R to be spied out of Nismo’s workshop. We got our first look on Saturday and fortunately, GTR-World were quick enough with their camera to snap a whole load of pics.

In this final installment of the photo posts, we get under the hood and inside what we presume is the upcoming ST1 specification Nissan GT-R for Super Taikyu competition next year.


Firstly lets check out the tyres on this beast, we can quickly see that these are no street tire and a full slick is fitted. It’s actually a prototype Yokohama Advan A005 265 wide (front) tyre in 20 inch size. Yokohama’s largest commonly available size for this tire is 18 inches so one wonders if this tire will be sold through dealers in the future or restricted to use by Nismo.



Next let’s check out the interior. While much is stripped out and a serious roll cage bolted in, several standard road car items can be spied. A Sparco racing wheel replaces the standard wheel but much of the dashboard, cluster, stalks and paddles remain stock. Carbon blanking panels replace the vents and stereo and climate controls are of course completely replaced with functional carbon panels to bolt more robust controls into. A Recaro Pro Racer SPA HANS carbon kevlar seat with Willans harness keeps the driver in place.

The MFD and navigation control surround piece is also replaced with proper carbon fibre. At first thought I guessed this was from the SpecV model but in comparison you can tell they’re nothing alike. The SpecV carbon MFD surround panel was too heavy for the race car? Or is this a preview of parts that may make it into future road car versions?



Under the hood we’re greeted with a pretty ordinary looking VR38DETT engine. A few obvious updates include:

  • Custom catch can
  • Blanking plates where blow off valves were
  • Removal of emissions / evap control systems
  • Billstein fully adjustable suspension (Thanks Martin)
  • Custom radiator overflow tank
  • Custom power steering fluid sock
  • Custom brake fluid resevoir sock
  • MOTUL engine oil replaces Mobil 1
  • Lightweight battery with emergency cutout
  • Upgraded fittings

There’s also a hidden power steering cooler in front of the radiator and a lack of aircon.

That’s pretty much it from me on the subject, I’ve strained my eyes enough for one day. Feel free to post in the comments if you spot anything I missed first time round. Enjoy the rest of the photos!

Images: Copyright (C) 2009