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More Power In Store for 2012, Spec-M Named for Japan Market: The Nissan GT-R EGOIST

August 30, 2010 Comments off

Well we did mention that the SpecM name was tentative and today we’ve heard another rumor from sources close to Nissan that the R35 GT-R “Gentleman’s Edition” will launch in the Japanese market as the Nissan GT-R Egoist. While the name seems insane to us it’s not too far outside the bounds of Japanese naming schemes so that we’d completely rule it out.

The SpecM nameplate is likely to be kept in markets outside Japan however so don’t completely cross it off your wish list just yet…

On the topic of rumors from sources close to Nissan Japan, here’s another we’ve just heard. Those folks hopeful that 520ps is the new peak power figure for the 2012 GT-R might be surprised to learn they can expect to be dissapointed. After seeing this figure making its way around blogs and forums one might start quoting it as fact by now but to this date no figure has appeared either officially or leaked. In the true spirit of it not being over ’til the fat lady sings, we’re now told by our reliable sources that 530ps – 540ps is more accurate.

I’ll leave that last one out there…

2012 Nissan GT-R Leaks: Part II More Confirmed Details

August 29, 2010 Comments off

As mentioned in our previous Spec-M Exposé the 2012 Nissan GT-R is set to arrive on the scene shortly with so many changes that Nissan had to go out and revise the chassis designation bumping CBA-R35 in favor of the new DBA-R35 tag. While we touched on the cosmetic changes in part 1 of this post we didn’t delve into the more technical changes yet so here goes.

Aero Updates

Aero changes to the front bumper, rear diffuser and rear underspoiler mean that the 2012 GT-R slips through the air with even less drag than the already impressive 2009 model. As mentioned previously, these changes help it lower it’s co-efficient of drag as well as increase downforce in the rear by as much as 10%. The rear vents also assist in keeping rear underbody temperatures lower meaning less heat transfer from the GT-R’s hot exhaust into the critical areas like the GR6 transmission fluid and rear differential.

Nissan took the opportunity with the rear diffuser/underspoiler rear design to build in a rear Euro mandated fog light using an LED strip along the bottom edge in the center.

Chassis Updates

As well as aerodynamics, street and circuit handling in the 2012 GT-R is going to benefit greatly from some key chassis stiffening updates in the DBA-R35. Strengthening members are added to the front area under the dashboard (highlighted above). In the engine bay, new bracing members extend from the rear of the strut towers to the firewall.

As well as increasing chassis rigidity by adding new key metal – the GT-R engineering team has improved the manufacturing line to improve GT-R build quality and panel fit consitency for every car built.

Suspension Updates

Again showing that the Nissan GT-R engineering team is focussing on driver feel, they’ve gone to the extrordinary length of changing the suspension geometry on the DBA-R35 model. The changes to the front suspension lower arm move the stabiliser bar further out and change the shock absorber lever angle. To go with these changes up front is a castor angle change from 5°35 to 6°00. In the rear, Nissan has tuned the roll center.

All around, Nissan’s update to the suspension to adopt an aluminium free piston design as well as spring, damper and valve rate changes mean the suspension is able to more quickly adapt to changes in surface and direction. The net benefit is a more stable and more responsive feel with even more feedback to drivers than ever before.

Brakes, Wheels and Tires Updates

Nissan’s experience with racing over the past few years with the GT-R has taught them that more stopping power is always better. To that end they’ve upped the front rotor size on the DBA-R35 from 380mm of the CBA-R35 to 390mm.

As mentioned already, the DBA-R35 will debut with a new design Rays forged aluminium wheel each 3kg lighter than the outgoing type. These wheels will come in two new colors Hyper Blue Black and Hyper Titanium. The new Rays wheels feature improved knurling to help further with reducing tire slip on the rims themselves.

To fit these new wheels are updated versions of both summer tires already being fitted to the GT-R, namely the RE070R R2 from Bridgestone and the SP Sport Maxx GT 600 DSST CTT from Dunlop. Both are touted to improve grip and increase sidewall stiffness, something very important in a heavy awd vehicle such as the GT-R.

Part III to come soon where we’ll cover the remainder of the DBA-R35 changes including interior and engine changes, so stay tuned…

QUIT Targa West 2010: Nissan GT-Rs Take Out Top Honors Again!

