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Nismo Festival 2009: Super Taikyu Spec Nissan GT-R – More Details Part 1

December 7, 2009 Comments off


Well firstly, sorry to those who got their hopes up that Nismo would unveil this car at Nismo Festival. Evidently it was spied on it’s way out of Fuji not to return until the next private testing session. That is to say, it was completely absent for Sunday the 6th of December which was Festival day.

Doesn’t really matter though because we still have photos enough to make a few good guesses about the upcoming Nismo racer. We’d also like to replay a bunch of photos from our last up close and personal article about the Tokachi 24hrs R35 GT-R for comparison.

First up its obvious that the hood scoop is a new addition, but the the entire hood base was carbon for Tokachi and it seems that there is no variation here on that point.



As for the front end in general, while at first glance it is the same as the Tokachi 24hrs car, if you look closer at the finish and materials used back then, we’ve actually got a completely new generation of bumper. Fully carbon now, each duct seems more fully integrated than before. The front lip spoiler is also revamped into a full carbon version versus the ABS plastic with carbon ducts of the Tokachi car.

The location of the air-jack line input has also shifted sides and become a proper fixture versus the rudimentry previous version.


Around back and its again easy to spot the differences. Theres a entirely new rear bumper in full dry carbon with a rear underspoiler in carbon to match. The previously gorgeous SpecV exhaust has been reduced to meer straight outlets via the path of least resistance.

A rear diff cooler can be seen hiding behind that rear grill also, and not surprising really. It shares this with the Tokachi car but there are some other differences here. The fuel filler for one, it moves from the rear trunk lid to the rear quarter panel window and that itself is replaced by a lightweight lexen window.

Have a browse through the photos to compare, point out anything you spot different. Coming up in part 2 will be some engine bay shots or maybe the interior. We’ll see what kind of mood we’re in at the time.

Source: All Nissan GT-R Super Taikyu R35 GT-R Photos (C) 2009
Images: All Nissan GT-R Tokachi 24hrs GT-R Photos (C) 2008 – 2009


Import Tuner Magazine: Nismo Tokachi 24hrs Nissan GT-R

February 20, 2009 Comments off

Import Tuner Magazine has printed their Nismo Tokachi 24hrs endurance Nissan GT-R article online. It’s an interesting piece if you hadn’t read all about this car already so check it out. It includes details on why they built it and exactly what they did to the car to prep it for Japans only 24hr endurance race.

The photos by Dino alone are worth it.

Link: Import Tuner Magazine: Motul Nismo R35 GT-R – 24/7
Link: Nismo Tokachi GT-R Photo Gallery by GTRBlog
Link: Nismo Tokachi 24hrs Nissan GT-R related articles on GTRBlog

Nismo Festival 2008: Tokachi 24hrs R35 GT-R Up Close

December 4, 2008 Comments off

Finally got a up close look at the Tokachi 24hrs Nismo prepared R35 Nissan GT-R this weekend and it’s certainly a cool car. Being the development platform for a number of parts that made it onto the final Nissan Spec-V GT-R as well as the Nismo ClubSport Package the likelyhood that some of these parts look very similar to the Spec-V is high.

So the biggest thing that strikes as you look at the car is the cooling ducts in the front bar. In an endurance race heat is you number one enemy so these ducts provide more airflow to the intercoolers, oil cooler, radiator and brakes. The brake ducts are almost identical to those found on the GT-R Spec-V with the exception of the mounting rivets. The Spec-V will have a much more finished look to it.

The car’s wheels are the Rays forged aluminium 20″ five spoke TE37-like wheels as seen on both the Nismo ClubSport Package and the Spec-V test mule. These are painted black and are wrapped in some Bridgestone RE55S tires which in 20″ sizes are not available yet. A lot of guys questioned if that really existed so I took a closeup of the front tire and yep, they exist alright.

The mirrors are one off dry carbon OEM shape items. Unfortunately this is the only set known to exist to date and will not go into production for the Spec-V. These will most likely make it to the next production class race car but for street they are distinctly unsuitable if not extremely cool. Fortunately the aftermarket will fill the gap left by Nismo here and Zele International have already completed theirs while Mine’s are still developing their final version.

Making our way to the rear of the car brings us to that Nismo exhaust with the distinct dual tips. While these did make it to the Nismo ClubSport Package we’re not expecting the Spec-V to use this exhaust. This particular car’s exhaust is also wrapped in fiberglass heatwrap, this keeps heat in the exhaust improving gas flow inside the exhaust and air temps under the car.

A differential cooler can be seen mounted at the rear also with an aluminium duct feeding it air from underneath. Other carbon NACA ducting can be seen riveted to the carbon undertray. We are yet to see the Spec-V’s carbon undertray for design changes.

Other carbon touches can be seen barely hidden under a thin red vinyl layer such as on the trunk lid. The hood is also carbon but the rear spoiler is standard issue plastic.

Inside, we didn’t get great photos of it, but the dash has carbon MFD surrounds straight from the Spec-V production line and a clean looking roll cage. Race seat and stripped out interior save a bit of weight in here.

Click through the gallery below to see the other photographs of the Tokachi 24hrs GT-R closeup…

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Tokachi 24hrs: Motul Nismo R35 GT-R Successfully Completes the Race!

