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Nismo Rear Differential Cooler for Nissan GT-R Coming Soon

March 9, 2010 Comments off

On the circuit and even with some hard street driving, GT-R owners will know that the transmission temperature has a habit of rising quite rapidly. To compound that, on the GT-R, the transmission is integrated with the rear differential housing and because of this, heat energy is freely transferred between them.

In Nismo’s testing experience, with their Tokachi 24hrs race car and their Super Taikyu R35, cooling the rear differential has been surprisingly effective at lowering transmission temperatures. So much so that they’re now releasing their in-house developed rear differential cooler as a kit for the GT-R.

The kit features a electric oil pump, braided hoses, cooler core, and wiring harness for automatic or manual in-cabin operation. When installed it increases the diff oil capacity by 2 liters which is a help by itself.

In Nismo’s testing of the ClubSport GT-R on Sodegaura Circuit in Chiba, they were happy to see the diff oil temperature at no time exceeded 140 degrees C. Exactly what the transmission temperature was like during the testing is not known though.

The diff oil cooler is due for release in April and we will have availability details at that time.

Source: GTR-World.net

Nismo Data Logging MFD Upgrade for Nissan GT-R In Detail

March 2, 2010 Comments off

You may remember our brief encounter with the Nismo Data Logging MFD from Tokyo AutoSalon where we got to play with a Nismo ClubSport GT-R with the option fitted. Unfortunately we weren’t able to get any time with a car to really see what it can do but fortunately our friends at GTR-World.net did.

What you see in the above screenshot is pretty much the extent of the facilities available in the kit. This is very similar to other third party data logging systems like Traqmate but without the neat video integration features that set those systems apart.

In detail you get engine coolant and oil temperature, transmission oil temperature, speed, boost pressure, steering angle, brake application percentage, accelerator application percentage, gear position, and G-force (lateral, acceleration and braking) data.

The Nismo Data Logger can also be used with an optional Nismo Lap Sensor Kit to give accurate timing data for circuit work and there are two models available, the Base and the Plus. The differences between the kits are detailed below, suffice to say the Plus model integrates GPS data to give accurate plots of your circuit in the analysis software.

Product Features Model Compatibility
Nismo Data Logging Kit BASE Data Analysis Software CD + USB Key JDM MY07 – MY09 JDM MY10
USB Memory Stick (for data logging) X

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Nismo Data Logging Kit PLUS All features of BASE plus    
GPS Sensor (Coming Soon) X

O
Control / Junction Box X

O

Yes you read that right, early model GT-Rs need not apply as this feature is simply not compatible. It needs to be fitted by your Nissan HPC in Japan also so that rules out buying it separately for the overseas grey import folks.

If you’re interested purely in the lap sensor kit, it is something that can be bought separately and integrated into your Nissan GT-R’s MFD from MY2007 onwards using the supplied wiring harness. A neat piece of integration that some will appreciate. It’s also available in two models, a Type M using magnetic sensors which already exist on many circuits and a Type B kit that comes with it’s own infrared beacon and appropriate infrared sensors for all other circuits.

When installed, the Nismo Lap Sensor kit will log lap timing data to the GT-R’s compact flash (CF) slot (MY07-MY09) or USB memory slot (MY10+) in a CSV (Comma Seperated Value format) that you can open up in MS Excel later on.

Some neat pieces of kit overall, the Lap Sensor Kit is probably of most interest to the world in general but we can’t confirm it will function on USDM / European model cars yet. We also don’t have pricing either but it might be difficult to justify either way over existing, albeit less integrated, proven and affordable timing systems.

Source: GTR-World.net – Nismo Datalogger

Tokyo AutoSalon 2010: Midori, Hashimoto, Power Enterprise and Others

February 5, 2010 Comments off

Time for a combined post wrapping up the rest of my strictly GT-R related photos from Friday morning the first day of TAS2010. Take a peek as we browse the halls to snap up some interesting tidbits.

First up is Midori Seibi Center’s nice looking GT-R with their new Silent Power NR exhaust fitted up. They also had some extremely hot Rays Volk G2 wheels in the formula silver fitted outside some tasty Alcon rotors.

Speaking of Alcon, we took a look up close at their caliper upgrades for Nissan GT-R and they look damn serious. Alcon make brakes for everything from street cars to F1 cars and lots inbetween. Next to the GT-R brakes was a caliper from a SuperGT car. It was crazy lightweight due to it’s construction but not really in the same league as the F1 caliper next to that. Constructed from goldGold anodized, it was lighter again.

On the topic of motorsports, over at the Nissan booth they had parked the 2008 SuperGT Championship winning GT500 class Nismo GT-R for a pitwork demo. They performed a tire change while various parts of the car were pulled off so that the presenter could lift them up in front of everyone. I guess those tires don’t weigh much after all.

