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Do-Luck Carbon Honeycomb Front Diffuser System – Sneak Peek

April 8, 2010 Comments off

Here’s our first look at one of the best new Japanese carbon products to be produced for the GT-R yet. Do-Luck have enjoyed a stellar reputation for quality and innovation in their aero products for many years now and finally they’re turning their talents to the GT-R.

The Do-Luck front diffuser seen here is still a prototype mold but it gives you a solid idea of the features the final version will have. Firstly and most obviously you can see the aerodynamic shape of it is designed to give a needed boost to front downforce. Secondly, wide, integrated brake ducting channels feature prominently. This is important because many GT-R owners are putting that as one of the critical criteria for front diffuser selection.

As hinted in the title, the construction of the front diffuser will be a carbon fibre honeycomb for both strength and weight reduction. The front lip and under diffuser will be a single piece. The bottom plates that add the front spoiler sections on each side are then bolted on to finish it off.

All tallied, one would normally expect to pay a decent premium for something like this, JDM parts, carbon honeycomb? GT-RR have done some hard negotiating on your behalf and have the price down to around the $2595 mark.

Pre-orders available now for a May 2010 estimated ship date. Hit up the link below to secure yours now.

Link: Do-Luck Carbon Front Diffuser @ GT-RR

Esprit Dry Carbon Front Diffuser for Nissan GT-R

March 31, 2010 Comments off

Esprit have remained quiet for some time now on the development front but they’ve been busy behind the scenes. This front diffuser is the result of some hard R&D on the circuit where they found the ideal setup for front aerodynamics could be added on with relatively little fuss. It’s helped them to some fairly impressive laptimes @ Fuji Speedway as well.

The Esprit front diffuser replaces the GT-R’s standard front undertray with a dry carbon item. The diffuser channels air into the wheel arches for brake cooling and extends forward to offer more front downforce.

Almost all teams competing with GT-R’s in motorsports are finding additional front downforce helpful. The way they’re gaining it is, by and large, by adding front splitters and canards. This elegant solution may be welcome to those not wanting to DIY. Retail price is set at $3995.

Link: Esprit Front Diffuser @ GT-RR.com

Mine’s Release Pricing for Carbon Front Bumper for Nissan GT-R

March 6, 2010 Comments off

The GT-R’s front end is well designed for both cooling and aero purposes. It’s hard to improve on it but with enough dedication and application of sound principles and by putting a lot of thought into the design, the team at Mine’s did just that. The new Mine’s Dry Carbon Front Bumper which we debuted on GTRBlog in January is now ready and pricing has been released.

The bumper itself is priced at 890,000 yen minus the canards. The Mine’s Carbon Canard Type-II that integrate so well with the front bumper are priced separately at 160,000 yen. As a set the whole lot will be 1,050,000 yen in Japan.

On the topic of Mine’s they’ve also put together a FAQ sheet on the Mine’s power upgrades which are currently available. These upgrades aren’t factoring in the Mine’s Complete Engine or any other new power upgrades that may be in the pipeline.

These two sheets give details on what the upgrades consist of, the target power increases with a few technical details in there as well. There’s also a nicely formatted web version that is possibly easier to read.

Take a look at these sheets in the gallery below and head over to the Mine’s website to contact them if you have any more questions!

Link: Mine’s Website (English)
Link: Mine’s Tuning Upgrade Guide for Nissan GT-R

Tommy Kaira GT-R Aero Now Available Globally

March 4, 2010 Comments off

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You probably remember that Tommy Kaira debuted one of the most impressive R35 complete cars ever recently at the Tokyo AutoSalon 2010. We got to check it out in the flesh and speak with Hiei Takayoshi-san, President of Tommy Kaira and found that the kit really was all it was cracked up to be and more. In person the parts easily lived up to the good reputation for quality Tommy Kaira has worked hard for all these years.

The good news is that now the whole world can enjoy these parts as the lineup has now gone on sale at a handful of select premium dealerships. Owners in the US and Middle East will be able to deal direct and exclusively with GTRBlog partners GT-RR.com for the kit.

