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Super GT 2021 So Far – Nissan GT500 GT-Rs at Round 1 and 2

July 16, 2021 Comments off

Early this year Nissan Motorsports (NISMO) announced that four motorsports teams would field Nissan GT-Rs in the GT500 class of the Super GT series in Japan in 2021. These teams are:

  • #23 NISMO (MOTUL AUTECH), driven by Tsugio Matsuda and Ronnie Quintarelli.
  • #3 NDDP Racing/B-Max Racing (CRAFTSPORTS MOTUL), driven by Kohei Hirate and Katsumasa Chiyo
  • #12 Team Impul (CALSONIC IMPUL), driven by Kazuki Hiramine and Nobuharu Matsushita
  • #24 Kondo Racing, driven by Mitsunori Takaboshi and Daiki Sasaki

After a less than competitive 2020 season, NISMO is hopeful that weight reduction, and component reliability changes are going to help the most. In 2021 aerodynamic changes are frozen but NISMO has been able to tweak the engine to improve power delivery as well as the tire setup overall.

Round 1 – Okayama – 12th April 2021

However it wasn’t to be in round #1 as the Toyota Supra showed strength, dominating in qualifying and in the final outcome with a 1,2,3,4th place finish. The best result for the Nissan GT-R was back in 9th position where the CRAFTSPORTS MOTUL #3 GT-R improved from its 10th place qualifying position.

The #23 NISMO car driven by Quintarerlli started the race slightly stronger managing to climb to 6th position in the early race but after an incident involving some GT300 cars the race was sent into chaos. The ensuing battle for position ended up damaging the car and putting it out of the race.

The #12 Team Impul car finished in 10th place.

Round 2 – Fuji Speedway – 4th May 2021

Another troubled round for the NISMO MOTUL AUTECH #23 as it suffered engine trouble putting it out of the race on just lap 3 at the Fuji Speedway 500km race.

Photo: Masahide Kamio

While NISMO had more trouble, the #3 CRAFTSPORTS MOTUL GT-R was again the top placed GT-R finishing 5th overall on the circuit that favors the Nissan GT-R the least. All said and done, Nissan really needs to start pulling out wins at the next round this weekend at the Twin Ring Motegi circuit. Qualifying will start 10am on Saturday the 17th with the race scheduled to start at 2:10pm on Sunday the 18th July Japan time.

The next round was originally scheduled to be at Suzuka circuit but that race has been pushed until late August due to a COVID case surge.

Link: Nismo Press Release – Round #1
Link: Nismo Press Release – Round #2
Link: Nismo Photo Gallery – Super GT

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Nissan’s 2022 NISMO GT-R is a Handcrafted, 600ps, GT3 Turbo Powered Happy Meal

July 11, 2021 Comments off

This April Nissan announced the latest evolution in the GT-R NISMO with a press release stating availability come October 2021. The 2022 GT-R NISMO features the same upgrades over the base GT-R that first debuted in the MY2020 car with some minor tweaks.

Firstly the most obvious is the new Stealth Gray body color. Supposedly inspired by the color of the tarmac the NISMO GT-R has set records upon, this color will be exclusive to NISMO GT-Rs.

NISMO Exclusive Stealth Gray

Next is the availability of a special edition. Buyers choosing this option will get a clear coated carbon hood allowing them that racecar aesthetic commonly seen in the aftermarket. They say doing this saves 100 grams of paint but we all know it adds at least 50hp ;)! While the hood remains the same shape and vent configuration of the previous MY, the upgraded aesthetic certainly sets the car apart from the previous generation.

Clear coat only hood option.

The special edition will use the same black, forged aluminum, 20″ RAYS wheels but these will now be accented with a red stripe matching the red accents around the rest of the car. It’s a smart looking stripe which doesn’t look out of place on the car.

Red accented RAYS wheels

On the rear of the NISMO GT-R we’ll find the brand new Nissan emblem which echos the brand’s new corporate image. The Nissan logo on the GT-R will be illuminated on the trunk but will also adorn the wheel center caps.

New trunk and wheel emblems

Along with those aesthetic, visual cues, the other changes for the MY22 NISMO GT-R will be high-precision, weight-balanced engine internals. Nissan are tweaking the piston rings, connecting rods, crankshaft, flywheel, crank pulley and valve springs for this engine. Each engine will feature tighter tolerances in order to eek more out of the GT3 racecar turbochargers that were also found on the 2020 NISMO GT-R.

MY22 GT-R NISMOs will feature some tweaked engine internals.

To launch the new car Nissan teamed up with McDonalds and Tomica to produce some model cars that were available in April in Japan in Happy Meals. A Stealth Gray special edition NISMO GT-R toy was produced along with a gold bodied car with a McDonalds logo on the rear spoiler. At the launch Nissan also produced a gold wrapped GT-R which I’m calling the Maccas GT-R.

Happy Meal Tomica NISMO GT-Rs

The Maccas GT-R?