July 21, 2008 Comments off

The Motul Nismo GTR-World Nissan GT-R was successful in it’s goals today when it completed the Tokachi 24hrs endurance race at Tokachi Speedway in Hokkaido, Japan. The GT-R’s race was full of ups and downs but the Nismo team were able to overcome them all to put in a full on 24hrs of racing. The GT-R finished the race in 21st place from 28 entries putting in 546 laps.

Winning the race was the #50 Petronas Syntium BMW Z4 Coupe Super Taikyu (ST1) car, second was the #28 Petronas Syntium BMW Z4 Coupe Super Taikyu (ST1) car and third place was the #1 ENDLESS ADVAN Z (ST1) car.

For photographs and data from the race check out the GTR-World coverage at the link below!

Related Items: Tokachi 24hrs Stories on GTRBlog
Source/Link: Tokachi 24hrs Race Live Report

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Tokachi 24hrs: Race Update

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The Tokachi 24hrs endurance race is more than halfway completed now and the GT-R has had one hell of a time. It’s still going though which is great news for the team.

Problems started early on, the GT-R has been making frequent pit stops for fuel and during one such pit stop there was a issue with the refueling system causing some dramatic issues. The pit team was forced to fix the problems then and there costing them over 35 minutes in the pits. The car went back out but was many laps down.

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Source: GTR-World Live Race Coverage

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Tokachi 24hrs: 30 Minutes Until Race Start – Morning Practice Results

July 20, 2008 Comments off

Practice is over and the race is on in less than 1 hr. Teams are ready, pit crews are ready.

Results from the morning practice sessions show the GT-R is still extremely potent setting another 2:12 laptime (2:12.967) again putting it third outright in terms of practice lap times.

Other cars in the top five were:

  1. ENDLESS ADVAN Z  2’10.165 (ST1)
  2. OCN@Kosei Porsche 2’12.743 (ST1)
  3. MOTUL NISMO GT-R  2’12.967 (IP4)
  4. Yokohama eco MOTION Z sato  2’14.817 (EC2)
  5. ADVAN Lance Evo  2’15.039 (ST2)


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Tokachi 24hr: Saturday Practice Session – Final Wrapup

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Closing out the last of the free practice sessions on Saturday and in practice the Motul Nismo R35 GT-R had set the outright 3rd fastest time around Tokachi Speedway. Each of the three drivers had a session in the GT-R and the pit crew got a good work out as well.

Yesterday’s top times accross all classes were:

  1. BMW Z4M COUPE   2’08.145 ST1
  2. NISSAN FAIRLADY Z 2’10.819 EC2
  3. MOTUL NISMO GT-R 2’12.748 IP4
  4. MITSBISHI LANCER 2’14.038 ST2
  5. MITSBISHI LANCER 2’16.247 ST2

Sunday’s free practice sessions have begun already also as we count down to the 3:00PM JST start time for the race. Updates soon with how we are doing today.

Photos/Source: – Free Practice Session Results

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Tokachi 24hrs: Nismo’s Brake Rotor / Caliper Spares

July 19, 2008 Comments off

It’s a big effort competing in a 24 hour endurance race like the Tokachi 24hrs this weekend and to seriously compete you need some serious spares. Here’s a glimpse of Nismo’s pit area with the brake rotor, caliper and pad spares they expect to use during the race.

As for the race itself, clouds have begun forming over Tokachi Speedway and showers look to be coming so will the GT-R get to prove it’s AWD mettle over the majority RWD field? Let’s see!

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Tokachi 24hr: Saturday Practice Session – GT-R Amazingly Fast!

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The Motul Nismo GTR-World R35 GT-R continues to be the center of attention at the Tokachi 24hr endurance race scheduled to start soon.

In practice today, on “S” tires (Bridgestone RE55S) the GT-R set a 2:12.748 lap time. Spectators are saying the car is fast enough to challenge the Super Taikyu 1 (ST1) class down the straights but due to the S tires it’s not cornering as fast. That is amazing however as the ST1 class is the fastest class in the race and on full slicks. The GT-R is entered into the International Production 4 class.

Predictions are that if it rains the AWD advantage the GT-R has may upset a lot of ST1/ST2 teams! Even on a dry circuit some teams are going to be shocked. has also uploaded a huge photo gallery from yesterday and last night’s practice. Check it at the link below.

Photo/Photo Gallery Link: Tokachi Practice Session Photo Gallery

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Tokachi 24hrs: Motul Nismo R35 GT-R Practice Session

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The Motul Nismo GTR-World R35 GT-R was out on Tokachi Speedway Friday testing during the free practice sessions. The car was out twice in the morning session, once later in the afternoon and twice during the night practice session. It’s critical to test under night conditions because so far all previous testing in this brand new car has been during the daylight while the actual race is 24hrs long.

This practice also gave the pit crews a chance to practicing their tire changing, refueling and brake caliper/rotor changing.

The tires being used are the Bridgestone RE55S tire. These tires are providing a high level of grip but other classes are able to run full slicks. So far though in practice the GT-R is keeping up with the Super Taikyu 2 (ST2) class Evo’s! There is obviously a wealth of performance potential in the GT-R.

Check out the full photo gallery provided by by clicking the read more link below.

Source/Photos: Tokachi 24hr Race Practice Sessions

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