Hit up their site for all the local pricing and more information, link is below. I’ll leave you with their press release and one of my favorite photos from TAS2010…

Link: Tommy Kaira Lineup @ GT-RR.com

GT-RR is proud to announce that Tommy Kaira has selected us as their exclusive distributor for North America and the Middle East.

Tommy Kaira last month debuted one of the most widely anticipated complete aerodynamic conversion kits for the GT-R. The car’s debut at Tokyo Auto Salon was regarded as a major success as reported by our friends at gtrblog.com and all over the internet as well.

This hot new kit is fully produced in Japan and is now finally available for purchase internationally!

Although we are exclusive for North America and the Middle East, we are also able to supply to all international regions except for Hong Kong (GP Motor) and Singapore (MB Motors).

We have worked closely with Tommy Kaira to ensure the most competitive possible pricing for these new products. All of our prices include all ends of the importation expenses which are often charged after the fact to unsuspecting buyers. In our pricing, all prices are “landed” (as always for us). Landed price means that they include: domestic freight in Japan, customs clearance fees, ocean freight to our US warehouse, customs clearance US side, import duties and taxes and final transportation to our warehouse in Los Angeles. The only additional expense is shipping from our warehouse to our clients.

The complete aero kit is of course available, but also we have offered everyone the possibility to buy any individual parts regardless of however big or small. This allows infinite customization possibilities.

Tommy Kaira’s aero parts are all very high quality and produced by their aero parts factory, whereas they have employed outside specialists for other items such as:

  • Brakes by Endless (a special Tommy Kaira version of the Racing Endless Mono-6 kit)
  • Exhaust by the same factory who produces for Amuse
  • Suspension by Quantum (a F1 parts supplier)
  • And small dry carbon protect parts by Carbon Dry Japan

As always we also offer international price matching to ensure that we are not only the safest and most reliable source, but also the best priced source for everyone worldwide.

We welcome your inquires and look forward to assisting Tommy Kaira to distribute these great new products.

Sincerely,
The GT-RR and Bulletproof AutomotiveTeam

HKS Kansai Front Lip Spoiler for Nissan GT-R

March 3, 2010 Comments off

Designed to improve the front stability and downforce, this new front lip spoiler from HKS Kansai is also pretty good looking in carbon fibre. It’s manufactured in wet carbon so it wont hit you too hard in the hip pocket either.

It’s available now from HKS Kansai distributors for about 81,000 yen in Japan.

Link: HKS Kansai Website

Tokyo AutoSalon 2010: HKS Kansai Product Range for R35 GT-R

February 2, 2010 Comments off

We’re not quite finished with the TAS2010 coverage just yet, we still have a load of photos to sort through for interesting tidbits from the show. Today we’ll cover the HKS Kansai booth who managed a huge showing again at this years AutoSalon. Most interesting this year was getting a chance to check out their lineup in the flesh. Let’s take a look then.

Up there is the HKS Kansai brake air guide system, bigger than I had expected it’s made from carbon and fits up with some nice stainless cap screws. The guide should provide some decent airflow and is probably best combined with some ducts from the front underspoiler. It’s no FIA GT ducting job but it should give you a bit of help on the track keeping the brakes cooler.

We also got a look at the HKS Kansai front mounter transmission cooler. As described a while back, this unit cools the transmission by cooling the engine coolant before it makes its way back to the transmission assembly. This is possibly one of the safest ways to cool your transmission and the quality of the HKS Kansai product is top notch. The ducting you can see is designed to take air from the front bumper to the cooler much the same way as the factor ducting does on the opposite side of the car.

Next up we checked out the HKS Kansai front and rear LSDs for the GT-R. The front LSD we had seen before in the HKS Kansai product release but the rear LSD is new to us. Again these are quality units and are made by a well known Japanese company for HKS Kansai. We’d tell you who but we’re told to keep it quiet for now. The same company makes the other items we saw actually, namely, the GT-R sway bars and adjustable control arms.

These are the first adjustable control arms we’ve seen for the GT-R so far and might be good for guys wants a bit more control over their camber at the front. We haven’t seen them fitted up yet or heard of real world results so we can’t give the specs just yet. They’re still in development for now but hopefully we see a full release soon.