Click through the more link below for the full photo gallery…

Link: Nissan Press Release
Link: 2022 NISMO GT-R Launch Video

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Mine’s Meeting 2012: Come Visit the Legendary Mine’s Workshop

January 11, 2012 Comments off

Mines 2012 Nissan GT-R

No doubt that many of our readers have already all set to attend Tokyo Auto Salon which begins tomorrow. Many of you may be sticking around after the show to do a little sightseeing or enjoy your Japanese vacation. Mine’s let me know that, as usual their annual Mine’s Meeting event will be held this year from January 14th – January 21st 2012.

Mine’s has asked me to let our English speaking friends know that if you do want to visit, why not send them a quick note to let them know in advance so they can organize to have English speaking staff onsite:

While in Japan for the period of the 2012 Tokyo Auto Salon from Jan 14 – Jan 21 all customers/fans are more than welcome to visit our shop in Yokosuka and see first hand where our work is done. To make your visit worthwhile we would like to prepare an English speaker for your visit and request that you give us notice beforehand by E-mail to the account below so we can make arrangements.

mines@mines-wave.com

If you do get along, say hi to the guys from me!

Link: Mine’s Website (English)
Link: Tokyo Autosalon Website

FIA GT1 2011: Follow Nismo GT1 Driver Michael Krumm’s Video Diary

April 9, 2011 Comments off

I think it’s great Nissan are improving the visibility of their FIA GT1 teams with more and more of this kind of social media. Michael Krumm is a fantastic ambassador for Nissan Motorsports in Japan, Europe and all over the world. This year he drives for the JR-Motorsports team in the #23 GT1 spec Nissan GT-R.

Take a tour with him from round 1 of the 2011 FIA GT1 World Championship season at Abu Dhabi where he’ll take you behind the scenes. Introduce team mates and other drivers and give some personal insights into the cars performance of late.

Link: Nissan’s Youtube Channel

AMS Performance: AMS Alpha12 GT-R Updates

April 8, 2011 Comments off

It’s been an interesting couple of months for the AMS Performance crew. The culmination of a lot of hard work has seen the AMS Alpha 12 GT-R see a lot of results, especially in Texas. The TX2K11 Nationals event in March saw the Alpha 12 GT-R owned by Tim Sander’s show off it’s muscle to take the first place in the Dyno Comp GT-R Class with 1069 awhp.

In the days that followed they continued to push the GT-R to the limits and at the drag strip came away with another new record – a 9.1 @ 159mph pass. Despite the tune not being fully ironed out the Alpha 12 is still the quickest GT-R around.

There’s quite a lot of other GT-R happenings over at AMS’s blog and there’s more records lined up to fall soon. Two Alpha 12 GT-Rs are getting set to run the Moscow Unlimited event coming up in September. This year it seems the GT-R crowd wont be satisfied with second place in Moscow as it was in 2010.

Looking forward to hearing more as the Alpha12 gets closer to fully tuned. You can find out more from AMS at the links below!

Link: AMS Alpha GT-R Website
Link: AMS Performance Website

DSPORT Magazine 2012 Nissan GT-R Preview

February 5, 2011 Comments off

By now most of the print and TV media have had a preview of the new Nissan GT-R but the DSPORT Magazine one struck me as one of the best by far.

If you haven’t already seen it, check it out.

Thanks to Vinh from DSPORT for sending this one in.

Link: DSPORT Channel @ Youtube
Link: DSPORT Magazine Website

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NISMO GT-R RC Race Car Debut – Now Available

January 14, 2011 Comments off

NISMO GT-R RC

After making it’s Super Taikyu debut and track debuts in 2010, Nismo has finally put the finishing touches on the production model Nissan Nismo GT-R RC race car. Coinciding with Tokyo Auto Salon 2011, the car is now officially available for customers to buy both in and outside Japan.

The NISSAN NISMO GT-R RC is the latest entry to the RC (Racing Competition) line of high performance, production model race cars developed and outfitted by NISMO. It’s built up from the world renowned, top performance NISSAN GT-R (R35) road car. The body has been lightened, fitted for slick tires and equipped with safety equipment to ready it for competition use. During the car’s development, it was entered in the 2010 SUPER TAIKYU Round 4 at Fuji, where it confirmed its high performance, reliability and durability.

Fitted with the same VR38DETT and GR6 transmission that powers the road car, Nismo aren’t giving the exact power/torque specifications away except to say that they exceed 485ps and exceeds 60 kg/m of torque. We’ve seen the GT-R RC quite a few times on here before so the special aero, carbon and race preparations are certainly not new to you.

What is news though is the price, Nismo will build you a GT-R RC to order for 20,790,000 yen or around $250k USD for a circuit ready race car.