Power Enterprise had their Four Charger VR38 out on display as well, this year they’ve also got a turbo upgrade for GT-R available. It’s pretty impressive to see this engine in all it’s quad charged glory out of the car. So much work went into this, I really wonder about the results though as we’ve not heard much about it in the last 12 months since it’s debut.

The Hashimoto GT-R was there as well showing off it’s Lamborghini Style Doors. Not such a fan myself but was quite interested to check out their Schmieden front lip spoiler to see how functional it was. Unfortunately it’s all show as there are no brake ducts. Can’t fault the looks though it is attractive. The BBS LM-R wheels look good in the flesh except that the centers feel a little on the small side.

Finally, we end with a few non-R35 GT-Rs that stood out. First up is the ER34 sedan with an R35 look rear end. The rear bar has been moulded to allow for the R35 exhaust to be fitted and give a similar looking center grill section. Really though, if you’re going to modify your R34 GT-T you need to go all out like Final Konnexion did. This wide body kit for the ER34 coupe is wild and actually amazing in fit and finish. Check it out in the gallery below!

Images: Copyright (C) 2010 GTRBlog.com.

FIA GT-1 Spec Nissan GT-R Teams Announced for FIA GT 2010 Championships

January 21, 2010 Comments off

After finalising the specifications of the GT1 class Nissan GT-R and signing the official FIA GT partnership agreements, Nismo has been able to confirm that two teams will field it’s 600hp GT1 car in this years FIA GT championship series.

The teams are Swiss Racing Team headed by Othmar Welti and British team Sumo Power GT led by James Rumsey. Each team will field two cars a piece which means 4 of the 24 GT1 cars on the grid later in the year will be Nissan GT-Rs. Unfortunately, the Gigawave Motorsports team who partnered with Nismo in 2009 to test and help develop the car had to pull out of FIA GT championships this year.

Sumo Power had their GT1 machine at Autosport International show in Birmingham, UK last week so the public could get a good look. We also had a very up close look recently at the 2009 Nismo Festival at Fuji Speedway, Japan. Check out our feature article on this beast here.

The first race kicks off in May at Silverstone Circuit, we’ll keep you informed of the GT-Rs performance!

Top Photo: Jakob Ebrey

Tokyo AutoSalon 2010: Nismo ClubSport Nissan GT-R Data Logging Option

January 15, 2010 Comments off

The 2010 Nismo ClubSport package Nissan GT-R was at the show today so we asked Nismo for the lowdown on the new data logging kit option. Given access to the ClubSport GT-R we were able to fiddle about with it to discover what it means.

From what we could tell, it’s much the same MFD that we’re used to, however it’s now fitted with a USB port in the center console next to the standard 12v power socket. Utilising this, it is possible to store the MFD data on a USB storage device for examination and import into software later. In that way, it’s a useful tool to help you improve your driving on the circuit.

We didn’t spot too much in the way of software tweaks on the car itself and didn’t have access to or learn of any software Nismo supplies to read the data so we can’t draw any conclusions on that side of things.

Overall is this option welcome? Yes, if available by itself on a base model GT-R at the dealership. If you need the Nismo ClubSport package to take advantage of it then I don’t see it being a top seller.

That being said, we’re aware that other manufacturers are building friendly data logging units for the GT-R now which are likely to have the same data export features.

Time will tell which is the better option to go with.

Link: Nismo ClubSport Website
Images: (C) Copyright GTRBlog.com

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

December 7, 2009 Comments off

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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.

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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.

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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) GTR-World.net 2009
Images: All Nissan GT-R Tokachi 24hrs GT-R Photos (C) GTRBlog.com 2008 – 2009

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Nismo Festival 2009: Nismo Super Taikyu Spec GT-R Spied – SCOOP Photos!

December 5, 2009 Comments off

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Previously just a rumor, today we saw the proof that Nissan is developing a Super Taikyu specification R35. Based on a standard MY2010 GT-R and utilising many of the components originally developed on Tokachi 24hrs competing R35 GT-R (i.e. tjhe SpecV prototypes), this new spec GT-R kind of caught us by surprise. The good news first, yes it IS VR38DETT powered and AWD and utilising the GR6 transmission! Finally a true GT-R race car? (Sean will be pleased…)

It was in the pits for mere moments before being locked away in a truck so we’re using our friend from GTR-World.net‘s photos. These are the only ones known to exist right now.

Hopefully Nismo doesn’t keep all their toys locked away for the entire weekend and we see this thing in action tomorrow.

If not, don’t fret, we have loads more photos we’re holding back until we get a green light…

Source: GTR-World.net – Scoop Nismo Festival 2009 Photos

Nismo Launch Nismo Club Sport Package for Nissan GT-R in the UK

November 9, 2009 Comments off

Nismo have now authorised the first dealership outside of Japan to sell, install and service the NISMO ClubSport Package for the Nissan GT-R. Originally unveiled back in August 2008, the package is designed to enhance the circuit performance of the GT-R but also improve on road handling as well.

