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TAS09: KW Suspension Booth and KW Hydraulic Lift Suspension for GT-R

January 24, 2009 Comments off

KW Suspension’s been working with Hashimoto for some time now, tuning their Japanese spec GT-R’s suspension on Germany’s Nurburgring circuit. The KW Variant 3 suspension was born of this development work and was launched in 2008 for GT-R owners worldwide.

At Tokyo AutoSalon 2009, KW showed off their new product for the GT-R the Hydraulic Lift Suspension system on their black GT-R demo car decked out in Seibon carbon fibre parts and LSD door system. Twenty inch F1X-Carbon wheels are supplied by Khan Wheels and are a magnesium alloy construction wheel with a carbon fibre inlay. Weight per wheel is around the 13 kg mark. The new 20″ Toyo R888 competition tires assist with the aggressive stance of the car.

The KW HLS system is designed to give the user in-cabin height adjustment facility to enable the owner to raise or lower their car on the fly. Available in 2 (HLS2) and 4 (HLS4) wheel kits, this is the same setup KW has previously sold for Porsche, Ferrari and Lamborghini’s to enable them to have a more practical supercar. Demo video is after the jump.

The HLS2 kit comes in at 1,020,600 yen while the HLS4 kit is a touch more at 1,209,600 yen. This includes the KW Variant3 height, rebound and damper adjustable suspension integrated into the hydraulic lift system.

To help promote the availability and test of the KW Suspension GT-R parts, they’ve built the Nissan GT-R Webspecial Site which is up now at the link below.

Link: KW Suspension Webspecial Site
Link: KW Suspension HLS Downloadable Pricelist (PDF)
Link: Hashimoto Corporation Website

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TAS09: WALD Sports Line GT-R Shows Off Wildest GT-R Aero Styling Yet

January 21, 2009 Comments off

We’ve been following the build up of the WALD Sports Line Aero kit from concept through to final molds here on GTRBlog and regular readers will have been anticipating the final product for some time. Finally we knew it’d be at Tokyo AutoSalon so we were extremely excited to see it.

But… personally, I missed the WALD GT-R, even after several laps of Makuhari Messe I didn’t find it. Fortunately our great friends at know a little more about “asking directions” than we do so we’re able to snap a load of great photos on our behalf (ありがとうございました!).

As you can see the WALD Sports Line “Black Bison” Edition styling masterpiece remains quite faithful to the concept rendering from back in September 2008. It features the following components:

  • Front Bumper Spoiler (Front Bumper/Front Lip/Grille Cover/Side Duct/Under Cover)
  • Side Step
  • Rear Diffuser
  • Trunk Spoiler
  • Rear Wing Element
  • Rear Over Fenders

The Black Bison is finished with a set of WALD P13F three piece aluminium 22 inch wheels, 9.5 inches wide at the front and 10.5 inches in the rear. HKS HiperMax III suspension gives it that lowered stance.

On the inside WALD has tricked out the interior with it’s red leather and suede treatment which carrys the Nissan Japanese market Black Edition theme to the centre console, handbrake boot steering wheel and gear knob. Carbon fibre touches accentuate the shifter surround, steering wheel and gauge surround.

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Link: WALD International Website
Link: WALD related articles on GTRBlog

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TAS09: Nissan and IMPUL Booths, Nismo ClubSport, XANAVI GT-R and IMPUL GT-R

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Nismo made a great showing at Tokyo AutoSalon this year with their Nissan GT-R parts display. Representing the R35 GT-R was the Nismo ClubSport edition which bares many of the parts developed for the Nissan GT-R SpecV. The various parts of the ClubSport (and hence the SpecV) were affixed to the wall of the booth for people to get acquainted with. Unfortunately the SpecV itself could not be in attendance at the show but of course we had already seen it at the press launch the day before Tokyo AutoSalon began so we we’re not too disappointed.

Also on display at the Nissan booth was the 2008 SuperGT championship winning #23 XANAVI Nismo GT500 GT-R. Satoshi Motoyama-san, championship winning driver for 2008, was also hanging around occasionally over at the Zele Performance/Motoyama merchandise booth so SuperGT fans were well catered for.

