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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

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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Global GT-R Nismo ST1 Spec GT-R Debuts in Altech GT Challenge South Africa

November 25, 2010 Comments off

Global GTR South Africa

Back in September Nismo announced that they were adding an additional authorized NHPC outside of Japan that would be able to offer Nismo’s special edition GT-Rs. Global GT-R in South Africa was given this honor.

This includes not only the Nismo ClubSport Package but also makes them the first NHPC outside Japan to sell the Nismo RC ST1 race car which until now had only been seen during 2010 Japanese Super Taikyu series.

The first Nismo RC ST1 spec car in South Africa, the Global GT-R, made it’s racing debut in the Altech Challenge Series this month pit up against some serious GT cars at Kyalami Circuit. Racing in class A, they ended up in third place on the podium by the end of the day. Not a bad first day out.

Looks like the guys from Global GT-R have a full 2011 season ahead of them and hopefully they will continue to race and develop the Nismo RC ST1 car. It’s really great to see it on the track.

Source/Link: Global GT-R Website

Official Launch: MY11 (2012) Nissan GT-R – Nissan Opens Info Floodgates

October 17, 2010 Comments off

October 18th is here already in Japan so Nissan have unleashed the full spread of details on the new DBA-R35 GT-R model including full performance details and photography. With the press release comes confirmation of much of what we’d been saying for months now and that is the DBA-R35 is a leap ahead of the previous GT-R in terms of performance.

The main bullet points of improvements across the board begins with improved power and torque, better handling, improved aero and updated look and feel are extremely welcome to GT-R fans. What is also great to see is that the model range continues to expand in size with the addition as predicted of the EGOIST to the existing SpecV, Club Track Edition, and standard models. With that news comes some dissapointment though as many territories where the GT-R is sold will miss out on the full lineup with the EGOIST and Club Track only being considered in Japan, Europe and the Middle East (EGOIST only).

Skip all the rest of the fluff (for now at least) though because what most of us want to know is the hard numbers and the GT-R is not dissapointing here in any way. 530ps (522hp) @ 6400 rpm is the official power figure with 612Nm (451 lb/ft) of torque available from 3200 rpm to 6000 rpm. Nissan say this horsepower bump comes from running more boost, tweaking the A/F ratio, valve timing and improving the air intake.

What this means to the Nurburgring lap time you’re wondering? Word is Nissan have slashed 6 seconds off their previous best of 7:26 for a mind boggling 7:2x flat spin around the Nordschleife. Update to this update: The Nurburgring laptime is not officially confirmed at this stage.

In terms of new colors, we had previously mistranslated this one it seems or maybe it was changed. Looks like Meteor Flake Black (pictured above) is the new black to go with the correctly predicted Aurora Flare Blue Pearl blue.

Coming up next will be some hi-res photos of the new Nissan GT-R EGOIST as well as the updated SpecV and Club Track Editions…

To read the full press release click the Read More link below…

Nissan Releases the 11MY Nissan GT-R
YOKOHAMA (October 18, 2010) – Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. today announced the launch of the 11MY Nissan GT-R, which goes on sale November 17th at Nissan dealers nationwide in Japan.

Nissan GT-R

For 11MY, GT-R features improved engine output and torque, greater fuel efficiency, revised handling, a refreshed exterior with improved aerodynamics, revised interior treatment and new wheels and tires. The large number of enhancements for the new model year is part of the continuous advancement of the GT-R design, technology and performance since its debut in December 2007. Nissan has also enhanced the level of after-sales support for GT-R owners, providing even greater value for customers.

The “World of GT-R” expands again this year with the addition of a racing circuit use-only “Club Track” edition and an ultra-exclusive “EGOIST” version that can be custom-ordered according to the precise desires of each individual customer. The complete 11MY Nissan GT-R model lineup now includes six versions – the “Pure edition,” “Black edition,” “Premium edition,” “SpecV,” “Club Track” and “EGOIST” – allowing customers to choose the exact level of dynamic performance and style to meet their various needs.

The 11MY Nissan GT-R will also be released in North America, Europe and other regions after February 2011. Nissan is considering introducing EGOIST in Europe and the Middle East, and the Club Track edition in Europe as well.

Read more…

Breaking News: 2012 GT-R Leaks, More Confirmed Info on Upcoming GT-R

August 23, 2010 Comments off

The 2012 GT-R (2011 JDM) is in the final stages of pre-launch preparation and we’ve received tips from sources close to Nissan regarding the final look of the new GT-R. Above you can see many of the GT-Rs new cosmetic external updates that we’ve already noticed while pouring over spy shots from Nurburgring. It’s finally confirmed though that the new GT-R will feature LED driving lights/daytime running lights integrated into the front fascia. Yes these are not photoshops.

Along with the driving lights you can see the shape of the canards themselves is different to previous model years this change plus other changes from a reworking and restyling of the front bumper have improved the GT-R’s already stunning aerodynamic performance. By the numbers, the GT-R’s coefficient of drag (Cd) drops from 0.272 to 0.268. Combine that with a rear downforce improvement of 10% thanks to a redesigned rear diffuser and the GT-R continues to redefine what is possible for today’s supercar.

Most noticible on the photos though is the new blue. The official (tentative still) name for the blue is Aurora Flare Blue Pearl (color code RAY) but what you can’t tell from this photo is that the GT-R gets a new black too. The updated black is officially (but again, tentatively) called Nebula Opal Black (color code GAG). These two colors represent the only body color changes for the 2012 GT-R base and premium models.

Speaking of base and premium models, earlier speculation that the base model goes away was partly true, the base model GT-R is now named the Pure Edition, but the features remain the same. To go with the changes comes a small increase in pricing. Starting with the Pure edition which is hit with a 80,000 yen bump to 8,694,000 yen. The Premium edition receives a larger bump of 210,000 yen to 9,450,000 yen in Japan.