Many of the parts were originally seen on the Tokachi 24hrs race car prior to July 2008 and then went on to be part of the SpecV package from the factory. They include:

  • Nismo 20 inch Rays lightweight forged aluminium wheels
  • Nismo Bilstein Damptronic Suspension
  • Nismo Recaro Carbon/Leather seats
  • Nismo Titanium Exhaust System
  • Nismo Carbon Fibre Rear Diffuser
  • Nismo Badging

For specifications on the parts, check our previous article on the details. As for pricing, stay tuned but don’t get your hopes up on discount Nismo tuning parts anytime soon. Still, the move is interesting as it may lead to the opening up of other Nismo tuning parts for Nissan GT-R outside Japan such as the Nismo ECM/TCM released in May 2009.

Click through the jump to read the whole press release…

Source: Nismo

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Nismo Sports Resetting ECU and TCM for Nissan GT-R

May 15, 2009 Comments off

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Nissan’s motorsports arm, Nismo, has announced it will be offering a warranty backed ECU and Transmission Control Module (TCM) upgrade for Nissan GT-R and GT-R SpecV owners in Japan. The upgrade is available separate to previous Nismo offerings for the Nissan GT-R such as the Nismo Clubsport Package and introduces a couple of interesting changes:

  • Improved low end torque and response from modified ECU maps
  • Increased maximum boost pressure (0.1 bar) and increased low end boost
  • Improved, quicker, downshifts
  • Street speed limiter raised to 320km/h

There is a few caveats however which will limit the interest for non-Japanese residents for now. Nismo will not sell you this ECU and TCM, they will rent it to you for the period of 24 months. While you’re renting it your factory warranty is still good and is backed by Nismo’s own guarantee. When you’re done, Nismo return your original ECU and TCM to your car.

The price for the initial 24 month period is 294,000 yen for both the base and SpecV versions with an additional fee of 31,500 per year if you continue on past the 24 months.

Available for pre-order come June 1st 2009, deliveries begin on the 24th of June.

While it’s always good to see Nismo producing parts and backing them with a warranty, the whole concept just seems incredibly bizzare to me. Renting tuning parts?

What do you guys think?

FIA GT1 Nissan GT-R Testing Update and News

April 15, 2009 Comments off

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Well unless you’ve been buying property in exclusive under-rock-locations lately I’m sure you know that Nissan Motorsports NISMO and Gigawave Motorsports have partnered in the entry of a 2010 GT1 specification Nissan GT-R into four races in this years FIA GT series.

The first offical FIA GT test session wrapped up on Tuesday last week and we all got a great look at the Nismo GT1 GT-R in detail thanks to various media in attendance on the day.

How’d the GT-R do though? Yes it’s just a test day but the laps were timed and that includes the 2010 FIA GT1 spec GT-R. All up 100 (!) laps were run over the two days of testing on the Paul Ricard circuit. Keeping in mind that the 2010 FIA GT1 specification limits the modifications that the cars may run versus the 2009 GT1 specification you musn’t compare it to current laptimes.

That being said here are the best lap times for the three 2010 GT1 cars from the first official test days:

  1. 2010 GT1 Nismo / Gigawave Nissan R35 GT-R – 2:05.447
  2. 2010 GT1 Matech Ford GT – 2.05.948
  3. 2010 GT1 VDS Ford GT – 2.07.401

Godzilla likes to win it seems.

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Testing resumes today and tomorrow (15th – 16th of April) in Portugal at the Algarve Circuit. A circuit which Michael Krumm, Nismo’s GT1 GT-R racing driver personally loves –

[Algarve Circuit is] a new and very exciting track that was build basically out of the most exciting corners from circuits around the world. I’m looking very much forward to drive in the Nissan GTR there!

– Michael Krumm

In other news, Gigawave has confirmed our previous post regarding which races the Nismo / Gigawave GT1 Nissan R35 GT-R will be entering in the 2009 series. Additionally they’ve confirmed a third event while leaving the fourth and final event undecided upon at this stage. The three confirmed rounds will be:

  1. Silverstone, UK – May 3rd 2009 – Series Round #1
  2. Oschersleben, Germany – June 21st 2009 – Series Round #3
  3. 24 hours of Spa, Belgium – July 25th – 26th 2009 – Series Round #4

Starting to get pretty exciting with all the GT-R motorsports coming our way. SuperGT 2009 round #2 this weekend should help me get my fix as well as Targa Tasmania 2009 which is coming up in less than two weeks now.

Link: FIA GT Website
Link: Gigawave Motorsports
Link: FIA GT GT1 Spec GT-R related articles on GTRBlog.com
Photo Gallery: 2010 GT1 Spec Nissan GT-R