Over at the IMPUL booth we could also check out the #12 Calsonic IMPUL GT-R, winner of two rounds of the SuperGT 2008 series (round 6 and round 9). Gotta love GT500 hardware.

Link: Nismo ClubSport Edition related articles on GTRBlog
Link: SuperGT GT-R and SuperGT Season 2008 related articles on GTRBlog
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TAS09: Tein Circuit Master Super Racing Ultimate Spec for Nissan GT-R

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Over at the Tein booth at Tokyo AutoSalon 2009 they had their Circuit Master suspension on display. This gear is aimed at those who want the ultimate suspension tuning ability when they hit the track at the right price. The Tein gear is top quality and is fully height, damper and rebound adjustable both front and rear.

The Tein Circuit Master Super Racing suspension can be combined with Tein’s EDFC technology (Electronic Damping Force Controller) to offer electronic in cabin adjustment of both the damping and rebound control. Extremely useful for those guys tweaking settings for each track they visit.

These Teins will set you back 420,000 yen for the suspension plus extra for the EDFC depending on what you go for (damper control plus rebound control or just damper control). A serious setup for not a lot of cash.

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TAS09: Garage Yawata Street Special GT-R

January 19, 2009 Comments off

It doesn’t come much more understated than the Garage Yawata GT-R with it’s barely noticeable external modifications. On the inside lurks quite a bit of power, 650ps to be precise.

Making that power is a LOUD full titanium variable sound exhaust system controlled by throttle linked bypass valve. The OEM ECU is tuned by Garage Yawata and the 100ps shot of nitrous doesn’t hurt either.

Garage Yawata recently finished second in the top speed challenge in Video Option DVD issue 178 published recently. Their top speed was 324km/h (200mph).

Link: Garage Yawata Website
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TAS09: Top Secret Super GT-R Sees the Light of Day

January 18, 2009 Comments off

Top Secret have been extremely busy over the past year since they picked up their first GT-R in December 2007. Their showing at Tokyo AutoSalon 2008 got everyone’s hopes up but shortly after they disappeared into the Top Secret batcave in Chiba. When they emerged six months later they came bearing their first parts and have slowly picked up the volume since.

Now the Top Secret Nissan GT-R parts catalogue is quite broad offering everything from multiple types of suspension to body kits to electronically operated exhausts.

Something we hadn’t seen yet from Top Secret that was at Tokyo Auto Salon 2009 were these 410mm front and rear rotors for the R35 GT-R. Just when you thought your 400mm rotors were big someone goes and gets a bigger set. Top Secret’s 410mm rotor sets go for 230,000 yen for the front and 250,000 yen for the rear.

As for the Top Secret demo car, it featured the following laundry list of modifications:

  • Top Secret Super Induction Kit
  • Top Secret Intercooler Piping Kit (half titanium)
  • Cobb Tuning Access Port Top Secret Version
  • Top Secret TV-Pro Titanium Muffler
  • Top Secret Titanium Front Pipe
  • Top Secret G-Force Front Lip Spoiler
  • Top Secret G-Force Side Diffuser
  • Top Secret G-Force Rear Diffuser
  • Top Secret Super Spring Roberuta Kit (F:14kg/mm R:7.3-10.3kg/mm)
  • Rays Volk Racing TE37G2 20×10 front and 20×11 rear wheels
  • Takata Harnesses

Click through the jump below to see the rest of our photos of the Top Secret car at Tokyo Auto Salon 2009.

Link: Top Secret Home Page
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TAS09: Hasemi Sport Aero Parts – Subtle Goodness

January 17, 2009 Comments off

Hasemi Sport were in the house last weekend at Tokyo AutoSalon. They have their range of subtle carbon aero styling parts on display. This in certainly one way to go if you want to add a little personalisation to your GT-R but aren’t looking for that flashy “look at me” styling.

