Widebody GT-Rs Part II: Abflug

April 7, 2011 Comments off

In the last post, we brought you the new widebody aero from Axell Auto.  In this next installment of GT-R Blog’s feature on widebody GT-Rs, we have the second wide aero kit that debuted at TAS 2011.

This second kit comes from Abflug, a Japanese tuner renowned for their creative and revolutionary aero designs.  Their GT-R kit keeps that reputation alive with its large-mouth front bumper, wide blister fenders and R8-style ducting in the rear bumper.

The “kit” is currently being sold piece-by-piece, with FRP and carbon variations, depending on the part.  Also available is a new high-mount rear wing that replaces the OEM wing, but retains the side base mounts.

For more photos of the car and information regarding all the individual pieces, please visit Abflug’s website.

Link: Abflug Website

Widebody GT-Rs Part I: Axell Auto

April 1, 2011 Comments off

Tokyo Auto Salon saw the debut of what many consider the most radical aero parts for the GT-R ever in Axell Auto’s full widebody kit.

We can let the pictures do the talking…

Prior to their GT-R kit, Axell Auto had been primarily known for their modifications to Japanese luxury vehicles like SUVs and vans, but their GT-R kit is Axell trying their hand in the sports car realm.  Axell’s fascination with the R35 started after the President of Axell purchased his GT-R and began modifying it with off-the-shelf parts.

The kit takes some styling cues from Tommykaira and features wide front and rear fenders, completely new front and rear bumper designs with a carbon fiber rear diffuser, rear wing and side skirts with functional brake ducting.

While pricing hasn’t been released, you can visit Axell’s website for pictures, video and more information.
Link: Axell Auto’s Website

In addition, Axell has enlisted GT-RR to be the first international distributor for the kit.
Link:
Axell Auto on GT-RR.com

This post will be the first in a series  regarding the recent widebody options that have been released for the R35.  Look out for more in the coming week!

AAM Competition Release R-Maf Upgraded Airflow Sensors for Nissan GT-R

February 11, 2011 Comments off

AAM R-MAF for Nissan GT-R

Anyone who’s ever tuned their turbocharged cars and relied on the stock airflow sensors knows that most OEM’s supply MAFs purpose built for the power the car delivers in stock form. Deviate too much from this and you’ll very quickly run out of resolution making tuning problematic.

On the GT-R the problem is worsened by the protective ECU which can throw codes to further complicate matters.

AAM Competition know this problem well and have come up with a solid and permanent solution for those GT-R owners making significantly more power than standard.

AAM’s product description says it best:

AAM Competition, LLC’s new R-MAF Meter is a welcome and important addition to any GT-R making over 550hp with factory air boxes, 625hp with 2 ¾” intakes, or 700hp with 3” intakes (500awhp, 575awhp, and 630-650awhp respectively). A direct bolt-in upgrade with no splicing of any wiring required and a factory functioning air temperature sensor, the R-MAF Meter is engineered to provide stock like idling and low-throttle drivability while doubling the range of the factory MAF sensors. The R- MAF’s extended range allow them to be used with engines with as much as 1,500hp with upgraded tubes.

  • Benefits of the AAM Competition R-MAF Meter: Performance, accuracy and quality
  • Direct replacement to the original MAF sensor & wiring harness (no cutting or splicing, drops and plugs right in)
  • Approximately 2 times more range that the factory sensor
  • Extended range allows it to be used with engines capable of making as much as 1,500 horsepower
  • Calibrated so that their range slightly exceeds that of the intake in which it is installed, so the sensor cannot “peg” yet still has excellent resolution
  • Factory like low-load characteristics, which keep the GT-R’s computer happy, allows the transmission to shift properly, and eliminates limp modes
  • Cures the P0700 Code issue frequently experienced on high power GT-R’s
  • Can be used in almost any intake system configuration (including blow through intake systems)
  • Comes with R-MAF calibration files (including fuel multiplier/tuning recommendations for different power levels)
  • Every sensor is repeatable within OEM specs

The sensors retail at the $429 each mark but if you head over to their website now you can see their currently discounted quite a bit.