For now you can read up on pricing and specs of product they have released over on the HKS Kansai website. For the new stuff, we’ll keep you posted when we know full details.

Link: HKS Kansai Website

Varis Runduce Price Carbon Aero Parts for Nissan GT-R

January 29, 2010 Comments off

It’s not their widebody masterpiece (yet) but it’s the first stage of carbon fibre upgrades for the Nissan GT-R to come out of Japanese legend Varis. Renowned for their amazing Evo and STi work in the past we’re hoping their final stage of GT-R modifications “fills the shoes” so to speak.

Anyways, pricing is now out for both Japan and US regions thanks to Varis and GT-RR as well as the official product shots. Their kit will be available in Varis Semi Dry Carbon (VSDC) versions as well as wet carbon with separate pricing for each.

The VSDC option allows Varis to produce some very lightweight rigid parts without the full extra cost of a traditional dry carbon production.

The Varis Front Diffuser for example weighs in at 4.5kg versus the 6.5kg standard OEM front underspoiler – more than 30% weight savings. It’s priced at about $2740 USD but probably a little less for the wet carbon version.

Next take a look at the Varis Aero Hood, featuring some unique venting it also looks to be well constructed from underneath. The VSDC version goes for around the $4620 mark but the wet carbon version is just $2845. There’s a weight reduction to just 8.5kg in the VSDC version of the hood.

The rear diffuser round back is again quite an original look, personally I think it needs time to grow on me but if its your cup of tea you can pick one up for $1250 in wet carbon. There is currently no VSDC version of this item.

The sideskirts were quite a hit for me, they really work well with the lines of the car but stand out at the same time. They’re also pretty cheap at just $1250 a set in Varis Semi Dry Carbon. Again you can knock off a bit of that price for the normal wet carbon version if you wanted.

Lastly we have the Varis Rear Wing and Trunk Spoiler available in full VSDC or in VSDC with a FRP trunk spoiler. It’s again an original looking wing that will certainly set your car apart from all the others. I’m not feeling the trunk spoiler but the wing itself looks great. The price is $3350 for the VSDC version or $2750 for the VSDC FRP combo.

For more information and to order, hit up the GT-RR website in the link below!

Link: Varis Runduce Carbon Online @ GT-RR
Link: Varis Carbon Aero for R35 Website (Japanese)
Link: Varis x Runduce GT-R at Tokyo AutoSalon 2010

Tokyo AutoSalon 2010: Nordring Carbon Fibre and Suspension Parts for Nissan GT-R

January 18, 2010 Comments off

As expected the Nordring GT-R attended the 2010 Tokyo AutoSalon which gave us a great opportunity to check it out in the flesh for the first time. Let us take you on a tour around the car to get a good feel for the Nordring gear.

Starting up front of the Nordring GT-R we can first notice the front bumper cover over the center section of the OEM bumper. This covers the normally gunmetal grey section of the front bumper with carbon which extends down to the engine oil cooler duct area with some horizontal louvres. It’s matched to a dry carbon grille which adds a unique looking lump either side of the GT-R badge. The fitment on these pieces was perfect and the carbon could not be faulted in any area whatsoever.

Continuing downward we next notice the dry carbon front lip and underspoiler. It’s two duct inlets are a welcome sign for many. We verified that they are also indeed functional. The ducts continue to the start of the front wheel well where a second guiding panel (FRP on the demo car but dry carbon for production) takes the stream of outside air and directs it at the front brake rotors. Again the carbon was faultless and fitment perfect against the OEM bumper. The weave was angled precisely to take advantage of the carbon’s pleasing visual effect.

Lastly, we see the headlight finishers and NACA ducts on the hood which add splashes of carbon to the lower edge of the headlights and hood respectively. A nice touch, well executed on both counts.

Moving to the side of the car we notice the carbon sideskirts firstly. These very much keep in the theme of the OEM side skirts with only one small difference. The upper edge is slightly changed at the front to sit flush with the front fender finishers. This was about the only odd part of the car and I couldn’t figure what they were getting at with it.

