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SouthSide Performance Launch Front Mount Transmission Cooler for Nissan GT-R

May 31, 2010 Comments off

More and more options for cooling off your GT-Rs GR6 DCT are making their way to market every month it seems but there’s been some quiet murmurs amongst owners that some aren’t performing quite as expected. SSP hope to change that with their new kit that offers track proven cooling performance to back it.

The kit includes a high quality Setrab core fed by a thermostat controlled pump, and a billet extended DCT oil pan that effectively increases transmission fluid volume.

Looking at availability starting June 7th, pre orders up now and the price is $2499.

For more information and contact details, hit up the read more link below to read the full press release…

Link: SouthSide Performance Website

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Club Track Edition Nissan GT-R on Sale This Summer

May 30, 2010 Comments off

When Nissan announced back in April that they intended to setup a Nissan GT-R Sports Driving Club and even partner with third parties build a Nissan GT-R club spec car to compete with it it flew mostly under the radar. Until today I’m sure because the first photos of what is the Club Track Edition Nissan GT-R have been published up on GT-R authorized tuning shop Nordring’s website.

This car is a joint venture between Nissan, Nismo, NOVA Engineering and Nordring and owners, who will be able to buy these cars shortly, will become part of a Nissan sanctioned Sports Club. The idea is that these members will participate in driver training, track days and other such events.

The photos give us a glimpse at the new 20″ slicks mounted on the Rays lightweight SpecV 20″ wheels. On the inside of the Club Track Edition GT-R we can make out a stripped interior with a 4 point roll cage installed. The roll cage features removable door bars. An optional 6 point roll cage is available. To match this is a slick Bride Gardis III racing seat with a 6 point harness and a racing steering wheel. The car will also feature specially tuned Bilstein Suspension more suited to the circuit.

Hopefully we’ll get some more details shortly on this, there is an article in Best Car magazine this month with some predicted pricing, we’ll update this post when we know more on that.

Source/Link: Nordring Website

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Blitz Intercooler and Suction Kit for Nissan GT-R Now Available

May 29, 2010 Comments off

We got our first look at the new Blitz intercooler all the way back in January at Tokyo AutoSalon. It’s a smart looking mild upgrade for the stock intercooler units which goes for the joined core look. That core is 260mm high 532mm wide and 100mm thick so it’s a decent step in the right direction while not being over the top and radiator airflow restricting. The big change since January is that it’s now buyable as of last week. The price hasn’t changed and it’s still set at the 260,400 yen mark.

Something we couldn’t get a look at in January though, but we’re told about, is the new Blitz Suction Kit for Nissan GT-R. These cast, polished aluminum items reduce the internal airflow resistance and improve air intake efficiency. They increase the internal diameter by 10mm on the turbo compressor side and also improve the air filter side by 10mm. They come with silicon hose joiners as standard and are priced at the 136,500 yen mark in Japan.

Links: Blitz Release for Intercooler and Suction Kit

Cobb Motorsports GT-R Engine Rebuild Captured in Time Lapse

May 27, 2010 Comments off

Cobb Tuning sent over this link today to their latest video showing the rebuild of their GT-R’s VR38. After their existing engine had succumbed to the torture of the Redline Time Attack series so far, they decided to tear down and rebuild using all new forged internals and new heads.

The engine built here is now ready to race for round 4 of the series this weekend at Auto Club Speedway, Fontana, California!

Link: Redline Time Attack Website
Link: Cobb Tuning Blog

AMS Add Carbon Kevlar Trunk Lid to Their Lineup of GT-R Parts

May 26, 2010 Comments off

The AMS carbon kevlar trunk lid is going to be the perfect compliment to your carbon fiber roof skinned GT-R. It fits up perfectly with the minimum of fuss including accepting all your OEM hinges and locks. Like the roof, it comes in matte or gloss finishes with an attractive 2×2 weave. The real beauty is in the functionality as it manages to weigh in at just 2.5kgs while being strong enough to take some serious wing action.

Get in quick, these babies go for $2,800 over at the link below…

Link: AMS Carbon Kevlar Trunk Lid on AMS Performance Website

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

May 24, 2010 Comments off

It’s been a while since we checked in with the Gruppe-S blog to see how the Dynamic Autosports Gruppe-S Hankook drift spec Nissan GT-R has been coming along. As you may know it’s been drifting in Formula Drift this season after a pretty comprehensive rebuild from a VR38DETT twin turbo sporting stock GT-R to a VQ powered RWD drift weapon.

Loads of customization in the front end can be seen in this great photo above. Right now it’s in the workshop having the front suspension modified to provide more front steering angle. You can also see the nice bright orange Savini wheels they had custom made for the application.

On their parallel project of reinventing the VR38 by way of a 4.0 – 4.3 litre stroker kit they’ve teamed up with JE Pistons to design a billet piston for just about any level of power you’d care to throw at it! Team that with their billet crankshaft and sleeved VR38 block and I think we’ll see some impressive numbers soon. Watch this space!

