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AMS Alpha 10 Nissan GT-R Sets New R35 Quarter Mile Record

October 6, 2010 Comments off


Something pretty exciting is happening over in Chicago lately. The first of the AMS Alpha-10 Package fitted GT-Rs is making it’s track debut trying to set new standards for ultra fast GT-Rs.

In it’s first outing, this complete street trim GT-R reeled off a 9.523 @ 150.62 mph. Well enough to get kicked off the track for not having a full cage, hell it’s quick enough not to technically be allowed near a drag strip without a parachute but even that wasn’t quick enough.

With some obvious smooth talking the guys were able to get one last run in and backed it up with an even more amazing 9.33 @ 153 mph!! The car made around 900awhp on AMS‘ dyno before the run.

The amount of mind bending acceleration generated by this car is difficult to grasp, AMS put together the above teaser video showing just the gauges to give you an idea but it’s hard to compute.

What’s crazier still is the Alpha GT-R range doesn’t stop here, a bigger, faster, more powerful Alpha-12 GT-R is still in the works. An 8 second club is in sight from here…

Huge congrats to Tim, the owner and big ups to AMS and Sheptrans for their work on these behemoths.

Link: AMS Alpha 10 Package Equipped Nissan GT-R Sets a New R35 GT-R 1/4 Mile Record!

Top Secret Super GT-R: New Aero Launched for R35

September 25, 2010 Comments off

Not one to be outdone by Nissan themselves, Top Secret has launched their own updated fascia for the Nissan GT-R. You may be forgiven for at first thinking that this takes a leaf out of the 2012 GT-R’s book because of the double canard design. This look is all original Top Secret though and is reminiscent of the legendary Twin Turbo V12 Supra aero.

Also shared with the Supra design theme is the nose extension factor. If you take a second look you’ll see that this is no rehash of the OEM bumper but it has been extended forward by 50mm.

Finished here in the newest iteration of Top Secret Gold, more details of pricing, construction and availability should be out soon…

Link: Top Secret Website

JUN Carbon Exhaust Ducts for Nissan GT-R

September 18, 2010 Comments off

JUN has deviated a little from their hardcore engine upgrades parts range to include this new Carbon Exhaust Duct in their GT-R lineup. These carbon exhaust tip surrounds will liven up your GT-R’s rear end for about 29,400 yen in Japan.

Possibly more interesting in the release than the parts themselves is that JUN seems to have a bright yellow R35 GT-R happening. Is this the return of the fabled JUN Hyper Lemon 1000hp GT-R in R35 format? We’d like to think so…

Link: JUN R35 GT-R Parts Website

Battle of the Mega Godzillas Heats Up: SPE1000 and Switzer R1K Dynos

September 17, 2010 Comments off

Two huge builds are reaching tipping points in the GT-R world this week with big news from two prominent tuners that the 1000awhp barrier has been effectively reached. In one case it’s even been poked with a sharp stick.

First up from Switzer was the announcement that their R1K prototype build has reeled off a 1005awhp dyno pull at 32 – 34.5 psi of boost running VP C16 fuel. To get this level of power the R1K package will feature custom manifolds, and a pair of big Garret watercooled turbochargers fitted with external wastegates. Switzer are also quick to point out that this tune is not right on the ragged edge. Conservative timing and boost settings are deliberately chosen for durability.

Hot on the heels of the R1K update, SP Engineering announced that their SPE1000 build has bumped its head against the limit of it’s ID 1000cc injectors at 997awhp (886 lb/ft of torque). They ran 30psi of boost for the pull on C16 fuel. ID 2000cc injectors are due to be fitted shortly to sort that and back on the dyno to make it an official round 1000awhp … or more…

So yes, it’s huge news and it won’t stop coming any time soon with AMS set to have their own 1000whp Alpha GT-R demons on the dyno in the not too distant future.

Right now it’s a little too close to call who will win down at the track and that really is where the where the winner will be decided. Can’t wait to see it!

Link: SP Engineering Discussion Thread @ NAGTROC
Link: Switzer R1K Update @ NAGTROC

Tommy Kaira High Performance Titan Big Throttle Bodies for Nissan GT-R

September 15, 2010 Comments off

Tommy Kaira has quietly launched their latest performance product, a set of upgraded throttle bodies for the Nissan GT-R. The Tommy Kaira units offer upgraded airflow by improving the OEM throttle bodies in several ways.

Firstly they have honed and polished the throttle body interior. The net result is a 1.5mm enlarged opening with a smooth surface to reduce turbulence around the interior.

Secondly they’ve redesigned the butterfly from scratch. This titanium replacement butterfly reduces the need for the clunky OEM pivot so air flows more smoothly again through the throttle.

All up Tommy Kaira claim more than 20% improved airflow through these with of course improvements to engine response that come along with it.

Pricing begins around the 117,600 yen mark per set provided you send your OEM throttles in. Without the exchange, expect to part with 243,600 yen for a set.

Link: Tommy Kaira Website

AMS Nissan GT-R Alpha Performance Upgrade Packages

September 13, 2010 Comments off

Looks like AMS Performance are readying a range of new performance packages for the Nissan GT-R under their new Alpha brand. The Alpha 6 and 9 packages are already available on their website along with a new video showing just what the Alpha 9 is capable of on pump gas.

Featured in the video below is the Alpha 9 package described by AMS as such:

The AMS Alpha 9 package for your Nissan GTR offers the most reliable bolt-on horse power available and we have the 9 second time slips to back it up. This package offers stock-like turbo spool up while boosting power output to an astounding 900 horsepower on race gas and 800 on pump gas.

That pump gas horsepower is good to get you 10.1 @ 138 down the quarter mile. That’s a confirmed 9 sec quarter on race gas. This is all done while maintaining the OEM finish and using only the best quality parts.

For full package details, dyno charts, and pricing, head over to the links below…

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

AMS Release Upgraded Mass Airflow (MAF) Sensors for Nissan GT-R

September 1, 2010 Comments off

As time goes by and big power GT-Rs get more plentiful more and more tuners are running into the same old pesky problems. In fact, whenever you see horsepower at these levels this problem tends to rear it’s head. That is flaky air flow sensors, air flow sensors that lack resolution or airflow sensors that just max out way earlier than needed.

To put this problem to bed AMS have tackled it head on;

The AMS Nissan GT-R upgraded MAF sensor was designed to eliminate the driveabilty problems with big horsepower GT-R’s. As with any GT-R, once you start to reach the 800HP threshold, driveablity problems occur. AMS diagnosed these issues and quickly sorted out a solution. Thanks to our tuner Chris Black, we now have a MAF sensor capable of handling big power and big amounts of air. Kiss your P0700 codes goodbye! Stop dealing with rough driveablity problems if you are running Greddy 20G’s, big bolt-on turbos or full turbo kits. These Mass Air Flow Sensors are designed and calibrated to handle big power!

These babies are good to handle airflow levels up to 1200bhp and are retailing for $999.95. Hit up the AMS website linked below for the full details…

Link: AMS Website

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

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