August 28, 2010 Comments off

For the third year running the Nissan GT-R has taken out top honors in Western Australia’s QUIT Targa West Tarmac rally as Peter Major scores the win in the Competition Modern class and outright first for 2010. His R35 GT-R sped him to a 51 second victory over tarmac legend Jim Richards in his formidable Porsche GT2 which finished second. A tough position for Richards though as he was sandwhiched in by another GT-R of Peter Rullo and Simon Iseppi who were just 25 seconds behind by the end of the rally in third place.

“We’re over the moon the car was fantastic it did everything we wanted it to do. It was great racing against Jimmy (Jim Richards), you know he’s going to come hard and no matter what he does he’s going to be fast. You never know how hard he’s pushing so we just tried to stay on it and stay as quick as we could, luckily we were able to keep that gap we gained in the first leg”

– Peter Major

Back in the Modern Challenge class the GT-R is also proving it’s the tarmac rally weapon of choice as Mark and Andrew Conacher took their R35 to a class victory while Robert Darrington and David Abetz in their R35 followed them up by just 1 minute. Both GT-R’s were 8.5 minutes in front of the nearest, third place competitor in the class.

Major victorious at QUIT Targa West 2010
Peter Major has won his first QUIT Targa West Competition Modern crown holding off Jim Richards to take the outright rally win in Perth today.

Major and his co-driver Kim Screaigh (Nissan GTR 35) took top spot on the timing sheets from Richards midway into Leg 1 and continued to stretch their advantage across the final two Leg’s of the tarmac rally, ultimately taking victory by 51 seconds.

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SuperGT 2010: NISMO Second on Podium for Suzuka 700 Enduro Round 6

August 25, 2010 Comments off

Team NISMO were able to recover from a potentially race ending spin to pull off a 2nd place finish for round 6 of the SuperGT Championship series of 2010 last weekend. On the scorching hot Suzuka Circuit, NISMO were able to use pit stops/driver changes effectively and take advantage of the cooling conditions as night came to push the GT-R into second place and keep it there.

Engine and drivetrain issues hampered the HIS ADVAN KONDO Racing and the CALSONIC IMPUL teams race efforts and both teams had to retire early from the race. A dissapointment for both teams, especially team IMPUL who had a good shot at moving up the championship ladder this week.

For the full race report hit up the read more link below…

Images: (C) NISMO

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2012 Nissan R35 GT-R Details Continue to Leak Prior to Late 2010 Official Launch – Spec-M Details Inside

August 24, 2010 Comments off

As we learn more about the upcoming model refresh we’re surprised again at how much Nissan is changing. The car changes so much in fact that the model designator is changing too, so long CBA-R35 – meet the DBA-R35.

The DBA-R35 is available in a truly astonishing number of variaties, more than we probably thought we’d see just 3 years ago when the CBA-R35 first launched. With the 2012 model comes updates to the Spec-V Nissan GT-R as well. It receives all of the cosmetic frills that will even further compliment with it’s range topping hardware underpinnings. As predicted though it is no longer the most most expensive street GT-R money can buy as, with the right options ticked, the new 2012 Spec-M ultra luxury Nissan GT-R edges it out in some ways.

What we can tell by the information that’s been leaked to us so far is the Spec-M will command a high price tag after all. I was hoping that rumors to the contrary were true and that the Spec-M would be priced sort of closer to the Premium GT-R ballpark but it winds up being more like SpecV ballpark. Let’s compare the pricing below for the known current and 2012 variants of the Nissan DBA-R35 GT-R:

DBA-R35 Model Pricing in Japan (yen)
Pure Edition 8,694,000
Black Edition 9,303,000
Premium Edition 9,450,000
Club Track Edition 10,479,000 (plus member fees etc)
SpecM 15,000,300
SpecV 15,750,000
S-Tec GT-R (ST1) 23,000,000 (approx)

You can see that the smallest of options is going to bump that Spec-M price over the Spec-V and we still don’t have a list of hardware inclusions in the Spec-M to justify it. What we do know is:

  • The official name for the Spec-M is not final, whether it is called the Spec-M at launch is yet to be decided
  • Official announcement of the Spec-M is scheduled for 18th October 2010
  • Official launch will take place at Nissan HQ in Yokohama on 17th November 2010
  • One new exclusive body color – Ultimate Opal White (QAG color code)
  • Interior color choices are wild, see the below list of color choices.