Link: Gruppe-S Engineering Blog

FIA GT1 2010: Podium Finish for Nissan GT-R at Brno for Round 3

May 23, 2010 Comments off

A great weekend for the Sumo Power GT team as they bring home another podium finish for the #23 FIA GT1 Nissan GT-R at Brno in the Czech Republic. The drivers Michael Krumm and Peter Dumbreck were able to pull off a superb double podium weekend in fact after they finished the main event in third place after also taking third place honors in the qualifying race.

At the start of the race Krumm found himself in front as the Aston Martin DB9 in second spot on the grid fell back with trouble and the first place Maserati MC12 was penalized for jumping the gun. With this unexpected breathing room he tried to open up some space behind but the safety car ended that idea quickly.

Almost every team and almost every car on the track pitted under that safety car period which caused a traffic jam in the pits. Nevertheless the #23 GT-R still made it out in good shape, 3rd place behind the Matech Ford and the Aston DB9.

It was a battle for the top three places now with evenly matched machines and superb drivers who gave Dumbreck very little opportunity to work with. They crossed the line in a very respectable third place. Congratulations to team Sumo Power GT and the drivers for a job well done!

The #22 Sumo Power GT GT-R of Hughes / Campbell-Walter didn’t have such a great weekend in contrast. Firstly they were lumped with success ballast after their win in round 2. Next they suffered a mechanical issue in qualifying, finally, they were hit and required two different pit stops which took away their chances during the final race. Next round they go back to the standard race weight so will be gunning for those points.

Swiss Racing Team sound like they’re feeling far more positive about the GT-R’s race performance this round and have found the pace they need. The Wendlinger / Moser #3 GT-R even managed a 10th place points scoring finish. After the pit stop traffic jam however their hopes of finishing higher faded.

Click the read more link for a full race report with quotes from the drivers and teams thanks to Nissan…

Pos Car Drivers Car Time
1 5 Grosjean / Mutsch Ford GT Matech 1:00:46.852
2 7 Enge / Turner Aston Martin DB9 1:00:47.569
3 23 Krumm / Dumbreck NISSAN GT-R 1:00:47.818
4 10 Hirschi / Piccione Aston Martin DB9 1:00:48.405
5 1 Bertolini / Bartels Maserati MC12 1:00:48.618
6 2 Bernoldi / Ramos Maserati MC12 1:00:55.909
7 38 Pastorelli / Schwager Lamborghini Murciélago R-SV 1:01:00.137
8 13 Rosina / Hennerici Corvette Z06 1:01:03.565
9 9 Makowiecki / Sarrazin Aston Martin DB9 1:01:07.726
10 3 Wendlinger / Moser NISSAN GT-R 1:01:09.514
15 4 Ara / Nilsson NISSAN GT-R 1:02:09.183
17 22 Hughes / Campbell-Walter NISSAN GT-R 1:01:00.391

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Tuned Nissan GT-Rs Take on Bugatti Veyron

May 21, 2010 Comments off


Put two Switzer P800 tuned GT-Rs into the mix with a megadollar hypercar and this may very well be the result. If you ever needed reinforcement that a 1000hp quad turbo 16 cylinder powered car is potent then this is highly recommended viewing.

Source/Link: Dragtimes.info Website

Boost Logic Release VR38 Stroker Kit for Nissan GT-R

May 20, 2010 Comments off

Boost Logic heats up the GT-R tuning scene a little more this week when they launch their stroker kit for the GT-R’s high tech VR38 engine. The focus of the stoker kit is the 4340 billet steel crankshaft machined to provide either a 92mm or 94mm stroke which offer displacement uplifts to 4.0 and 4.1 liters respectively. Note that block milling will be required for the 4.1 liter kit though. The kit also comes with the following:

  • Custom Cylinder Liners
  • CP Forged Aluminum Pistons
  • Piston Pins
  • Snap Rings
  • Piston Ring Set
  • Carillo H-Beam Connecting Rods
  • Billet Crank Shaft

Pricing is set at the $10,999 point but you’ll most definitely wanna get in touch with the guys at Boost Logic to find out more. You can do so via their website linked below…

Link: Boost Logic Website

SSP To Build 6061 Billet GR6 Transmission Cases for Nissan GT-R

May 19, 2010 Comments off

SSP brings some serious new hardware to the table with the finalization of plans to build a billet transmission rear casing for the Nissan GT-R’s GR6 DCT gearbox.

The premise behind building a strengthened casing is multifaceted, I can think of a few obvious reasons to do it. Firstly to prevent losing transmissions due to casing failures. This has occurred in the past when casings crack under high torque loads. Secondly to prevent internal accelerate wear caused by components moving slightly when the casing twists under high torque loads.

This baby has been a long time coming and I remember chatting to SSP about it in Tokyo in 2008! So good on the guys to sticking with it.

The first cases should start cutting this week, expect to see more info soon…

Link: SouthSide Performance Website