Let’s try not to get too distracted by those minor negatives though because there’s a wealth of positives going on here. Take the new wheels for example, each new Rays forged aluminium wheel cuts 3 kg (6.6lbs) off the GT-R’s unsprung weight – a total of 12 kg (26.4 lbs) around the car. So they’re lighter but they also manage to be stiffer too to improve steering response and feedback. Lastly, the wheels are available in two colors starting next year, an attractive 3 layer ultra deep paint process known as Hyper Blue Black and a Hyper Titanium color (which looks bronze to me).

On the inside GT-R owners will get treated to a couple of updates too as well as some engine bay goodness. For more information on that stay tuned for part II of the GT-R Blog 2012 Nissan R35 GT-R info dump!

Nissan GT-R Club Track Edition Debut, Photos and Specs from GTR-World

August 1, 2010 Comments off

Well Nissan weren’t messing around when they committed to having a cup car launched this summer. Here, in all her glory is the 2011 Nissan GT-R Club Track Edition – a joint venture between Nissan, NISMO, Nova Engineering and Nordring in Japan. This special edition GT-R will be available to a special owners / racing club setup in Japan known as The Prestige Club of GT-R. Launching at a inc-tax price of 10,479,000 yen, the Club Track Edition will also require a membership to the aforementioned club, which also comes with its own entrance fee. 2 million yen gets you entry, a assigned car number, two official track meets per year and entry into the annual get-together. The annual renewal fee for your membership is 1 million yen. If you’re still keen after hearing the price tag, you better get in soon because memberships are open now and the closing date is September 20th.

If you’re still reading after all that you’re probably more interested in the specs of the car than the membership fees so let’s see what you get for your 10.5 million yen. Firstly, Nismo are quick to point out, this is NOT a street car normally and while a dual function street/track Club Track Edition is not completely out of the question, they’d prefer you kept this car strictly for track to avoid having to switch out the specific race components.

Five colour options are available when ordering, Brilliant White, Black Pearl, Vibrant Red, Dark Metal Grey and Blue Pearl yep I guess this confirms Nissan WILL be offering a blue on the 2012 Nissan GT-R.

The car comes standard with a 4 point roll cage but an optional 6 point roll cage is available and bumps the price up to 11,130,000 yen.

In terms of upgrades over the standard GT-R, here’s a high level run down…

Safety Equipment Automatic fire suppression system
Bonnet Pins (Hood and Trunk)
Tow Hooks
Suspension 2 Way adjustable Bilstein dampers
Upgraded front upper links
Brakes Brake Air Guides
Management Custom ECM Upgrades
Custom TCM Upgrades
Custom ABS / VCD Upgrades
Electronics NISMO MFD Lap Sensor Kit
NISMO MFD Data Logging Kit
Cooling Front Differential Cooler w/NACA Duct
NISMO Rear Differential Cooler
Exterior Front Lip Spoiler
Front Under Cover
Wheels Front: Rays Forged Aluminum 20×9.5J + 45
Rear: Rays Forged Aluminum 20×10.5J + 25
Tyres Front: Dunlop Direzza Long Life Slick 260/710R20
Rear: Dunlop Direzza Long Life Slick 290/710R20
Engine Power Over 500ps power (over 493 hp)
Over 588 Nm torque (over 434 lb/ft)

So there you have it, as well as being interesting by itself, this Club Track Edition also gives us an interesting look at the 2012 GT-R aero upgrades, so check out the photos in the gallery below…

Source: GTR-World.net (Japanese)

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Nismo Super Taikyu ST-1 GT-R Specs Unveiled and New Spy Video

June 18, 2010 Comments off

Nismo has released the specifications for their latest GT-R race car creation. The 2010 Super Taikyu ST-1 Class NISMO Nissan GT-R will debut in it’s first race next weekend at Fuji Speedway for Round 4 of the Super Taikyu 2010 series. The goal is to demonstrate the car in action for race teams to field in 2011 in much the same way as the 2010 GT1 spec GT-R raced 4 races in 2009 FIA GT Championships.

While we’ve translated the specifications, nothing super exciting is gleaned from them. Instead we spotted this video uploaded to Youtube of the car testing.

Length 4,650 mm
Width 1,895 mm
Wheelbase 2,780 mm
Track (front) 1,640 mm
Track (rear) 1,640 mm
Tare Weight Over 1,480 kg
Engine Type VR38DETT
Displacement 3,799 cc
Power Output Over 485ps/6,400rpm
Torque Output Over 60kgm/3,200-5,200rpm
Transmission Type GR6 Dual Clutch Transmission
Brakes (Front) Ventilated rotors (6 piston monoblock calipers)
Brakes (Rear) Ventilated rotors (4 piston monoblock calipers)
Suspension (Front) Double Wishbone
Suspension (Rear) Multi Link
Drive System 4 wheel drive
Wheels (Front) R20 x 10.5JJ
Wheels (Rear) R20 x 10.5JJ
Tires(Front) 290/710 R20
Tires(Rear) 290/710 R20

Nissan GT-R Confirmed as Official Safety Car of British Superbikes

April 7, 2010 Comments off

The MCE Insurance British Superbikes Championship has shown some pretty great taste opting for a full Nissan fleet of vehicles for the 2010 and 2011 seasons! Pride of place in the lineup are two Nissan GT-Rs to act as safety vehicles and chase cars for the first racing lap. A 370z will also be used an a Race Director/officials car.

British Superbikes fans can checkout the GT-Rs at the next race which is round #2 for the year on the 16th – 18th of April.

Link: British Superbikes Championship Website