Interior Color Choices for Spec-M:
Lower Section:

  • Muelheim Brown
  • GT Black
  • R-Red
  • Ruhr White
  • Caramel Beige
  • Espresso Brown
  • Cointreau Orange
  • Aqua Gray
  • Shadow Gray
  • Sakura

Upper Section:

  • Muelheim Brown
  • GT Black
  • R-Red
  • Ruhr White

Stiching Colors:

  • Brown
  • Black
  • Red
  • White
  • Gray
  • Beige

Could Spec-M Really Have an Interior This Wild? Photoshop of potential Sakura seats.

As mentioned above, with the Spec-M will launch with a new color, Ultimate Opal White (a 525,000 yen option btw) but you can get one in any of the following body colors:

  • Ultimate Metal silver (KAB)
  • Ultimate Opal White (QAG)
  • Nebula Opal Black (GAG)
  • Vibrant Red (A54)
  • Dark Metal Gray (KAD)
  • Aurora Flare Blue Pearl (RAY)

As far as option packages go, we don’t have all the details there, suffice to say interior color options are included in the Spec-M price tag as well as a BOSE sound system. However three levels of additional upgrade BOSE sound systems are available at a price tag of approximately 1,200,000 yen.

So that’s got you up to date with the Spec-M details. We’ll be keeping our ear to the ground for more as it comes in but I for one am keen to see how a Sakura colored interior will look in a GT-R…

Breaking News: 2012 GT-R Leaks, More Confirmed Info on Upcoming GT-R

August 23, 2010 Comments off

The 2012 GT-R (2011 JDM) is in the final stages of pre-launch preparation and we’ve received tips from sources close to Nissan regarding the final look of the new GT-R. Above you can see many of the GT-Rs new cosmetic external updates that we’ve already noticed while pouring over spy shots from Nurburgring. It’s finally confirmed though that the new GT-R will feature LED driving lights/daytime running lights integrated into the front fascia. Yes these are not photoshops.

Along with the driving lights you can see the shape of the canards themselves is different to previous model years this change plus other changes from a reworking and restyling of the front bumper have improved the GT-R’s already stunning aerodynamic performance. By the numbers, the GT-R’s coefficient of drag (Cd) drops from 0.272 to 0.268. Combine that with a rear downforce improvement of 10% thanks to a redesigned rear diffuser and the GT-R continues to redefine what is possible for today’s supercar.

Most noticible on the photos though is the new blue. The official (tentative still) name for the blue is Aurora Flare Blue Pearl (color code RAY) but what you can’t tell from this photo is that the GT-R gets a new black too. The updated black is officially (but again, tentatively) called Nebula Opal Black (color code GAG). These two colors represent the only body color changes for the 2012 GT-R base and premium models.

Speaking of base and premium models, earlier speculation that the base model goes away was partly true, the base model GT-R is now named the Pure Edition, but the features remain the same. To go with the changes comes a small increase in pricing. Starting with the Pure edition which is hit with a 80,000 yen bump to 8,694,000 yen. The Premium edition receives a larger bump of 210,000 yen to 9,450,000 yen in Japan.

Let’s try not to get too distracted by those minor negatives though because there’s a wealth of positives going on here. Take the new wheels for example, each new Rays forged aluminium wheel cuts 3 kg (6.6lbs) off the GT-R’s unsprung weight – a total of 12 kg (26.4 lbs) around the car. So they’re lighter but they also manage to be stiffer too to improve steering response and feedback. Lastly, the wheels are available in two colors starting next year, an attractive 3 layer ultra deep paint process known as Hyper Blue Black and a Hyper Titanium color (which looks bronze to me).

On the inside GT-R owners will get treated to a couple of updates too as well as some engine bay goodness. For more information on that stay tuned for part II of the GT-R Blog 2012 Nissan R35 GT-R info dump!

Breaking: GT-RR Tease Upcoming VR38 Crate Motor from Guess Who… ?