NISMO GT-R RC

NISMO GT-R RC Specifications:

Length 4,650mm
Width 1,895mm
Height 1,370mm
Wheelbase 2,780mm
Front track 1,640mm
Rear Track 1,640mm
Weight 1,520kg
Engine Model VR38DETT DOHC V6
Cylinder Bore 95.5 mm X Stroke 88.4 mm
Displacement 3,799 cc
Power over 357 horsepower @ 6,400 rpm (485ps/6,400rpm)
Torque over 588 N?m @ 5,200 rpm (60kgm/5,200rpm)
Fuel Feed System NISSAN EGI, electronic concentrated control fuel injection system
Front Suspension Double Wishbone
Rear Suspension Multi-link
Shock absorbers Specially developed by NISMO for high performance driving (height adjustable)
Front brakes Ventilated Disc Brake (rotor ø410 mm)
Rear Brakes Ventilated Disc Brake (rotor ø380 mmj
Transmission GR6 Dual Clutch Transmission
Drivetrain System All-wheel Drive
Wheels (Fr / Rr) specialized for 10.5J X 20 +25mm size wheels
Tires (Fr / Rrj ADVAN 290/710 R20 slick tire, standard for all RC models

Source: Nismo

NISMO GT-R RC

NISMO GT-R RC

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Tokyo AutoSalon 2011: Mine’s New GT-R Sneak Peek and Meeting Event 2011

December 18, 2010 Comments off

Mines DBA-R35 GT-R

Good news for Mine’s fans the world over as Tokyo AutoSalon 2011 bears down on us quickly. Not only will the Mine’s GT-R be in attendance but the all new Mine’s 2011 (DBA-R35) GT-R Demo Car will be star of the show of the Option Magazine booth.

If you haven’t done so already, this might be all the incentive you need to start booking that trip to Tokyo. AutoSalon dates for 2011 are the 14th – 16th of January.

If you’re interested in that you’re also going to want to extend your stay because Mine’s are again staging their Mine’s Annual New Year Meeting Event! From 17th to the 23rd of January 2011, you can get along to Mine’s HQ in Yokosuka, Japan and experience all the Mine’s products in person.

We attended the Mine’s Meeting Event in 2010 and had a great time getting hands on with the newest GT-R gear. Highly recommend, if you’re in town anyway, do yourself a favor and e-mail Mine’s @ mines@mines-wave.com a brief introduction of yourself to setup the best time to go visit.

Link: Mine’s Website
Link: Tokyo AutoSalon Website

2012 Nissan GT-R Posts Amazing 0 – 62 Mph Time

November 16, 2010 Comments off

A few days ago we saw a teaser video of Nissan testing the new GT-R out at Sendai Highland racetrack in Japan. Nissan was in attendance in full force including Chief Engineer for the GT-R project Kazutoshi Mizuno-san.

The testing was focussed on one thing, off-the-line acceleration of the new DBA-R35 GT-R and determining what will be the official 0 – 100km/h (0 – 62 mph) time.

Above is the finally posted results video and with a track temp of just 13 degrees C (55.4 degrees F) and utilising the upgraded and tweaked new launch control featured on the DBA-R35, the GT-R reeled off a 3.046s run to 62 mph as measured by a V-Box measuring device.

To put that in perspective it is quicker than not only the new Porsch 911.2 Turbo it’s quicker than what Porsche rates their own 911 Turbo S special edition.

Not content with a three second flat 0-62mph, during analysis of the run afterwards, Mizuno mentions that with a warmer track temp and hence, warmer, stickier tyre contact, the new GT-R could very well dip into the 2.9’s.

Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

Auzrun November 2010 – Steve Jones to Pilot Japanese Cop Car R35 in Aussie Rally

November 15, 2010 Comments off

Japanese Police GT-R Auzrun 2010

Having started in 2008, the Auzrun Lifestyle Rally is the first of it’s kind in Australia. Similar to what is known in Europe and the US as the Gumball events, the Auzrun is a 5 day long non-competitive drive event where drivers from all over Australia and the world will stretch their vehicle’s legs around south eastern quarter of Australia.

The rally begins in Sydney today and all manner of supercars, musclecars, tuner cars and character cars will be heading south to Melbourne where they will make their first stop. As in the Gumball, every stop is a party so drivers are set to have a massive week ahead of them. After Melbourne the cars will next stop in Torquay before finishing up in Adelaide, South Australia.

For the November 2010 Auzrun, Steve Jones with sponsor McDonalds will be entering the Fabcar 2009 GT-R in full Japanese police car mock livery put together by sponsor GT Graphics. Thanks to Josh @ Sixfour Skate, one of the car’s other sponsors, we have these scoop photos of the car before it heads out tonight. The car also sports some massive ADV1 21″ wheels thanks to ADV1 – they are 21″x10 up front and 21″x13 in the rear wrapped with tyres provided thanks to Tech9 Tyres.

This is not the first time readers here will have been introduced to Steve Jone. He claimed back to back victories in the Quit Targa West in 2008 and 2009 in a Nissan GT-R, he was also the youngest competitor to ever win the event at all in 2008.

Josh also plans to document the trip with photos and video so we look forward to hearing about the event from him as it happens! Have fun out there guys!

Link: Auzrun Website