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SpeedForSale Comprehensive Brake Hardware Upgrade Weights for R35 GT-R

February 27, 2010 Comments off

Something you don’t come across to often is a real thorough list of weight comparisons. The GT-R has some substantial braking hardware standard but upgrades are more substantial again. Are you packing on the pounds though or slimming down when you spend on this serious kit? You’ll know now with this handy reference thanks to Jeremy @ SpeedForSale.

Link: Brake Upgrade Weights @ SpeedForSale.com
Link: SpeedForSale.com

Dynamic Autosports Hankook Gruppe-S Drift GT-R Project Update: Part III

February 26, 2010 Comments off

Part three of our series where we stalk the Gruppe-S guys building their Hankook Dynamic Autosports drift GT-R. This time we’ve got our first official pics of the VQ35 motor and G-Force 4-Speed dog box manual transmission bolted into the R35 chassis. The VQ35 is smaller all round versus the VR38 so all that extra space will be filled with larger piping for a bigger turbo. Yes singular.

This VQ35 ain’t stock though in case you’re wondering. It’s stroked to 4.0 – 4.1 liters so should be able to put out some respectable numbers when all said and done. It’s bolted in by way of some custom solid engine mounts.

The guys promise the GT-R will be ready for round one of Formula D action at the Streets of Long Beach in California on the 9th – 10th of April! Sweet!

Link: Gruppe-S Blog

Cobb Tuning Announce Redline Time Attack Series Entry for 2010 Season

February 25, 2010 Comments off

The Redline Time Attack series kicks off in March on the 26th at Buttonwillow in California and Cobb Tuning have announced their three car entry for the season. Most exciting to GT-R fans is that Cobb’s GT-R will be there and that they have wrangled pro driver Brian Lock into the Cobb R35 GT-R.

GTRBlog readers will know Brian as the pilot of the GOTO:Racing über GT-R. He will race the 2010 Cobb Tuning GT-R in the Modified class.

“Everyone at COBB Tuning is fired up about our return to racing”, said Gary Sheehan, Director of Marketing. “Our company is made up of auto enthusiasts that love power, speed and competition! We are putting a lot of effort into Redline Time Attack this year as we think it is THE place to show off our passion as tuners, fabricators and racers. We are really looking forward to meeting up and spending time with fellow enthusiasts at these exciting events all over the country.”

Quite a few changes to the Redline Time Attack series this year including the addition of Sebring and Infineon Raceway to the competition. Ten rounds in total there’s sure to be a lot of solid competitors.

Can’t wait to check it out!

Link: Cobb Tuning Announcement

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Brass Monkey Bringing Nissan GT-R to World Challenge 2010

February 24, 2010 Comments off

Big news for US motorsport fans as Brass Monkey Racing has confirmed their entry of two factory backed Nissan R35 GT-Rs into the 2010 World Challenge season. Although a relatively new team, only debuting in 2009, they managed to finish third in the overall Championship standings and with driver Tony Rivera taking victory at rounds at Sebring and Road America in that first season.

While preparation for the car is being compressed into a tight timeline, the guys are confident that the amazing base GT-R performance will benefit them when up against more modified competitors:

“Many of the cars in the series have serious modifications to the engines and drivelines from the stock vehicles … The beauty of the GT-R is that it is an amazing platform to start with and we are able to utilize all of the stock internal components and drivetrain. With the exception of some of the approved series aerodynamic items and an effort to bring the car down to a competitive weight, the car will remain incredibly stock compared to most of our competition.”

– A.J. Brass – Team Owner

The GT-R entrant is the first Nissan backed team since the Sentra SE-R several years back.

Other team sponsors include Tax Masters, Stoptech, Penske Shocks, Southside Performance and Seibon Carbon. SouthSide Performance has received some photos of the car preparation including the roll cage and interior work being done. Looks like top quality stuff.

Can’t wait to see more of the build and the results when the World Challenge kicks off for round one at Streets of St. Petersburg on 26th – 28th of March.

Link: Brass Monkey Racing
Link: World Challenge Press Release

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Forged Performance and NAGTROC Trackday at Virginia International Raceway Photos

February 23, 2010 Comments off

Forged Performance and the North American GT-R Owners Club got together for a superb day of enjoying their GT-Rs where they’re meant to be, on the circuit. The weather wasn’t so great but I’m sure it hardly dampened the guys enthusiasm.

Check out the rest of the photos at the link below.

Photos here are by KJM-Photo @ NAGTROC.

Link: Photos and Discussion Thread @ NAGTROC Forums

Nissan GT-R Supercar: Born to Race Book Release

February 22, 2010 Comments off

When you take a look at your local bookstore you’re not exactly going to be overwhelmed with material on the GT-R. 99% of the publications dealing with GT-Rs of any sort are produced in Japan for the local market only in Japanese. I have a bookshelf full of this stuff I can only read every third word of….

Since the R35 GT-R’s launch as a prototype in 2005 and finally a global production car in 2007 the global interest levels have risen though and we’ve started to see some interest in knowing more about the history and future of the GT-R and to have that in hardcover form.

