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Dynamic Autosports Hankook Gruppe-S Drift GT-R Project Update: Part VI

May 24, 2010 Comments off

It’s been a while since we checked in with the Gruppe-S blog to see how the Dynamic Autosports Gruppe-S Hankook drift spec Nissan GT-R has been coming along. As you may know it’s been drifting in Formula Drift this season after a pretty comprehensive rebuild from a VR38DETT twin turbo sporting stock GT-R to a VQ powered RWD drift weapon.

Loads of customization in the front end can be seen in this great photo above. Right now it’s in the workshop having the front suspension modified to provide more front steering angle. You can also see the nice bright orange Savini wheels they had custom made for the application.

On their parallel project of reinventing the VR38 by way of a 4.0 – 4.3 litre stroker kit they’ve teamed up with JE Pistons to design a billet piston for just about any level of power you’d care to throw at it! Team that with their billet crankshaft and sleeved VR38 block and I think we’ll see some impressive numbers soon. Watch this space!

Link: Gruppe-S Engineering Blog

Dynamic Autosports Hankook Gruppe-S Drift GT-R Project Update: Part V

March 27, 2010 Comments off

Time for some insight into the interior work for our continuing series on the buildup of the Dynamic AutoSports Hankook Drift GT-R by Gruppe-S. This week the guys have the dash out to replace the gauge cluster and climate control / audio controls panels with carbon plates.

To go along with the dashboard changes the engine bay gets some love too in the form of a new Cosworth plenum for the VQ35 engine. The Cosworth intake plenum is designed to improve air flow and thus horsepower and looks amazing too. Too bad they haven’t built one for the VR38 yet, I could see that being popular for GT-R owners.

Only two weeks to go before this car is due to be competing in California at Long Beach for round one of the Formula D 2010. That’s April 9th and 10th people!

Link: Gruppe-S Official Blog

Dynamic Autosports Hankook Gruppe-S Drift GT-R Project Update: Part IV

March 8, 2010 Comments off

More from the guys at Gruppe-S today. This time they’ve documented the completion of their custom transmission mount for the G-Force 4-Speed dog box. As you’d know the GT-R’s rear mounted trans-axle has absolutely nothing in common with the engine mounted G-Force tranny so you could have foresaw the problems they’d have bolting it up.

Out came the welder and with a lot of hard work and effort the guys have put the problem behind them by fabricating a heavy duty support structure that should hold up to the stresses of drifting. As a result, the transmission is officially mounted in the car in addition to the engine which was mounted up last week.

What the guys will do with the rear subframe now there’s no transmission in it is going to be the next chapter in this story I’m sure.

Link: Gruppe-S Engineering Blog

Dynamic Autosports Hankook Gruppe-S Drift GT-R Project Update: Part III

February 26, 2010 Comments off

Part three of our series where we stalk the Gruppe-S guys building their Hankook Dynamic Autosports drift GT-R. This time we’ve got our first official pics of the VQ35 motor and G-Force 4-Speed dog box manual transmission bolted into the R35 chassis. The VQ35 is smaller all round versus the VR38 so all that extra space will be filled with larger piping for a bigger turbo. Yes singular.

This VQ35 ain’t stock though in case you’re wondering. It’s stroked to 4.0 – 4.1 liters so should be able to put out some respectable numbers when all said and done. It’s bolted in by way of some custom solid engine mounts.

The guys promise the GT-R will be ready for round one of Formula D action at the Streets of Long Beach in California on the 9th – 10th of April! Sweet!

Link: Gruppe-S Blog

Dynamic Autosports Hankook Gruppe-S Drift GT-R Project Update: Part II

February 13, 2010 Comments off

Second update from the Steve at the Gruppe-S blog today. What you see here is the interior of the car also being stitch welded to enhance chassis rigidity. Not only are they stitch welding but they’re removing all of the factory glues and sound deadening to save weight. A quite time consuming process but the guys look like they might have done it a few times before…

Once the car is stripped and welded, next comes the roll cage fabrication. The main hoop section and cross bars are welded in the car already with the remainder in fabrication right now. Looking forward to more updates as the guys prep the car to be driftable!

Link: Gruppe-S Blog

Dynamic Autosports Hankook Gruppe-S Drift GT-R Project Update

February 8, 2010 Comments off

The guys are getting pretty serious now with the build up of their Hankook Drift GT-R, or should we say strip down because the GT-R right now is nothing but an empty shell. And since there’s no better time, it’s time to stitch weld all the underbody seams. This will enhance the body stiffness/reduce flex which will in turn enhance the predictability of the car’s handling on the circuit.