We got our first look at this kit around Nismo Festival time in December 2008 and we have the pricing from back then:

  • Front Under Spoiler Splitter – 93,450 yen (FRP 57,750 yen)
  • Side Skirts – 114,450 yen (FRP 72,450 yen)
  • Rear Center Diffuser – 47,250 yen (FRP only)
  • Rear Side Diffusers – 40,950 yen (carbon only)
  • Rear Pod Extensions – 68,250 yen (FRP 47,250 yen)
  • Rear Wing Lip – 26,250 yen (carbon only)

Hasemi Sport has a long history of motorsports competition in Japan even having fielded a team in the most high profile motor racing in Japan in 2008, the SuperGT GT500 class. With a reputation like theirs you know these parts are going to be quality.

Link: Hasemi Sport Website
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TAS09: HKS Kansai GT-R Featuring Seibon Dry Carbon Fibre

January 15, 2009 Comments off

HKS Kansai’s GT-R bears only a small resemblance to the HKS Kansai GT-R we saw back in Tokyo AutoSalon last year. This year it comes covered in dry carbon fibre from Seibon and lowered with HKS HiperMax III Kansai Spec suspension on the brand new ADVAN Racing RS-D 20″ wheels.

We went over the complete specs down to the nitty gritty in our preview prior to AutoSalon so check that out if you’re interested in every detail. For now though check out our photo gallery after the jump…

Link: HKS Kansai Website
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TAS09: BRANEW GT-R Aero Update On Show

January 14, 2009 Comments off

BRANEW’s controversial aero kit for the Nissan GT-R was on display this weekend at Tokyo AutoSalon at what I rated as one of the most luxurious looking booths on the day. Historically a VIP/luxury/import car tuner their philosophy hasn’t traditionally seen them tuning domestic Japanese sports cars.

That has changed recently with the launch of the Nissan GT-R range of parts which was followed by the new Lexus IS-F and 370z kits. The aggressive look of their GT-R has to be the most unique take on the aero seen so far though. Also probably the only GT-R that can really pull off the diamond studded badge look.

Modifications to this GT-R include:

  • BRANEW Front Bumper Spoiler Dynamic Version (new)
  • BRANEW Side Step
  • BRANEW Rear Spoiler Exhaust Version
  • BRANEW Rear Wing
  • BRANEW Titanium & Stainless Steel Exhaust
  • Front Pipe
  • BRANEW Original BW-101 23″ Super Chrome Aluminum Wheels
  • BRANEW Original BW-101 23″ Material Finish Aluminum Wheels
  • Pirelli P Zero-Nero Tires (Fr: 265/35R23, Rr: 265/25/23)
  • Suspension Kit

Pricing for the new BRANEW Front Bumper Dynamic Version has also been announced and should retail at 270,900 yen.

If you’re interested in learning more about BRANEW, Matsuyama-san can take your questions via email in English. Contact info can be found on their home page below.

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TAS09: Power House Amuse R35 Phantom Still a Crowd Favourite

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Not much has changed on the Power House Amuse Nissan GT-R in terms of appearance but it’s most likely because they got the formula so perfect first time around. Still a huge crowd drawer at Tokyo Auto Salon 2009, it was good to see how timeless the late Hideki Tanabe-san’s design was and that it most certainly still holds it’s own in the flesh and around a race track against most newcomers.

Featuring the full Power House Amuse Exhaust including the R1-Titan Extra STTi muffler, the R1000-No1 turbine outlets and the R1000-No2 straight RS STTi midpipes. Combined with the Hi-Tech ROM ECU and a HKS EVC5 to control boost and it’s good for 611ps.

Aero is also handled by original Amuse products, the Amuse front under diffuser and the Amuse carbon rear wing offer improved downforce allowing for higher cornering speeds.

Suspension is adjustable via the Power House Amuse R1 Adjusting Kit which allows the standard Bilstein Damptronic dampers to take aftermarket springs and have an adjustable ride height. Spring rates chosen are 20kg/mm front and 12kg/mm rear.

Wheels are standard and fill the guards nicely when lowered like this, tires are also standard but a set of rear 285/35 tires are fitted to the front of the car to assist in getting the understeer under control.

These slight modifications are all it took to get into the low 59’s at Tsukuba Circuit (59.061).

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