This one in particular, Nissan GT-R Supercar: Born to Race by Dennis Gorodji (Veloce Publishing) fills that gap as a comprehensive guide to the GT-R and it’s motorsports record. Covering Skylines and GT-Rs and motorsports from 1957 til 2009 and models from the Prince Skyline ALSIS-1 to the R35 SpecV. With 224 pages and, 400 photos it covers US models as well as European models.

This book contains rare pictures, schemas and graphs detailing the many unique qualities of the Nissan GT-R, a car that revolutionized modern sports car dynamics. Analysis of the motorsport history of the GT-R provides an original view of development of the models, and comparison of them with other sports and racing cars. It features an original and critical analysis of the new GT-R R35, and the R35 Spec V, which will be launched in the beginning of 2009 and is also represented in the book. With over 400 color photographs, this is essential reading for sports car fans.

The publisher tells me this one’s out now so should be able to grab a copy via Amazon.com or the publishers site now. Check out the links below for more on that. If you pickup a copy feel free to send me your reviews!

Also coming soon from the Gorodji’s and Veloce Publishing is The Nissan GT-R High-performance Manual – An international guide to High-performance components by Alex Gorodji. We’ll make another announcement when that one is released later in the year…

Link: Nissan GT-R Supercar: Born to Race on Amazon.com
Link: More info and excerpts @ Veloce Publishing Website

Willall Racing’s Racing Surge Tank Setup for Nissan GT-R

February 21, 2010 Comments off

If there’s one inadequacy that sets many road cars apart from proper track cars it’s proper fluid control under high cornering G loads. Willall Racing have discovered the GT-R is not immune to this when the fuel tank gets low and the fuel pickup starts to be starved on tight right handers.

To properly put the issue to bed they’ve built this compact half gallon surge tank that mounts in the trunk and feeds the engine via a pair of Walbro 255l/h pumps and teflon braided lines.

With this setup they’re easily able to pump enough E85 to make 600rwhp, which if you’d read our story the other day about HP Logic’s E85 tuning, you’d know is a lot more juice than your average 600hp gasoline tune. Better yet, they’re able to keep driving the car hard all the way to empty without dangerously leaning out the fuel mixture intermittently on tight corners.

Want one? Well slow down, this isn’t one of Willall’s standard product launches. I think if you ask nicely though they might be convinced to build you one on a one off basis. You can reach them by email at “info AT willall.com.au.”

Link: Willall Racing Website

KW Suspension Upgrades for Standard GT-R Suspension

February 20, 2010 Comments off

KW Suspension has added a new product to it’s already well known lineup of GT-R suspension products recently with the release of this KW Coilover Spring Kit for R35.

The kit enables aftermarket spring selection as well as introduces height adjustability to the Bilstein Damptronic suspension that comes standard with the GT-R. When fitted, drivers still get the benefit of the standard dampers and standard damper control settings of R, Normal and Comfort with the added benefits of lower possible ride heights, greater ride comfort, improved handling and better steering feel.

It’s out now and should be available from your local KW distributor. We found it for 152,250 yen in Japan from Hashimoto Corp.

Link: KW Suspension Website
Link: Hashimoto Corp

HP Logic E85 and Cobb AccessPort Powered 10 Second Drag GT-R

February 19, 2010 Comments off

Cobb AccessPORT ProTuners, HP Logic have been have been experimenting with E85 fuels on behalf of a customer with some great results lately. With some modifications to this GT-R’s fuel system the car ran an amazing 10.48 ET @ 133.21 mph at the drag strip.

Other than the fuel and exhaust system, the car was stock standard down to the turbos, actuators, wheels and even the heavy runflat tires.

With the E85 tune, this GT-R makes 573whp and 577ft-lb of torque as measured on a Mustang Dyno but of course, it does chew through the fuel to get there. It needs 950cc injectors and dual Walbro fuel pumps to supply enough of the go juice to make this power. The benefits are plenty though including great power and cooler burning which actually helps keep overall engine temps down.

The owner is running the car with it’s E85 tune and fuel again in the next few days and has now upgraded his wheels and tires so should be interesting to see how car he can push the combination of standard turbos and E85. Follow his progress in the NAGTROC thread below…

Link: Forum Discussion Thread @ NAGTROC
Link: HP Logic Website
Link: Cobb Tuning Blog

Gruppe-S VR38 Stroker Crank Officially a Work In Progress

February 18, 2010 Comments off

When the Hankook Dynamic AutoSport Gruppe-S Nissan GT-R drift car debuted at SEMA in 2009 we were fortunate enough to get an advanced preview from Dynamic Autosport’s Eddie Kim on what we could look for in terms of GT-R development. He mentioned that on top of the drift car’s chassis development they’d also be putting some focus on the VR38 development itself.

While they aren’t set on using the VR38 in the drift car just yet, (they’ll most likely be opting for a worked VQ engine), they’re very much going to be developing parts for it including a 4.0 – 4.3 liter stroker kit.

First up in the development of such a kit is to build a crank. That’s what’s happening right now and is expected to be completed in around a week. Pistons and rods up next we suppose and it should all slide nicely into their sleeved block. Should be an interesting competitor to the existing JUN 4.0 liter stroker kit which is quite a pricey item…

Link: Gruppe-S Blog