The dry carbon side mirror covers are a real sweet touch, you can see that the weave of the fibre changing to keep the two “tone” look of the standard mirror. I found that particularly appealing.

Around back now and first up is the the trunk lid which is replaced with an entirely carbon item. It’s OEM in quality and appearance until you notice that there is an integrated rear lip on it. It gives it that unique look and most probably some aero benefit. The fit and finish of this was top notch and it could be a big seller if you ask me.

The full carbon rear wing sits atop and looks very similar to the standard GT-R unit. There’s some minor styling changes but overall most wont pick them without seeing them sitting next to each other.

Moving down, we see the new Nordring carbon rear bumper. A huge piece of carbon with some unique horizontal louvres designed to remove heat from the transmission area above the rear under diffuser. It’s matched with a carbon underspoiler which in turn matches up to a set of rear under diffuser fins.

That pretty much covers the outside of the car, but if we look under the hood now we can see one of the more original engine cover designs seen so far. There’s also a set of engine bay shrouds that wrap around the front of the engine bay as dress up parts more than anything else.

Which brings us to the Toshio Suzuki tuned Bilstein Suspension. This kit offers a damper set replacement, springs not included, which will replace your standard dampers without the side effect of voiding your Nissan factory warranty. The dampers are fully compatible with the GT-R’s adjustable settings for R mode, Normal and Comfort and are designed for street and sports use.

Nordring also say original forged magnesium wheels are on their way but at the show they weren’t on the car. The wheels you see in the photos are actually the Neez EI8GHT Eurocross-R wheels with GT-R centre cap option fitted up. Great wheels all the same.

After checking out the Nordring car, we were able to spend some time catching up with Nordring President and Nissan Chief Test Driver, Toshio Suzuki-san. We asked if he had plans to export the Nordring parts to overseas markets. Unfortunately for us though, it seems that, since the parts are Nissan Motors approved for use with the GT-R, he’d need to jump through quite a few hoops to do that. So at this stage you simply wont be able to buy it directly for export. He didn’t permanantly rule it out, but there may be a long wait before we see this stuff outside Japan.

We also cleared up if Nordring planned any engine tuning modifications, and – so far no. They are happy with the standard car’s performance and to mess with that, we got the feeling, would also likely risk their fortunate position of being the only aftermarket supplier of Nissan approved parts for the GT-R.

Overall, a very conservative and well thought out bunch of upgrades to the GT-R which don’t intefere with the lines of the car. It’s not for everyone however as it comes with the dual baggage of price tag and being difficult to obtain outside Japan.

We got a few photos to browse through but let us know in the comments if you want answers to any more questions and remember to check our previous posts if you want to know about pricing on this stuff.

Link: Nordring Website
Images: (C) Copyright GTRBlog.com

Tokyo AutoSalon 2010: TommyKaira GT-R Buildup Continues

January 4, 2010 Comments off

The tension builds as we get nearer and nearer to Tokyo AutoSalon 2010. I leave for Tokyo this weekend so personally I’m pretty damn excited too. About the show, seeing old friends but also about checking out what TommyKaira have been up to with their GT-R.

On the news front, you can see a little more work has been done getting the parts on the car. A full custom TommyKaira brake kit has also been developed along with a suspension setup from Quantum.

We know that the guys at TommyKaira also plan to splash red leather liberally around the interior, including on the seats which will be replaced with some SpecV-esque Recaros.

Stay tuned for a full spread of photos from the mornings press preview at Tokyo AutoSalon on the 15th of January…

Link: TommyKaira Official Website

Sunline Racing Dry Carbon Roof for Nissan GT-R

December 17, 2009 Comments off

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Sunline Racing have released their dry carbon roof for the Nissan GT-R. This roof is said to be designed for high strength while it’s 0.8mm thickness lends itself to being extremely lightweight.

It comes with a UV protection coating to ensure it keeps looking good for a long time to come and sells for 241,500 yen in Japan.

I’m surprised that not too many companies have done carbon roofs for the GT-R so far. There’s something good about that unpainted carbon look on the roof that I love…

Link: Sunline Racing Website
Source: GTR-World.net