Once welded, they’ll paint the exposed metal with primer and continue to prep the car to drift! Stay tuned for more updates shortly.

Link: Gruppe-S Blog

MotorTrend Has Fun With a Nissan GT-R and Scion Drift Cars

February 4, 2010 Comments off

A fun video put together by Motortrend for an article they published today about a Nissan GT-R up against a pair of purpose built drift Scion tCs. It’s not really about the numbers, it’s just about how the cars make you feel. A good point to make and a reason why I’m going to get my GT-R out on the track more this year.

Link: Motortrend: Shock Value: Nissan GT-R vs Scion Drift tCs

Tokyo AutoSalon 2010: Blitz FR Drift GT-R and New Gear at the Blitz Booth

January 25, 2010 Comments off

Blitz had another strong showing at Tokyo AutoSalon this year. Always a popular booth it can be tough to make your way through as it’s litterally swarming with enthusiasts! We got our hands on the man Kawabata-san again to have a chat about what’s new with Blitz, the drift car and plans for the future.

We were pleased to hear they had been continuing to make progress with the famous Blitz R35 GT-R rear wheel drive drift car. In case you hadn’t heard, Blitz debuted this GT-R at Tokyo AutoSalon 2009 converted to RWD with a Hollinger 6 speed sequential manual transmission bolted firmly to the rear of the VR38. The third pedal looks right at home in the drivers footwell doesn’t it?

Other modifications to the drivetrain include fitting an R34GT-R NISMO GT rear LSD and an ORC709 R35 SPL clutch.

Power modifications wise, the Blitz drifter is actually running now, as opposed to last year where it was barely bolted together. It’s tuned by a MoTeC M800 DBW4 SKM ECU and breaths through a Blitz intake piping kit and Blitz‘s new Intercooler CS for the R35 GT-R. The turbo’s as stock and their internal wastegates are actuated by a pair of Blitz Upgrade Actuators for R35. Out back there’s a Blitz Nur-Spec C-Ti Quad exhaust system.

On the inside Bride seats hold Nomuken in place and Blitz Racepak IQ3 with an array of Blitz Racing Meter’s (Boost, Temp) in carbon fixtures keep him informed.

The car is fitted with a custom DG-5 suspension setup particular to this very unusual car and stops with the help of Blitz MR-VS brake pads. The wheels are the ultra nice BRW-09 forged magnesium deals in 20×9.5 +38 up front and 20×10 +18 in back and come wrapped with Dunlop SP Sport DSST tyres thanks to their sponsor.

We’re hoping to see this car in action this year but when I asked Blitz, they were kind of shy about answering. I really think they may be shooting for next season to debut this car. Even some friendly encouragement about the American’s and their Dynamic AutoSports/Hankook drift GT-R couldn’t pursuade him to commit to 2010.

Either way it’ll be interesting when it debuts.

Also at the booth was Blitz’s current and planned lineup of parts for the GT-R. We have this front mount intercooler unit which is another take on the dual core single unit design that is really popular. It’s known as the Intercooler CS-R which means it features the “Chemical Shine” coating for extra shiny appearance with added durability. It’s also corrosion resistant which is a plus. The price marked was 260,400 yen.

Blitz also had their new wastegate actuators on display. These were some stand out actuators but too bad you’ll never see them buried way under your turbo and piping.

Next to the actuators were a set of Carillo conrods for the GT-R and CP pistons as well, what they were doing there we weren’t able to find out.

In terms of new parts on the horizon, Blitz is shortly going to release a new set of air filters for the GT-R. A replacement kit for the airbox utilising the filters you see here. Obviously they will ship with an intake piping kit of some sort but where they will finally mount I’m not sure.

Lastly, Blitz announced that they will be developing a version of their latest data logging multifunction display computer, known as the Touch Brain for the GT-R. It will connect up via OBDII port and possibly solve a lot of the data logging type problems. We asked if it would record output to flash memory and they couldn’t confirm at this stage of the development. We hope so really.

Well that’s about it from the Blitz booth 2010, if I remember anything else I’ll pop an update in this article. For now, check out the rest of the photos in the gallery below!

Link: Blitz Website