August 16, 2010 Comments off

What does an Aston Martin One-77 have in common with a Nissan GT-R? Not much frankly, until now if the latest teaser from GT-RR is to be believed – and I’m told it certainly is. I’m under strict instructions not to say any more than what’s in this one page teaser but I’ve heard about this website called Google that is good at searching for information about things these days…

That said, this motor is also built in partnership with the same company that builds motors for the likes of these GT-Rs below so I may as well use this excuse to spam my favorite wallpaper sized photo from my collection…

More Info: See GT-RR.com Website for Contact Information

FIA GT1 2010: Nissan GT-Rs at Spa Francochamps

August 13, 2010 Comments off

It was not a great round for the Nissan GT-R teams Sumo Power GT and Swiss Racing Team but nontheless it was a great day for some stunning GT-R photos. Enjoy the photo gallery and full race report from Nissan below…

Heartbreak for Sumo Power GT at Spa

– FIA GT1 World Championship Round 5 Championship Race –
July 31st, Spa Francorchamps (Belgium)

The Sumo Power GT team came tantalisingly close to taking a second place finish in today’s FIA GT1 Championship race at Spa today but the No.23 Nissan GT-R retired just two minutes before the chequered flag fell. It would have been a huge achievement for Peter Dumbreck and Michael Krumm who had hauled themselves back from yesterday’s disappointing qualifying result.

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Willlall Racing Transmission Cooler Lite Edition – DIY Kit

August 10, 2010 Comments off

While some may feel the need to opt for a full blown GR6 transmission cooler with fancy extended sump like the Willall Racing WR35TC there are others that may not need to go to that expense. Maybe you just track the car occasionally or just want to DIY and keep it simple at the same time. Willall Racing’s WR35TC-Lite will close that gap at a fair price which is a welcome addition to the aftermarket.

WR35TC-Lite is a mid-mount cooling solution mounting in front of the rear exhaust section so that its air ‘signal’ is not polluted by hot exhaust gasses. This is a proven cooling location that we use with our WR35DC rear differential cooler, and testing so far has shown that at within a second of Carerra Cup lap pace (a good worldwide reference line) and 75 degree ambients it is possible to consistently reduce transmission temperature by 15F-25F consistently and keep the GTR transmission temperature out of the red.

Technical aspects of WR35TC-Lite are as follows

  • German gear style VDO 6 litre per minute transmission pump
  • 13 row oil cooler core
  • 500F lines with crimped fittings
  • CNC mounting bracket (anodised) and cooler plate
  • High durability hose clamps
  • Tapered lock fitting for the stock transmission pan (comes with professional seals)
  • Wiring loom integrated with relay and operation switch (with light)
  • Anti abrasion wrap for the cooler lines

The kit is priced at the $1295 mark and is available now from Willall Racing dealers worldwide…

Link: Willall Racing Website

HKS Forged Pistons and Connecting Rods for Nissan GT-R

August 6, 2010 Comments off

HKS have released their awaited forged pistons and conrod package for the VR38 engine recently as a compliment to their GT800 turbine upgrades. Designed to offer high durability, the HKS pistons are also designed to cope with much more power than standard.

Before getting too steeped in the technical specs, let’s run over the highlights of the HKS forged piston product. These pistons offer the same bore x stroke of the OEM pistons meaning the same displacement volume and that they’re a direct fit. What does change is the crown volume (concave) which increases from 4.49cc per cylinder to 8.01cc. This has the effect of decreasing the compression ratio from the standard 9.0 down to 8.7. Thanks to the forged hollow channel construction, the HKS pistons also weigh in at 25 grams less than the OEM items (420g vs 445g).

For full specs for the pistons and the conrods see the data below from HKS. For pricing, contact your HKS distributor for local pricing but expect to pay around 367,500 yen if you’re in Japan for the full set.

  HKS Product OEM
Bore x Stroke 95.5 X 88.4mm 95.5 X 88.4mm
Compression Ratio 8.7 9.0
  Gasket Thickness HKS t 0.8 t 0.80
Total Displacement (cc) 3799 3799
Piston Bore 95.5 same
Compression Height 34.30 mm same
Concave Crown Volume 8.01 cc 4.49 cc
Material Forged (hollow channel) Cast (hollow channel)
Reference Weight 420 g 445 g
Pin Dimensions 23 X 60mm 23 X 62.5mm
Rings Dimensions TOP B 1.2 mm same
Dimensions SEC B 1.2 mm same
Dimenstions OIL B 2.0 mm (3 pieces) same
Conrod Small End Dimensions 23mm same
Big End Dimensions 59mm same
Length 165.1mm same
Material SCM treated Cast Steel
Reference Weight ~722 g ~724.6 g
Weight Variation less than 1.0 g
Bolt M9 X P1.0 / 14.9T same

Link: HKS Forged Pistons and Connecting Rod Release