Their available for shipping right now but get in quick…

Link: AAM Competition Website

AAM R-MAF Dyno Chart

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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TAS 2011: Axell Auto Producing Wide Body GT-R Kit for AutoSalon

December 28, 2010 Comments off

Axell Auto Wide Body GT-R

In what is becoming a tradition, January’s Tokyo Auto Salon will debut another wild wide body kit for the Nissan GT-R, this time from Axell Auto. After spending 2010 clothed in the Tommy Kaira Ebrezza-R full aero kit, Axell Auto decided to get even more extreme with the GT-R than their contemporaries have so far.

While it’s not completely finished yet, the concept drawings can give you a sneak peek at how they expect it to look when it debuts in January at Auto Salon. The guys at Axell look to have the proto kit in the finishing touch stages before assembly and paint judging from these workshop pics.

The kit will have pumped front fenders, rear fenders, a completely new front and rear bumper and chunky side skirts. The GT-R’s rear wing will be replaced with a taller stylized wing as well.

What else Axell Auto will do to the GT-R isn’t clear yet but we’re looking forward to seeing the finished product, even if it may not be everyone’s cup of tea.

Tokyo Auto Salon runs from the 14th to the 16th of January 2011 at Makuhari Messe in Tokyo Japan.

Source: Jon Sibal’s Blog
Link: Axell Auto Website
Axell Auto Wide Body GT-R

SouthSide Performance Transmission Cooler for Nissan GT-R

December 24, 2010 Comments off

SSP Transmission Cooler for GTR

Another cool product from South Dakota based SSP is this R Spec Race Transmission Cooler for the R35’s GR6 transmission. The guys at SSP have tried a lot of various solutions on the circuit and finally decided on this three part solution. Originally released earlier in the year, it’s now been re-released at a lower price point with updated availability.

On the track they were able to gather enough data to say that this is the ideal solution for keeping your trans fluid temps in check. During 10 lap sessions in 85 degree heat they saw average fluid temps of 220 – 225 degrees.

The kit comes with everything you need for a quick easy install, is available now and sells for around the $2399 mark including a 1 year warranty on parts. Hit up the link below for contact details for SSP.

The price may be going back up in the new year so check it out soon if this is something you’re looking into…

Link: SouthSide Performance Website

SSP Transmission Cooler for GTR

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

Willall Racing Launch GT-R Rear LSD Upgrade Kits

December 16, 2010 Comments off

Willall Racing WR35DS

Here’s another good idea from Aussie workshop Willall Racing. Instead of ditching the entire rear LSD assembly for a fancy aftermarket job they’ve decided to beef the stock one up to the task. With the goal of making the OEM LSD good enough for circuit abuse they reckon they’ve achieved it with as little as their new WR35DS Rear LSD Super Lock Kit.

Given that the stock diff is a high quality, well machined 1.5 way item with solid steel assemblies to begin with – it made sense to at least have a look in this direction.

This series of hardened and heat treated differential shims is installed to adjust the pre-load on the factory diff to the owners liking. You can go from “mild” to “wild” depending on how many shims you use.

The end result is significantly more grip and an end to the inside wheel spinning during cornering. A good result for the price of just $395. Click the link below for more info…

Link: Willall Racing Website

GTRBlog Holidays and End of Year Downtime

December 14, 2010 Comments off

GTRBlog End of Year 2010

Hey readers, I don’t often do this but I had to have a little break from the site to enjoy an end of year vacation. Yes GTRBlog went for the longest time since 2007 without an update! I feel so shocked at how long it’s been since I posted.

Good news is that the GT-R scene didn’t stop and while I’m sure you’ve all been keeping busy with NAGTROC to fill your GT-R internet quotas I’ve got a number of stories to catch up on.

Thanks for continuing to check back – I see that the stats are still strong for our little blog here and that people I meet out and about at car meets etc still know exactly who I am. That always surprises me!

While the big vacation is over for me I still have a lot of Christmas parties to attend as I’m sure you do.

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and stay tuned for more GT-R News in 2010 and into the new year!